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Columbus McKinnon Corp. appointed Joseph Owen vice president of strategic integration. He also will continue his current responsibilities coordinating and working with the Columbus McKinnon Purchasing Council.

The Buffalo law firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber named Edward M. Griffith Jr. a partner. He formerly was a partner at Griffith & Yost. Attorneys also hired are: corporate department, Gretchen P. Aylward of Buffalo, P. Stephen Kim of Buffalo, and Giovanna (Joanne) Macri of Buffalo; trial department, Alafair S. Burke of Amherst and Karen E. Richardson of Hamburg; trusts & estates, Maria Hadley of Amherst.

AOP Solutions, a document management integrator in Buffalo, named Brian D. Dusenberry chief financial officer. A certified public accountant, he will assess, coordinate and facilitate transitional issues of Judge Imaging Group, a recent acquisition.

The law firm of Hodgson, Russ, Andrews, Woods & Goodyear named Thomas R. Hyde, R. Anthony Rupp III, Aidan M. McCormack, and Deborah A. Waldbillig general partners. Hyde and Rupp practice the Buffalo office, McCormack in the New York City office, and Waldbillig in the Boca Raton, Fla., office.

Earthwatch Watch Systems Inc., a waste management, transportation logistics and recycling services firm headquartered in Buffalo, promoted Thomas F. Wagner to president and chief operating officer. The firm also named Raymond R. Walter executive vice president, promoted Lynn M. Conomos to vice president-finance, and named Maribeth F. Wagner vice president.

The American Institute of Real Estate Exchangors named Russell J. Gullo its Exchange Educator of the Year for his efforts in education. A certified exchange advise, he is president of R. J. Gullo & Co. Inc. in Buffalo.

Joseph Davis Inc., a general mechanical contractor, hired Sonya Schwartz as a payroll administrator, and named Erik Fromme a draftsman for its Construction and Project Management Services Division.

The accounting firm of Brock, Schechter & Polakoff promoted Jeffrey T. Zawada to senior accountant and hired Benjamin J. Scaffidi for the accounting staff in its Buffalo office.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute appointed Judith M. Stanley its patient advocate in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology. She will work with patients and staff to resolve concerns and facilitate effective communication among patients, their families and RPCI's caregiving team.

The Travel Team in Buffalo promoted Beth Meyer to team leader and named Sarah Welch an account executive for the Meeting and Incentives Division.

TVGA Engineering, Surveying in Elma hired Thomas C. LoTempio as a senior project engineer. He will take a lead role in the final design phase for the reconstruction of Hertel Avenue.

Chase Manhattan Bank named Dawn Jacobs of Tonawanda a 203K specialist in its residential mortgage department. She will provide counseling and financing to home buyers and realtors who have property in need of rehabilitation through the use of 203K program.

National Fuel named Bruce D. Heine of Glenwood and Jay W. Lesch of Hamburg assistant vice presidents of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. It also named Duane A. Wassum of Orchard Park assistant vice president-Horizon Energy Development Inc., the company's international business unit.

Roberts-Gordon in Buffalo, a manufacturer of gas-fired infrared heaters, appointed Heather Lockhart a graphic designer in the marketing department.

United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York named Jim Schwinger of Hamburg director of human resources.

Neuman Claim Administrators Inc. in Buffalo, an administrator of group and individual self-insurance plans for Workers' Compensation and disability benefits, hired Donna Marks as claims manager.

Volland Electric Corp. named Sheree Hillman a sales representative and appointed Rick Shrieb vice president of finance.

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