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The University at Buffalo named Amanda Butler associate director of corporate and foundation relations. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Medaille College. Also, the university named Christine Fontaneda senior director of development for the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is a Fredonia State College graduate.

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The University at Buffalo School of Management team won the annual On Target Undergraduate Club Case Competition, sponsored by Target Corp. The winners, representing the International Business Association student club, were Jeffrey Kohnke of Niagara Falls, Li Yi Tan of Staten Island, Daniel O’Connor of East Amherst and Daniel Yanega of Levittown. The team and the club will share a $3,000 prize, with each student receiving $250, and the International Business Association receiving $2,000. The goal of the competition is to help undergraduate students strengthen analytic, communication, presentation and teamwork skills beyond the classroom by developing recommendations for real-world business issues.

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Synacor Inc. appointed Lindsay Amico an administrative assistant. Amico recently earned her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University. She previously was an administrative assistant in the admissions department at Northeastern University.

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M&T Bank promoted Umesh D. Babaria to administrative vice president in its Finance Division and Jeffrey M. Balcom to administrative vice president in its Business and Professional Banking Division.

Company Connections

Hunt Real Estate ERA was one of four finalists for the Masters Cup from the Cartus Broker Network. There are more than 811 brokers in the network, and the Masters Cup is the network’s highest honor. The finalists were chosen based on their 2012 records of delivering excellent performance in the areas of home marketing, inventory management, customer service, the conversion of Cartus referrals, broker-to-broker referral performance and the effective marketing of Cartus.

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Stewart FBI LLC, Williamsville, was awarded a $10,214,228 federal contract for the lease of office space from the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, New York, Place of performance will be New Windsor.

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U.S. Innovative Construction, Tonawanda, was awarded a $300,680 federal contract for building maintenance and repair from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Bath Medical Center, Bath.

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SKF USA, Falconer, was awarded a $256,385 federal contract for annular ball bearings from the Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Va.

Patents

Title: Method for producing fluorinated organic compounds

No.: 8,395,000

Inventors: Mukhopadhyay, Sudip (Williamsville); Nair, Haridasan K. (Williamsville); Tung, Hsueh S. (Getzville); Van Der Puy, Michael (Amherst); Merkel, Daniel C. (West Seneca); Dubey, Rajesh K. (Buffalo); Ma, Jing Ji (West Seneca)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: March 12, 2013

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Title: Method and system for transaction decision-making

No.: 8,396,279

Inventors: Gerevics, Anthony B. (Orchard Park); Ferris, Laura M. (Chicago); Norman, Richard L. (Dallas, Texas)

Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank (New York City)

Date issued: March 12, 2013