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Sovran Self Storage, a Williamsville-based real estate investment trust specializing in self-storage, appointed Andrew Kraft and Christopher Runckel regional vice presidents of operations. Kraft has more than 20 years of restaurant, retail, and real estate management experience. Runckel, previously director of sales, has 20 years of sales and product management experience. He holds a bachelor's degree from Geneseo State College.

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WNY Asset Management, a financial planning and asset management services provider in Williamsville, promoted Ronald Lojacono to partner. Lojacono joined the firm in 2005 as a financial adviser and investment manager and is a certified financial planner. He is a Medaille College graduate.

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Daemen College named Michael S. Brogan vice president for academic affairs. Most recently dean of the Daemen Division of Health and Human Services, Brogan is an associate professor and was formerly chair of the Daemen Department of Physical Therapy. Brogan's bachelor's and doctor of physical therapy degrees are from Daemen College. He also holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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The Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants named Franca Trincia president. Trincia serves as controller for Gar Associates, a real estate consulting and appraisal service company. Other officers: President-elect, Patricia Johnson, Canisius College; vice president, Thomas Burns, Lumsden and McCormick; secretary, Denise Gueli, Bonadio and Co.; and treasurer, Rosemarie Steeb, Chiampou, Travis, Besaw and Kershner and owner of Rosemarie C. Steeb, CPA tax practice in Depew.

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Welcome--The Premium Guide to the Buffalo/Niagara Region and WELCOME Online named Irisa Albion director of sales and marketing. Albion most recently was with Glynn Geotechnical Engineering.

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Northtowns Medical Group founder and president Dr. Edward A. Stehlik Sr. was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Stehlik, an internal medicine specialist, is the sixth internist in Western New York to be so recognized since the organization's founding in 1915. Dr. Stehlik has served as chairman of the Department of Medicine at Kenmore Mercy Hospital since 1990 and is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine. A Tufts University School of Medicine graduate, he completed his residency in internal medicine at UB.

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Building Controls and Services, a Tonawanda-based provider of HVAC maintenance service and automated building environmental controls and security systems and services, named Scott E. Derby, Scott A. Drabek, and William P. Zehler partners. Derby, vice president, is responsible for the southern New York and northwest Pennsylvania operations of the company. Drabek, vice president, is responsible for the facilities solutions division which provides HVAC/mechanical service and energy management systems in central and western New York. Zehler, vice president and chief technical officer, is responsible for project management and information technology operations of the company.

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Pulse 360 Inc., a data-driven ad technology company, promoted Dave Casion to president and appointed Sean Insalaco senior vice president of sales and marketing. Casion, who joined the company in 2002, will also maintain his role as the company's chief technology officer. Insalaco most recently was group vice president for business development in the medical devices group at Moog Inc. Both Casion and Insalaco are based in the company's Buffalo office.

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Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel associate Beverley S. Braun presented at the New York State Bar Association Seminar on Estate Litigation held in Amherst recently.

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National Grid, an international energy delivery company, appointed Lee Eckert chief financial officer. Eckert will provide leadership for all of National Grid's accounting, reporting and regulatory financial operations in the U.S. and head the company's U.S. finance team. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

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Wilder and Linneball founding partner J. Joseph Wilder was one of the presenters for a Continuing Legal Education workshop titled "Practical Skills--How to Commence a Civil Lawsuit," sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. Wilder presented the section on "Motions Directed to the Pleadings" at the Buffalo session. Wilder & Linneball has offices in Albany and Buffalo and a statewide legal practice.

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Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel partner Gayle Eagan was named 2011 Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of Erie County. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the legal profession and Western New York community.

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Jennifer G. Flannery, an associate in Damon Morey's Trust and Estate Department, recently spoke at the New York State Bar Association's Estate Litigation Continuing Legal Education program. In addition, Flannery will speak on Advanced Directives at a seminar on Long Term Care for the local 8th District Dental Society, sponsored by Walsh Duffield's Jacob Hauck Agency in late June.

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