John Bodensteiner, assistant vice president of strategic planning and director of Merchants Insurance Group’s Project Management Office, recently passed the Project Management Professional examination, earning him the PMP certification. Bodensteiner has been with agency since 1980, beginning as a claims representative.


MJ Peterson Real Estate named Michele Perez a commercial saleswoman. Perez has worked with several small firms in Western New York for more than 15 years.


Richard DiVita, president and chief operating officer of the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Amherst, was recently elected secretary/treasurer of the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association’s board of directors.

Company Connections

Independent Health, Goldberg Segalla LLP and Horizon Health Services were among 60 employers named to the 2014 Best Companies to Work for in New York State list. All three were in the large employers category, for employers with 250 or more employees.

The winners were announced by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management, and the awards will be presented May 6 in Albany.


Pantano & Associates, a Buffalo public relations and strategic communication firm, was chosen to represent the team leading the redevelopment of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital site at Gates Circle.

A joint venture by TM Montante Development, Canterbury Woods and the Frontier Group of Companies will develop the signature city parcel into a residential-focused mixed-use redevelopment, anchored by a $28 million campus of Canterbury Woods, a continuing care retirement community.


Reiner Remodeling recently launched as an information portal for homeowners to find information about remodeling and kitchen remodeling solutions.


Title: Multi-walled gelastic mattress system

No.: 8,607,387

Inventors: Flick, Roland E. (Elma); Jusiak, Joel T. (Holland)

Assignee: Stryker Corp. (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Date issued: Dec. 17, 2013