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Installs Inc. appointed John Nettina president. With the company since 2003, Nettina most recently was senior vice president and chief operating officer. He is a Canisius College graduate. The company also named Kirk Rydyznski vice president, operations. Rydyznski, a Brockport State College graduate, has been with the company for seven years. Installs provides back office support and the management of delivery, setup and installation of appliances, electronics and other products for major retailers in the United States and Canada.

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The Western New York Grantmakers Association named Mary Jo Hunt president of its board of directors. Other officers: vice president, Betsy Mitchell, director of the Josephine Goodyear Foundation and president of the Children’s Foundation of Erie County; secretary, Amber Slichta, vice president of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York; and treasurer, Tarik Kawi, executive director of the John A. and Mary Clare Ward Family Foundation. The board also welcomed Chris Smith, program coordinator at the Grigg Lewis Foundation, as a director for a second term.

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The West Side Business and Taxpayers Association elected George Pulinthitta president of the organization. Pulinthitta is a 27-year resident of Buffalo who has worked in the banking industry most of his career. Recently, he has also served as the director of the ENERGY afterschool program, a mission of the Westminister Economic Development Initiative, catering to the refugee population of the Grant-Ferry area.

Company Connections

Crowley Webb won the best- of-show award at the recent Addy Awards sponsored by the Advertising Club of Buffalo. The agency won for its B2B calendar campaign for Praxis. Crowley Webb also won the most awards for the night with 31 (17 gold and 14 silver). Other awards winners were: Gelia (four gold, 12 silver); Print Collection (two gold); SKM Group (one gold, three silver); The Martin Group (eight silver); e8 Creative (one gold, one silver); Paget Films (one gold, one silver); In-Room Plus (four silver); Telesco Creative Group (three silver); Cenergy (three silver); OtherWisz Creative Corp. (three silver); Visit Buffalo Niagara (two silver); Hadley Exhibits (two silver); Quinlan (two silver); and Riveter Design (two silver). Other awards were: judges’ choice awards to Crowley Webb and Gelia; xpedex creative use of paper to KATZ Americas; best showbook ad to Crowley Webb; voice of the people award to Villa Maria College student Brittney Sikora, who also won two gold awards; Leah Alles and Carl Hunley Jr., also from Villa Maria, each won gold awards. Among special award winners: Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising, the David I. Levy Communicator of the Year Award; Pete Reiling, a freelancer, the Alex Osborn Award for Creativity; Kim Pentheros, of Gelia, the Joe Crowley Award for Service; and Erin Doherty of the SKM Group, the future star award.

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Buffalo-based Solar Liberty recently introduced the Brighter Western New York program, a community-based initiative to make solar energy affordable to homeowners in Western New York. Solar Liberty will host a community event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Daemen College’s Schenck Hall to discuss solar power, annual savings, solar grants and tax incentives.

Patents

Title: System comprising a multi-layer-multi-turn structure for high-efficiency wireless communication

No.: 8,653,927

Inventors: Singh, Vinit (Austin, Texas); Frysz, Christine A. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: NuCurrent Inc. (Chicago)

Date issued: Feb. 18, 2014