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Cooper Turbocompressor, a Cheektowaga manufacturer of oil-free centrifugal air compressors, appointed Robert Rajeski president.

HSBC Bank USA named Grace W. Munschauer senior vice president of its mortgage banking division. The bank also hired Al Cooper as executive vice president of its direct banking division.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America appointed Robert E. Rich Jr. chairman of its board of directors. He is president of Rich Products Corp.

Foit-Albert Associates in Buffalo, an architecture, engineering and surveying firm, promoted John J. Robson to executive vice president. He assumes overall corporate management responsibilities in addition to the general management of the Albany office. The firm also hired Charles W. Ross, Terrell D. Way, William L. Jordan, all registered architects, and William L. Dritz, senior structural engineer.

Saperston Asset Management Inc., 237 Main St., hired Michael J. Palazzo as vice president of investments.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital elected Dr. Brian K. Scharf to its board of directors. A chiropractor in Springville, he is a pastor of the Machias United Methodist Church.

Gelia Wells & Mohr, a Clarence marketing communications agency, appointed Timothy Sherry of Lancaster its director of finance and administration.

84 Lumber hired Ken Wilcox of Tonawanda as a management trainee at its Tonawanda location.

Saperston Asset Management Inc. in Buffalo hired Linda W. Bagley as client development director.

The Western New York Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named Richard and Karen Penfold its Philanthropists of the Year. Other award winners are: Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year, Dr. Paul G. Bulger; Outstanding Media Organization, Adelphia Communications; Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation, Wegmans; Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation, The Baird Foundation; and Outstanding Youth Award, the 1999 fifth grade class from Potter Road Elementary School in West Seneca.

Renee Giambra of East Amherst, a financial auditor with National Fuel Gas Co., was awarded the professional designation of certified internal auditor by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Lockport Savings Bank elected Elizabeth J. Fitzsimmons to banking officer/retail product manager.

Krehbiel Associates, a Tonawanda engineering and surveying firm, made several appointments: Stephen A. Cline, senior CAD drafts person; Patty Miller, CAD drafts person; Michael F. Patterson, senior project manager; Farida Saad, senior engineer; and Andrew V. Terragnoli, junior engineer.

Mark K. Foley, executive director of Community Service for the Developmentally Disabled, was appointed to the Task Force on Service Coordination for the Developmentally Disabled by Thomas Maul, commissioner of New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Glenn A. Hewitt has been certified as a Senior Engineering Technician Level IV in Fire Protection Engineering Technology Automatic Sprinkler System Layout by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies. He is a senior fire protection designer for Beardsley Design Associates in Auburn.

Pepsico Inc. in Purchase, a consumer product company, inducted Charles Turner into its President's Ring of Honor as one of the corporation's top sales people. He is a route salesman at Frito-Lay.

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