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On the Record: March 2, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

Alcott HR appointed Mary P. Freer director of human resources, Western New York Division. Previously, Freer was with ROI HR Consulting Benefit Brokers of Western New York in Amherst. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo.

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Vistage International appointed Jim Frost a chair in Western New York. Frost joins a team of four other local chairs who help local CEOs achieve excellence in their businesses and personal lives through Vistage peer advisory groups.

Company Connections

U-Haul Company of New York and Vermont welcomed K&N Automotive as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Cheektowaga community. K&N Automotive, owned by Nathan West, is at 1270 Harlem Road and will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

Contributing

Deaf Access Services received a $2,500 quality of life grant from the First Niagara Foundation. The funds will be used to offer sign language classes for deaf and hard of hearing babies and toddlers in the Western New York area. For more information about DAS and these ASL classes, call: voice phone at 833-1637; videophone at 335-9192, or visit wnydas.org.

Patents

Title: Instrument and method for creating a controlled capsulorhexic for cataract surgery

No.: 9,254,223

Inventors: Medina, Rafael (Williamsville)

Date issued: Feb. 9, 2016

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Title: Seismic isolation assembly

No.: 9,255,399

Inventors: Ruan, Shubin (Williamsville); Zemanek, Thomas (Laguna Hills, Calif.)

Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises (Wilmington, Del.)

Date issued: Feb. 9, 2016