The Bank of Akron named Ashley Beeman credit analyst. Beeman is a recent graduate of Hilbert College. The bank also named Jennifer Smith assistant vice president and branch manager for its Lancaster location. Smith held positions at Bank of America.


Phillips Lytle partner John G. Schmidt recently joined the Upstate New York Transplant Services Donate Life Foundation board of directors. Schmidt is the co-leader of the law firm’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Team.


Aspire of WNY appointed Jamie Batt and Jennifer Burton and reappointed Erica Reger to its board of directors. Batt is a law associate at the law firm of Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola. Burton is a senior sales executive for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Reger currently serves as director of staff development and operational improvement at the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. Aspire of WNY offers services for adults and children with developmental disabilities.


Timothy Ireland, Niagara University professor of criminology and criminal justice, co-authored an article with four colleagues titled “Intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in intimate partner violence: A two-generational prospective study,” it was selected as one of the 10 best violence-research publications of 2011 by the Psychology of Violence multidisciplinary research journal. The list appeared in the July 2012 edition of Psychology of Violence.

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Signature Entertainment was selected to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award 2013 for wedding DJs in Buffalo. Signature Entertainment was also selected as 2013 Wedding DJs in Buffalo winner in the Knot’s Best Of Weddings (


The Irish Classical Theatre recently launched its redesigned website at Manzella Marketing Group, a marketing agency in Buffalo, designed and developed the site.


Pantano & Associates, a Buffalo public relations and strategic communication agency, has moved its offices to 651 Delaware Ave. in downtown Buffalo.


Title: Baking dough processing assembly

No.: 8,360,410

Inventor: Rockwood, Gabriella (Lockport)

Date issued: Jan. 29, 2013