Dopkins & Company Certified Public Accountants and Consultants promoted Jennifer C. Plail and Jonathan D. Willcox, of the general services team, and Eric R. Soro and Alex M. Brown, of the tax advisory group, to supervisors. Plail is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. Willcox and Soro are both Niagara University graduates. Brown graduated from Canisius College. All are CPA’s.


Anthony V. Burgio, an investment adviser representative with Empire Financial Partners, a member of John Hancock Financial Network, has qualified for the ACE Silver Award, and Leonard Picone, a financial planner with the agency, qualified for the ACE Gold Award.


Phillips Lytle associate Randolph V. Clower will serve as intellectual property counsel for one of the participating teams in the Pre-Seed Workshop organized by Cornell University’s Center for Life Science Enterprise April 4 and 5. Richard E. Honen, a partner with the law firm, will serve as a judge. Teams of entrepreneurs will present their ideas April 12 to a panel of experts who provide feedback on the merits of their business.


Rocco Lucente II, a managing partner in Cohen & Lombardo, was recently inducted into Canisius College’s DiGamma Honor Society.

Company Connections

Freed Maxick CPAs has been named a top 100 accounting firm by Accounting Today, an online business news provider for the tax and accounting communities. Accounting Today ranked Freed Maxick No. 72. The ranking for the annual listing of top 100 accounting firms is based on net revenue percentage change, reported by participating firms.


Luminescent Systems, East Aurora, was awarded a federal contract valued at up to $261,870 and a $45,150 federal contract for electric vehicular lights and fixtures from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.


Dresser-Rand Co., Painted Post, was awarded a $148,500 federal contract for the repair of air compressors from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.


Tecmotiv USA, Niagara Falls, was awarded a $49,440 federal contract for upper manifold covers from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Anniston, Ala.


Title: Method and apparatus for pressurized product production

No.: 8,397,535

Inventors: Howard, Henry Edward (Grand Island); Jibb, Richard John (Wheatfield); Parsnick, David Ross (Amherst); Skare, Todd Alan (Madrid, Spain); Shelat, Maulik (Williamsville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: March 19, 2013