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Angelo M. Fatta, entrepreneur, former chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and longtime life-sciences booster in Western New York, now has something in common with the Queen of England.
They both owned the same home on Nottingham Terrace – at least in name.
Fatta, a chemist who launched ACTS Testing Labs before selling it to a French company in 1998 and then starting the nonprofit BuffLink, paid $530,000 this month to buy 155 Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo.
The former owner: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada.
The home, which was assessed at $525,000 and had been listed for $549,000, had been owned by the Canadian government and used by staff of the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo. And, technically at least, the Queen of England is still the formal head of state of Canada.
Fatta is the founder and former president and CEO of ACTS, a $40 million international consumer products-testing company that was based in Cheektowaga and employed 170 locally and 350 in foreign facilities before it was acquired by French quality-assurance firm Bureau Veritas. It also moved to Amherst.
He later formed the biotechnology business development organization BuffLink with another entrepreneur to promote life-sciences companies and help convert research into jobs. It merged into the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise group in 2006.
More recently, Fatta has been credited with helping to turn around the fortunes of the BPO, significantly improving its finances, enhancing its morale and cementing its relationship with well-regarded Music Director JoAnn Falletta. More recently, he was named to the board of the League of American Orchestras.
Fatta also owns a Hamburg mansion on Old Lakeshore Road, which he purchased in December 2008 for $1.8 million.
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