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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Dansa & D’Arata, certified public accountants and consultants, appointed Marc P. McKenica, Anthony S. Gardner and Kelsey P. Kuppinger staff accountants. McKenica recently earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Niagara University. Gardner received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University at Buffalo. Kuppinger is presently enrolled in the master’s program at Niagara University. Also, the firm promoted Daniel R. Garigen, a CPA, to senior accountant. Garigen has four years’ experience with the firm and has recently passed the CPA Exam.

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John McKeone, business adviser in the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State and an employee of the Research Foundation for the college, was awarded the 2013 Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was honored for working with more than 200 veteran clients providing targeted training, counseling and mentoring to help them develop businesses and entrepreneurial ideas in Western New York.

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The Niagara Frontier Section of the International Society of Automation elected Nico DeWilde, of Smartech Systems, president of its board for 2013-14. Other officers: vice president, Kim Grant, Applied Sciences Group; secretary, Dan Gunderud, IMA Life; and treasurer, Fred Braun, Hands on Technical Training.

Company Connections

Attorneys from Phillips Lytle’s environmental law practice have created a new blog on the firm’s website, titled “Environmental Law Post.” The blog will feature weekly posts written by 12 Phillips Lytle attorneys from the firm’s offices.

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Steve and Thelma Mattocks recently celebrated the grand opening of their new store, Natasha Bradley Home. The Queen Street shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., provides contemporary art and hand-selected pieces.

Contributing

Metro Mattress, a Syracuse-based mattress retailer, donated new beds to 13 charitable organizations in the Buffalo region as part of its “50 Beds in 50 Days” program. The organizations are: Baker Victory Services, Lackawanna; Child & Family Services of Erie County, Buffalo; Family Promise of Western New York, Buffalo; Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, Buffalo; Gateway-Longview, Buffalo; Gerard Place, Buffalo; Greater Refuge Temple of Christ Church, Buffalo; Heritage Christian Services, North Tonawanda; Homespace Corp., Buffalo; Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York, Buffalo; Southeast Works, Depew; Special Spaces Buffalo, Williamsville; and Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, Buffalo.

Patents

Title: Compressor waste heat-driven cooling system

No.: 8,474,277

Inventor: Czechowski, Edward S. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: General Electric Co. (Schenectady)

Date issued: July 2, 2013

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Title: Device with outlet for controlling anesthetic flow

No.: 8,474,451

Inventors: Cuzyldo, Michael (Orchard Park); Ide, Michael (Amherst)

Assignee: Piramal Critical Care (Orchard Park)

Date issued: July 2, 2013