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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Synacor Inc. appointed Corina Toth a program manager. Toth previously was a senior business analyst/enterprise solution analyst for Meritain Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

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Basil Toyota owner Michael Basil is one of 57 nominees for the 44th annual Time Dealer of the Year award. The award will be presented Feb. 9 at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, Fla. Basil was nominated by Paul Stasiak, president of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association.

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Attending psychiatrists at BryLin Hospital were recently elected, by their peers, to the following medical staff positions: President, Dr. M. Sadiqur Rahman; president-elect, Dr. Naureen Jaffri; and secretary/treasurer, Dr. Oscar Lopez. BryLin Hospital is a Western New York private psychiatric hospital providing specialized care for children, adolescents and adults.

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Phillips Lytle attorney Jennifer A. Beckage now serves as chairwoman of the Bar Association of Erie County’s Admission to the Bar Committee.

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The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York selected the following five new board members to its board of governors; Diane Burger, CTS Contracting; Scott Hoffman, Lawley Insurance; Steve McGlone, Turner Construction Co.; John Werely, Buffalo Crushed Stone; and Chris Wopperer, Thermal Foams.

Company Connections

Premier Wine and Spirits and Premier Gourmet were chosen the “Retailers of the Year” for 2013 by Beverage Dynamics magazine. The magazine is a national publication dedicated to the needs of wine, beer and spirit retailer decision-makers across the country. Premier earned top recognition for its new location on Maple Road in Amherst based on several upgrades in technology at the new location, including new LED lighting and the use of iPads to look up product information, check inventory levels and past purchases for club members who are uncertain of what they have purchased previously.

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Valmark Associates launched a new website for St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Amherst. Valmark provided copy and design services, and built the site architecture. The Amherst-based firm also designed a new logo for the church.

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Paragon Advertising was named agency of record for the New York Institute of Massage in Clarence. Paragon will be responsible for all branding and creative services, along with all marketing needs and media placement for the account.

Patents

Title: Hydraulic cylinder cushion

No.: 8,353,241

Inventors: Manney III, Charles J. (Hamburg); Anderson, William J. (Williamsville); Stanczyk, Eric A. (Gasport)

Assignee: HDM Hydraulics (Tonawanda)

Date issued: Jan. 15, 2013

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Title: Apparatus and method for making wire screen

No.: 8,353,407

Inventor: Steadman, Erich (Williamsville)

Assignee: Buffalo Wire Works Co. (Buffalo)

Date issued: Jan. 15, 2013