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On the Record: April 13, 2016


John Bodensteiner, corporate business analytics specialist at Merchants Insurance Group, was awarded the professional insurance designation Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter by the Institutes, an educational organization.


Rebecca Webster, president of the Men’s Room Barber Lounge & Spa of Rochester, was named Small Business Person of the Year for the SBA’s Buffalo district, which covers the 14 westernmost counties of the state. The other winners are: Kerry Beiter, Alpine Made in South Wales, home-based business of the year; James Lawrence Wagelin, Summer Storage and Professional Dealers of New York in Buffalo, Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Maurice Naylon, the Financial Architects in Amherst, Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year; Casimiro D. Rodriguez Sr., Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York in Buffalo, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year; Elizabeth Cleary Pelc, University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Women in Business Champion of the Year; Michael Zimmerman, Lumber City Development Corp. of North Tonawanda, Financial Services Champion of the Year; Ric and Rich Hilliman, Queen City Bike Ferry of Buffalo, Family-Owned Business of the Year; Carl Tiejan, University of Rochester, Government Contracting Champion of the Year; and Kyle K. Swiat, STI-CO Industries of Orchard Park, Small Business Exporter of the Year. The awards will be presented at a May 9 ceremony.

Company Connections

Buffalo Games was ranked the No. 1 adult jigsaw puzzle manufacturer in the United States, according to data released by industry research group NPD. The company, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, claimed the spot in January 2015.


FB Displays & Designs recently created a trade show display for longtime client Eastern Hospitality Advisers, a construction management company. The result was a display that houses a 55-inch LED monitor that allows the company to change its presentations.


Title: Sippy cup soft spout and method of forming the same

No.: 9,295,350

Inventors: Smith, Charlie (East Amherst); Shapiro, David (East Amherst); Gubitosi, Domenic T. (East Aurora)

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

Date issued: March 29, 2016


Title: Sterilization method

No.: 9,295,744

Inventors: Rovison, John M. (Sanborn); Mittiga, Ricky (Tonawanda); Lapham, Donald (Lockport); An, Weidong (Williamsville)

Assignee: Peroxychem (Philadelphia)

Date issued: March 29, 2016