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On the Record: March 23, 2016


Synacor promoted Bill Neff to senior director, engineering. Neff joined the company in 2012 as a manager of engineering and holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science. Also, the company promoted Randy Callesto to director, project management. Callesto previously worked at Synacor from 2006 to 2010 as a project manager and rejoined the company in 2012.


The University at Buffalo appointed Tom Ulbrich, executive director of the new Blackstone LaunchPad, an experiential entrepreneurship program for students designed to help them develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. Ulbrich is an assistant dean in the University at Buffalo School of Management and executive director of its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The Blackstone LaunchPad will connect five university campuses – UB, Cornell University, New York University, Syracuse University and University at Albany – the business community and local entrepreneurs throughout the state to create an environment that nurtures students and provides them with the skills and network necessary to succeed as entrepreneurs.

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The Bonadio Group, an upstate New York independent provider of accounting, consulting and financial services, was ranked No. 38 on the list of Accounting Today’s 2016 Top 100 Firms, up two spots from 2015. The firm is the highest-ranking on the list from upstate New York.


Title: D750,925

No.: Mount for an infant receiving device

Inventors: Van Huystee, Maarten (Lancaster); Crane, Kevin (Orchard Park)

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

Date issued: March 8, 2016


Title: Reduced leakage balance piston seal

No.: 9,279,324

Inventors: Clute; Stephen G. (Cuba), Kuzdzal; Mark J. (Allegany); Grosso, Glenn R. (Olean); Peer, David J. (Olean)

Assignee: Dresser-Rand Company (Olean)

Date issued: March 8, 2016