Blue Sky Design Supply Founder Tyra Johnson Will Speak at Daemen November 7

Blue Sky Design Supply Founder Tyra Johnson Will Speak at Daemen November 7


Second Event for Fall 2012 in Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series


October 19, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472


Blue Sky Design Supply founder Tyra Johnson will offer the second presentation for fall 2012 in the Daemen College Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.


Johnson’s presentation will focus on building a business through sustainability, using eco-friendly management practices, diversity, and inclusion programs. This event will begin at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, in Alumni Lounge in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.


Blue Sky Design Supply was founded by Johnson in early 2010. She felt it was a very effective way to help others and the environment while sharing and further developing her knowledge of design and construction practices, especially in the areas of sustainability

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Johnson brings a unique set of skills and experience in project management. She is, also, an adjunct instructor in the Daemen College Global & Local Sustainability Program.


“My vision for Blue Sky is to create a mechanism that generates an enduring enthusiasm for sustainability, helping our community thrive,” she notes.


Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Johnson’s background in environmental studies and social responsibility spans over two decades. She holds a degree in Environmental and Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University at Buffalo. Prior to founding Blue Sky Design Supply, Johnson was a project manager at the largest commercial construction firm in Western New York. She offers Blue Sky clients expertise in building successful business relationships, and developing and executing targeted initiatives that enhance customer satisfaction.


Blue Sky Design Supply grew out of the desire to provide attractive and environmentally responsible products. “We serve clients who want to decrease their environmental impact on the planet as well as choose healthier options for themselves and/or the clients they serve. Our philosophy is characterized by the Blue Sky ‘mantra,’ SEED, the driving force behind everything we do.”


Sustainability: Meet clients’ needs without compromising the needs of future generations.


Environment: Educate clients about products and building methods that won’t deplete resources, won’t harm natural cycles or emit needless levels of toxins.


Efficacy: Utilize our expertise to create the desired result for our clients.


Design: Provide creative and innovative solutions delivered in a tailored and responsive manner.


In addition to being a showroom, Blue Sky also does consulting. Backed by a successful professional track record, Blue Sky is well positioned to offer clients tailored consulting with methodical and innovative approaches aimed at delivering results.  


Green Building


Blue Sky provides green building consulting on all project types including residential, commercial, and educational properties, aiding clients in achieving key sustainability goals.


 About Nancy Haberman Gacioch


Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62 studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College. Through a new lecture series that bears her name, Mrs. Gacioch hopes to provide a significant incentive for individuals in the area of business entrepreneurship. 


Widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County, Nancy and Bill Gacioch have had enormous success in creating a business that employs 300 people and provides housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded by Bill Gacioch more than 45 years ago. 





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