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Eastman Machine Co., a Buffalo firm that manufactures automated and manual cutting machines, spreading equipment, and material handling systems, promoted Marla Mellon of Amherst to general sales manager of its Automated Division.

Scott Technologies Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, a designer and manufacturer of respiratory systems, gas detection instruments and life saving products for the aerospace, aviation, defense, and other industrial markets, promoted M.R. (Jim) Kaletta to vice president and general manager of its Aviation & Government Products Group, which is based in Lancaster. He is a certified FAA pilot.

Thermal Source Inc., a company that links ceramic and thermal process industry suppliers with buyers via the Internet, appointed Steve Mortensen president and chief executive officer. The company also named John White director of sales, and named David Troester head of communications.

The Red Wing Co. Inc., a manufacturer and marketers of private label foods with plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, appointed James M. Masood vice president-retail sales. ased in Fredonia, he will be responsible for the company's retail sales. The company also appointed Joseph Meehan central zone business manager.

The Insurance Club of Buffalo Inc. elected Mark St. George president. He is an underwriter with the Travelers Property Casuality Corp. Other officers: vice president, Mark Stahlka, EMS Group; secretary, Janet O'Leary, Lovullo Associates; treasurer, Kevin Brady, Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber; legal counsel, Russell Brown, Lustig & Brown; directors, Andrea Bapst, CGU; Rick Bouskill, Premium Financing Specialists Inc.; Pat Eustace, Lawley Service; Michael O'Shei, Erie & Niagara Insurance; Tom Segalla, Saperston & Day; and Dale Fuller.

Heritage Centers, which provides services to the developmentally disabled, named Julie A. Doerr of Buffalo its community education coordinator. She will be responsible for the agency's marketing and public relations.

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Buffalo Technical Operations appointed Sharon M. Kooken of Cheektowaga quality control manager.

The American Management Association International certified Robert P. Carr Jr. in strategic planning. He is president of Carr Marketing Communications.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law awarded its Distinguished Recent Graduate Award to Lisa L. Smith of Amherst. She is a partner in the Buffalo law firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber.

Strippit Inc./LVD Corp., an Akron manufacturer of metalforming equipment, named Paul Krause sales engineer-machinery.

Black Cat Computer of Amherst promoted David Ambrosia to operations manager, and hired Dennis A. Kirchoff as director of networking services.

Villa Maria College hired Cathy Oddo as director of admissions, Chalisa Harrell as admission counselor, and Paul Ziolkowski as director of records.

Cannon, a Grand Island design firm, appointed Brian K. Sitzman a senior associate.

First State Bank elected William C. Lyons of Grand Island senior loan officer.

The Buffalo law firm of Magavern, Magavern & Grimm named Aven Rennie an associate. She will practice in the area of litigation.

The New York State Banking Department awarded JoAnne Panek-Hortman a designation of Registered Mortgage Broker. A real estate broker for 27 years, she opened Ashcroft Mortgage Solutions at 817 Abbott Road.

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