Frank J. McGuire
Frank J. McGuire was born and raised in South Buffalo where he was the oldest of five brothers. He attended South Park High School and the University of Buffalo School of Engineering where he served as President of the graduating class of 1953. Frank was selected to join the General Electric Company’s premier Engineering program in Schenectady, New York where he worked on the design and development of the Nuclear Reactors used in the first atomic submarines.
In 1960, he returned to Buffalo and founded Industrial Power & Lighting Corporation, an electrical engineering and construction organization. The firm completed more than $200 million of electrical construction work in Upstate New York, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado and Alaska. Industrial Power & Lighting Corporation was the first American electrical contractor to work within the People’s Republic of China in 1981.
In the 1960s, Frank expanded into real estate development in Western New York and Florida where he built a number of condominium projects and three hotels on the west coast of Florida.
In 1973, The McGuire Group extended its reach into Health Care. He built and operated Seneca Health Care Center West Seneca, and has grown the company to a chain of seven nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Western New York, Long Island and Michigan; all of which continuously receiving outstanding rankings from the federal and state governments. He also developed and operates four apartment complexes for the elderly in Upstate New York.
Today, Frank serves as Chairman of The McGuire Group which is comprised of more than 30 companies involved principally in the business of construction, health care, commercial real estate development, real estate management, financing, apartment projects, condominium projects, shopping centers and industrial real estate. The company employs in excess of 2,300 people, more than 1,700 of which are in Western New York. He also served on the board of directors of numerous local companies including 17 years with Merchants Insurance Group.
Always concerned about public policy, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo in 1993 to serve on the New York State Council of Fiscal Priorities. He also served from 1980-1994 as a Trustee of the State’s Senior Economic Development Program, the New York State Urban Development Corporation. In 1985 he was appointed Chairman of the Western New York Economic Development Corporation, part of the New York State Government. He was appointed in 1986 as the Western New York Representative on New York Sportsplex Committee where he was responsible for securing the state funding of the present Buffalo Bison’s baseball stadium. He also served as a member of the Buffalo Waterfront Planning Commission in 1987.
In 1986-1988 Frank served as National Co-chairman of the Democratic Finance Committee and then as Vice Chairman of the 1988 Presidential trust.
Frank has always been active in the community. He was elected as Director of the Chamber of Commerce in 1972 and continued serving as President in 1978-1979. He was the founding President of the S.U.N.Y.A.B School of Engineering Alumni Association as well as President of the Engineering Society of Buffalo in 1963.
In 1998, Frank initiated the “Business Backs the Bills Committee” which resulted in the sale of suites at Ralph Wilson Stadium and ultimately the signing of a 10 year commitment from the Buffalo Bills.
In 2001 he served as a Director of the Buffalo Club and Director and President of the Country Club of Buffalo in 2002-2003.
He has volunteered his time and generous support to countless philanthropic, civic and charitable institutions in Western New York including, Roswell Park, Kaleida Health Systems, The Diocese of Buffalo, St. Bonaventure, Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Boy Scouts, Sisters of Mercy, The Irish Classical Theater, Catholic Charities, the Community Foundation of Western New York and others too numerous to mention.
He is a major supporter of the University of Buffalo where he serves as a Trustee of the Foundation and was co-Chairman of their recent successful $290,000,000 Capital Fund drive. He has also served as the Honorary Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive for the Summit Education Facility which educates Autistic and neurologically disabled children in Western New York.
Because of his Civic and Philanthropic leadership, he has received many awards and recognitions, including the following:
J.C. Gold Key Award from the Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce as Buffalo’s outstanding young man 1964.
D’Youville College Outstanding Citizen 1975
Hilbert College Executive of the Year
Medaille College Entrepreneur of the Year
Buffalonian of the Year 1992
YMCA toast of Buffalo Award 2000
Trocaire College Reflections Award for Community Service
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community Champion Award 2001
Western New York Fundraisers Association Philanthropist of the Year 1999
St. Bonaventure Gaudette Medal for Philanthropy and Community Service 1999
University of Buffalo School of Management Executive of the year 2002
United Way D’Tocqueville Society Philanthropist of the year 2007
Business First’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2013