Professional Insurance Agents of New York State, a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and employees, recently elected Anthony A. Kubera first vice president at a meeting of the association's board of directors. Kubera is director of business development for Russell Bond and Co.


The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals Group named Krista Tortorice of Moog Travel its president. Other officers: Co-vice president for meeting sites, Peter Ziotkowski, Aces Limo; co-vice president for programs, Missy Byrne, Embassy Suites, Downtown; treasurer, Justin Zarnoch, Hampton Inn East Aurora; corresponding secretary, Megan Porter, Holiday Inn-Airport; recording secretary, Marydel Gaiser, Independent Meeting Planner; past president, Kathy Hall-Zientek, Moog Travel; membership, Verity Folan, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure; fundraising, Carla Boccio, Buffalo Limousine; education, Irene Favata, LXR Travel; and public relations, Nicole Mearkle, Moog Travel.


J. Fitzgerald Group,a Lockport-based marketing technology company, appointed Esther Mattick director of information technology. Mattick is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio.

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The Northeast Kidney Foundation will open an office in Buffalo at 110 Broadway. The Northeast Kidney Foundation of Greater Buffalo will offer patient assistance programs, community education and outreach, free kidney screenings, professional education, health care advocacy and patient support among other programs. Barbara Breckenridge will serve as the director of community relations.


Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $1,674,010 federal contract for simplified aid for extra vehicular activity rescue cold gas thrusters from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston.


Hanes Supply, Buffalo, was awarded a $99,960 federal contract from for turnbuckles the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia.


Carleton Technologies, Orchard Park, was awarded a $94,416 contract for aircraft components and accessories from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command,Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and a $89,865 contract and a $41,736 contract for regulator parts kits from the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Supply Center, Philadelphia.


Title: Reconfigurable infant support structure

No.: 8,267,803

Inventors: Trapp, Timothy J. (Orchard Park); DeRubes, John (Grand Island); Gubitosi, Domenic T. (East Aurora); Kelly, Brian S. (East Aurora); Maul, John Martin (Machias); Pyrce, Philip R. (Amherst); Salmon, Robert W. (Buffalo)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Sept. 18, 2012


Title: Modular compact adsorption bed

No.: 8,268,043

Inventors: Celik, Cem E. (Grand Island); Ackley, Mark William (East Aurora); Smolarek, James (Boston)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Sept. 18, 2012