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Hires/Promotions/Honors

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, a division of HealthNow New York, named Meri Notaro director of network development and collaborative partnerships. She received a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.

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Damon Morey appointed W. Clark Trow special counsel in the firm’s real estate and banking departments. Trow received his bachelor’s degree from Plattsburgh State College and his JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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The Genesee County Economic Development Center appointed Charlie Cook chairman of its board, and Thomas H. Felton was appointed chairman of the board of the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corp. Cook has served as president and chief executive officer of Bergen-based Liberty Pumps since 1975, while Felton currently serves as a commercial lender for the Bank of Castile located in Batavia.

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The Financial Association Planning of Western New York named Dirk Rabenold, of Next Financial Group, president of its board of directors. Other officers: President-elect, Peter Hafner of Hafner Financial Group; past president and chairman, Bruce Carrow of M&T Bank; secretary, Stanley Lichwala of Wells Fargo Advisors; and treasurer, Candace Kelley of Spectrum Wealth Management. Directors: Christopher Cinelli, Orchestral Financial Group; Craig Clark, Clark & Co. Wealth Management; Jennifer Jurek, Sgroi Financial Group; and Patricia Sargent, MetLife Securities.

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The Engineering Society of Buffalo appointed Robin Closs, of RJR Engineering, president for a one-year term. Other officers: vice president: Matthew Plizga; and secretary, Augie Taboni, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Directors (three-year term): Frank Alessi; Ron Papaj, Technical Search; Christopher Sargeant, T.Y. Lin International; and Marco Scofidio, Wendt Corp.

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Company Connections

AAA Tax Service recently moved to 550 S. Transit Road in Lockport. The new location is twice the size of its former location.

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KJ Electric signed a multimillion- dollar contract with Bartec Group USA to sell the Bartec-Technor line of explosionproof ATEX and IECEx controls and their Bartec-Varnost line of explosionproof ATEX motors. KJ Electric is the only distributor allowed to sell the Bartec product in the United States.

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Patents

Title: Holder for CAD/CAM blanks

No.: D675,325

Inventors: Ganley, Robert A. (Williamsville); Brodkin, Dmitri (Livingston, N.J.)

Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG (Schaan, Liechtenstein)

Date issued: Jan. 29, 2013