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On the Record / May 27, 2016


The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation honored Jeremy M. Jacobs with the Renaissance Award. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding community leadership and service to the Buffalo region. The BRF board selected Jacobs for his many philanthropic contributions to Buffalo.


Robert M. Zak, president and CEO at Merchants Insurance Group, was presented with the Thom McDaniel Exemplar Award from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York recently. A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Zak earned a bachelor’s and MBA and is also a Certified Public Accountant.


Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels for Western New York, was honored as Alumna of the Year by the Syracuse University Alumni Club of WNY at their annual scholarship banquet. Each year, the club’s board of directors selects a local alumna with a record of service and philanthropy including, but not limited to, financial support, time and talent.

Company Connections

The Bonadio Group was recognized by Accounting Today on its list of the Top 15 Accounting Firm Taglines. Bonadio’s tagline, “Big firm capability, small firm personality,” made the list, and the Bonadio Group was the only CPA firm headquartered in New York state to appear there. The firm was recently recognized by Accounting Today as the 38th largest CPA firm in the nation and has projected revenues of $102.3 million for fiscal year 2016.


Amherst Alarm was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 companies by Security Dealer Magazine. Amherst Alarm was ranked 77th overall, 19th in residential customers, and 64th in commercial sales. The rankings were based on monthly recurring revenue as well as number of commercial and residential customers. It was the 11th consecutive year Amherst Alarm has been awarded a place among the nation’s leading security companies.


Title: Treating pain in patients with hepatic impairment No.: 9,333,201

Inventors: Rubino, Christopher M. (Williamsville); Robinson, Cynthia Y. (Burlingame, Calif.); Hartman, Andrew (Belmont, Calif.)

Assignee: Pernix Ireland Pain Limited (Dublin, Ireland)

Date issued: May 10, 2016


Title: Controlled release of water to an oxygen scavenger

No.: 9,332,782

Inventors: McKedy, George E. (Williamsville); Chau, Chieh-Chun (Victor); Solovyov, Stanislav E. (Getzville)

Assignee: Multisorb Technologies (Buffalo)

Date issued: May 10, 2016