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Canon Design, a leading planning, architecture and design firm headquartered on Grand Island, appointed Roland A. Coleman II, Ralph W. McCormick and Brian K. Sitzman vice presidents. Coleman has worked on assignments with the company for virtually every building type, ranging from the development of campus master plans to complex building renovation programs. McCormick is experienced in the design of plumbing and life-safety systems. Sitzman has more than 18 years experience with health care projects.

M&T Bank promoted Mark J. Mendel to administrative vice president. A Canisius College graduate, Mendel has held various management positions with the company, including accounting manager and consumer deposit product manager.

The VA Healthcare Network Upstate New York appointed William F. Feeley director. Feeley, previously director of the Veteran Affairs Western New York Healthcare System, helped to extend access to VA health care throughout Western New York and increased the number of veterans served by 66 percent last year.

The Buffalo Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators elected officers for 2003-2004: President, Melanie Smith, Hodgson Russ; past president, Michele Finn, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo; president-elect, Deborah Evancho, Damon and Morey; vice-president, Mary Dalton, Damon and Morey; treasurer, Kenneth Miller, Hurwitz and Fine, and secretary, Carole Bluestein, Gross Shuman Brizdle and Gilfillan.

Lake Shore Savings appointed John P. Huber vice president and Erie County regional manager. Huber previously worked as a branch manager for Charter One Bank in the Depew/Cheektowaga offices.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce appointed Michelle Fustino marketing specialist. Fustino brings more than 13 years experience in advertising, marketing, public relations and event planning.

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers honored Kannan Nagarjan of Eden with the Young Engineer of the Year award; Elizabeth D. Capaldi of Buffalo with the Citizen of the Year award, and Roseanne Frandina of Buffalo with the Meritorious Service award. The awards will be presented at an annual meeting in June.

Uniland Development Co. promoted Carl Montante Jr. to vice president of marketing and strategic planning; Thomas Widzinski to marketing communications manager, and appointed David Tytka market research manager. A University at Buffalo graduate, Montante's responsibilities include organizational development, coordinating market and product expansion and client service enhancement. Widzinski coordinates both written and visual corporate communications and his responsibilities include media relations, advertising strategy, Internet marketing and proposal coordination. A graduate of Buffalo State College, Tytka previously served as director of research and marketing at Pyramid Brokerage Co. and as a research associate for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Doorway Rug Services, a Buffalo-based floor mat company, named Paul Van De Putte president. Van De Putte has focused his efforts on expanding the company's reach through sales, marketing and capital investment.

The National Convention of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, an association of specialty contracting firms representing the coatings application industry, honored Joe Lombardo, owner of Modern Graphics, with the Commercial Exterior Award in recognition of his work on the Triad Building in Buffalo.

Perry's Ice Cream appointed Robert Carlson and Sean Mullen market development managers. Carlson previously served as northeast regional manager for Ben & Jerry's. Mullen will oversee the development of Perry's branded products across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Hodgson Russ appointed Kenneth D. Suzan to the law firm's intellectual property and technology practice group. Suzan practices in the areas of trademark litigation, trademark prosecution, intellectual property and Internet and new media law.

Weatherpanel, a Buffalo-based wholesale distributor of building materials, promoted Maria Wrafter to vice president and partner. A graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Management, Wrafter has been with the company since 1994. Wrafter's responsibilities include financial reporting and human resource management for the firm.

Cooper Turbocompressor, a Cheektowaga provider of products and services for centrifugal air compression equipment for manufacturing and process air applications, named Holly DiFrancisco planning specialist.

The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, the marketing and advertising promoter of the region's arts, culture and heritage assets, promoted Nancy Vargo to communications manager. Vargo will be responsible for the public relations support focusing on external media as well as researching and writing the CBV newsletter, annual report and other public relations materials.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' associate Thomas Prohaska qualified for the organization's Vista Circle by demonstrating outstanding sales and service to members. The group is a not-for-profit Fortune 500 financial services organization that helps members achieve their financial goals.

The Million Dollar Round Table, an international, independent association of life insurance and financial services professionals, honored Richard C. Moldenhauer of Moldenhauer & Associates in Orchard Park, with the Top of the Table designation for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.

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