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Bryant & Stratton College President and CEO Cindy H. Susienka was appointed to the board of trustees of New York’s Association of Propriety Colleges. APC is a state organization that exclusively represents degree-granting proprietary colleges, spanning 41 campuses across the state and serving more than 60,000 students.

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National Fire Adjustment senior estimator Joe Ventura recently celebrated 50 years of employment at the company in the analysis of buildings for fire, wind and flood damage in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Niagara Falls and Erie, Pa. National Fire Adjustment is a family-owned and operated public adjusting and loss consulting company that began in Buffalo in 1922.

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The Bonadio Group’s CEO and managing partner, Thomas Bonadio, was recognized as one of 10 CPA firm executives nationwide for leadership excellence on Accounting Today magazine’s 2013 Managing Partner Elite list.

Company Connections

Designated Drivers of Buffalo is celebrating five years of providing its designated driving service in Western New York. Since opening in October 2008, Michael Mule’ and P.J. Basile, co-founders, have expanded their services to Rochester and employ as many as 50 full- and part-time employees in WNY.

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DICK’S Sporting Goods will open a new store in Batavia this fall.

Contributing

City Dining Cards recently presented a $4,576 check to the Food Bank of Western New York raised from the sales of its 2012–13 decks.

Patents

Title: Adhesiveless welding purge dam

No.: 8,540,137

Inventors: Hacikyan, Michael (Amherst)

Date issued: Sept. 24, 2013

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Title: Inorganic fiber

No.: 8,551,897

Inventors: Zoitos, Bruce K. (Williamsville); Andrejcak, Michael J. (Niagara Falls)

Assignee: Unifrax I LLC (Tonawanda)

Date issued: Oct. 8, 2013