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Phillips Lytle attorney Joanna J. Chen was named to Lawyers of Color’s second annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners. Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers of Color’s Hot List 2014 Issue. The Eastern Region honorees will also be recognized at a reception hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell.

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Ameriprise private wealth adviser Mark C. Mazzaro was recently named to the 2014 Chairman’s Advisory Council. He joins other advisers to discuss current issues and business opportunities with Ameriprise Financial chairman and chief executive officer James Cracchiolo and other financial leaders.

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The Financial Management Association, a statewide, nonprofit association for finance professionals in the habilitation and rehabilitation fields, recently named Gwen Loomis as the recipient of its 2014 Member of Distinction Award. Loomis serves as controller for People Inc., a Western New York human services agency. She has been with the agency for nearly 30 years.

Company Connections

Goldberg Segalla was named Law Firm of the Year by Reactions, a publication serving the global insurance and re-insurance industry.

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Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the third consecutive year. The Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality excellence worldwide, and only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the accolade.

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Zoup! Fresh Soup Company, a local franchise owned by Michael Wiktor, recently celebrated the grand opening of its first location in Erie County, in the Crossroads Centre at 3217 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.

Patents

Title: One-piece manufacturing process

No.: 8,752,609

Inventors: Kuzdzal, Mark J. (Allegany); Pickrell, Kevin (Columbus, Ohio)

Assignee: Dresser-Rand (Olean)

Date issued: June 17, 2014