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Angelo Natale, president and CEO of Natale Builders recently earned the Certified Green Professional National Association of Home Builders Award for project of the year, best green building home and neighborhood for the company’s single-family home development Rivera Greens off Country Road in Clarence.

Goldberg Segalla founding partner, Thomas F. Segalla, was selected to receive the James W. Conway Award from the Defense Association of New York. The annual honor recognizes an attorney who significantly furthers and develops the defense bar through strategic and vigorous defense of clients in litigation.

Brian Shanley, an indirect sales account manager for Verizon Wireless, was named to the company’s President’s Cabinet for ranking in the top 2 percent of the company’s more than 28,000 sales executives nationwide during 2013. He also received a President’s Award of Excellence for exceptional teamwork, leadership and customer service at the Upstate New York Region’s annual employee meeting.

Company Connections

Buffalo-based GripeO launched its new website and mobile application to address growing global customer service concerns. Available at: www.gripeo.com and as an app on iOS7 devices, the service leverages technology to provide value to consumers and businesses. The company heads into launch with the support of Z80Labs, a technology incubator co-managed by Jordan Levy and Ron Schreiber of Seed Capital Partners.

Stampede Presentation Products, an Amherst distributor of high-value-added ProAV solutions, was appointed by ASK Proxima, a manufacturer of high-performance LCD and DLP projection displays, to sell ASK Proxima’s full line of projectors to its customer base of 11,500 dealers.

Contributing

Customers of seven local retailers donated $752,155 to the Food Bank of WNY during the 22nd annual “Check Out Hunger” drive. This year, the drive was held from January 26 through March 8, and the participating retailers were Dash’s Market, Market in the Square, Tops Markets and Wegmans. Participating in the campaign in November and December were Premier Gourmet, Premier Group and Price Rite. Lexington Co-Operative will conduct its campaign later this month.

Patents

Title: Apparatus for final finishing a wheel hub of a knuckle assembly and related method

No.: 8,656,568

Inventors: Smith, Douglas J. (Batavia); Dupin, Serge (Batavia); Nix, Jerry (Troy, Mich.)

Assignee: SMW Automotive Corp. (Troy, Mich.)

Date issued: Feb. 25, 2014