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On the Record / Dec. 20, 2014


The finalists for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 25th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award are: Mary Ann Coulson, senior vice president, branch manager, Morgan Stanley; Amber Dixon, executive director, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology; Rhonda Frederick, CEO, People Inc.; Brenda McDuffie, president and CEO, Buffalo Urban League; and Cynthia Ann Zane, president, Hilbert College. The 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award finalists are: Dr. Shira Brown, chief of Emergency Medicine, Welland County General, Niagara Health System; Betsy Constantine, vice president of Giving Strategies, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Shannon Linehan, program specialist, Journey’s End Refugee Services; Brandye Merriweather, project coordinator & manager, Buffalo Urban Development Corp.; and Mary C. Miller, director of Products & Services, Enterprise Initiatives & Analytics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. The 25th Annual ATHENA Awards will be presented March 19 at The Hyatt Regency Buffalo.


The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced that James W. Fulmer has been elected as the board’s vice chairman for a two year term. Fulmer is chairman of The Bank of Castile.


Jack W. Hunt & Associates named Jessica Komara, Marissa Ashcroft and Caroline Rudzinski court reporters. Komerea and Rudzinski graduated from the Stenographic Institute of Western New York. Ashcroft graduated from Alfred State College.

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The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and First Niagara have granted GradFly a $10,000 loan and Buffalo CarShare an $8,000 loan from their Seed Capital Accelerator funds. GradFly will expand its strategy for creating collaborative online learning environments for academic and industry partners. Buffalo CarShare will leverage a matching grant that will allow CarShare to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.


Title: Parallel plate type refrigerant storage device

No.: 8,899,073

Inventors: Vreeland, Gary Scott (Medina); Oddi, Frederick Vincent (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Delphi Technologies (Troy, Mich.)

Date issued: Dec, 2, 2014


Title: Distortion-free image capture mirror which may be used with an automotive side view mirror for capturing an image from an area representing a blind spot for a drive of a vehicle fitted with the distortion-free image capture mirror

No.: 8,899,764

Inventors: Ung, Ly Weng (Buffalo)

Date issued: Dec. 2, 2014

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