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Cradle Beach named Joseph Marusak, of Kloss Stenger and LoTempio, president of its board of directors for a three-year term. Other officers: Vice president, Marta Hiczewski, the Magellan Group; secretary, Dana Kimberly, Danforth Development; and treasurer, Steve LoVullo, Lumsden and McCormick.

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Chuck Riso, of Ray Laks Honda, was recently honored with Gold Master-level membership in the 2013 Council of Sales Leadership program by American Honda Motor Co. This honor is reserved for Honda sales consultants who consistently display leadership and provide world-class customer service.

Company Connections

First Niagara Financial Group received four national awards and several regional honors in the 2013 Greenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business and Middle Market Banking. Greenwich Associates, a Connecticut-based global consulting firm, surveyed representatives from nearly 13,500 national businesses with sales up to $10 million. Of the more than 750 banks that were evaluated, First Niagara was a national winner in the following categories: Relationship Manager Capability; Relationship Manager Financial Stability; Treasury Management; Customer Service; and Treasury Management Accuracy of Operations. The bank also captured Northeast regional awards for Treasury Management, Overall Satisfaction in both Middle Market and Small Business banking categories.

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MVP Network Consulting, Buffalo, was awarded a $30,838 federal contract for Dell Equallogic San Server hard drives from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, Herndon, Va.

Patents

Title: Twitch toy

No.: 8,640,653

Inventors: Augustyniak, Kevin (Elma); Cook, Alan J. (Chicago); Fubershaw, Gerard (Menlo Park, Calif.); Smith, Jeff (Burlingame, Calif.)

Assignee: Radio Systems Corp. (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Date issued: Feb. 4, 2014

Title: Intake apparatus and system

No.: 8,641,488

Inventors: Shvetsov, Kyrylo (Tonawanda); Lizauckas III, Anthony (Williamsville)

Assignee: Buffalo Filter (Lancaster)

Date issued: Feb. 4, 2014