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The Greater Buffalo Convention & Visitors Bureau elected Jonathan A. Dandes chairman of the board. He is executive vice president for Rich Entertainment Group/Rich Products Corp. Others elected for 2001: vice president, David P. Hart, Hart Hotels; secretary, Brenda W. McDuffie, Buffalo Urban League; treasurer, Keith M. Belanger, M&T Bank; president, Richard Geiger; and board members, Ron Bertovich, Buffalo Sabres/HSBC Arena; Donald K. Boswell, Western New York Broadcasting Association; Peter Casey, Shamrock Tours; Jean Covelli, The Travel Team; Alan DeLisle, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp.; Ted Holmquist, Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel; Richard Hutchens, Richard A. Hutchens & Association; Tom Pagels, Hyatt Regency Hotel; Ted Pietrzak, Burchfield-Penney Art Center; Rudi Rainer, Radisson Hotel and Suites; Andrew J. Rudnick, Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Dan D. Kohane of Hurwitz & Fine will serve as the Buffalo Convention Center Management Corp.'s designee. Crystal D. Peoples was appointed to represent the Erie County Legislature, and John W. Greenan will serve as the Legislature's minority representative. James Pitts, president of the Buffalo Common Council will serve as the council's representative.

KeyBank appointed Mary G. Evans of Buffalo senior vice president in the telephone banking department for the Western New York District. She is responsible for overseeing the inbound and outbound telephone banking units that bring more than $200 million in new credit business annually.

Gaymar Industries, an Orchard Park company that provides innovative products and services to the health care market, appointed Steve Snyder vice president of marketing. He is responsible for product management, new product acquisition, advertising and marketing communications, sales forecasting and management of the company's Clinical Affairs division.

Hedria Lunken, president of Hedria Consulting in Williamsville, was named a nominee in the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2001. She was recognized for her extraordinary achievement and commitment to furthering the advancement of women business owners.

The Thomas Group, a professional design and construction services firm, appointed architect John L. Shedd regional operations manager in its Jamestown office.

Linda K. Smith was elected president of the board of directors of Parents Anonymous of Buffalo and Erie County. Smith is vice president of operations for Millington Lockwood.

Safari Club International honored Robert Keicher of Cheektowaga with one of five Top Recruiter Awards for 2000. He recruited 42 new members to finish fourth among 41,000 competitors. Keicher serves as vice chair of SCI's public relations committee and is regional representative for three chapters in the Northeast.

The WNY Insurance Association elected Thomas Larsen president. He is vice president of Schunke Insurance Agency. Others elected: vice president, Robert Schiele Jr., W.H. Greene & Associates; secretary, Robert Cohen, Forest Financial and Financial Design Group; treasurer, John Clauss, GMAC Insurance. First Niagara Bank promoted John B. O'Mara of East Amherst to vice president of financial management and risk analysis.

Sales and Marketing Executives International elected Robert E. Nesslin senior vice president for education. He is manager at Marketing & Advertising Services/BUFFNET in West Seneca.

GOODCARE, a local health care agency, made several appointments: Edward Moran, director of nursing; Brenda Keller, nursing supervisor; and John Aiken, marketing directors.

The Buffalo law firm of Saperston & Day hired Heather A. Johnson as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice primarily in the health care and medical field.

Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, a certified public accounting firm, named Jaime Stickle to the Small Business Group at its Olean office.

Joseph M. LaTona, a well-known area defense attorney, has opened his own office at 716 Brisbane Building in downtown Buffalo. LaTona recently left the Buffalo law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury and Cambria.

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