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Next Generation: David Chiazza, high-profile executive at Iskalo Development

Buffalo's real estate and development community has been led by some highly visible people for many years, if not decades, but many less-familiar figures are stepping into that spotlight. In some cases, they’re already doing their own projects to put their imprint on the community. Others remain in executive positions supporting their mentors but are making an impact and quickly becoming the face of the newest real estate and development projects. Here is a look at one such person; click here to see more.


David Chiazza, an industry veteran, is executive vice president and project partner at Iskalo Development Co., which he joined in February 2007.

Chiazza is often the voice for developer Paul B. Iskalo’s projects, taking a lead role in shepherding them to completion.

His work over the last 11 years has included Iskalo’s construction of the new Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst and redevelopment of the former Lord Amherst Motel into the Reikart House, both located on Main Street next to the Youngmann Expressway in Amherst, as well as development of the Electric Tower district in downtown Buffalo, including the home of Big Ditch Brewing.

“It’s the opportunity to do something that has a very tangible physical outcome, as opposed to many other careers,” Chiazza said. “At the end of the day, when you finish something, you can touch it, feel it and see it for generations. It lives on beyond the effort you put into it.”

He previously worked at Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., Benderson Development Co. and Sovran Self-Storage. He was also a senior lecturer at Cornell University.

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