Collaborative Partnerships

The NGTI in an organization focusing on collaborative partnerships between the public and private sector to improve the tourism industry, enhance the visitor experience, and provide impactful opportunities for the local community.

Our History

The NGTI was formed in 2014 through Niagara University and was made possible through a grant provided by the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board (WNYPPAB).

Utilizing the strength of the tourism industry as a driver of the Western New York economy, the NGTI serves as a convener for the public and private sector towards industry and community development. 

Strengthened by Niagara University's Vincentian mission, the NGTI endeavors to foster collaborative partnerships throughout the region. NGTI initiatives are based out of its 4 Pillars:

  • Research
  • Workforce Development
  • Technology
  • Entrepreneurship



Our Team

Patrick Whalen

Patrick Whalen


Executive Director

The luckiest guy you'll ever meet, and a serial entrepreneur who has started over 20 businesses in a variety of industries. Pat is known as a connector and builder in WNY, with Niagara Falls, NY as the next innovative piece to the region.

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Roscoe Naguit

Roscoe Naguit


Associate Director

Roscoe has held the title of Associate Director at the NGTI since the early concept phase in 2014. He is responsible for development and implementation of organizational initiatives and oversees NGTI finances.

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Dr. Kurt Stahura

Dr. Kurt Stahura

Niagara University / NGTI

Director of Research

Dr. Kurt A. Stahura is a professor within the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University. He also serves as the NGTI's Director of Research

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Our Advisory Board

Rev. Fr. James J Maher

Niagara University


Mr. Robert Restaino

City of Niagara Falls


Mr. Dan Hamister

Hamister Group, LLC

Chairman & CEO