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Hires/Promotions/Honors

The accounting firm of Tronconi Segarra & Associates promoted Stephan D. Cwynar to senior accountant in its tax department. Cwynar obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo. He has been with the firm since 2011.

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Wendel, an architectural and engineering firm, appointed Tony Kellen to its public transportation group to assist with the execution of regional and national public transportation and CNG projects. Kellen was director of operations and technology at the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. He will be based out of Wendel’s Minneapolis office.

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The Buffalo Niagara Partnership appointed Krystal Sondel events manager. Sondel was previously employed by Deaf Adult Services. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo State.

Company Connections

Customers of Five Star Bank now have no-cost access to nearly 600 ATMs at Rite Aid stores in New York State. The 589 ATMs in the agreement include 55 Five Star Bank-branded machines, located primarily in Erie and Monroe counties. They supplement the 60 Five Star-owned ATMs already in service in Western and Central New York.

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Sonwil Distribution Center has added several Kenworth compressed natural gas tractors to its transportation fleet. The CNG tractors, operating under Sonwil’s Innovative Transportation Services affiliate, yield fewer emissions and deliver greater fuel economy/cost savings in comparison to traditional diesel trucks.

Patents

Title: Prodrug anti-cancer therapy

No.: 8,609,813

Inventors: Lee, Kelvin (East Amherst); Carlson, Louise (East Amherst)

Assignee: Health Research (Buffalo)

Date issued: Dec. 17, 2013

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Title: Metallation enhancements in tumor-imaging and PDT therapy

No.: 8,609,837

Inventors: Pandey, Ravindra K. (East Amherst); Baumann, Heinz (Buffalo); Chen, Yihui (Amherst); Joshi, Penny (Amherst); Patel, Nayan (Buffalo)

Assignee: Health Research (Buffalo)

Date issued: Dec. 17, 2013