Business Development – Corey McGowan

Born on St. Patrick’s Day 1989 to John and Patricia, Corey McGowan has lived his entire life on Grand Island. A graduate of Huth Road Elementary, Veronica E. Connor Middle, Grand Island Corey-McGowanHigh School and Buffalo State College, he left a career in business to follow his passion as a promoter and entrepreneur through Corey McGowan Productions.

One can easily say McGowan was a born promoter who began leading the charge for community projects when he was 11 years old. Back then, he was spearheading neighborhood petitions to have bridges built over tiny creeks that prevented him from being able to ride his bicycle to Veterans Park. During his high school and college years, he organized controlled hotel parties to provide musical entertainment for his friends while making a few bucks for school.

From 2006-2008, McGowan served as Grand Island Youth Ambassador to the Chamber of Commerce where he would implement a High School Battle of the Bands competition into the popular annual Kid Biz event at the Town Commons.

As a business major at Buffalo State, Corey worked at the Keller Insurance Group in Niagara Falls, where company owners and Grand Island residents Tony Brindisi and Bob Fahning gave him hands-on experience in business, and the ability to learn from two well-respected men in their field.

Upon graduating from college in 2012, he began at Citigroup as a pricing analyst, feeding traders daily stock price variances, working with individuals in New York City, London, Belfast and Singapore. After 18 months, he returned to the Island for a position as the events director for Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa on East River Road.

While working for these companies, the promoter remained active in his hometown by starting the Grand Island Mural program in the summer of 2012. The project was completed that fall through funds from the first Taste of Grand Island. Today, it stands strong with its historical montage of Grand Island facing Baseline Road – as does the Taste of Grand Island, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary as a Corey McGowan Productions event on Sept. 24.

On weekend nights during the summer, one will find McGowan at the Town Commons in the heart of Grand Island hosting a Friday night concert and a free outdoor family movie on Saturday evening. Beginning this year, Corey McGowan Productions will fund an annual business scholarship for a graduating Grand Island High School senior pursuing a four-year business degree.

This passion for his hometown was what prompted McGowan to contact the national office of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Outdoor Basketball tournament last year when he heard Buffalo and Darien Lake would not hold the tournament and it would cease locally after a 25-year run.

McGowan’s enthusiasm in bringing this street festival, sports tournament for adults and youth of both sexes to Grand Island turned into a greatly successful 2015 tournament for all of Western New York to enjoy on Grand Island.

This year, McGowan will again hold the tournament on Grand Island Boulevard and use the Town Commons for a festival June 4-5. This summer you will also find McGowan continuing the tradition of the Taste of Grand Island, monthly Friday evening concerts and Saturday night outdoor films at the town commons. A full listing of events produced by Corey McGowan Productions can be found at