Western New York Business Hall of Fame (Buffalo Business First) recognizes entrepreneurs, executives, inventors, and visionaries who have had an indelible impact on the growth of Buffalo and the surrounding area. Tonight, seven new members are named—bringing the number of honorees to 29.

Did you know the name ‘Curbell’ was formed from a combination of its two earliest customers? Curtiss Wright and Bell Aircraft. And, the two previous Western New York Business Hall of Fame honorees? Glenn Curtiss, founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., and Lawrence Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft Corp.

Congratulations to all inductees as well as the Western New York Business Hall of Fame newest members: Nathan Benderson, Benderson Development; Robert Brady, Moog Inc; Joseph Ellicott (surveyor and city planner who laid out Batavia and Buffalo NY); Richard Garman, Buffalo Crushed Stone; Seymour Knox I, F. W. Woolworth chain; Maria Love, first daycare center for children of working women and the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund; and Gene Vukelic, Try-It Distributing Co., Inc.