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Erik M. O’Neill, managing director-investment officer, of Wells Fargo Advisors  has been recognized as a 2019 Best in State Wealth Advisor by Forbes. He has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry, and holds B.S. in Business and Marketing from Cornell University, and an MBA in Finance from Duke University.

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BankOnBuffalo has named James H. Cosgriff IV, CFP, CPA as assistant vice president, wealth advisor for BankOnBuffalo Investment Advisors.  He will provide guidance on investment management and overall financial planning with a specific focus on retirement planning. He is a graduate of John Carroll University

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Raghu Ram, MD, joined Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as vice president of Value-Based Care Optimization and Community Clinical Collaboration. His duties include developing strategy and negotiating contracts with health insurance companies and supporting the cancer center’s business development efforts and engagement with primary-care physicians across Western New…

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Keri Collins, RN, a nurse at Niagara Hospice since 2009, has earned two nationally recognized dementia care certifications, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

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Scott S. Allen, Jr., senior associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, was appointed to the board of directors for Friends of Night People. This charitable organization that helps the poor, homeless and destitute in Buffalo. The organization provides food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need.

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R. A. Mercer & Co., P.C. has announced the hiring of Eric W. Kwietniewski as a staff accountant. Kwietniewski will be involved in various areas of the firm including tax preparation and performing audits, reviews and compilations.

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Nathan W. G. Berti a second-generation estates and trusts lawyer was elected to partner at Hodgson Russ. He will concentrates his practice in all aspects of estates and trusts law.

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Kevin Spratt has been promoted to senior vice president, Foodservice at Rich Products. Spratt drives accelerated performance for Rich’s foodservice division through optimal go-to-market strategies that drive customer performance and satisfaction.

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Renita Rodriguez has been promoted to vice president, Food Safety and Quality Assurance - Global Markets at Rich Products. Rodriguez leads and supports the global food safety and product quality initiatives and ensures Rich’s is proactively improving our standards.

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Maria Knoebel has been promoted to vice president, TCCS Category Business Unit at Rich Products. Knoeble leads the entrepreneurial business unit to define the strategic vision and evolution of our toppings, creams and culinary solutions product portfolio to support long-term growth for the category.

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The Niagara County Sheriff Department announced the promotion of Julie Kratz, to Lieutenant. Kratz began her career at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office in 2012. She is a certified police instructor in addition to being a Drug Recognition Expert.

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The Niagara County Sheriff Department announced the promotion of Tracy Steen to Lieutenant. Steen is assigned to the midnight patrol shift after serving as an investigator. Steen has served in all facets of police work at the Sheriff’s Office including Patrol, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Drug Task Force.