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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Junior Achievement of Western New York appointed Gail Ettaro chairwoman of its board of directors. Ettaro, who succeeds Penny Beckwith, is senior director of marketing at LPCiminelli Inc. Other officers: vice chairman, Jeffery Tredo, director of New York State Campuses at Bryant & Stratton College; treasurer, Steven Helms, controller at Perry’s Ice Cream; and secretary, Cheryl Byrne, director of human resources at West Herr Automotive Group. Directors: Beth Bauman, controller of Lawley Insurance; Jennifer Fincik, vice president for finance and chief financial officer of AAA Western and Central New York; Michael Green, vice president for corporate banking at RBS Citizens; Sara Schumacher-Marks, senior director at Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Susan Scott, vice president for human resources at Delaware North Co.s.; and Daniel Stoll, president of Stoll Financial Services.

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Niagara University assistant professor of management Anna McNab was appointed secretary treasurer of AIS SIGHCI, the Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, which is affiliated with the Association for Information Systems. The appointment is for one year. McNab previously served the organization as a reviewer and mini-track chairwoman.

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Michael T. Glascott of Goldberg Segalla in Buffalo was named to the board of directors of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. The FDCC is an invitation-only organization that consists of defense attorneys, corporate counsel and insurance industry executives who have achieved professional distinction.

Company Connections

Eric Mower + Associates was named one of the top places to work in public relations by PR News. The annual awards honor agencies and organizations whose culture, benefits, and career opportunities best enable employees to thrive and grow. EMA, which was also awarded the same honor in 2011 and 2012, will be recognized Sept. 16 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

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The Bonadio Group, a Western New York CPA firm, has engaged Russ Brandon, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Bills, to appear as the firm’s spokesman for an upcoming Western New York business campaign. The campaign launches in the Western New York market with print, radio and online digital advertising this month.

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Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $6,156 federal contract for aircraft components and accessories from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Patents

Title: Combination infant rocker and swing

No.: 8,795,097

Inventors: Chapman, Linda J. (Corfu); Pyrce, Philip R. (Getzville)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Aug. 5, 2014