Tronconi Segarra & Associates promoted Melissa S. Howell, CPA, to senior manager in the firm’s tax department. Howell is a graduate of the University of Akron and has more than 16 years experience in public accounting. She has been with the firm since 2008. Also, the firm promoted Jeremy D. Blecha, Jesica M. Kenney and Justin A. Vinz to supervising senior accountants. Blecha is a University at Buffalo graduate. He joined the firm in 2008. Kenney earned her undergraduate degree and her MBA from St. Bonaventure University. She joined the firm in 2011. Vinz, with the firm since 2006, obtained his undergraduate degree and MBA from Clarkson University.


Building Controls and Services named Ed Cudney design build executive. Cudney is a certified healthcare contractor through the American Society of Healthcare Engineers and a healthcare design professional.


Phillips Lytle partner Raymond Barr served as a speaker at the Erie Institute of Law’s Continuing Legal Education program titled, “Everything You Wanted to Know About QDRO’s (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders) But Were Afraid to Ask.” Barr addressed “How Retirement Plans Work,” discussing QDRO’s from the plan administrator’s perspective.

Company Connections

Niagara Regional Federal Credit Union and Cadets Federal Credit Union have selected Sharetec Credit Union Management to streamline their office processes. Sharetec Systems, headquartered in Lino Lakes, Minn., is a provider of core data processing systems to credit unions.


Jack Hunt Gold & Silver is now open for business from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays to accommodate its clientele. Jack Hunt Gold & Silver is located in the landmark Eberhardt Mansion at 2746 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.


Allstate Foundation donated $59,000 to support initiatives for minority and women entrepreneurs at the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The grant will subsidize the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program, a joint venture by the CEL and the UB Center for Urban Studies.


Title: Abrading device having a front exhaust

No.: 8,303,380

Inventor: Lehman, Frank (Wilson)

Assignee: Dynabrade Inc. (Clarence)

Date issued: Nov. 6, 2012