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Working For Downtown elected Diane Pietraszewski, an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, president. Other officers: vice president, Mary Young, Lumsden McCormick; treasurer, Amanda Moses, Lumsden McCormick; and secretary, Shannon Sutton. Board members: David DeBoy, David W. DeBoy Architect; Deborah DiMatteo, M&T Bank; Terri Ferrari, private investigator and independent insurance adjuster; Diane Grant, Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps; Joyce Jividen, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Amber Maras, M&T Bank; Anne Martin, retired social worker; Carolyn Murray, Ellicott Development; Bob Palgutt, MidCity Office Furniture; Jeanne Pinto, PE Behringer Diamonds; and Carolyn Powell, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.

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Michele Iannello-Ward, a former Erie County legislator, received the annual effective leadership award for women in business at a recent meeting of the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter of New York State Women. The award is presented each year by Advanced Cancer Theranostx, a cancer diagnostics company owned by Dr. Sherry Bradford, a past president of the organization.

Company Connections

Buffalo-based developers Krog Corp. and Hart Hotels have broken ground on the Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel in the Town of Clayton, Jefferson County. The $20 million, 105-room luxury hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2014, creating 90 new jobs in the North Country.

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Amherst Alarm was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 companies by Security Dealer magazine. Amherst Alarm was ranked 88th overall, 20th in residential customers and 54th in commercial sales. The SDM100 rankings are based on monthly recurring revenue as well as number of commercial and residential customers. The company was founded in 1984 and has more than 50 full-time employees.

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The Advertising Club of Buffalo will host the American Advertising Federation District 2 Leadership Conference in Buffalo on Sept. 20-22. Nearly 40 advertising professionals from regional advertising clubs will participate. Buffalo last hosted the event more than 10 years ago.

Contributing

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation Golf & Wine Event to benefit Kenmore Mercy Hospital at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont., raised more than $150,000 to benefit the foundation’s Grants to Hospital programs. The tournament was sponsored by the Habib family. Other major sponsors include Keller Technology Corp., the Penfold family, Rural/Metro Medical Services and R&P Oak Hill Development LLC.

Patents

Title: Oxygen separation assembly and method

No.: 8,465,630

Inventors: Reed, David M. (East Amherst); Suggs, David Frisbee (Eggertsville); Collins, Michael J. (Lockport); Kelly, Richard Martin (Buffalo); Christie, Gervase Maxwell (Williamsville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology Inc. (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: June 18, 2013