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On the Record: April 6, 2016


Rich Products named John Lewandowski manager global procurement optimization. Lewandowski is a SUNY Buffalo State bachelor’s degree graduate and earned an MBA at Canisius College.


Matthew Krajna, portfolio manager at Nottingham Advisors in Buffalo since 2012, earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Also, Nick Verbanic, vice president/portfolio manager at the firm since 1990, earned the Certified Financial Planner designation.

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Kistner Concrete Products of Lockport earned a second-place award in the annual creative use of precast awards competition sponsored by the National Precast Concrete Association. The award recognizes the company’s work on the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building project at the University at Buffalo. It was presented to the company at the Precast Show 2016 recently in Nashville, Tenn.


Hilbert College has maintained the highest possible Financial Responsibility Composite Score of 3.0 for five consecutive years. The scores, which were released by the U.S. Department of Education, are a composite of three ratios derived from the institution’s audited financial statements.


The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County sponsored Spring It On, a 24-hour online fundraising event held in March, raising $131,784 to support area nonprofit organizations. Spring It On benefited a diverse group of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations that made their case for support through online and social media channels. The top-performing fundraisers included International Institute of Buffalo at $15,000, Cradle Beach at $6,208 and New Life Residential at $5,467.


Title: Conceptual world representation natural language understanding system and method

No.: 9,292,494

Inventors: Ceusters, Werner (Buffalo); O’Donnell, Mick (Tres Cantos, Spain); Montyne, Frank (Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium); Coppens, Frederik (Kerksken, Belgium); Van Mol, Maarten (Holsbeek, Belgium)

Nuance Communications (Burlington, Mass.)

Date issued: March 22, 2016