Eric Mower and Associates in Buffalo, N.Y., has employed Rick Mariano Jr. as an assistant account executive. Mariano will help manage in-store point-of-purchase displays for client Fisher-Price and provide research data for marketing plans. Also joining the Buffalo office is Stephanie LaRock as a public relations account executive on the Primrose Schools Franchising Co., Marsh and LPCiminelli accounts. LaRock previously worked at Emmanuel Bates Communication in Los Angeles, where she managed day-to-day activities and public relations campaigns for entertainment clients. EMA has promoted Marni Rodman to account executive, brand public relations. Rodman joined the agency in July 2004 as an assistant account executive. In her new role, she will provide increased project management and client counsel for local and national accounts like the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.