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The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsor of the Erie County Fair, named Bryan C. Wittman the honorary chairman of the 175th Erie County Fair in 2014. Wittman, a native of Hamburg, is currently vice president of global special events for Disney Parks and Resorts. He is a graduate of Ashland University in Ohio.

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The Buffalo Bisons promoted Geoff Lundquist to group sales manager and Nicholas Iacona to group ticket representative. Lundquist began with the Bisons in 2003 in the ticket office, and joined the sales team in 2004. Iacona is a Niagara University graduate, has been with the club’s public relations game-day staff for the last two years. Also, the organization appointed Beth Potozniak account executive. Potozniak is a University at Buffalo graduate.

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HarborCenter named Dominic Verni general manager of its restaurant and sports bar. Verni spent 17 years with the Hard Rock International Restaurant, Hotel and Casino chain, most recently serving as general manager of their establishment in Niagara Falls since 2004. He graduated from the University of Buffalo. The yet-to-be-named establishment will be owned and operated by HarborCenter.

Company Connections

Makes Sense, a new business that focuses on children with autism and special needs, is located at 13295 Broadway in Alden. The store offers products for children, including therapy items, educational toys, weighted items including blankets, lap pads, and neck wraps. In addition, the store hosts a parent/caregiver meeting the first Tuesday of every other month. For additional information, visit www.makessenseproducts.com.

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Kona Oasis Spa recently opened at 326 Cayuga Road in Cheektowaga. Co-owners Lisa Cyrankowski and Gwen Higby. Cyrankowski is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician and Higby is a licensed esthetician.

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ACP Technologies of West Seneca has been named to the Ingram Micro 2013 SMB 500. This is the second consecutive year ACP has made the list, which celebrates the top 500 fastest-growing Ingram Micro U.S. channel partners focused on small and midsize businesses.

Contributing

Carubba Collision Corp. will present two checks totaling $17,050 to the Food Bank of Western New York and to the Niagara County Sheriffs K-9 Unit. Each organization will receive $8,525. The funds are from the proceeds of the inaugural Carubba Collision Golf Classic Tournament, held in August at Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Cheektowaga.

Patents

Title: Catalysts for fluoroolefins hydrogenation

No.: 8,575,407

Inventors: Wang, Haiyou (Amherst); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville)

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

Date issued: Nov. 5, 2013