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First Niagara Financial Group promoted Daniel E. Cantara III to senior executive vice president and chief banking officer, responsible for oversight and leadership of all customer-facing businesses at the regional bank. Cantara has led First Niagara's Commercial Services Group since 2007, and its financial services businesses, including insurance, benefits consulting and wealth management, since 2001, when he first joined the company. He earned his bachelor's degree and an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

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SoPark Corporation promoted Linda Whittaker to vice president of program management. Whittaker, a corporate officer, has more than 30 years of combined experience in electronics manufacturing. With the company for 11 years, she previously worked for Avnet and Summit.

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The law firm of Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola named William K. Kennedy a partner. Kennedy, who focuses his practice on insurance defense litigation, graduated from Niagara University and earned his JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Ingram Micro promoted Kelly Nagel to sales director, components and document imaging. Since joining Ingram Micro in 1995, Nagel has held various roles in inside sales, field sales, and sales management and most recently was senior sales manager. She is a graduate of Mercyhurst College.

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Wendel, an architectural and engineering firm, appointed John Havrilla and David Kaczmarowski associate principals. Havrilla heads the firm's CNG initiative. He has a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and is a registered professional engineer in New York State. Kaczmarowski is an architectural designer and is responsible for the success of many of Wendel's college and university projects.

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HUNT Real Estate ERA named Peter Scarcello general manager ?for the Buffalo/Niagara region. ?Scarcello, the broker consultant ?for the brokerage's Amherst office ?since 2006, has 37 years of real ?estate sales and management experience. He is a Canisius College graduate and has completed the Executive ?Leadership and Change courses at ?Daemen College.

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HEALTHeLINK, Western New York's clinical information exchange, named Jacqueline Welsch controller. Welsch, a CPA, served as an assurance manager with Ernst and Young. She earned her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University.

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The Buffalo law firm of Cannon Heyman and Weiss named Divitta Alexander an associate attorney. Alexander previously was with Phillips Lytle. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she earned her JD at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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The University at Buffalo School of Management named Kevin Manne assistant director of communications. Manne most recently served as new media specialist at Genesee Community College. He holds an associate degree from Genesee Community College and a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College.

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Bergmann Associates named Kashyap Revalli a project engineer in its Buffalo office. Revalli previously worked as a project engineer for TVGA Consultants in Buffalo.

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Hiscock & Barclay appointed Jonathan H. Bard an associate in the firm's Buffalo office. Bard is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and LeMoyne College. He was previously an associate at Mackenzie Hughes, where he focused on civil litigation.