The Buffalo News - On The Record http://www.buffalonews.com Latest stories from The Buffalo News en-us Sat, 12 Jul 2014 03:06:54 -0400 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 03:06:54 -0400 <![CDATA[ On the Record / July 12, 2014 ]]> http://www.buffalonews.com/business/on-the-record/on-the-record-july-12-2014-20140711

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will welcome the following physicians to its staff during the next several months: Dr. Simmanjeet Mangat, Dr. Kamran Ahmad, Dr. Niels Ulrich Gothgen and Dr. John Patrick Blundell. Mangat has completed residencies in both internal medicine and medical biochemistry and genetics. She is a graduate of Government Medical College in Patiala, India. Ahmad will mentor new physicians and maintain a family medicine practice. A graduate of the University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine (Netherlands), he completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was chief resident. Gothgen, a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, served residencies in surgery and anesthesia before completing a clinical fellowship in critical care anesthesia at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Blundell, an internist who served his residency in internal medicine at the University at Buffalo, is a graduate of Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland.

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The Erie County Industrial Development Agency named Robbie Ann McPherson manager of communications and marketing. McPherson had served as director of communications for the City of Buffalo Comptroller’s Office. She graduated from SUNY Buffalo State.

Company Connections

Continental Transmission celebrated the company’s 40th anniversary with the launch of its new website, designed and developed with local technology partner PCA Technology Group. The company, with multiple transmission repair shop locations in the Buffalo area, has been locally owned and operated since 1974.

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Moog Inc., of East Aurora, was awarded a federal contract valued at up to $2,759,650 for physical properties testing and inspection services from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

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Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems, of Buffalo, was awarded $1,564,341 federal contract for joint `threat emitter provisioning data and spares from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Contributing

The First Niagara Foundation and Habitat for Humanity will work together to build a new home at 118 Fox St. in Buffalo. Bank employees this month will begin working on the home, which is expected to be complete late this year. The foundation is providing $15,000 to Habitat for Humanity to support the project.

Patents

Title: Ophthalmic composition with hyaluronic acid and polymeric biguanide

No.: 8,759,321

Inventors: Burke, Susan E. (Batavia); Venkastesh, Srini (Pittsford)

Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Inc. (Rochester)

Date issued: June 24, 2014 ]]>
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:46:59 -0400
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The Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation elected Sam Palmiere chairman of its board of directors. Other officers: co-chairman, Mike Bryant; secretary, Chris Clark; and treasurer, Rob Vogel. Directors: Bill Loecher, of the West Herr Automotive Group, Kathy Mehltretter, Peter Casilio, Patrick Curley, Jon Dandes, Bill Zenosky, Peter Banks, Christopher Cummings, Kathleen Chubb, John Glascott, Thomas Higgins, Timothy Howard, William Mariani, Arthur Mussara, Daniel Penberthy, Edward Qualey, James Roberston, Mark Sullivan, Daniel Tauriello, Charles Tomaszewski and Peter Vito.

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Hodgson Russ partner Carol A. Fitzsimmons presented “Cross-Border Planning: Tax Traps and Mismatches” recently at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Canada conference in Toronto.

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Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, appointed Jeff Miller, a Buffalo native, executive chef and vice president of product innovation. Miller will head a 22-person culinary team to create new and unique food and beverages.

Company Connections

Impacto Consulting Associates recently launched its website at www.icanortheast.com, detailing its services to the Buffalo real estate industry.

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Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems, Buffalo, was awarded a $2,917,028 federal contract for software maintenance and support from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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Luminescent Systems, East Aurora, was awarded a $29,100 federal contract for various aircraft accessories and components from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Contributing

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shops Western New York presented a $20,664 check to the WNY Heroes recently. Proceeds from the WNY Heroes Donut campaign will provide financial assistance to returning service men and women in need.

Patents

Title: Peptide-peptidase inhibitor conjugates and methods of using same

No.: 8,759,295

Inventors: Ghosh, Soumitra S. (San Diego); Alfaro-Lopez, Josue (San Diego); D’Souza, Lawrence J. (San Diego); Levy, Odile Esther (San Diego); Lin, Qing (Buffalo); Soares, Christopher J. (San Diego)

Assignee: Amylin Pharmaceuticals (San Diego); Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals (Wilmington, Del.)

Date issued: June 24, 2014 ]]>
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:01:43 -0400
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The Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants installed Thomas M. Burns president for a one-year term. Burns is a principal in the accounting and auditing department at Lumsden & McCormick in Buffalo.

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United Way of Buffalo & Erie County elected the following new board members for 2014-15: Jamie Batt, a partner at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola; Pionne Corbin, assistant vice president of underwriting in GEICO’s Buffalo office; Donald Ingalls, vice president of state and federal relations at HealthNow New York, BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY; David Kimelberg, chief executive officer of Seneca Holdings; Jennifer Parker, president/owner of Jackson Parker Communications; Patrick Radtke, president and chairman of the UAW Local 897 at Ford Motor Co.; and Jennfer Stanonis, weekend evening meteorologist at WGRZ-TV, Channel 2. Each of the new board members will serve a three-year term.

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The Heritage Centers elected Peter J. Martin vice chairman of its board of directors for a one-year term. Martin, a senior partner at the Bouvier Partnership, has served on the board for 20 years.

Company Connections

The Tifft Street Pier rehabilitation project in Buffalo was named the 2013 Project of the Year in the structures/facilities category by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association. The pier, which provides enhanced access to formerly underused waterfront properties and recreation areas, was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the state Department of Transportation.

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A. Vaillancourt in Clarence was awarded a $44,480 federal contract for pond dredging, water trough installation and fencing on the Finger Lakes National Forest from the U.S. Forest Service, Warren, Pa. Place of performance will be Hector.

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Advanced Educational Products in Buffalo was awarded $3,137 federal contract for Medical Reference Books STL Advanced Educational Products from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Heartland Network, Leavenworth, Kan.

Contributing

Dunkin’ Donuts will support the efforts to cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by collecting donations in its Buffalo-area restaurants to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign. Donations will be collected through Sunday at participating Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the area.

Patents

Title: Mechanized or motored retractable enclosure panels and their support brackets

No.: 8,757,697

Inventor: Held, Michael P. (Orchard Park)

Date issued: June 24, 2014 ]]>
Wed, 9 Jul 2014 19:03:42 -0400
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The board of directors of Summit Educational Resources elected Anthony M. D’Auria president for a three-year term. D’Auria is executive vice president/principal at Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors and Waterbourne Construction Advisors. Other officers: Co-vice presidents: Lisa Burrows-MacLean, child psychologist; Daniel P. O’Neill, president and chief executive officer of Beechwood Continuing Care; and Sujata Yalamanchili, partner, Hodgson Russ; secretary/treasurer, Kenneth Sniatecki, vice president at Citi.

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The Western New York Dietetic Association appointed Hollis Busch to its board of directors. Busch, a registered dietitian with Meals on Wheels for WNY, also will serve as the nominating committee chairman-elect.

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Phillips Lytle partner James D. Donathen took part in an Erie County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Symposium recently. The panel discussion, which was part of the association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee Annual Symposium, focused on “Burdens of Proof in Title VII, ADEA and ADA Cases: A Historical Analysis From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.”

Company Connections

Why Not Marketing recently developed and launched a new website for Northtowns Orthopedic Group. The group, headquartered in East Amherst, has nine area locations and has a team of 11 board-certified or board-eligible physicians, eight physician assistants and one nurse practitioner.

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Pella Windows and Doors has earned the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year award, presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Pella of Western New York has been in business since 1956 and has three showroom locations in Buffalo, Rochester and Lakewood.

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CNBC ranked Sanderson Wealth Management in Buffalo No. 30 and Sandhill Investment Management in Buffalo No. 41 on its list of top fee-only wealth management firms.

Patents

Title: Patient transfer device

No.: 8,756,725

Inventors: Piegdon, Samuel (Amherst); Manunta, Alejandro (Amherst)

Assignee: Arjohuntleigh (Bedfordshire, Great Britain)

Date issued: June 24, 2014 ]]>
Tue, 8 Jul 2014 16:47:09 -0400
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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center welcomed Dr. Vikram Reddy Vattipally to its team of surgeons. Vattipally recently completed his fellowship at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in advanced laparoscopic/bariatric surgery. A graduate of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India, he completed surgical residencies in the United States, United Kingdom and India. He is certified in general surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, U.K., and NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Roswell Park Alliance Foundation appointed Christopher J. Lee, Russell D’Alba and James D. Newman to its board. Lee is the managing partner for WNY Holding LLC Real Estate Development in Amherst. D’Alba is the founder, president and managing director of Paramax Corp. Newman is the president of Noco Inc.

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The newly formed Rotary Club of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus elected John DePaolo to its board of directors. DePaolo, special counsel at the Bouvier Partnership, has been involved with Rotary International for 14 years.

Company Connections

Trellis Marketing produced a series of television commercials for Steenberg Law Firm. Also, Trellis was retained to create an advertising campaign for Local House Pro. The campaign comes with the launch of LocalHousePro.com, a website that connects contractors and homeowners for a variety of home-based projects.

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Astronics Corp. was selected to provide the primary power distribution system for the Daher-Socata TBM 900 aircraft.

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Caldron’s 3 Dog Country Cafe will hold a grand opening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at 8865 Sheridan Drive in Clarence. The business features baked goods, paninis and pizzas, a coffee bar with saddle seats, and a country boutique featuring clothing, boots and body products.

Patents

Title: Eddy current damper and method

No.: 8,753,069

Inventor: Maier, Martin D. (Allegany)

Assignee: Dresser-Rand (Olean)

Date issued: June 17, 2014 ]]>
Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:22:30 -0400
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The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, a national accounting association, elected Joseph M. Falbo Jr. of Grand Island, president-elect. His one-year term began on June 1, 2014. Falbo, CPA and CGMA, is a partner and member of the executive committee at Tronconi Segarra & Associates in Williamsville. He has been a member of the Society since 1994 and is a current member of the Buffalo Chapter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in from Niagara University.



Buffalo General Medical Center appointed Vi-Anne Antrum vice president and chief nursing officer. Antrum was the assistant director of nursing at the Erie County Medical Center. Antrum is a dual master’s graduate from the University of Phoenix and received her bachelor’s from Daemen College.



Buffalo First Wealth Management in West Seneca named Allen Dembski chief operating officer. Dembski was a financial adviser for Waddell & Reed, a national investment firm, for the past seven years. He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State.



Philpac Corporation named Martin J. Dziwulski director of sales. Dziwulski has an MBA from Medaile College, as well as his bachelor’s degree, and two associates degrees from Bryant and Stratton College. He was with SimplexGrinnell.



Amherst Chamber of Commerce appointed Kim Whelan executive director of the Small Business Division. Whelan has been on the staff of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce since 2009 previously as director of member relations. She attended the University.



CCS Oncology welcomed Dr. Haider Khadim, a board certified medical oncologist, to its practice. Khadim received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The Northstar Companies, a debt collection solution provider, named Barbara Crean president, client operations and David Evtimovski president, collection operations. Previously senior vice president, client relations, Crean has been with the company for 12 years. Evtimovski, with the company for six years, was previously vice president collection operations. Also, the company named Nicholas Hinman vice president, collection operations. Hinman previously was director, collection operations. He has been with the company for six years.

Kei Advisors promoted Garett K. Gough to assistant vice president. Gough earned dual bachelor’s degrees from the University at Buffalo. Also, the agency named Gregory J. Rhoads research analyst. Rhoads previously was with Citigroup. He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University at Buffalo.



Trellis Marketing named Kristin Derby a graphic designer. Derby most recently was a designer for 360 Magazine in Syracuse. She graduated from Syracuse University and Whitman School of Management.

Eric Mower + Associates appointed Erinn Newman as senior strategic planner. Newman served as director of the OPEN Savings Program at American Express. She received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, and an MBA from The University of Virginia.



The Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, located at Stella Niagara, appointed Phillip Cunningham development coordinator in the office of advancement. Cunningham is a graduate of Canisius College.

The Martin Group promoted ​Dave Riley to creative director and Lianne Coogan to senior art director. Riley, who previously was associate creative director at the agency, will lead the Seneca Casino team. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo State. Coogan, who will also serve on the Seneca team, was previously art director. Coogan is a SUNY Fredonia graduate.



People Inc. promoted Carrie Grant to family care/second family program director. She is a graduate from SUNY Buffalo State. ]]>
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<![CDATA[ On the Record / June 28, 2014 ]]> http://www.buffalonews.com/business/on-the-record/on-the-record-june-28-2014-20140627

Hires/Promotions/Honors

Lumsden McCormick staff accountant Zachary Newberry was presented the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International Award for Excellence in the graduate accounting programs at the Canisius College annual accounting banquet. Newberry is a graduate of the MBA program in professional accounting at Canisius and the University of Massachusetts. The award is given to graduating students who have excelled in the academic accounting program at Canisius and have demonstrated the potential for contribution to the profession.

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The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women installed Fran Vaughan, owner of FMV Tax Professionals, based in Holland, president. Other officers: president-elect, Pauline Hoffmann, dean of journalism/mass communication at St. Bonaventure University; treasurer, Kathleen Garvey, attorney; and secretary, Nancy Rizzo, life coach and owner of Smart and Simple Wellness.

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Hunt Real Estate ERA welcomed Florence Russell, a licensed real estate saleswoman, to its Amherst branch. Russell has more than six years of real estate sales experience and sold more than $4.3 million in real estate last year in Western New York.

Company Connections

Transitions Home Staging & Redesign, which opened in 2009, has moved from its former location in South Buffalo to its new location in West Seneca. Kathleen Emhof, owner and lead designer, is a former realty agent and trained with the Academy of Staging and Redesign.

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Tedesco Construction Services, a Niagara Falls a contracting firm, was awarded a 2013 $2 Million Sales Volume Award and a $5 Million Sales Volume Lifetime Award by Varco Pruden’s Buildings, a national manufacturer of metal buildings. The award was presented for total builder sales volume the past calendar year.

Contributing

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Ill., donated $10,000 to Heritage Centers, a local nonprofit that serves more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities each year, in support of its mission to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities. The grant will be used to help fund a new kitchen at its Maryvale School, located in Cheektowaga, for children with special needs and toward the purchase of new equipment that will allow school staff to prepare daily specialty lunches for the agency’s 250 preschool and school-age students.

Patents

Title: Process for cis-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene

No.: 8,754,272

Inventors: Zhai, Yian (Amherst); Poss, Andrew Joseph (Kenmore); Van Der Puy, Michael (Amherst); Singh, Rajiv Ratna (Getzville)

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

Date issued: June 17, 2014 ]]>
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:32:24 -0400
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Hodgson Russ partners Jeffrey F. Swiatek has joined David A. Farmelo to co-lead the law firm’s Education Law Practice.

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Children With Diabetes in West Chester, Ohio, appointed Jim Vail director of development and communications. Vail is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia State.

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Michael Chirico of Nussbaumer & Clarke Consulting Engineering and Surveying of Buffalo recently received his license as a New York State professional engineer. Chirico joined the firm in July 2006 as an electrical engineer. He is LEED-accredited and has expertise in lighting, power systems, motors, control systems, generators and alternative energy systems.

Company Connections

Goodwill Industries of Western New York has remodeled its store in the Tops Plaza at 4779 Transit Road, Depew.

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M.T. Vernon Electronics, Buffalo, was awarded a $10,234 federal contract for the upgrade of memory in existing IBM system x3650 M3 servers from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Denver.

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The financial services firm Edward Jones will move to a new office Tuesday in the North Forest Professional Building at 1961 Wehrle Drive, Suite 2, Amherst.

Patents

Title: Use of a sense mark to control a printing system

No.: 8,753,026

Inventors: Haan, Henderikus A. (North Tonawanda); Moscato, Anthony V. (North Tonawanda); Rimes, Brett (Grand Island); Rocco, Frank J. (North Tonawanda); Armstrong, Carl F. (Amherst)

Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. (Chicago)

Date issued: June 17, 2014 ]]>
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:51:34 -0400
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Joe Kessler, senior vice president for power generation at the New York Power Authority, received the 2014 Professional Engineer in Government Award from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Kessler is responsible for oversight of the operation of NYPA’s 16 statewide electric power generating facilities, including the Niagara Power Project and the St. Lawrence Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, among the largest hydroelectric plants in the nation. He received his bachelor’s degree and dual master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo.

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Meals on Wheels for Western New York’s Bonnie McMorrow, director of social work, was appointed to the board of directors for Network in Aging. McMorrow has been a social worker with the agency for 23 years, holding the title of director of social work since 2000.

Company Connections

OtherWisz Creative Corp., an advertising and design firm specializing in identity design and website development, designed and developed a new logo, stationery and website for Green Top, a living roof company that works with residential and commercial property owners to design and develop sustainable green living spaces on top of homes and buildings.

Contributing

Noco will show its support for the 2014 Ride for Roswell by donating $1,250 worth of gas cards for the many vehicles used in the fundraiser’s 250 miles of routes throughout Western New York. Noco is donating 50 $25 gas cards to assist with the fundraiser’s unforeseen fuel costs shortfall for deliveries of supplies and materials at volunteer stations along the ride route.

Patents

Title: Switched diverter circuits for minimizing heating of an implanted lead and/or providing EMI protection in a high-power electromagnetic field environment

No.: 8,751,013

Inventors: Johnson, Robert Shawn (North Tonawanda); Dabney, Warren S. (Lake Oswego, Ore.); Stevenson, Robert A. (Canyon Country, Calif.); Williams, Christopher Michael (Lancaster); Moschiano, Holly Noelle (Lancaster); Brainard, Scott (Columbia Heights, Minn.); Kaiser, Daniel Robert (Plymouth, Minn.); Halperin, Henry R. (Pikesville, Md.); Lardo, Albert C. (Baltimore); Kelley, Scott W. (Woodland Hills, Calif.)

Date issued: June 10, 2014 ]]>
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:41:57 -0400
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Ecology and Environment named Michael S. Betrus an independent director on the board of directors and a member of the audit committee. Betrus, a CPA, has more than 35 years of experience in accounting, financial management, contractual oversight and budget forecasting. He is currently the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Power Drives, a manufacturing and industrial distribution company located in Buffalo.

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Clarence Toastmaster member Renee Paser-Paull was recently awarded the Triple Crown by Toastmasters Western District 65 for receiving three awards in communication and leadership within a single year. Paser-Paull is a member and officer of the Clarence Toastmasters, sponsored by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce. She has also won several Clarence Toastmasters speech contests.

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PLS 3rd Learning recently promoted Jim Connolly to director of Operations. Connolly began at the company as project manager. He graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree. PLS 3rd Learning, an education technology company, is located in Buffalo.

Company Connections

Pure Barre has launched its newest location at 7660 Transit Road in Amherst. The new franchise fitness studio is owned by Shayna McKie.

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Mid-Erie Counseling and Treatment Services opened its newest Children’s Behavioral Health Treatment Program, serving children and adolescents, ages 3 to 18 and their families, at the Erie County Health Mall, 1500 Broadway, Buffalo.

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Call Associates Inc., Buffalo, was awarded a $989,857 federal contract for the replacement of fire alarms in the West Building at the Metropolitan Detention Center from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons, Allenwood, Pa. Place of performance will be in Brooklyn.

Contributing

Dunkin’ Donuts donated $7,000 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute from its Iced Coffee Day on May 21. Dunkin’ Donuts and participating Buffalo franchisees donated $1 from every cup of Iced Coffee sold in the greater Buffalo area.

Patents

Title: Compositions and methods for the prevention and treatment of cancer

No.: 8,748,423

Inventors: Hangauer Jr., David G. (Lancaster); Ciesielski, Michael J. (Orchard Park); Fenstermaker, Robert Alan (Amherst)

Assignee: Kinex Pharmaceuticals (Buffalo)

Date issued: June 10, 2014 ]]>
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:40:21 -0400
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Hilbert College President Cynthia Zane was named to a new steering committee of college and university presidents that will assess the future of independent colleges. The Council of Independent Colleges has organized the 22-member panel to develop a plan that encourages independent colleges and universities to revitalize their missions and business models. The project, The Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges, is funded by the Lumina Foundation.

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Hunt Real Estate ERA welcomed Kristin Lipinoga as a licensed real estate saleswoman to its Williamsville/Clarence branch. Lipinoga has a background in commercial and residential real estate development and marketing. She earned her master’s degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

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Lakelet Advisory Group managing director Michael R. Koeppel presented to a small group of restructuring experts belonging to the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants about the root causes of business failures. The presentation discussed the challenges of turnarounds, predictive indicators that a business may fail and the importance of experienced management teams and understanding technological resources. Lakelet Advisory Group is a turnaround consulting group.

Company Connections

Young Development officially unveiled its newest apartment community, Park Lane Villas Apartments, at 810 Union Road, West Seneca. The complex consists of one- and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom townhomes and two-bedroom patio homes.

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Applied Fabric Technologies, Orchard Park, was awarded a $44,025 federal contract for oil containment booms from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Seal Beach, Calif.

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Ford Gum’s Big League Chew, manufactured in Akron, was named the official bubblegum of Ripken Baseball, a sports entertainment company based in Baltimore.

Contributing

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to Heritage Centers’ Maryvale School for the construction of two front entrances to the building. The entrances will include air-locked, secured-door vestibules, as well as covered outdoor walkways to accommodate students with special needs who use wheelchairs. The Maryvale campus houses Heritage Centers’ school-age students with developmental disabilities ranging in age from 5 to 21 years.

Patents

Title: Micronized wood preservative formulations

No.: 8,747,909

Inventors: Leach, Robert M. (Grand Island); Zhang, Jun (Getzville)

Assignee: Osmose Inc. (Buffalo)

Date issued: June 10, 2014 ]]>
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Fundraising software developer SofTrek promoted Chantale Onesi-Gonzalez to manager, client services. Onesi-Gonzalez holds dual bachelor’s degrees from SUNY Buffalo State.

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Damon Morey attorneys Victoria L. D’Angelo and Jennifer G. Flannery served as co-chairwoman and faculty, respectively, for the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section seminar titled “Discovery Proceedings in Surrogate’s Court: How to Fight Them and How to Avoid Them.”

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The New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists honored Kimberly Zammit with the 2014 Debra B. Feinberg Board of Directors Award. The prestigious award is given to individuals of high moral character, good citizenship and a history of long-term contribution to the profession. Zammit, clinical pharmacy coordinator in Critical Care/Cardiology at Buffalo General Medical Center, is a past president of the council and has served on its board of directors.

Company Connections

C.B. Piezotronics, Depew, was awarded a $41,025 federal contract for PCB gauges and probes from the U.S. Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

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Three Niagara Wine Trail Wineries, Schulze Vineyards and Winery, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards and The Winery at Marjim Manor of the Niagara Wine Trail, were honored at the recent competitions. Schulze Vineyards and Winery received the Double Gold award for its 2012 Block Three Ice Wine, along with Silver awards for its 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, 2012 Siegfried, Thirty Mile Point, 2012 Vidal Blanc and Ruby offerings at the Tasters Guild Competition. Arrowhead Spring Vineyards was honored with a Gold for its 2011 Syrah, Silver Award for its 2010 Meritage and Bronze Award for its 2012 Pinot Noir, and Schulze Vineyards and Winery also received Silver awards for both its 2012 Block Three Ice Wine and 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine at the 33rd annual Riverside International Wine Competition. The Winery at Marjim Manor’s Fifty Windows wine, made with the native Niagara grape, was awarded a Best of Class and Gold medal at the competition the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.

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Merchants Insurance Group received the Buffalo Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter Society Excellence Award. The award was granted to Merchants based on the company’s long-standing dedication to insurance education and professionalism, and through continuous support to the members of the Buffalo chapter.

Patents

Title: Micronized wood preservative formulations

No.: 8,747,908

Inventors: Leach, Robert M. (Grand Island); Zhang, Jun (Getzville)

Assignee: Osmose Inc. (Buffalo)

Date issued: June 10, 2014 ]]>
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:14:18 -0400
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

The Eyes on America Foundation named Dr. James Reynolds to its board of directors. Reynolds is professor and chairman with UBMD and director of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus affiliated with the Ross Eye Institute.

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Kanick and Company President and CEO Joel Kanick spoke recently at a meeting of the Genesee County Medical Society on the importance of electronic medical records. Kanick discussed how EMRs pertain to individuals, private medical practices and the health care industry.

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The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Kim L. Tillery of SUNY Fredonia with the distinguished achievement award at its annual convention in Saratoga Springs recently.

Company Connections

The Buffalo Bills have partnered with PremCom to provide ShoreTel telephone and communications equipment for the Bills administration building, ticket office call center and Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Premier Consulting Associates of Amherst has partnered with Workterra, a provider of human capital management software solutions, to offer an online benefits enrollment and private exchange platform.

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FB Displays & Designs produced a trade show display for WDCX, a Buffalo radio station broadcasting a religious format. The design team produced a backdrop that the broadcasters could set up and take down at their remote events.

Contributing

NYSEG recently awarded a grant of up to $40,000 to the Wyoming County Business Center for economic development outreach. These funds will help Wyoming County create marketing programs designed to attract business investment and create jobs in the County.

Patents

Title: Bottle sprayer adapter

No.: D706,133

Inventor: Robinson; Gregory (Tonawanda)

Date issued: June 3, 2014

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Title: Rigid or flexible, macro-porous abrasive article

No.: 8,734,205

Inventors: Goldsmith, Paul S. (Stow, Mass.); Gaeta, Anthony C. (Lockport); Manning, James J. (Braintree, Mass.); Khatami, Kamran (East Greenwich, R.I.)

Assignee: Saint-Gobain Abrasives (Worcester, Mass.)

Date issued: May 27, 2014 ]]>
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Niagara Health Quality Coalition President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Boissonnault was awarded the Health Consumer Rights Award at the New Yorkers for Patient and Family Empowerment’s annual awards reception held recently.

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Bouvier Partnership named Jeffrey T. Bochiechio special counsel in the law firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Bochiechio is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and Fredonia State College. He will continue to pursue his own general practice.

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The New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists named Stephanie Seyse president-elect of its board of directors at its annual assembly in Saratoga recently. Seyse is clinical coordinator-internal medicine at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Company Connections

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

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Citizens Financial Group was recognized as the best bank in the country for baby boomers by the personal finance website GOBankingRates.com. The site noted the convenience of thousands of Citizens Bank and Charter One branches and ATMs, and CFG’s commitment to offer complimentary financial and investment reviews to anyone.

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T. Sullivan Material Handling, Williamsville, was awarded a $43,800 federal contract for MXG gantry crane to be delivered to Fort Drum, from the U.S. Army’s National Guard Bureau, Syracuse.

Patents

Title: Multilayer mounting mat for pollution control devices

No.: 8,734,726

Inventor: Kumar, Amit (Getzville)

Assignee: Unifrax I LLC (Tonawanda)

Date issued: May 27, 2014 ]]>
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The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners honored its Women in Leadership for 2013-14 recently. The honorees are: Laurie Albertsson, vice president, Fernwood Capital & Leasing; Sharon K. Brown, owner, Brown Electric; Molly Short Carr, executive director, Journey’s End Refugee Services; Jody Chesko, president, Niagara County Produce; Janeen Cole, owner, Hoffman School of Dance; Sue Ellen Elvers, owner, Ingersoll Painting & Construction; Dr. Donna Azam Feldman, Women’s Medicine of Niagara; Denise Gueli, partner, Bonadio Group; Elizabeth B. Harned, Esq., director of community engagement, Planned Parenthood of WNY; Gwen Mysiak, executive director, Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation; Stephanie J. Simeon, executive director, Heart of the City Neighborhoods; and Jessica Bauer Walker, executive director, Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo.

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Damon Morey partner William F. Savino was one of six individuals recently honored by the University at Buffalo School of Law Alumni Association at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner recently. Savino received his award for business.

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Harter Secrest & Emery partner Carol E. Heckman and U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York recently headed a panel discussion at the Second Circuit Judicial Conference titled, “Counterterrorism and the Media.” The educational theme of the conference was cybersecurity in the age of cyberterrorism.

Company Connections

The former Countertop Solutions at 593 Maple Ave. in Clymer has been purchased by Cherrie Lictus, owner of East Main Elite Designs, a longtime resident of Clymer, and renamed CounterAct Inc. Lictus will join the team as president of CounterAct, which is a stone fabricating company that produces a wide variety of functional surfaces from countertops and shower walls to conference tables in both commercial and residential structures in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

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The state Health Department’s Public Health and Health Planning Council last week approved the application for authority filed on behalf of the new Hemophilia Center of Western New York. The council at the same session approved the certificate of dissolution of the Foundation for Planned Parenthood of Western New York. The foundation’s board informed the council that its members had voted in December to dissolve the foundation because it has no assets or liabilities and no reason to continue to exist.

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Transitowne Hyundai, 7420 Transit Road, Amherst, was awarded the 2013 President’s Award from Hyundai North America.

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Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $212,553 federal contract for aircraft hydraulic, vacuum and de-icing system components from the U.S. Army’s Defense Logistics Agency Detachment, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

Patents

Title: Wireless bill trap

No.: D705,107

Inventors: Corso, Daniel Anthony (Macedon); Thornton, James Bruce (Webster); Reimer, Michael Earl (Batavia) Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany)

Date issued: May 20, 2014 ]]>
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Canisius College appointed Kathleen B. Davis vice president for enrollment management. Davis was dean of admissions at St. Joseph’s College. She holds an MBA from Clarkson University and a bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College.



The law firm Webster Szanyi named Kevin T. O’Brien a partner. O’Brien joined the firm in 2010. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Boston University.



SUNY Fredonia named Elizabeth Praetorius vice president for finance and administration. Praetorius was chief operating officer and vice president for finance and administration at SUNY Maritime College. She holds a master’s degree from Rockefeller College, and a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany.



Zdarsky, Sawicki & Agostinelli, Buffalo attorneys at law, named David E. Gutowski a partner. Gutowski is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law.



Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and UB|MD Pediatrics appointed Dr. Omar Al-Ibrahim chief of the division of pediatric critical care and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit. He received a bachelor of medicine and surgery diploma from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan and is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care.

Damon Morey named Kimberly E. Whistler special counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department. Whistler received her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and her JD from the UB School of Law.

The Girl Scouts of Western New York appointed Janine Tramont chief development officer. Tramont was investment manager for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She received her bachelor’s degree from Canisius College.



People Inc. named Leslie Garrity director of public relations and marketing. Garrity was director of strategic marketing and communications for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from SUNY Brockport.



Lumsden & McCormick named Aminatou Diallo and Brittany Smith staff accountants. Diallo, a CPA, earned her MBA from Niagara University and her undergraduate degree from Medaille College. Smith is a recent graduate from St. Bonaventure University.



KLW Appraisal Group named Michael Gagliano an associate commercial appraiser. Gagliano holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo State.



The U.S. Energy Development Corporation appointed Kevin Lahay operations and production manager. Lahay has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla, now known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology.



The Martin Group appointed Melissa Stevens production design manager, Andrew Ucci copywriter and Andrea Swierat senior art director. Stevens was with Caboodle Printing. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ucci, previously with SKM Group, graduated from the University of Massachusetts. Swierat, who will work in TMG’s Rochester office, is a University at Buffalo graduate.



ABC-Amega, a global commercial receivable management firm, appointed Ed O’Keefe director of application development and Melinda Koop human relations generalist. O’Keefe was a development manager with Algonquin Studios. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo State. Koop, who was an administrative assistant with Acumed Technologies., is a University at Buffalo graduate. ]]>
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Christine Cassert, senior director–patient care services at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, was named a “Nurse of Distinction” by the Western New York Professional Nurses Association. Cassert has been a nurse at Mount St. Mary’s for 38 years. She graduated from Niagara University and is a certified adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurse. She is also the director of the Critical Care Unit/Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

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Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County named Blaine S. Schwartz to its board of directors. Schwartz is a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman.

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Michael R. Koeppel, managing director of Lakelet Financial Forensics Group, recently spoke to a group of Canisius College forensic accounting graduate students about how the field is growing and changing.

Company Connections

National Grid was honored by the Tree Line USA program of the Arbor Day Foundation for the 15th consecutive year for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in its service areas for more than a decade. National Grid received the award by meeting the five program standards for proper tree care: annual worker training sessions, tree planting, public education programs, maintenance of a tree-based energy conservation program and participation in an Arbor Day celebration.

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Picone Construction was honored with the Peter B. and Genevieve R. Flickinger Stewardship Award for historic preservation and restoration on the Old Post Office at Erie Community College. Restoration included replacement of the building’s roof, granite and mortar repair of exterior stonework, repair of the tower, entrance and exit repairs, stairway and marble replacement, restoration of fourth-floor art glass, installation of four copper rooftop finials, and repair and reconstruction of all windows and window frames. In addition, the Oak Street loading dock was repaired and the porte cochere partially dismantled, parts rebuilt, and reassembled.

Patents

Title: Azeotrope-like compositions of tetrafluoropropene and hydrofluorocarbons

No.: 8,741,829

Inventors: Singh, Rajiv R. (Getzville); Pham, Hang T. (Amherst); Knopeck, Gary (Lakeview)

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

Date issued: June 3, 2014 ]]>
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Marek Kobialka, a construction engineer with the Niagara Power Project, recently received, on behalf of the New York Power Authority, the Structural Concrete Repair Award from the Western New York Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. The award was for work practices related to the repair and restoration of the dam face of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant.

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Bank of Akron named Ryan Houseman systems support specialist. Houseman attended Finger Lakes Community College and has seven years of information technology experience.

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Mackenzie Cady has joined Copier Fax Business Technologies’s client services team. Cady previously was with the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association’s Grape Discovery Center. She graduated from Fredonia State College.

Company Connections

Delaware North Cos.’ Parks and Resorts Division, through its environmental management system, GreenPath, was recently honored with the Sustainability award at the National Restaurant Association’s annual Operator Innovation Awards.

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Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $249,229 federal contract for direct-current generators from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Philadelphia

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DRS ICAS LLC, Buffalo, was awarded a $63,900 federal contract for the repair of power supplies from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Contributing

The Food Bank of Western New York received a $10,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation as part of its Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative. The Food Bank will use its grant toward its Summer Vacation From Hunger program and help provide nutritious food to children who are missing school meals throughout the summer, as well as provide children with a safe, supervised, fun environment while school is out. These summer snack programs and camps are located throughout the Food Bank’s four-county service area, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara.

Patents

Title: Electrode current collector with stress-relieving mesh structure

No.: 8,741,487

Inventors: Duggan, John C. (Tonawanda); Blendowski, Michael R. (Williamsville); Kaiser, Donald F. (Clarence Center); Shah, Ashish (East Amherst)

Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd. (Clarence)

Date issued: June 3, 2014 ]]>
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Preservation Buffalo Niagara named Catherine Schweitzer chairwoman of its board of directors. Other officers: vice chairs, Marla Bujnicki, Terry Robinson, Eric Stenclik; secretary, Patrick Brown; and treasurer, Peter Flynn. Directors: Marjorie Gillies, Greg Lodinsky, Thomas Knab, Barbara Marchelos, Blythe Merrill, Laura Monte, Monica Pellegrino Faix, Elizabeth Robinson and Ramona Whitaker. Life trustees: Richard Baer, R. Maura Cohen and Peter Filim.

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Fundraising software developer SofTrek promoted Tracy M. Pericozzi to manager, professional services. Pericozzi joined the company as a software engineer and most recently was business intelligence team leader.

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Meals on Wheels for WNY Director of Nutrition Services Peg Fitkowski has received the 2014 Excellence in Food Service Management Award from the Western New York Dietetics Association. Fitkowski has been with the agency in this role since 1990.

Company Connections

Explore & More Children’s Museum has received three major awards for the organization’s work with children and families in the Western New York community: Barbara Leggett, executive director, 2014 Achievement Award, American Association of University Women, Buffalo branch; Hannah Spalding, AmeriCorps VISTA member, Outstanding Service Member award from Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown; and the 2014 Corporate Award, Child Care Resource Network. In addition, Explore & More was selected to present at the Association for Children’s Museums national conference on best practices in museum planning, for the museum’s detailed work in master planning for the expansion and relocation to Canalside.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cited the University at Buffalo as a national best practice for its community outreach efforts in neighborhoods around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in an article that appears on HUD USER, an informational website for housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers and the public published by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.

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Seneca Mortgage Servicing, formerly known as AMS Servicing, a national servicer of residential and small balance commercial mortgages headquartered in Depew, has achieved average special mortgage loan servicer ranking by Standard and Poor’s for the first time.

Patents

Title: Production of hydrogen, liquid fuels, and chemicals from catalytic processing of bio-oils

No.: 8,741,258

Inventors: Huber, George W. (Belchertown, Mass.); Vispute, Tushar P. (Tonawanda); Routray, Kamalakanta (Paducah, Ky.)

Assignee: University of Massachusetts (Boston)

Date issued: June 3, 2014 ]]>
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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Univera Healthcare, a Buffalo-based health plan, named the following to its regional advisory board: John H. Bradley, vice president, Western New York Division of Alcott HR Group; Michael K. Deely, regional staff director, Western New York Region of New York State United Teachers; Horace A. Gioia, attorney/partner, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola; Frederick J. Mertz, president, S. Howes; and Melva D. Visher, adjunct professor, Canisius College and Daemen College.

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Michael Banks of DiDonato Associates, Engineering and Architecture, has successfully completed the Architect Registration Examination and is now a Registered Architect in New York State. Banks has 20 years of experience, 11 of them at DiDonato.

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Bank of Akron assistant vice president/compliance manager, Rebecca L. Smith, has successfully completed the Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer Program, sponsored by the Independent Bankers of America.

Company Connections

Erie County Medical Center Corp. and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received $185,447 and $500,000, respectively, from the state Office of Mental Health 2014-2016 Geriatric Service Demonstration Program grant.

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J. Fitzgerald Group was selected by Darien Lake and Windsong Radiology Group to provide each local company new campaign/branding direction and creative support. JFG was selected to develop the 2014 campaign theme and brand for Darien Lake attractions and lodging destinations. The agency will develop a new rebranding campaign for the Windsong Radiology Group, a diagnostic imaging and radiology center, including radio and TV spots promoting the 3-D mammography.

Patents

Title: Method for selecting lubricants for heat pumps

No.: 8,739,559

Inventors: Thomas, Raymond H. (Pendleton); Seeton, Christopher J. (East Amherst); Wilson, David P. (East Amherst); Yana Motta, Samuel F. (East Amherst); Spatz, Mark W. (East Amherst)

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

Date issued: May 27, 2014 ]]>
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