Allstate Insurance agent Joseph Parlato at 3358 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, for which Parlato volunteers.


KeyBank honored Kathleen Lerch Kelly, owner of Precision Landscaping, and Bonnie Jensen and Donna Sebastiano, owners of Tresses, with Key4Women Achieve Awards. The award is part of KeyBank’s Key4Women program that provides women business owners with customized tools and resources.


Alliance Advisory Group, a financial services firm based in Buffalo, named Michael Boyczuk a financial representative. Boyczuk is a financial representative of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

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The Travel Team received the American Express Representative Travel Network’s Travel Agency of the Year Award, from a field of more than 130 agencies nationwide. Buffalo-based Travel Team provides corporate travel management services, meeting and event planning, and vacation and luxury travel.


Princeton Equity Partners LLP, led by Russ Conrad and Michael DiGaetano, is acquiring and renovating office space at 716 Center St., Lewiston. Princeton plans to move into the location in early December, marking the 15th anniversary of the independent full-service financial firm. Princeton also has offices in Austin, Texas, and Westlake Village, Calif. Conrad and DiGaetano are graduates of SUNY Buffalo State.


Picone Construction Corp. recently began work on Sacred Heart Academy’s new 14,000-square-foot gymnasium. It will have seating for approximately 500 people, locker rooms, storage, a snack area, fitness room, dance studio and offices. The facade of the gymnasium will be brick with composite panels and storefront.


The law firm of Phillips Lytle was recognized for its Peace Out! Program by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The program guides underprivileged students in role playing to explore problem-solving and dispute resolution, and it brings more than 65 Phillips Lytle attorneys into Buffalo schools, as well as schools in other cities where the law firm has offices. More than 650 middle school students have participated in the program.


Title: Addressable matrices/cluster blanks for dental CAD/CAM systems and optimization thereof

No.: 8,568,897

Inventors: Ganley, Robert A. (Williamsville); Brodkin, Dmitri G. (Livingston, N.J.)

Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG (Schaan, Liechtenstein)

Date issued: Oct. 29, 2013


Title: Manual litter box

No.: 8,567,348

Inventors: Cook, Alan Jay (Chicago); Devlin, Thomas (Sommerville, Mass.); Helfet, Leon (Camarillo, Calif.); Augustyniak, Kevin John (Elma)

Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Date issued: Oct. 29, 2013