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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*John P. Davanzo, a former chief executive officer and president of four Western New York hospitals, has been appointed a professional in residence in Niagara University's College of Business Administration.

Davanzo will teach and mentor MBA students interested in careers in health care administration.

Since 1988, Davanzo has served as chief administrator at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda, Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

In 2007, he was conferred as a life fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 30,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations.

"Niagara University -- and the College of Business Administration, in particular -- is continuously striving to provide its students with premier learning resources, and one of the ways that we do this is by working with people the caliber of John Davanzo," said Mark Wilson, dean of Niagara's College of Business Administration.

Davanzo received his master's degree in hospital administration from Columbia University after returning from active duty in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and attending Field Medical Services School. Previously, he earned a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University.


*John Percy, president and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC), served as chairman of the recent 2011 American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace in Philadelphia, a business event for the group travel industry, which allows group travel buyers and sellers to meet face-to-face in prescheduled appointments.

In addition to the in-person appointments, Marketplace offers professional education seminars and numerous networking opportunities.

Percy has been a member of the organization for 22 years.

"Group travel continues to be an important target audience for the 'Niagara USA' destination and the NTCC has been a regular participant in the ABA Marketplace," said Percy.

The American Bus Association represents about 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the U.S. and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services.


*The winners of the Lewiston Red Brick Three on Three Basketball Tournament held Jan. 17 by the Village of Lewiston Recreation Department were:

11- and 12-year-old division: The Mootastics, with Steve Mansour, Kyle Ullery and Alex Daul.

13- and 14-year-old division: Ruff Riders, with Carmen Zarrillo, Colton Stallard, Dante Aversa and A.J. DiPasquale.

Free Throw Competition: Stephen Mansour, 11; Brendan Carbone, 12; Mike Chiappone, 13; and Jason Harpham, 14.

Knockout Competition: Alex Daul, 11; Kyle Ullery, 12; Dane Parlato, 13; and Jason Harpham, 14.

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