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New executives announced for Lockport arena

LOCKPORT – John J. Ottaviano, who nine years ago founded the effort that led to the construction of Lockport’s Cornerstone Arena, announced Wednesday he’s stepping down as president of the arena board.

Also departing is James B. Sullivan, the arena’s executive director. The replacements are R. Charles Bell as president and Timothy R. Bulmer as executive director.

Ottaviano, who is also city attorney, headed Lockport Ice Arena and Sports Center, the not-for-profit agency that built the twin-rink complex at Chestnut and Market streets. Bell, who joined the arena board when he was the city’s planning and development director, now works for H. Sicherman & Co., an economic development consulting firm.

Sullivan is the onetime head of North Tonawanda’s Lumber City Development Corp., where Bell was his assistant. Bulmer, his successor, worked in the public relations office of the Buffalo Sabres in 2009-10 and in a similar role for the Phoenix Coyotes from 2010-12. Since returning to Buffalo, he’s worked for Hearst Digital Marketing Services and TAB Media Solutions.

Ottaviano said, “With the confidence in Mr. Bulmer as executive director and Charles Bell as my successor as president, I decided it is time to step down as this magnificent arena continues to serve the community.”

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