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Delaware North Cos., a hospitality and food service provider, named Kevin Quinlivan chief information officer. Quinlivan previously served as vice president/chief information officer at Digital Equipment Corp., Quantum Corp., and Schick Wilkinson Sword. He is a graduate of Worcester State College with a master's degree in computer science. Also, the company named Bob Gilbert vice president of sales and marketing for Delaware North Cos.' Parks & Resorts. Gilbert was most recently with Travika, a sales and marketing representation group. Gilbert earned a bachelor's degree from the Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom and a CTC designation from The Travel Institute. In addition, the company named Bradly J. Sax director of GuestPath, the company's proprietary and award-winning customer service program and Jim Bannon director of construction projects. Sax has a number of accreditations and certifications, including The Disney Approach to People Management. Bannon served as principal/president for DACORI -- Design and Construction Owner's Representative in Orlando, Fla. He earned a bachelor's degree equivalency at Queen's University Belfast and a master's degree at The University of Ulster, both in Northern Ireland.

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UB Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, a Western New York orthopaedic practice, named Dr. Lindsey D. Clark to its team of physicians. Clark is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and clinical assistant professor at the University at Buffalo. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she received her medical degree from the University at Buffalo. She completed her orthopaedic spine fellowship at University Orthopaedics. Clark will see patients at University Orthopaedic Center--Southtowns, 3671 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

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Hilbert College appointed Walter Iwanenko Jr. dean of graduate studies, a newly created position, and professor of public administration at the Hamburg institution. Most recently, Iwanenko was chair of the Health Services Administration Department and Business Department at D'Youville College. He holds a doctorate from the University at Buffalo, and master's and bachelor's degrees from D'Youville.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute appointed Dr. Nestor Rigual medical director of the Photodynamic Therapy Center. PDT, developed in the mid-1980s by Thomas Dougherty, Chief Emeritus of the Center, is a targeted anticancer treatment that kills tumor cells without permanently damaging surrounding tissue. Rigual earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and completed residencies at the University at Buffalo and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of Oncology in the Department of Head and Neck/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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Hyatt Regency Buffalo appointed Susie Pieri director of catering to manage business and social gatherings in the hotel's 21,000 square feet of recently renovated function space. Pieri has overseen catering operations at Templeton Landing, Adam's Mark Hotels and Resorts, and the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel. Also, the hotel appointed James Draper executive chef. He most recently was executive sous chef at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

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Key Bank named Anthony M. Lanza vice president and manager and Jaimina K. Patel licensed relationship manager for the Hopkins and Klein branch, slated to open on Monday. Previously, Lanza was branch manager for HSBC. Lanza earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo. Patel was senior premier relationship manager for HSBC's Hopkins-Klein branch. Other branch employees include: Haddie Herzig, client service manager; Ismahan Taher-Abdallah, relationship manager; Michael Halter, Ellie McGee, and Kayla Van Dyke, tellers. In addition, the bank promoted Andrea Kanner to manager of the Western New York District's McKinley branch, located at 1080 McKinley Mall in Blasdell. Previously, Kanner was client service manager at Key's Union Road at Michael Road branch in Orchard Park. She graduated from Canisius College.

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Erie Community College appointed Jeffrey Bagel vice president of foundation and alumni relations. Bagel previously was senior director of development at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Also, the college named Jack Foley assistant to the president. Foley has more than 30 years' marketing and advertising experience including nearly 20 years in the advertising department of the Buffalo News. He is a graduate of Canisius College.

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Synacor, a Buffalo-based Internet technology firm, appointed Ian Mitchell lead database administrator. Mitchell previously worked for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics as the director of Information Systems. He earned his bachelor's degree at Liverpool John Moores University. Also, the company named Andrea Jacob an associate digital advertising sales planner and Joseph Spina an engineer. Jacob is a Niagara University graduate, she earned her master's degree at Syracuse University. Spina is a Fredonia State College graduate.

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Goldberg Segalla attorneys Daniel W. Gerber, Sarah J. Delaney and Paul D. McCormick co-authored a chapter on the emerging topic of mergers and acquisitions insurance for New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, a seminal treatise on insurance law in the United States. The chapter is included in the first four volumes of the new edition recently published by LexisNexis.

LoTempio and Brown, a Buffalo law firm, named Michael H. Kooshoian an associate. Kooshoian previously served as an assistant district attorney for the Erie County District Attorney's Office. He is a graduate of Geneseo State College and earned his Juris Doctor at the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Medaille College appointed Emily Wopperer an information specialist in the Office of the Registrar. Previously, Wopperer worked at General Dynamics Information Technology. She is a graduate of Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo.

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Eileen Fitzgerald, senior vice president at GSX Solutions of Buffalo, was selected as one of this year's IBM Champions awardees. IBM Champions are selected from all over the world for their meaningful technical and nontechnical contributions to the community.

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Crowley Webb, a Buffalo marketing communications agency, appointed Kristen Lopez a patient recruitment coordinator; Leslie Sanford an account supervisor and Nicole Hutton a designer. Lopez was a legal assistant at Steven J. Baum for the past four years. She is a University of Rochester graduate and earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. Sanford, who returns to the agency after a six-year stint at SKM Group, has more than 19 years of marketing and communication experience. Hutton is a recent graduate of Fredonia State College.

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Dixon Schwabl, a Rochester advertising, marketing and public relations agency, appointed Dion Pender chief creative officer. Pender has nearly 20 years of experience from his previous work at top branding and advertising agencies in Buffalo. He graduated from Buffalo State College.

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Alfred University appointed Celeine Easdon-Smith director of major gifts for the development office. Most recently, Easdon-Smith was an adjunct instructor at the college, teaching "Strategic and Creative Problem Solving." She holds a bachelor's degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Easdon-Smith has more than 15 years in marketing and sales, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, she and her husband own and operate Oz's Homestay Bed & Breakfast and the Freefall Oz Skydiving Center in Ceres, Pa.

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