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Tops Markets’ produce director Steven Wright was named 2013 Retailer of the Year by Produce Retailer magazine. The award celebrates Wright as well as Tops’ entire produce team as leaders in the produce field and within the grocery industry. Wright has been in the grocery industry for 31 years. Before he was named director of produce/floral at Tops three years ago, he was with Spartan Foods, based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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The Greater Buffalo Building Owners & Managers Association recently celebrated the 2013 BOMA Awards during a recognition luncheon at the Webb Building in downtown Buffalo.

The recipients were: Property Manager of the Year, Michele Messina, McGuire Development Co.; Distinguished Service Award, Richard A. Serra, Allpro Parking; Building Engineer of the Year, Dean A. Yerry, University at Buffalo; Project of the Year, Bethune Lofts at the Buffalo Meter Company, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.; Allied Member of the Year, Del Akers, Ignight Building Services; Developer of the Year, Seneca Larkin Holdings, Larkin Center of Commerce; Corporate Responsibility Award, CBRE-Buffalo; and Sustainability Award, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Daemen College.

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The Insurance Club of Buffalo named Stuart Green president of its 2013-14 board of directors. Green is with the Evans Agency. Other officers: vice president, Debbie Hess, Albert F. Stager; treasurer, Cristin Tyler, LoVullo Associates; secretary, Jackie O’Malley, Urban Valet Dry Cleaners; and legal counsel, Ric Saraf, Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak. Directors: Richard Budlong, Robert Florio, Sherry Ford, Kevin Fox, Nick Ruchser, Barb Shevlin, Paul Staring, and Andrew Tokasz. The Past Presidents’ Council: Tony Kubera, Matt Gortzig and Dave Pietrowski.

Company Connections

Hunt Real Estate ERA recently launched an all new consumer website, www.huntrealestate.com.

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SCMC LLC, Irving, was awarded a $140,000 federal contract for the renovation of laboratory spaces from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Watervliet.

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Burke & Byrne & Associates, an insurance agency in West Seneca, recently celebrated its 80th anniversary with Merchants Insurance Group. The agency, located at 1780 Union Road in West Seneca, joined with Merchants in 1933. Joe Sherman is the agency president.

Contributing

Goya Great Lakes and Goya Foods presented a $20,000 check to the Glory Center of WNY. The center is located on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park and provides full primary care physician services as well as spiritual counseling to its many patients and the community.

Patents

Title: Six bed pressure swing adsorption process operating in normal and turndown modes

No.: 8,551,217

Inventors: Baksh, Mohamed S. A. (Wheatfield); Simo, Marian (Kenmore)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Oct. 8, 2013