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Canisius College accounting alumni James C. Metzler and Mark J. Koziel were ranked among the Accounting Today top 10 most-influential accountants in the United States. They were nominated for the recognition by their industry peers. Metzler is vice president of small-firm interests for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was a co-founder of Convergence Coaching, a national consulting firm dedicated to helping CPAs prosper, a former partner with Gaines Metzler Kriner & Company in Buffalo and founder of GEMKO Information Group, a technology consulting organization. Koziel is vice president of firm services and global alliances at the AICPA. He served as director of media planning for a political consulting firm in East Aurora, and was employed at Dopkins & Co. and Lumsden & McCormick.

Company Connections

Raymour & Flanigan Furniture is celebrating the furniture retailer’s 60th anniversary. Previously known as Raymours, the company started in downtown Syracuse The community is invited to attend a series of special events, through Oct. 5, at each of the company’s 91 showrooms.

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BlackDog Strategy & Brand recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. Founded in 2006 by Gloria Zemer in her home, the company has grown to four offices across the country: Buffalo, Albany, Boston, Mass., and Sacramento, Calif.

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SJB Services, Hamburg, was awarded a $54,745 federal contract for drilling services from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Syracuse. Place of performance will be in Broome County.

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Advanced Educational Products, Buffalo, was awarded a $40,956 federal contract for textbooks from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Gallup, N.M.

Patents

Title: Processes for selective dehydrohalogenation of halogenated alkanes

No.: 8,530,708

Inventors: Wang, Haiyou (Amherst); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville); Mukhopadhyay, Sudip (Berkeley, Calif.)

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

Date issued: Sept. 10, 2013

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Title: Process for the production of fluorinated alkenes

No.: 8,530,709

Inventors: Poss, Andrew Joseph (Kenmore); Nalewajek, David (West Seneca); Van Der Puy, Michael (Amherst); Nair, Haridasan K. (Williamsville)

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

Date issued: Sept. 10, 2013