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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Eric Mower + Associates, a marketing communications agency, promoted Nicole Lawniczak and Jessica Chapman to account supervisor. Lawniczak joined EMA in 2008 as an assistant account executive. She graduated from the University of Rochester. Chapman, a University at Albany graduate, joined the agency in 2010 as a senior account executive.

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Buffalo Medical Group named the following providers to its otolaryngology department; Dr. Steven H. Buck, Dr. Gustavo Diaz-Reyes, Dr. Keun Y. Lee and Dr. Stephen R. Sobie. Also, the following physician assistants have joined the group: Amy Albert, Scott McLaughlin, Christina Pagano and Sonalee Patel. All eight providers are from the former Buffalo Otolaryngology Group, which merged into the BMG in December 2013.

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M&T Bank promoted Angela M. McEwen and Todd H. Vahue to administrative vice president. McEwen graduated from Notre Dame College of Ohio. Vahue graduated from John Carroll University and a earned an MBA from Canisius College.

Company Connections

The 2013 National Dairy Quality Awards recognized the following seven upstate members: Gold winners: Harkins Dairy Farm, Wyoming; Kevin Huber, Lyons; Jerry Dell Farm (organic), Freeville; and Telaak Farms, Little Valley. Silver winners: Charles Bockhahn (organic), East Concord; Fontaine Farms, Strykersville; and Jerome Kostanciak, Akron.

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U.S. Innovative Construction, Tonawanda, was awarded a $326,690 federal contract for the retrofit of E-wing fan walls from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

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Life Safety Engineered Systems, Buffalo, was awarded a $24,976 federal contract for the inspection of fire alarm systems from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons, Terre Haute, Ind.

Patents

Title: Automated trading system in an electronic trading exchange

No.: 8,660,940

Inventors: Marynowski, John M. (Buffalo); Voinescu, Catalin D. (London); Puscasu, Stefan (Bucharest, Romania); O’Donnell, Thomas M. (Woodstock, Ill.).

Assignee: Edge Capture (Woodstock, Ill.)

Date issued: Feb. 25, 2014

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Title: Pinch-relief hinged assemblies and children’s products including pinch-relief hinged assemblies

No.: 8,662,564

Inventors: Howell, William R. (Arcade); Smith, Charles D. (East Amherst); Castiglione, Jon Paul (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: March 4, 2014