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Hires/Promotions/Honors

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County promoted Elaina Mulé to market research analyst. Mulé recently graduated from Cornell University with a master’s degree. She previously was a leadership executive with the agency.

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The Cornell Alumni Club of Greater Buffalo named Jack McGowan president of the 2014-15 board of directors. Other officers: vice president, Tricia Herby; secretary, Liam O’Mahony; treasurer, Tim Vanini; and past president, Jenn Warner. Directors: Celinda Crego, Eric Hoffman, Kayla Sandway Klos, Dave Meade, Margaret Lapp, Matthew Nagowski, Jay Sackett, Richard Scherer, David Schiller, Nancy Spector and Michael Szymoniak.

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McCollum Christoferson Group appointed Andrew T. Murtha senior investment strategist. Murtha, a 2000 graduate of Rutgers University, holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree. Most recently, he was employed as an associate with Aleksandrowicz Advisors.

Company Connections

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce recently honored the winners of its 2014 Small Business Awards: Lougen Valenti Bookbinder & Weintraub, Small Business of the Year; Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream, At Your Service Award; Maureen Munzert, vice president at KeyBank, Small Business Advocate of the Year; Marnie LaVigne, Community Stewardship Award; EnergyMark, Award for Excellence; Patrick Finan, Trailblazer Award; and HarborCenter, Sponsor’s Award.

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Camp Bow Wow recently celebrated the grand opening of its West Seneca location at 31 North America Drive.

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MVP Network Consulting, Buffalo, was awarded a $4,419 federal contract for the maintenance of HP servers from the U.S. Army, Fort Polk, La.

Patents

Title: Vacuum transport belts

No.: 8,708,135

Inventors: Lin, Liang-Bih (Rochester); Gilmartin, Brian P. (Williamsville); Castillo, Ruddy (Briarwood); Panides, Elias (Whitestone); Giacobbi, James L. (Penfield); Hoover, Linn C. (Webster); Batt, Gary A. (Fairport)

Assignee: Xerox Corp. (Norwalk, Conn.)

Date issued: April 29, 2014