Hotel & Restaurant Management
Peter J. Florczak
Expert in Residence
A born and raised Buffalonian, Peter began his hospitality career at the Statler Hotel which at the time was a 1000 room facility in downtown Buffalo. With a Business and Marketing degree from the University of Buffalo Florczak worked his way up in the industry working at various hotels around Buffalo eventually becoming the Director of Sales at the Edgertown Resort on Martha’s Vineyard. His next stops would include managing the 450 room Royal Plaza Hotel outside of Boston for five years then managing the 300 room Doubletree hotel in downtown Pittsburgh for the next three years. He and his wife then adopted two children from Poland and relocated back to Buffalo where he was given the opportunity to manage the 480 room Adams Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo. Three years later he was asked to manage the 356 room Marriot Hotel in Amherst NY and spent the next nine years there.
Peter and his wife Lisa also started Water Bikes of Buffalo LLC operating a water bike rental company at Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront. During that time Canalside opened a 33,000 square foot ice rink which spawned another company for the Florczak’s, Ice Bikes of Buffalo LLC. The Water Bike and Ice Bike rental businesses have been operating for the past six and three seasons respectively at Canalside. In March of 2017 the Ice Bikes, which were invented by Florczak’s wife Lisa were awarded their US and Canadian patents and are now sold around the world. With over 30 years of hospitality experience Peter also operates a mystery shopping company, Critique Pros that’s evaluates services and products at restaurants, bars and hotels across the western New York area.
Florczak sits on the Niagara University Hospitality advisory board and has been an adjunct professor at Niagara University and Penn State. He was the membership coordinator for the Hotel/Motel Association for the Western New York chapter and was awarded Hotel General Manager of the year for Western New York in 2015. He resides in Depew with his wife Lisa and children Victoria and Nicholas and is the men’s varsity volleyball and women’s JV basketball coach at St. Mary’s high school in Lancaster.