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Niagara National Insurance, located at 5001 Genesee St., appointed Christopher Ryan a producer. Ryan will be responsible for selling all P&C products with an emphasis on commercial insurance. He previously worked as an assistant manager for a lending company.
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Kavinoky Cook attorney Richard F. Griffin was named a charter member of the New York Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.
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Phillips Lytle partner David P. Flynn recently participated in the 2012 Great Decisions Discussion Series and delivered a presentation on energy geopolitics at Tapestry Charter High School. The Great Decisions Discussion Series, run by the International Institute of Buffalo, involves a set of discussions about global issues, as outlined annually by the Foreign Policy Association.
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Biel's Document Management, a document conversion firm, appointed Paul Eckert Western New York area manager. Eckert most recently was part owner at Technology Solutions in Williamsville.
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The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will recognize the winners of the 2012 Small Business Awards at its Small Business Awards Luncheon and Small Business Showcase on May 18 in Samuel's Grande Manor. The 2012 honorees include: Small Business of the Year, Mischler's Florist; President's Award, The Mac Groups; Award for Excellence, Anthone Eye Center; At-your-Service Award, Ed Young's True Value Hardware; Community Stewardship Award, Urban Valet Dry Cleaners; Family-Owned Business Award, Denton Cottier and Daniels; and Sponsor's Award presented by First Niagara, Artpark.
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Mark Stevens, principal of Mark Stevens Financial, will provide more than 140 East Aurora and Orchard Park senior citizens with a day of Buffalo Bisons baseball. This is the 17th consecutive year he has done so as a tribute to his deceased mother. This year, they will attend the July 19 and Aug. 16 games.
Title: "Micro-fluidic bubble fuse"
Inventors: Kowalik, Daniel (Orchard Park)
Date issued: March 27, 2012