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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Ecology and Environment named Michael S. Betrus an independent director on the board of directors and a member of the audit committee. Betrus, a CPA, has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, financial management, contractual oversight and budget forecasting. He is currently the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Power Drives, a manufacturing and industrial distribution company located in Buffalo.

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Clarence Toastmaster member Renee Paser-Paull was recently awarded the Triple Crown by Toastmasters Western District 65 for receiving three awards in communication and leadership within a single year. Paser-Paull is a member and officer of the Clarence Toastmasters, sponsored by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce. She has also won several Clarence Toastmasters speech contests.

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PLS 3rd Learning recently promoted Jim Connolly to director of Operations. Connolly began at the company as project manager. He graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree. PLS 3rd Learning, an education technology company, is located in Buffalo.

Company Connections

Pure Barre has launched its newest location at 7660 Transit Road in Amherst. The new franchise fitness studio is owned by Shayna McKie.

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Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services opened its newest Children’s Behavioral Health Treatment Program, serving children and adolescents, ages 3 to 18 and their families, at the Erie County Health Mall, 1500 Broadway, Buffalo.

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Call Associates Inc., Buffalo, was awarded a $989,857 federal contract for the replacement of fire alarms in the West Building at the Metropolitan Detention Center from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons, Allenwood, Pa. Place of performance will be in Brooklyn.

Contributing

Dunkin’ Donuts donated $7,000 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from its Iced Coffee Day on May 21. Dunkin’ Donuts and participating Buffalo franchisees donated $1 from every cup of Iced Coffee sold in the greater Buffalo area.

Patents

Title: Compositions and methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer

No.: 8,748,423

Inventors: Hangauer Jr., David G. (Lancaster); Ciesielski, Michael J. (Orchard Park); Fenstermaker, Robert Alan (Amherst)

Assignee: Kinex Pharmaceuticals (Buffalo)

Date issued: June 10, 2014