The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Core program in the University at Buffalo School of Management has graduated the largest class in the program's 21-year history. Graduates included Rosanne Braxton, vice president, administration, Schroeder Braxton & Vogt, Amherst; Dr. Phyllis Burgio, chiropractor, East Amherst; Dr. Salvatore Calandra, cardiologist/partner, Cardiology Group of WNY, Williamsville; Bridgette Cassety, vice president, Veracity Benefit Designs, Amherst; Joe Fox, president, 4WARD Marketing Products, Williamsville; and Michelle Mullen, owner, Health and Fitness Solutions, Amherst.
Kimberley Keel of Williamsville has joined EMS Group partner Stahlka Agency, Inc. in Williamsville as financial services manager. She has 18 years of insurance experience.
Toshiba Business Solutions opened its new office at 6000 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 24. The general manager is Eric Fibelkorn, and the new district service manager is Tom Vlachos.
Eye Care & Vision Associates LLP has appointed Dr. Daniel M. Cotter to its staff. A board-certified ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, he is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Cotter will see patients at ECVA's four locations, including 1 Hopkins Road, Amherst. Visit www.ecvaeyecare. com.
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services presented checks to five charities at a ceremony on June 12 in its office at 100 Northpointe Parkway, Amherst. This year's charities were Niagara Hospice, Hospice Foundation of WNY, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Erie County and Niagara SPCA, which will split $26,400 raised by employees during the past year. This was the 11th year the company donated, bringing the total to more than $250,000.
Superior Staff Resources Inc. — a certified, women-owned, national workforce solutions provider headquartered in Williamsville — has been recognized as the Diverse Supplier of the Year by Salt River Project, a primary public utility company based in Phoenix. Lynne Marie Finn, president and CEO, accepted the award at a luncheon on June 24.
Allstate Insurance Company has recognized Allstate exclusive agency owner Kurt Silvestro with the Regional Champion Award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitable business growth. His agency is now one of the top Allstate agencies in the nation in auto, property, commercial, power sports insurance and financial services sales. He owns the agency at 7166 Transit Road in Amherst.
WNYbyOwner. com, located in East Amherst, recently added the ability to have a home listed on the multiple listing service while the owner retains entire control of the selling process. Research show 80 percent of home buyers begin their search online. For information, call 523-8508.
Buffalo MRI in Snyder has named Mark Roberts account manager, and Teresa Ruffino was promoted to account representative. Roberts joins Buffalo MRI from CitiGroup and has 17 years of sales and marketing experience. Ruffino was previously a service coordinator.
Amherst Alarm, owned by Tim Creenan, has been certified as an FM Approved Central Station Company by FM Approvals, a division of FM Global. This makes Amherst Alarm the only locally owned, independent company to achieve this level of recognition. FM Approvals backs its evaluations with scientific research and testing.
Western Division Federal Credit Union is the recipient of the BauerFinancial Exceptional Performance Award. The five-star rating in financial services is awarded quarterly to top financial institutions around the country. The rating represents the highest level of credit union operation in terms of financial safety, strength and performance. Western Division Federal Credit Union is located on Main Street on Amherst.
Carr Marketing Communications, located in Amherst, won a Gold Excalibur Award from the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for its production of the "Holy Name Province: Love at Work" DVD in collaboration with the Province's Office of Development in East Rutherford, NJ. Carr produced the DVD in conjunction with Full Circle Studios.