Niagara Gazette — O’ Laughlin has an associate’s degree in business administration from Niagara County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University College at Buffalo and masters in business administration from Niagara University. He is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. For 20 years, he worked on fundraising campaigns for United Way of Niagara. He has been long active in programs for Niagara Cerebral Palsy (NCP) serving as a board member and treasurer. His work was recognized with the NCP Family of the Year Award in 2011 and the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2012.