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On the Record / May 23, 2012

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Mark Mistriner, chairman of Niagara County Community College's Business and Hospitality Division and coordinator of culinary arts, was recognized by the American Culinary Federation as the 2012 Northeast Region Chef Educator of the Year recently at the ACF Northeast Regional Conference in Niagara Falls. The award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have given culinary students leadership and guidance for the future. Mistriner will now vie for the national title against three other candidates at the 2012 ACF National Convention in Orlando, Fla., July 14 to 17.

The Amherst branch of Nothnagle Realtors named Melody Overs and Mike Manzella associate brokers.

The World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara appointed Kenneth M. Franasiak board chairman for a three-year term. Franasiak is chief executive officer and chairman of Calamar, a real estate development, construction property management and finance and investment organization. World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara serves companies and business leaders in Southern Ontario and Western New York.

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>Company items

Synacor Inc., a Buffalo provider of the technology platform enabling cable, satellite, telecom and consumer electronics companies to authenticate consumers and deliver digital entertainment, TV Everywhere and online services, has reached an agreement with MetroCast Communications, a video, Internet and phone provider serving customers in nine states. Through the agreement, MetroCast customers will have access to MetroCast.net, a new consumer-facing website showcasing TV/video content and more.

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>Contributing

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation presented a $70,000 grant to Read to Succeed Buffalo. The local foundation has been a supporter of the early childhood literacy organization since its inception in 2007.

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>Patents

Title: "Process for separating hydrogen fluoride from organic feedstocks."

No.: 8,168,837

Inventors: Merkel, Daniel C. (West Seneca); Pokrovski, Konstantin A. (Orchard Park); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville)

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

Date issued: May 1, 2012

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Title: "Boron nitride agglomerated powder and devices comprising the powder."

No.: 8,169,767

Inventors: Pruss, Eugene A. (Hamburg); Clere, Thomas M. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics (Worcester, Mass.)

Date issued: May 1, 2012