The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development named Christina Coyle vice president of finance on the board of directors. Coyle is president of Prizm solutions, a firm specializing in organizational development and innovation, and an adjunct instructor at Daemen College and D’Youville College. FASTD is the largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field in the Niagara Frontier region.


Phillips Lytle partner Timothy W. Hoover organized and was co-chairman of a New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seminar titled “Cross to Kill,” focusing on cross-examination strategy and techniques in criminal cases.


SKM Group, a marketing communications agency, appointed Kimberly McCarthy an account executive and Marghi Montagnola production manager. McCarthy most recently was employed at First Niagara Bank and is a Syracuse University graduate. Montagnola, a Canisius College graduate, previously worked at Marketing Tech. Also, the firm named Emilie Pryor a proofreader. Most recently a writing instructor at the University at Buffalo, she is a Fredonia State College graduate.

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Hurwitz & Fine was recognized in the second annual list of top-ranked law firms in the U.S. by Martindale-Hubbell. The honor is reserved for firms with a minimum of one-third of the firm’s attorneys having achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV pre-eminent rating.


Seneca Resources Corp., the wholly owned exploration and production subsidiary of National Fuel Gas Co., was recognized as the Bureau of Land Management’s 2012 California operator of the year at the 2012 Oil and Gas Conference in Bakersfield, Calif.


The Amherst Chamber of Commerce presented Marc Murphy Photography with the Chamber’s quarterly member success showcase award.


Tops Markets presented a $180,000 check to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in support of cancer research and patient support programs. The funds were raised at the fifth annual Tops 5K/10K Family Walk/Run on Aug 25. More than 1,500 runners and walkers participated, the most in the event’s history.


Title: Protective device

No.: D670,253

Inventors: Strong, James Alan (Olean), Miller, David R. (Allegany)

Assignee: Cooper Technologies Co. (Houston)

Date issued: Nov. 6, 2012


Title: Coaxial cable connector tool

No.: 8,307,544

Inventors: Natoli, Christopher P. (Fulton); Koeppel, John H. (Cheektowaga)

Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates (East Syracuse)

Date issued: Nov. 13, 2012