RealtyUSA President and CEO Merle L. Whitehead of Orchard Park was inducted into the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers Hall of Leaders. The award was established to honor CRB designees whose significant contributions continue to shape and influence the real estate industry locally and nationally.


Harter Secrest & Emery partner Carol E. Heckman served as a trainer for upstate New York arbitrators certified by the American Arbitration Association. She is a former magistrate judge with more than 35 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer.


The Volunteer Lawyers Project honored Katherine J. Bestine, a partner of Cohen & Lombardo, with the Divorce Pro Bono Award. Created by the Neighborhood Legal Services and the Bar Association of Erie County, the VLP provides private, free civil legal services for low-income individuals and small not-for-profit organizations.


EarthLink Inc., an IT services and communications provider, named Jim Groark director of sales for the Great Lakes region. Previously, Groark served as vice president/general manager for TW Telecom. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton.

Company Connections

MedTech, an association of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies, their goods and services suppliers and research universities, includes among its Buffalo-area membership the following: Applied Medical Coatings, Applied Sciences Group, Graphic Controls, Greatbatch, Hodgson Russ, IMMCO Diagnostics, Moog, New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, Polymer Conversions, SoPark Corp., Summer Street Capital Partners, University at Buffalo and ZeptoMetrix Corp., plus 25 firms and institutions in the Rochester area.


The Buffalo Agency, a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) general agency in Buffalo, recently observed its 125th anniversary, celebrating the agency milestone with more than 85 financial professionals and clients at the Buffalo History Museum.


Title: Folding eyeglasses

No.: 8,317,317

Inventors: Pulvino, Eric Charles (Williamsville); Pulvino, Deborah Ann (Williamsville); Deutsch, Linda Marie (Rochester)

Date issued: Nov. 27, 2012


Title: Organometallic compounds

No.: 8,318,966

Inventor: Meiere, Scott Houston (Williamsville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Nov. 27, 2012