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On the Record / April 17, 2007

Hires / Promotions / Honors

Vanner Insurance named Kim Castiglione a senior account manager and Ron Muffler producer at the Amherst agency. Castiglione, with more than five years' experience in the insurance industry, most recently was with Lawley Insurance. She holds a degree in travel from Johnson and Wales University. Muffler, most recently with Lawley Insurance, has more than 35 years of experience. Vanner Insurance is the endorsed agency of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State.

KVS President Ed Warnke and Director of Technical Services Jerry Fonner presented "Managing Technological Change" at the New York State Government Finance Officers Association annual conference in Albany recently. KVS Information Systems is a Williamsville-headquartered provider of municipal software solutions.

Owl Homes of Fredonia sales staff Kara Lyn Schiever and Brian Hover were recently recognized as Champion certified housing consultants. Champion, builders of manufactured and modular homes, presents this designation to salespeople employed by a Champion Home Center retailer who have demonstrated a commitment to expanding their professional knowledge in all aspects of the manufactured housing industry.

Phillips Lytle attorney John A. Orlowski recently presented "New Environmental Law Affecting Lenders: EPA's All Appropriate Inquiry Standard" as part of a continuing legal education program held in conjunction with the Banking Law Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County.

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Company items

The SmartPill Corp., a Buffalo-based developer of capsule-based medical devices, began trials of the SmartPill GI Monitoring System for use in animal health. The animal trials are being conducted at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. The primary aim of the trial is to validate the use of the SmartPill for the measurement of transit time, pH, temperature and luminal pressure in the gastrointestinal tracts of horses and dogs.

The Jamestown office of certified public accounting firm Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro is scheduled to move to an office building being developed at the corner of Third and Washington streets by Orchard Park-based Krog Corp. The new building will bear the company's name, The BWB Center. Completion of construction is expected during the summer of 2008.

KeyBank was named to DiversityInc magazine's list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2007, ranking ninth in supplier diversity and 31st overall. Also, KeyBank appears among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2007, based on measurements including diversity, according to Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine.

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Patents

Title: "Hat"

No.: D539,514

Inventors: Talley, Timothy J. (Buffalo)

Assignee: New Era Cap Company (Derby)

Date issued: April 3, 2007

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