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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Synacor Inc. named John Todaro a senior technical project manager. Todaro most recently was an IT project manager at Ecology & Environment. He is a Buffalo State College graduate. The company also named James Baker a senior engineer. Baker previously was a software engineer for Miles Media Group. He graduated from Purdue University.

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Squeaky Wheel, a Buffalo media arts center, elected Andrea Schillaci of Hurwitz & Fine president of its board of directors. Other officers are: vice president, Andrea Mancuso, Nichols School; secretary, Brian Milbrand, Buffalo State College; assistant secretary, J.T. Rinker, University at Buffalo Center for 21st Century Music; and treasurer, John McKendry, Hi Temp Fabrication.

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BeachFleischman, an Arizona CPA firm, promoted Orchard Park native Eric Majchrzak to shareholder and chief marketing officer. Majchrzak joined the firm in August as director of marketing. He previously held the same position for nine years at Buffalo-based Freed Maxick CPAs. He is a Buffalo State College graduate.

Company Connections

Travers Collins recently developed and launched websites for Artisans’ Hands, a boutique in Buffalo that features unique handcrafted gifts, at www.artisanshands.com and for the Harley School, a private school in Rochester, at www.cmeeharley.org.

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Buffalo Pumps, North Tonawanda, was awarded a $125,000 federal contract for the repair of centrifugal pumps from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Patents

Title: Carryable plastic mattress bag

No.: 8,342,587

Inventors: Blok, Johannes (Buffalo); Johnson, Scott (Manassas, Va.); Kohn, Albert (Woodsburgh).

Assignee: U-Haul International

Date issued: Jan. 1, 2013

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Title: Exercise apparatus

No.: 8,343,021

Inventors: Seraydarian, Grant (Niagara Falls); Seraydanan, Varsenick (Niagara Falls)

Date issued: Jan. 1, 2012