People Inc., a health and human services provider, promoted Cheryl Stiller to benefits manager. Stiller, employed at the agency since 2010, previously was health and benefits analyst. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.


WELCOME — The Premium Guide to the Buffalo/Niagara Region named Lindsay L. Jankowski sales and marketing director. Jankowski was previously a digital media executive at Localedge Media. She is a Canisius College graduate.


Five Star Bank promoted Darren Edwards to assistant vice president. Edwards joined the bank in 2005 as a teller and has had roles in help-desk operation, training and as a regional operations manager. He holds an associate’s degree from Genesee Community College.


The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers presented Christopher Kankiewicz, director of maintenance for Whiting Door Manufacturing in Akron, with the 2013 Safety Professional of the Year Award at the Western New York Safety Conference.


Buffalo Place named Mary Colleen Mahoney programming coordinator. Mahoney is a graduate of Niagara University and holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Integrated Marketing Communications at St. Bonaventure University. Also, the organization named Frank Smith marketing coordinator. Smith is a recent graduate of Canisius College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Wehle School of Business.

Company Connections

Crowley Webb won a silver award in the Collegiate Advertising Awards, a national competition of college and university marketing materials, for Niagara University’s “What’s on Your Mind” campaign, a series of seven 15-second commercials.


The Northwoods Corp., a Clarence-based insurance agency, has entered into management agreements with the Harter Insurance Agency and the Steve Cardell Agency, both of Endwell, near Binghamton. The agreement marks Northwoods’ first venture into Broome County.


The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo awarded a $75,000 grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo. The grant will assist the literacy organization in fulfilling its mission to increase third-grade reading scores among low-income students in the Buffalo Public Schools.


Title: Processes for purification of acetylene

No.: 8,398,747

Inventors: Song, Xuemei (Grand Island); Brown, Lloyd Anthony (East Amherst); Thompson, Thomas (Grand Island)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: March 19, 2013


Title: ABS sensor cord adaptor

No.: D678,197

Inventors: Kagelmacher, David R. (North Tonawanda); Levan, David J. (North Collins); McKeown, Jeffrey (Wake Forest, N.C.)

Date issued: March 19, 2013