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>Hires/Promotions/Honors

The Western New York Land Conservancy named Kathleen McCormick stewardship director. McCormick previously was a program manager for Keep Western New York Beautiful, a nonprofit that supports grass-roots efforts to clean and naturally beautify our region. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree and hands-on training in landscape design and planning at the Conway School.

Haick Business Services in North Tonawanda appointed Stacy Monahan enrolled agent, senior tax adviser in the tax, payroll, accounting and financial services firm. Monahan graduated from Geneseo State College.

Phillips Lytle partner James W. Smyton was honored for volunteer work with Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York at the 5th annual Champions for Justice Bash at Rich's Atrium. The awards recognize community members who partner with LSED to help provide free civil legal services to thousands of poor and vulnerable seniors each year.

NCAComp chief operating officer Steve Gidwitz presented at the 2012 National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo in Las Vegas recently. Gidwitz's session was titled "Regional Conflicts Drilling Down to Unique Issues."

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>Company Connections

TH Business Advisors, a Buffalo-based consulting group assisting businesses going through transition, is partnering with Paris-based X-PM Transition Partners, a leader in performance improvement, project management, business restructuring and recovery, as well as international development and operations. The partnership allows TH to serve companies currently conducting business or exploring business opportunities internationally.

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>Patents

Title: Copper alloy particle synthesis

No.: 8,313,551

Inventors: Deinzer, Joshua M. (Hamburg)

Assignee: Energetic Materials (Amherst)

Date issued: Nov. 20, 2012

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Title: Water gun assembly

No.: 8,316,897

Inventors: Lucas, Christopher Francis (Cheektowaga)

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

Date issued: Nov. 27, 2012