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On the Record / April 6, 2012

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Ray Laks Honda sales consultant Chuck Riso was recently honored by American Honda Motor Co. for achieving the Gold Master membership level in the 2011 Council of Sales Leadership recognition program for his excellent customer service and professionalism.

The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and WNY, a trade group serving the local commercial construction industry, elected John Embow of Grove roofing, James Keefe of the Bonadio Group, Moira Moldenhauer of Dwight Moldenhauer and Tom Saia of Iroquois Bar to serve on its board of directors. Elected for a second term to the board was Bruce Hoffman of Forest Materials and Maria Nowakowski of United Materials.

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>Company items

Northwest Bancshares, parent company of Northwest Savings Bank, was named to the Bank Honor Roll of superior performers by KBW, an investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector, for the second consecutive year. Northwest was one of 45 U.S. banking institutions to be named to the list.

Career Partners International celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting in February. Established in 1987 to provide outplacement services primarily in North America, Career Partners International was founded by seven firms: Career Partners International-Houston; Executive Career Services; Hazell & Associates; Keystone Partners; Resnik Partners; the Ayers Group; and Torchiana, Mastrov & Sapiro. Today, the original seven founding firms remain equity owners of Career Partners International and have been joined by CPI Buffalo/Niagara and 62 firms from around the globe.

LVBW Wealth Management, founded by the original partners of the public accounting firm Lougen Valenti Bookbinder and Weintraub, launched its new website at www.LVBWWealthManagement.com.

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>Patents

Title: "Apparatus for engrafting a blood vessel"

No.: 8,133,267

Inventors: Leonhardt, Howard J. (Sunrise, Fla.); Taheri, Syde A. (Williamsville); Greenan, Trevor (Sunrise, Fla.)

Assignee: Medtronic Vascular (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

Date issued: March 13, 2012