Norm is an account executive with NFADA Wholesale Distributor’s for the last 22 years. His responsibilities include working with the Western New York new car auto dealers. He assists them in realizing savings in fixed operating costs by utilizing their own cooperative and the purchasing power of the 85 dealers throughout Western New York.
Norm started working as a volunteer in disabled hockey in 1999 when his son Adam started playing sled hockey at the age of 7. Norm was an assistant coach from 1999 until 2002 as well as a member of the board of the then Niagara Challengers. He earned a level 3 coaching card and went on to be head coach of the Buffalo Sabres Junior Sled from 2002-2005.
In 2002 Norm was elected President of the Niagara Challengers Sled Hockey program. Soon after the NHL Buffalo Sabres became a full sponsor of the program. The name was change from the Niagara Challengers to the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Program. During his tenure the program doubled from 2 teams to 4. Revenue tripled from 20,000 to 60,000 per year. An annual grant was secured from the Buffalo Sabres in the amount of 10,000 per year. A scholarship was created to encourage sled players to continue their education beyond high school. A grant was written to build the first sled accessible rink in Buffalo at the Riverside Ice Rink in 2006. In 2006 three members of the program made the 2006 USA Paralympic Sled Team that went on to win Bronze in the 2006 Torino Winter Games. In 2007, five members of the USA National team from Buffalo made the roster of 15.
In late 2007 he was nominated to become the USA National Sled Hockey Representative for USA Hockey. In that role Norm has been responsible for all aspects of growing grass roots sled programs.
Norm has traveled to over 40 cities helping to put on sled clinics and promote and grow the sport. He has help bring National and Developmental camps to Buffalo as well as the National Sled Camp every summer. The National tryouts are now held here in Buffalo. He has had one NHL Sled Classic , two National Disabled Festivals and in April of 2015 helped bring the IPC Sled World Championships to Buffalo. In 2011 Norm worked with the Buffalo VA Hospital and the NHL Buffalo Sabres to start an all Veteran Sled program.
Norm lives with his wife Sandy and their son Adam in Lancaster, New York