John Yurtchuk, the chairman of Daemen University’s Board of Trustees, was honored by Buffalo Business First as a 2022 C-Level Executives award winner. The annual honors, now in their 11th year, recognize western New York’s most effective business leaders.
Yurtchuk and other honorees were chosen based on numerous factors, including professional achievements and innovations, their ability to serve as role models, setting standards within their industry and their leadership within the community.
He will be honored for his professional success and community leadership at a ceremony on Oct. 13 at 500 Pearl in the Forbes Theater.
“This award recognizing Chairman Yurtchuk as one of western New York’s leading executives is well deserved,” said President Gary Olson. “He is a true leader with a sense of vision and the ability to turn his vision into a reality.”
Yurtchuk has served as a member of the Daemen Board since 2014. He currently serves as chairman and owner of Buffalo-headquartered Calspan Holdings, a science and technology company founded in 1943 that he acquired in 2005 with a partner.
An industry leader in flight control, test pilot training, and a wide range of transportation testing and research—both domestically and with foreign governments—Calspan operates more than a dozen facilities around the country, including in Niagara Falls, New York; Edwards Air Force Base in California; and at the Patuxent River Naval Base in Maryland.
A real estate developer since 1982, Yurtchuk also founded Matrix Development Corporation and developed millions of square feet of commercial real estate—including medical, industrial and residential projects for a range of high-profile clients, including KeyBank, Northwestern Mutual Life, John Hancock Life Insurance, Ford Motor Credit and Bank One—in many U.S. locations, including New York City, Florida and western New York.
A professional economist and former Wall Street banker, Yurtchuk’s career has also included stints as a college instructor at numerous institutions of higher learning.
In addition to his service to Daemen, Yurtchuk also serves as chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Board of Trustees, and on the board of directors for the National Trust for the Humanities, a philanthropic organization that supports the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He also serves on the boards of Eyes Across America, Friends for Felines, and is the chairman of the board of the Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross, having previously served as chair of the American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Branch.