The Author

Alan's photo 2016Alan Weinstein is a coach to CEOs, a college professor, a consultant, and an entrepreneur.  Alan received his Ph.D in Industrial Psychology from Wayne State University.  He has held professorships at Carnegie-Mellon University, Oakland University, and Canisius College.  At Canisius, Alan was the Chair of the Management & Marketing Department, founded the Center for Entrepreneurship the Institute for Family Business.  In 1988, Alan co-founded LaserTron, an entertainment company that manufactures and manages laser tag court games.  The company is currently headquartered in Amherst, NY. In 1992, Alan started the first TEC/Vistage group in Western New York.  He now chairs two CEO groups, and  a KEY group.  In addition, Alan created The Executive Edge, LLC., a company focused on Executive Coaching,  Alan led his consulting company, Alan G. Weinstein & Associates. which specialized in organizational development, corporate training, team building, group facilitation, team building, and strategic planning. Alan also worked closely with several not for profit cultural organizations to create a collaboration, enabling these organizations not only to survive financial hardship but to flourish artistically He has served on several Boards of Directors including Perry’s Ice Cream, LaserTron, Stride Tool, EGW Associates, and North American Health Plans.

For several years, Alan co-wrote a news column in Business First titled Owner and Coach with Jim Cipriani Jr. Alan’s book, Executive Coaching and the Process of Change: A Practitioner’s Guide was published in 2013.

Alan has won several awards for his work with Entrepreneurs. He was twice a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work in supporting Entrepreneurship.  The Price Babson Fellowship recognized Alan by presenting him the prestigious Edwin A. Appel Award for his work in Entrepreneurial Education. At Canisius College, Alan was selected the 2003 and 2007 Donald Calvert Outstanding Professor by his MBA students.  His research has been recognized by several professional organizations including the Family Firm Institute and United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was also presented the Crystal Buffalo Award and the Western New York Economic Development Award for his work with Entrepreneurs in Western New York. Local, state and federal agencies supported his research and work with Entrepreneurs, including a congressional grant to support the Center for Entrepreneurship. Internationally, Alan has worked with family businesses, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial educators in Canada, South Africa, Finland, Italy, France, Iceland, Norway, South Korea, Peru and Australia.

When not working, Alan can be found travelling, visiting art galleries, enjoying theater, golfing, skiing, bicycling, jogging, and working out at the gym.