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Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak partner Melissa A. Foti was recently initiated into Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity as a lifetime member. Foti is a mentor to the firm’s associates and young women in the community who are entering the legal profession. She is a recent past president of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Western New York Chapter. In addition, Vincent E. Doyle III, a partner at Connors & Vilardo received an honorary initiation into the fraternity. Doyle is the immediate past president of the New York State Bar Association, where he has also served in various leadership positions. A former member of the board of directors of the Erie County Bar Association and past president of the Erie County Aid to Indigent Prisoners Society, he is regarded as a leader in the Western New York legal community. Phi Alpha Delta is a worldwide fraternity with more than 300,000 members since its start in 1902.

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SelectOne Search, a locally owned executive search and contract management firm based in Williamsville, appointed Jason Hewitt a senior information technology recruiter, and David Martinez an IT account manager responsible for developing new business and locating IT professionals for its Western New York and North American clients. Hewitt worked for seven years at a Buffalo-based retail and energy company as an IT professional. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College. Martinez has three years’ IT consulting and business development with a national search firm in Raleigh, N.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Canisius College. Also, the firm named Clair Saeger a recruiter dedicated to supporting accounting and administrative placement for the temporary and contract staffing division. Most recently, Seager worked as an online marketing consultant and social media manager for a WNY marketing organization. A University at Buffalo graduate, she earned a master’s degree at D’Youville College.

Company Connections

VoIP Supply has become the first Certified B Corporation (B Corp) in Western New York. Seven states, including New York, have passed Benefit Corporation legislation. Gaining B Corp status is the result of an in-depth application process that requires a company to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance with a legal obligation to put people ahead of profits.

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Petruzzi Insurance Agency, at 825 E. State St., Olean, has expanded into Salamanca with the purchase of Anderson Insurance at 685½ Broad St. Petruzzi Insurance now has three locations including Eldred, Pa.

Patents

Title: Methods and systems for processing stranded payments and lockbox payments at the same designated payment location

No.: 8,374,964

Inventors: Gurz, Cheryl (North Tonawanda)

Assignee: HSBC Bank USA (Buffalo)

Date issued: Feb. 12, 2013