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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Local Chamber of Commerce executives Deborah Leigl and Gary Grote are taking over as co-chairs of the Western New York Chamber Alliance, a group that represents 17 local Chambers across an eight-county region. Grote, the president of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and Leigl, the president of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, will take over for one of the alliance’s founders and its current chairwoman, Colleen DiPirro, who also is president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.

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Radio Ink magazine named Heidi Raphael, vice president of corporate communication at Greater Media, one of the 2014 “Most Influential Women in Radio” for the eighth consecutive year. In addition to serving as a member of the board of trustees at Medaille College and governing board of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Raphael volunteers as vice president of the board of directors on behalf of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and the Buffalo History Museum. She is also a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Advisory Board.

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John Ende has been promoted to executive vice president of sales, running global sales for New Jersey-based oral care startup Hello Products from his Buffalo home office.

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Read to Succeed Buffalo appointed Jack Quinn chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Quinn, the president of Erie Community College, will serve a two-year term as chairman. Also, the organization named Frederick G. Attea, a partner with Phillips Lytle, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

Company Connections

The Dion Andrzejewski Agency, an Allstate exclusive agency, achieved the distinctive Inner Circle Elite award based on 2013 achievements. Andrzejewski, one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property and commercial insurance and financial service sales, was recognized by Allstate Insurance Co. for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability. The agency is located at 301 Meadow Drive, Suite 80, North Tonawanda.

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OtherWisz Creative Corp. designed and developed the new website for the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, located at Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront.

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Harter Secrest & Emery was awarded the 2014 ACG New York Champion’s Energy Deal of the Year Award by ACG New York and the M&A Advisor for a transaction that included the restructuring and sale of controlling interest of an oil and natural gas pipeline construction company.

Contributing

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation presented a $5,000 grant to Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York to support its Elder Abuse program. According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, 1,600 cases of elder abuse were reported last year, with the perpetrator being the caretaker in a majority of instances.

Patents

Title: Custom-shape wireless dog fence system and method

No.: 8,779,925

Inventors: Kamery, Christopher (Buffalo); Rich, Christopher T. (Leola, Pa.); Lubic, Marko (Shillington, Pa.); Patterson, Wade (Huntsville, Ala.); Conrad, Steve (Huntsville, Ala.); Gurley, Jason S. (Madison, Ala.); Phillips, Terry G. (Meridianville, Ala.), White Jr., John J. (Huntsville, Ala.)

Assignee: Woodstream Corp. (Lititz, Pa.)

Date issued: July 15, 2014