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On the Record / July 9, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

Walsh Duffield Cos. promoted Jonathan Sommer to select team leader in the commercial insurance division. Sommer was previously benefits service coordinator.

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The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants  elected Greg J. Altman, CPA, and the director of finance and operations at Health Sciences Charter School, vice president of its board of directors for a one-year term. Altman was previously a member of the membership and awards committee and served as a past Buffalo chapter president, president-elect, treasurer and executive board member.

Company Connections

Chakra Communications has completed a series of digital signs and design installation projects with Perry’s Ice Cream, headquartered in Akron. The agency installed an 80-inch digital sign in the company’s employee break room, complete with employee information, upcoming events, and a Twitter and CNN feed. Chakra also redesigned Perry’s headquarters’ conference room and updated Perry’s Plaza, a center in the middle of the University at Buffalo School of Management campus.

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American Niagara Hospitality completed a multimillion dollar, full-scale renovation project of Days Inn At The Falls. The contemporary lobby features The Market, offering a variety of sundries and other products 24 hours a day. The lobby also includes a lounge area and meeting table for guest use, business center and upgraded restrooms. A new fitness center, updated board room and an elevated pool area round out this phase of renovations to the property.

Patents

Title: Electromotive force-based control system for a child swing

No.: 9,370,258

Inventors: vom Scheidt Jr. Peter (Elma); Meade, James P. (Hamburg)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: June 21, 2016

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Title: Method and apparatuses for screening

No.: 9,370,797

Inventors: Wojciechowski, Keith (Lakeview); Newman, Christian (Lakeview)

Assignee: Derrick Corp. (Buffalo)

Date issued: June 21, 2016