Sport Management

Jonathan A. Dandes

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Jonathan A. Dandes was appointed president of Rich Baseball Operations on Oct. 1, 2001. He joined Rich Products Corporation in June 1986 as product manager and was soon appointed director of restaurant operations. He was named vice president/general manager of Stadium Services, Inc. in 1988, and executive vice president of the Rich Entertainment Group in 1996.

Rich Baseball Operations is comprised of Rich Products’ subsidiary companies including: Buffalo Bison Baseball, Northwest Arkansas Naturals Baseball, West Virginia Black Bears Baseball, National Baseball Congress and Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida. 

Dandes is treasurer of the NY Penn League and chair of the finance committee of the Texas League.

He is immediate past chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He also serves as vice chair of Upstate New York Transplant Services. Dandes is chair of the Buffalo Zoological Society (Buffalo Zoo), the Erie County Medical Center Foundation, and the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation.

He is the immediate past Chair of Erie County Jewish Family Services and Chair of Visit Buffalo Niagara (formerly the Buffalo and Erie County Convention & Visitors Bureau).

He is currently an adjunct professor at Niagara University in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and teaches in the university’s sport management program.

Dandes is chairman of the Buffalo/Niagara Sports Commission and a past director of the Amherst Junior Football League, and Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball.

Dandes is an alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a past president of its alumni board. He has served as president of the New York State Restaurant Association and is a member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Amis du Vin, National Association of Concessionaires, and Stadium Managers Association.

Dandes serves on the board of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, and the 100 Club of Buffalo. He is also the chair of the Erie County Sheriff’s 21st Century Foundation.

In August of 1994, Dandes was appointed to the Council of the University at Buffalo for a five-year term by Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor George Pataki reappointed Dandes to a seven-year term to the University at Buffalo Council in August, 1999. He was reappointed again by Governor Pataki in December 2006 for a third seven-year term. Governor Andrew Cuomo reappointed Dandes to a fourth seven-year term in December 2013, making him the longest-serving member of the University Board. He is a past trustee of the Nichols School. In 2015, he was also named chairman of the newly created Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation

Dandes was appointed to the board of directors of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation by Governor Andrew Cuomo in March of 2015.

In 2003, he graduated from the Harvard Business School Management Development Program. Dandes is a also certified as a Foodservice Management Professional (1994), as designated by the National Restaurant Association.