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Hires/Promotions/Honors

PMI Buffalo, the local chapter of the Project Management Institute, presented Robert Smering the 2012 Volunteer Achievement Award. Smering serves as the director of professional development days and was presented the annual honor for his leadership and for holding two professional development seminars for the chapter in 2012.

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TODCO, the transportation division of Overhead Door Corp. in Marion, Ohio, appointed Joe Owen division president. Owen, who is from the Buffalo area, was with Columbus McKinnon Corp.

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The Amherst Chamber of Commerce named Tom Ulbrich, executive director of the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Small Business Advocate of the Year.

Company Connections

Cornerstone Capital Wealth Management has opened its new office at 5895 Goodrich Road in Clarence Center. The wealth management group is headed by its two managing partners, Joseph Ervolina and Robert Meissner.

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Merchants Insurance Group corporate casualty claims manager Ken Carter was recently one of the featured speakers at the 2013 annual conference of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance in San Antonio. Carter spoke on “Litigation Management – The Technology and Art of Litigation Management.”

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AAA Western and Central New York appointed Charlie Mancuso an insurance agent in the AAA Amherst Travel and Insurance Center at 100 International Drive. Mancuso was with GEICO.

Contributing

Young Audiences of Western New York received a $100,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities.

Patents

Title: Apparatus for deploying oxygen masks

No.: 8,443,802

Inventors: Schaeffer Jr., Robert L. (Cheektowaga); Bennett, Duard Charles (Kenmore)

Assignee: AVOX Systems (Lancaster)

Date issued: May 21, 2013

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Title: Airplane leading edge de-icing apparatus

No.: 8,444,093

Inventor: Epstein, Eran (Buffalo)

Date issued: May 21, 2013