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AXA Advisors financial consultant Joseph Lane was elected 2013 chairman of the 30th Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops. The Taste, a two-day food festival, is set for July 13 and 14, along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. In addition, the following were named 2013 officers: First vice chairwoman, Ann Hackett, aHa! Designs; second vice chairwoman, Laura Jacobs, e3communications; treasurer, Luke Baecker, Arcara & Borczynski; secretary, Jen Mitri, Independent Health Foundation; and past chairman, Chris Hitchcock, Birdair Inc.

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Ogorek Wealth Management financial adviser Anthony J. Ogorek recently presented at the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers national conference in Baltimore. The presentation was titled “NUA or Not: Dealing with Rollovers and Concentrated Stock Positions.”

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DIGITS LLC, which specializes in computer forensics and digital investigations, promoted Kyle Cavalieri to director of computer forensics and investigations. Cavalieri is credentialed as a certified computer examiner through the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners.

Company Connections

The Genesee County Economic Development Center received the Industrial Development Agency of the Year Award from the Upstate chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. This is the second consecutive year the NAIOP recognized the GCEDC. The award was based on the GCEDC’s work in developing the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in the Town of Batavia, which is home to international yogurt manufacturing companies Alpina Foods and Muller Quaker Dairy.

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Casteel Schoenborn recently moved to a new location: the Iskalo Development Corp.’s Harbinger Square Building, 5166 Main St., Suite 300, Amherst.

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Sevenson Environmental Services, headquartered in Niagara Falls, was ranked No. 42 on the Engineering News-Record list of the Top 200 Environmental Firms. Sevenson also ranked No. 14 among firms in the hazardous waste market.

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U.S. Veterans Construction and Management Corp., Buffalo, was awarded a $3.48 million federal contract for mental health ward renovations from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

Patents

Title: Electrically operated shaft brake with manual positive lock and rotary release and automatic reset feature

No.: 8,307,959

Inventors: D’Amore, Marco D. (Buffalo); Griffin, Patrick K. (Cowlesville)

Assignee: Moog Inc. (East Aurora)

Date issued: Nov. 13, 2012

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Title: Strap management system for infant support structure

No.: 8,308,229

Inventor: Galley, Seth (East Aurora)

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

Date issued: Nov. 13, 2012