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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Univera Healthcare, a Buffalo-based health plan, named the following to its regional advisory board: John H. Bradley, vice president, Western New York Division of Alcott HR Group; Michael K. Deely, regional staff director, Western New York Region of New York State United Teachers; Horace A. Gioia, attorney/partner, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola; Frederick J. Mertz, president, S. Howes; and Melva D. Visher, adjunct professor, Canisius College and Daemen College.

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Michael Banks of DiDonato Associates, Engineering and Architecture, has successfully completed the Architect Registration Examination and is now a Registered Architect in New York State. Banks has 20 years of experience, 11 of them at DiDonato.

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Bank of Akron assistant vice president/compliance manager, Rebecca L. Smith, has successfully completed the Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer Program, sponsored by the Independent Bankers of America.

Company Connections

Erie County Medical Center Corp. and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received $185,447 and $500,000, respectively, from the state Office of Mental Health 2014-2016 Geriatric Service Demonstration Program grant.

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J. Fitzgerald Group was selected by Darien Lake and Windsong Radiology Group to provide each local company new campaign/branding direction and creative support. JFG was selected to develop the 2014 campaign theme and brand for Darien Lake attractions and lodging destinations. The agency will develop a new rebranding campaign for the Windsong Radiology Group, a diagnostic imaging and radiology center, including radio and TV spots promoting the 3-D mammography.

Patents

Title: Method for selecting lubricants for heat pumps

No.: 8,739,559

Inventors: Thomas, Raymond H. (Pendleton); Seeton, Christopher J. (East Amherst); Wilson, David P. (East Amherst); Yana Motta, Samuel F. (East Amherst); Spatz, Mark W. (East Amherst)

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

Date issued: May 27, 2014