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Business people / Hires, Promotions & Honors

Alesco Advisors, a Pittsford-headquartered investment adviser, named David Elias principal. Elias will assist in the overall management of the company with an emphasis on growing the firm's business in Buffalo. A 35-year investment professional, Elias retired in 2005 as chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Elias Asset Management, the investment management firm he founded in 1981 in Williamsville. He is also the author of the 1999 book "Dow 40,000."

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The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted Mike Even to the newly created position of vice president of sales and Ed Healy to the newly created position of vice president, marketing. Even has served as the director of convention sales and services since 2000. Healy was formerly director of communications.

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The Buffalo/Niagara Postal Customer Council, the local direct mail industry's professional business group, named the following board officers for 2009: Postal co-chair, David Boardman, postmaster of Buffalo; industry co-chair, Coleen Lacina, Pitney Bowes; vice co-chair, Terry Suozzi, Trinity Marketing; secretary, J. B. Brown, Rich Products; and treasurer, Andrew Nowak,M&T Bank (ret.). Members: Mareike Appelt, The Buffalo News; Rich Baker, Compu-Mail; Joe Bellucci, Printing Industries Alliance; Rob Gasko, M&TBank; Victor Laudisio, U. S. Postal Service; and Donna McGrew, Quebecor.

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WNYAsset Management, a Williamsville- based financial planning and investment management firm, promoted Laura Gardner to vice president, administration. Gardner joined the firm in 2004 and has held several management positions, most recently director, finance and administration. Withhas more than 20 years of accounting and office management experience, she studied accounting and supervisory management at Genesee Community College.

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AAA Western and CentralNew York named Michael J. Ryan chair through 2010. Ryan is a partner in The Cosgrove Law Firm. Other officers: Vice chair,GwenO. Arcara, Executive Dimensions; secretary, Donald K. Boswell, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED-TV/AM/FM); treasurer, Louise Woerner, Home Care of Rochester. Member: James R. Boldt, Computer Task Group.

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