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On the Record: April 19, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

The Walsh Duffield Group Benefits Division announced the following designations and licenses: Richard Godshaw, vice president, received his VBS (Voluntary Benefits Specialist) designation; Rebecca Lindsay, account executive, received her CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist) designation; Adam Paul, vice president/benefits consultant, received his Property & Casualty License to sell commercial insurance and Jonathan Sommer, benefits service coordinator, received his CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist) designation.

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MJ Peterson recognized Susan Lenahan as top agent for the ninth consecutive year at the 32nd annual awards ceremony recently at the Park Country Club in Amherst. Lenahan closed more than $23 million in residential sales in 2015. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 17 years.

Company Connections

Western New York restaurateur Dave Schutte will open SEAR, a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. SEAR will take over the Della Terra restaurant and Avant Lounge at Avant located at 200 Delaware Ave. Full-scale renovations and construction are scheduled for early May with plans to open in the fall of this year. SEAR will also oversee and manage all food and beverage operations at Avant and Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo, including banquets and catering. Avant is owned and operated by Uniland Development Company.

Patents

Title: Process for the manufacture of 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene

No.: 9,296,670

Inventors: Wang, Haiyou (Amherst); Tung, Hsueh S. (Getzville); Kopkalli, Haluk (Staten Island); Chiu, Yuon (Denville, N.J.); Cerri, Gustavo (Parsippany, NJ); Ball, Jeffrey (Moristown, N.J.); Da Prato, Philip L. (Annandale, N.J.); Sun, Xuehui (Kennet Square, Pa.); Nappa, Mario Joseph (Newark, Del.)

Assignee: The Chemours Co. (Wilmington, Del.)

Date issued: March 29, 2016

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Title: Method and system for producing methanol using an integrated oxygen transport membrane based reforming system

No.: 9,296,671

Inventors: Stuckert, Ines C. (East Amherst); Chakravarti, Shrikar (East Amherst); Drnevich, Raymond Francis (Clarence Center)

Assignee: Praxair Technology

Date issued: March 29, 2016

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