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On the Record / April 28, 2015

Hires/Promotions/Honors

M&T Bank promoted Matthew J. McAfee to group vice president. McAfee, with the bank for 10 years, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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M&T Bank promoted Drew M. Pullen to group vice president. Pullen, with the bank for 13 years, earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Lumsden & McCormick promoted Mark Stack and Crystal Bojanowski to senior accountants in the tax department. Bojanowski, a CPA, joined the firm in 2012. She graduated from Niagara University with an MBA. Stack, a CPA, is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, with an MBA and a bachelor’s degree.

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Lakelet Advisory Group’s managing director, Michael R. Koeppel, was designated a certified turnaround professional by the Turnaround Management Association.

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The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners selected Laura Zimberg owner of Green Pastures Still Waters Massage Therapy & Spa as the chapter’s member of the year. Zimberg has been the owner and operator since 2005.

Company Connections

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York was honored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a “Best of Blue.” The health plan received the 2015 Integrated Marketing Award, a highly competitive award recognizing the Blues plan that best integrated multiple marketing and communication channels to both win new business and support brand goals and objectives.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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Independent Health was named one of the best companies to work for in New York State by New York State Society for Human Resource Management, in conjunction with Best Companies Group. Independent Health ranked 22nd among 34 finalists in the large-size company category, and was among just four companies from across the state to be named a finalist for eight years in a row.

Patents

Title: Method for online detection of liquid and potential for the occurrence of resistance to ground faults in active magnetic bearing systems

No.: 8,994,237

Inventors: Griffin, Timothy R. (Allegany); Gilarranz, Jose L. (Katy, Texas)

Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company (Olean)

Date issued: March 31, 2015

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Title: Entertainment device with mode indicator

No.: 8,992,283

Inventors: Piwko Jr., Robert D. (Hamburg); Rhein, John F. (Hamburg); Kane, Michael Thomas (Fairport)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: March 31, 2015