The Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives will honor Russell J. Salvatore as 2012 Executive of the Year at its annual dinner gala March 4 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Salvatore, who established the famous restaurant in 1967, is president and CEO of Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More Restaurant and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel. In addition he is involved in the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business at Trocaire College, the Patriots and Heroes Park in Lancaster and many other charities and causes.

First Niagara Financial Group promoted Kristy Berner to senior vice president and general counsel and Kate White to senior vice president and managing director, human resources. Berner, the bank’s assistant general counsel since 2010, earned her bachelor’s degree, MBA, and J.D. from the University at Buffalo. White, who joined the bank in 2008 after serving as corporate HR director at HSBC for more than 10 years, graduated from Cornell University.

The Buffalo Urban League appointed Vincent D. Clark vice president of development and communications. Clark served as executive director of the Ellicott-Masten YMCA and senior director for government, corporate and foundation relations at Medaille College. For more than seven years, he worked in the office of former U.S. Congressman Jack Quinn as a senior field representative and director of grants.

Phillips Lytle, an area law firm, elected David J. Luzon and Thomas E. Popek partners in the firm. Luzon, a graduate from Medaille College, he received his MBA and J.D. from the University at Buffalo. Popek received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from UB.

Travers Collins, a Buffalo marketing communications agency, named Tom Peters senior vice president/creative director. Peters, a graduate of Buffalo State College, had been vice president/associate creative director of the agency. He joined the agency 17 years ago from the design staff at Fisher-Price.

The Bonadio Group appointed Brett McDermott a senior accountant. McDermott was a senior accountant with Lumsden & McCormick. He received his master’s degree from Daemen College.

Invision Health located at the Brain and Spine Center in Williamsville named Dr. Sanford R. Pleskow to its primary care medical staff. Pleskow specializes in internal medicine and has been in practice for 35 years. He completed his medical degree at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and served his residencies at the E.J. Meyer Memorial Medical Hospital, Buffalo General Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Gateway-Longview named Catharine Miles-Kania vice president of organizational advancement. Miles-Kania, who brings 14 years of fundraising and social services experience to the agency, graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Gateway-Longview is a not-for-profit child and family service agency.

Dopkins & Company promoted Christine D. McWilliams and Brendan P. Brady to senior manager and Andrew J. Reading to manager in the general services team. McWilliams, a CPA, joined the firm in 1997 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. Brady, a CPA, joined the firm in 2002 after graduating from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Reading, also a CPA, graduated from Fredonia State College. He joined the firm in 2007.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, the binational entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges between Canada and the U.S., elected Thomas G. Pryce chairperson for 2013. Pryce recently retired as business manager and financial secretary of Iron Workers Local 9, Niagara Falls.