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On the Record / June 16, 2015

Hires/Promotions/Honors

Peggy Yankovich was named head of commercial card and payments in First Niagara Financial Group’s treasury management group. Yankovich will lead all aspects of First Niagara’s commercial payments. She has 28 years’ experience in banking, and spent the past eight years with HSBC Bank in New York City.

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Mental Health Association of Erie County hired Lisa Zander as part-time recruiter and trainer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. Zander is a department manager for the Institute for Healthcare Informatics at the University at Buffalo. She is a SUNY Buffalo State graduate.

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Cheryl Bird, executive director of Daemen College’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, received the 2015 Community Partnership Award from Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County. Bird has served as CSCCE executive director at Daemen since 2004. The center works with residents and neighborhood organizations in Buffalo’s Seneca Babcock, Broadway-Fillmore and West Side communities to address educational, economic and environmental needs.

Company Connections

Allstate Insurance agent Kelly Zielinski, whose office is located at 3720 South Park Ave. in Blasdell, received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to volunteering in the community. With the award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for Boys on the Right Track, where Zielinski volunteers. Boys on the Right Track is a nine week noncompetitive running program for boys ages 8 to 13.

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Rand Capital Corp. announced that its portfolio company, SocialFlow, has been selected as an ad-tech partner in Pinterest’s Marketing Developer Partners program. SocialFlow will provide its market technology and advertising solutions to Pinterest marketers through Pinterest’s ads and content publishing application programming.

Patents

Title: Implantable lead with a band stop filter having a capacitor in parallel with an inductor embedded in a dielectric body

No.: 9,061,139

Inventors: Stevenson, Robert A. (Canyon Country, Calif.); Dabney, Warren S. (Lake Oswego, Ore.); Frysz, Christine A. (Orchard Park); Brendel, Richard L. (Carson City, Nev.)

Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd. (Clarence)

Date issued: June 23, 2015