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Financial consultant Laree Hulshoff of Smith Barney's Buffalo office qualified to attend the prestigious Consulting Group University Graduate School.

The Certified Nurses Aide certification was completed by Cheryl Crist, Shandra Bolden and Erin Guthrie at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence.

Buffalo area office of American Express financial advisor Anthony Baldi was appointed a member of the company's prestigious Advanced Advisor Group of Platinum Team Senior Financial Advisors based upon his experience as a successful financial consultant, recognized professional designations and superior financial planning, quality of advice and client service.

Investment advisory and financial planning firm, Harold C. Brown and Co., named Paul Olszewski director of research, Kevin Hanrahan senior research analyst and Dennis Kirchhoff director of information technology. Olszewski previously worked as analyst and vice president with the Private Investor's Group at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Hanrahan recently served as vice president and portfolio manager for M&T Asset Management. Kirchhoff previously served as US technology manager for Keystone Solutions.

Beaver Hollow Conference Center named Coleen Czechowski director of sales managing the Rochester and Syracuse regions, and David M. Sychtysz assistant general manager/social events director at the facility. Czechowski brings more than 29 years of experience in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Sychtysz is responsible for developing and coordinating social events, facility issues and providing sales support in the Rochester region.

CPAC Inc., a cleaning and personal care and imaging manufacturing firm, appointed Stephen J. Carl to its board of directors. Carl is chief operating officer of Clover Capital Management.

The Days Inn New York State Alliance elected Rick Klisiewicz, general manager of the Days Inn Dunkirk/Fredonia, to a second term as chairman of the board.

The Certified Financial Planner designation was awarded to John Pieroni of WNY Asset Management. Also, WNY Asset Management appointed Deborah Mock senior accountant.

Remarketing Services of America, a company that provides information management systems and services to the financial industry, appointed Tammy Laughlin business development manager. Laughlin's responsibilities include new business development for financial services industries and customer retention programs.

The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted Nancy Vargo to communications manager. Vargo is responsible for public relations support focusing on media and client relationships as well as researching and writing the CVB newsletter, annual report and other public relations materials.

Eye Care and Vision Associates appointed Dr. Leslie A. Long to its staffat its Williamsville and Hamburg offices.

The University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association honored one non-alumnus and five graduates with various awards: Paul A. Tokasz, State Assembly Majority Leader, outstanding service to the university and community; Hugh B. Scott, U.S. Magistrate Judge, conscientious and diligent performance in the judiciary; Lawrence H. Wagner, retired partner from Jaeckle, Fleischmann and Mugel, leadership by example as a private practitioner; Michael R. Wolford, managing partner of Wolford and Leclair, many contributions to the betterment of our community; Barbra A. Kavanaugh, former assistant attorney general in charge of the Buffalo regional office, commitment to public service; David F. Smith, president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp., exemplary performance in business.

The Central Park Men's Club elected Robert J. Catalano, a financial advisor at Trubee, Collins and Co., president.

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