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The Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors named Louis C. Vinci its 2013 president. Vinci holds a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo. He has been a realtor member of BNAR since 1988 and has served in the capacity of director since 2002. Other officers: president-elect, Christie Rothschild; secretary/treasurer, John Kopera; vice president, Joe Rivellino; immediate past president, Amy Winklhofer and president’s adviser, Charlene Zoratti. Directors: Dennis Dargavel, James LoVallo, James Roberts and Ron Zaccagnino. Directors at Large: Peter F. Hunt and Daniel Q.Symoniak and regional director, Rebecca Van Dorn, representing Genesee Valley. The BNAR also presented the Realtor of the Year Award to Michael Johnson and Realtor-Associate of the Year to Lawrence Lentini.



The Buffalo Niagara Division of the American Heart Association appointed Elizabeth Zulawski executive director. Zulawski was the association’s senior corporate events director before serving as the inaugural executive director to launch the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation.



Magavern Magavern Grimm named Edward J. Murphy III a partner at the law firm. Murphy serves as village attorney for both the Village of Hamburg and the Village of Farnham. A graduate of Hamilton College, he received his J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law.



SKM Group, a marketing communications agency with offices in Buffalo and Naples, Fla., named Monish Bhattacharyya senior vice president, executive creative director. Bhattacharyya manages the agency’s creative department. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. He has worked in agencies in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City and Buffalo.



Niagara Cerebral Palsy promoted John J. M. Reardon to executive director and CEO. Reardon has been with the agency since 2001 in the role of chief operating officer. He previously served as executive director of Niagara County Speech, Hearing and Language Center for 21 years. The agency also elected Salvatore M. Passanese president of the board of directors. Passanese is a professor of biology and chairman of the science, health and mathematics division at Niagara County Community College. He has served on the board of directors at Niagara Cerebral Palsy since 2000.



The law firm of Hamberger & Weiss named Kristin M. Machelor partner, and Nicole Graci and Kim M. Brewer special counsel in the firm’s Buffalo office. Machelor, who joined the firm in 2005, holds a bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the University Buffalo. Graci, a Canisius College graduate, also obtained her J.D. from UB. She joined the firm in 1999. Brewer joined the firm in 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree degree from New York University, an master’s degree from the University of London and a J.D. from New York Law School.



Quinlan, a Western New York advertising agency, appointed Michael P. Schifferle vice president of new business development. Schifferle is a graduate of the University of Buffalo who served as group manager for TBN Direct.



The Buffalo Broadcasters Association re-elected Dave Gillen of WGRZ-TV as president. Other officers: vice president, Heidi Raphael of Greater Media; and secretary/treasurer, Herb Flemming of Flemming Communications. Don Angelo retired local sales manager of WGRZ-TV remains chairman of the organization. Board of Directors: Eileen Buckley of WBFOFM; Don Heins of YNN; Kevin LoVullo of Spiel the Wine; Shannon Ross of WIVB-TV; Polly VanDoren of WKBW-TV; Rich Newberg of WIVB-TV; Ron Rice of RR Promotions; and Mark Scott of WBFO-FM (retired).



Goldberg Segalla named Brian R. Biggie special counsel in its Buffalo office. Previously an associate Biggie, joined the firm in June 2007. He graduated from Buffalo State College and obtained his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.