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The WNY Planned Giving Consortium elected David Sampson president for 2014. Sampson is the relationship manager at the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Other officers: Vice president, Susan Siwiec, APR, consultant; secretary, Jane Mogavero, director of client relations at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; and treasurer, Andrew Montione, director of planned giving at Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity. Board of directors: Amy Jo Lauber, Bruce Reinoso, Robert F. Keenan, James Y. Bender, Kathleen M. Christy, Betsy Constantitne, Neil Dengler, Kathleen M. Flynn, Jeanine Purcel, Peter D. Spira and Wayne D. Wisbaum.

The New York Insurance Association elected Charles Makey, senior vice president of insurance operations at Merchants Insurance Group, Buffalo, to its 2014 board of directors at the association’s Annual Meeting recently in Latham.

The certified public accounting firm of Tronconi Segarra & Associates appointed Kevin M. Penner a staff accountant in its accounting and auditing department, and Jeffrey R. Stelianou a staff accountant in its accounting and auditing department. Penner obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Bonaventure University. Stelianou is a graduate of St. John Fisher College.

Company Connections

The Biggest Loser Resort Niagara in Java Center was ranked the No. 2 Spa in North American and the No. 1 Spa in New York State by Spas of America, a consumer spa website, in its annual ranking of the Top 100 Spas of 2013.

Contributing

Dunkin’ Donuts and the American Red Cross are partnering for the “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” campaign, which provides a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives in New York and five other states during January.

Patents

Title: Integrated process for fluoro-olefin production

No.: 8,618,340

Inventors: Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville); Uhrich, Kevin (Alden); Kopkalli, Haluk (Staten Island); Chiu, Yuon (Denville, N.J.); Cottrell, Stephen A. (Baton Rouge, La.)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morriston, N.J.)

Date issued: Dec. 31, 2013

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Title: System and method for monitoring user interface connectivity state

No.: 8,621,108

Inventors: Kamrowski, Brian (Amherst); Olsen, Ronald D. (Lake View)

Assignee: Dialogic Corp. (Montreal)

Date issued: Dec. 31, 2013