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Hires/Promotions/Honors

ConServe promoted Ashley McCarthy, Adam Brophy, Justin Sammarco, Bryan Winter to frontline managers at the Cheektowaga office. McCarthy, who joined ConServe in May 2013 as a debt counselor, most recently served as frontline mentor. Brophy joined the company in May 2012 as a debt counselor and was later promoted to mentor. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. Sammarco joined the company’s Buffalo office in October 2011 as a debt counselor and was promoted to a mentor on the Department of Education contract. He has worked in the financial industry for the past 12 years. Winter, who joined the company’s Buffalo office in August 2012, also served as a debt counselor and then mentor on the Department of Education contract.

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UPS inducted Stephen Miller, Olean Center; and Jeff Jurek, Thomas Ochs II and Gary Pettit, all in the Buffalo hub, into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. They are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide.

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Niagara University’s vice president for university mission and ministry, the Rev. Kevin G. Creagh was named to the “Irish Education 100” by the Irish Voice newspaper. The Irish Education 100, now in its sixth year, honors leading educators of Irish descent. Creagh was named to his current position at Niagara University in May 2014 after serving as the university’s vice president of campus ministry since August 2011.

Company Connections

Amherst Alarm has renewed the Central Station Alarm Association Five Diamond Central Station Certification. This certifies that 100 percent of the company’s central station operators have achieved proficiency and certification by passing the CSAA Central Station On-Line Operator Training Course. These courses cover all phases of central station communications with customers, law enforcement, fire and emergency services communications centers.

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Basil Chevy Buick Cadillac in Fredonia received the 2015 Large Retail Business of the Year award, presented by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce. In the 15 years the Basil family of dealerships has owned the location, it has delivered more than 13,000 vehicles to the community. The dealership has more than 50 employees, nearly triple the total since when the store was purchased.

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Batavia/Genesee County was recognized by Site Selection Magazine for the 11th consecutive year as one of the top micropolitans in the United States. Among the criteria for receiving the recognition are capital investment and job creation. Through the Genesee County Economic Development Center, about $58 million in new capital investments were made in the county, creating more than 140 new jobs in 2014. The GCEDC assisted in the $20 million expansion of Yancey’s Fancy, a food manufacturing company, resulting in a new 112,000-square-foot building at the Buffalo East Technology Park in Pembroke and the creation of 50 new jobs in the region. Other significant projects were the expansion of Liberty Pumps in Bergen and US Gypsum in Oakfield.

Patents

Title: Method for prolonging a catalyst’s life during hydrofluorination

No.: 8,952,208

Inventors: Johnson, Robert C. (Lancaster); Merkel, Daniel C. (Orchard Park)

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

Date issued: Feb. 10, 2015

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