April 23, 1945 – Aug. 28, 2016
Dean J. Sallak of Hamburg died Sunday at Mercy Hospital following a long illness. He was 71.
His family moved to the Buffalo area when he was a young child, and he was a graduate of Eden High School.
He was also a University at Buffalo alum with an undergraduate degree in English.
He worked for the Small Business Administration before becoming chief financial officer of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, and then the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
He worked to finance a large number of public-sector and business-related projects in the 1980s and ’90s, including Pilot Field (now Coca-Cola Field), Marine Midland Arena (now First Niagara Center), and the current Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Mr. Sallak supervised over 500 public financing deals for local businesses through the IDA during his time as CFO. He specialized in cash flow, lines of credit, and other essential, detail-oriented work that rarely made it into the public spotlight.
He was a dedicated public servant and advocate for the long-term business health of Buffalo and Western New York.
Mr. Sallak was a lifelong lover of golf, and was former Junior Champion (1960) and Mens’ Champion (1963, 1966) at Gowanda Country Club.
He traveled to Scotland to play at the famed St. Andrews golf course.
He is survived by a son, Bill; a daughter, Amy; and two grandchildren.