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The Benchmark Group, a real estate developer and manager, hired Joanne Bramer as controller. Bramer will oversee all accounting and tax functions of Benchmark and its related entities. Also, Mark DelleBovi joined the firm in the new position of vice president of construction. DelleBovi will oversee commercial development projects in addition to all multifamily residential capital improvement and development projects.

St. Bonaventure University Business School Dean Michael J. Fischer had a paper presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. The paper titled "Commodification, Regeneration, and Technology: The Changing Location of Expertise in Knowledge-Based Professional Organizations," was co-authored by Mark W. Dirsmith and Sajay Samuel.

MassMutual Financial Group hired four new agents. James Kennedy, Eric Moore, Michael Reibel and Kimberly Spelman recently joined the Michael J. McDermid Agency. The new agents collectively offer life insurance, annuities and disability income insurance coverage to clients throughout the Western New York area.

Damon & Morey attorney David R. Koepsell has written a book titled "The Ontology of Cyberspace Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property." Koepsell's book was recently favorably reviewed in the Green Bag Law Journal.

Carr Marketing Communications president Robert P. Carr recently presented a program on "Responsible Communication" to the attendees of the 11th Southern States Annual Environmental Conference and Exhibition hosted by Mississippi State University in Biloxi, Miss.

Verizon Wireless named John Palmer president of the Rochester-based wireless carrier's upstate New York region. Palmer will set the company's strategic direction and direct its wireless network expansion, customer service and sales efforts.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., a diversified health and personal care company, named Rebecca Anderson lead quality control inspector.

The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network named four financial representatives in the Buffalo office located in the Main Place Tower: Timothy G. Blum, Frank DeCrescenzo, Melanie A. Pierce and Kimberly M. Sides. They will provide guidance on insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning, education funding and employee benefits.

The law firm Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria named John M. Walsh an associate. Walsh focuses his practice in the areas of employment and labor law, labor arbitration and collective bargaining.

The law firms of Diebold & Farmelo and Daniel M. Griebel recently combined practices, with offices at 1500 Statler Towers in Buffalo.

Volland Electric Equipment, a rotating electrical apparatus repair and distribution company, named Christopher C. Collins treasurer. Collins is the former owner of Nuttall Gear.

Dopkins & Company, certified public accountants and consultants, named Christine D. McWilliams and Karen Elgidely supervisors, and Sara A. Tepfer a senior accountant.

The Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State 2001 Fall Festival District VIII delegation was headed by Linda Przepaniak, state vice president, and Charlotte Carlson, district director, and was held recently at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. District VIII members who gave reports included Susan Mager, Karen L. Byrne, Debby Finegan and Diane Illig. Other area participants were Mary Jane Zak, Mary Shelley, Harriet Hurlburt, Grace LeGendre, Susan Fayle and Mary Anne Shea. Lynda Ford was keynote speaker and Claire Sullivan, past state president, conducted a workshop on surfing the Internet.

Dunlop Tire Corp. named James Gorcznski corporate controller. Also, Daniel Szymkowski was named systems development group leader. Szymkowski will be responsible for project management and production support for the company's order entry, accounts receivable and sales support systems.

Calamar co-founder and president Kenneth M. Franasiak has been named to the Niagara Bi-National Economic Roundtable Committee, in which he will represent the interests of the Niagara County region. The Bi-National Roundtable is comprised of members from private and public sectors representing the United States and Canada to address economic issues and opportunities in the trade corridor.

Anderson Funding Ltd., a registered mortgage broker, hired Virginia Marczynski as mortgage consultant, Wendy Leyonmark as loan coordinator and Lisa A. Strauss as executive assistant and office administrator.

LiquidMatrix, an Internet software company headquartered in Orchard Park, named Paul Tupis software engineer. Tupis will be responsible for the development and enhancement of the company's ActiveCampus suite of products.

Opera Niagara Ltd., elected board members for a two-year term: Thomas C. Bailey, president; Lorraine Mansouri, first vice president; Linda M. Schiller, vice president, marketing; David M. Sisson, secretary/treasurer; and Michael Wadsworth, immediate past president.

The Longaberger Co., a maker and a direct selling company of handcrafted baskets, pottery, fabric liners and other lifestyle products, recognized Kathleen Smith as a 2001 National Top Sponsoring Award Winner.

ASG, Account Solutions Group named four to management: Susan Puccio, communications; Holly Droney, training; James Duke, general counsel and quality assurance, and Janice Galluzzo, compliance specialist.

Buffalo Niagara World Connect presented its Citation Awards to William R. Greiner, president of the University at Buffalo, and Robert T. Brady, president and CEO of Moog Inc., for their commitment to global affairs.

Automotive Battery and Tire at 3218 Bailey Ave. has been opened by Arthur B. Todd, a former manager at Monro Muffler.