Katie Sullivan, Managing Director

A Western New York native, Katie earned her B.S in Accounting and Finance from Canisius College and spent several years with the global public accounting firm, PwC. Katie became a certified public accountant and traveled around the US, performing public and private company financial statement audits across a variety of industries including venture capital, healthcare, technology, government contracting, pharmaceutical and life sciences, medical device manufacturing, software, benefit plans and non-profits. Katie returned to Western New York to put down roots and serve as the corporate shared services manager and business partner for a multi-national aerospace, defense & industrial products manufacturer near Buffalo. Katie has several years of experience in large companies working with C-suite executives on strategy development and execution as well as experience owning a small business.

Brian Sullivan, Vice President

Brian Sullivan, Vice President

Brian has over a decade of experience as a creative problem solver in a diverse set of roles. A Western New York native, he earned his B.A in Economics and Math from Canisius College. Brian started his career with Bates White, an economic litigation consulting firm in Washington DC. While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he worked for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative. Upon graduating with an M.S in Applied Economics, Brian returned to Western New York to serve as a Vice President on a large regional bank's Corporate Treasury team, where he specializes in strategic planning, financial modeling, risk management, process automation, and data analytics. Brian is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

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Golden Bird LLC's logo of a bird reaching backwards to take an egg off of its back symbolizes the Ghanaian proverb, 'learn from the past to provide for a strong future.' Katie and Brian founded Golden Bird LLC to pursue their dream of owning and operating a small business. In close analogy to the proverb, they are focused on learning from an owner-operator's prior experiences to understand the value of their business and ensure its long-term success.

Brian and Katie are mission driven entrepreneurs who want to create sustainable value for one company. They are passionate about contributing to the energy of small business owners that the Western New York region thrives on. Brian and Katie hold themselves to high standards of integrity, professionalism and accountability. They reside in Orchard Park with their four children and are active in the local community.

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