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Hires/Promotions/Honors

ABC-Amega, a Buffalo-based commercial receivable management firm, promoted Jeff Tharnish to team leader for its international department. Tharnish, who joined the company in 2007, previously was an international account executive and began his career with ABC-Amega in 2007. Also, the company promoted Brian Fabian to outsourcing support specialist and Sarah Jaskowski to global operations support specialist. Fabian previously was in international third-party collections, while Jaskowski was previously an administrative support professional on the Global Support team.

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Erie County named Craig Rittling deputy county clerk of Auto Bureau operations. Rittling will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Auto Bureau and overseeing projects that will enhance all services currently provided to motorists and local area auto dealers. He will work out of the downtown Auto Bureau at 170 Pearl St.

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The certified public accounting firm of Tronconi Segarra & Associates appointed Daniel P. Kirst staff accountant in its accounting and auditing department and Donald F. McEvoy staff accountant in its small- business department. Kirst earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo. McEvoy is a graduate of Hilbert College.

Company Connections

The Wolf Agency, an insurance agency in Orchard Park, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with Merchants Insurance Group. The agency has been in business since 1925 and joined with Merchants in 1943.

Contributing

Thirteen area businesses have pledged a combined $100,000 of financial support annually for the next three years to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies. The new community partners are: ConAgra Foods, Father Sam’s Bakery, Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs, Lactalis Retail Dairy, Muller-Quaker Dairy, Naked Juice, North America Breweries, Pepsi, Perry’s Ice Cream Co., Rosina Food Products, Sahlen Packing Co., 3M and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

Patents

Title: Catalytic adsorbents for mercury removal from flue gas and methods of manufacture therefor No.: 8,609,580

Inventors: Chao, Chien-Chung (Williamsville); Pontonio, Steve J. (Eden)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Dec. 17, 2013