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The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel was formed by leading lawyers in the United States and Canada to improve the quality of the practice of insurance law. Thomas F. Segalla, a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla, is the college's inaugural president, and Dan D. Kohane, senior member, Hurwitz & Fine, is a member of its founding board of regents.

The New York State Automobile Dealers Association, a statewide trade organization representing approximately 1,000 franchised new vehicle dealers, elected Craig Schreiber of Northtown Automotive Companies in Buffalo, chairman for 2012-13 at a meeting of its board of directors at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel partner Robert W. Patterson recently presented at a CPE session sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs. The session was titled "What Finance Professionals Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act."

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>Company Connections

TxMQ, an IT staffing and solutions company based in Amherst, reached IBM's Premier Business Partner Status. This distinguishes TxMQ as one of only five IBM Premier Business Partners based in the Buffalo area. IBM uses the Premier Partner program to recognize technology providers who maintain excellent customer relationships as well as remain up to date on technology, technical skills, product information and teaching.

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>Contributing

CityMade Inc., which sells gift baskets of Western New York products, is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Through the end of December, CityMade will donate 15 percent of every gift basket or product purchased to the American Cancer Society. Orders qualifying for the American Cancer Society donation can be placed online at www.Citymade.com, or by calling 1-866-248-9623. When ordering, please use code "ACS."