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The Buffalo chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors named James J. Tyrpak the recipient of its 2000 Stanley C. Collins Award. The award honors a member who has brought great distinction to the life insurance and financial services profession. Tyrpak is employed by Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak in Williamsville.

The Bon-Ton in York, Pa., promoted Lynn Raiser Derry to senior vice president, general merchandise manager, accessories, intimate apparel, shoes and cosmetics. A former resident of Buffalo, she worked for Adam, Meldrum and Anderson from 1973 to 1994.

Nussbaumer & Clarke, a consulting engineering and land surveying firm in Blasdell, promoted Michele Rappl to office manager, appointed Bruce L. Shearer of Kenmore a corporate associate, and named Barbra Olenik an administrative assistant. Rappl also will continue as marketing coordinator.

James D. Gauthier, a senior partner with the Buffalo law firm of Hurwitz & Fine, recently received the John E. Leach Memorial Award from the New York State Bar Association in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to the Torts, Insurance anc Compensation Law Section of the State Bar.

The WNY Nurse Practitioners Association elected Joan Tudini president. Employed by Niagara Mohawk, she will serve a one-year term as president-elect for the year 2001, and assume the presidency in January 2002. Tammy Tempfer of Children's Hospital was re-elected to a two-year term as recording secretary. Also, Jane O'Donnel of Children's Hospital was elected chair for the nominating committee, and Donna Slawak and Joan Sorci of Kaleida Health were elected to the committee.

The law firm of Hamberger & Weiss named William J. Hardy an associate in its Buffalo office in the Statler Towers and Jamie F.Q. Auricchio an associate in its Rochester office.

The SKM Group, a marketing and advertising agency in Williamsville, promoted Micky Farber of Getzville to vice president/account service. She manages the account service and production department.

Dopkins & Company, a local certified public accounting and consulting firm, promoted Melanie A. Wilck of Amherst to supervisor, and named Amanda N. Jones of Tonawanda, Heather A. Kline of Sanborn, and Michael A. Marong Jr. of East Amherst, prior interns, to the general services department as auditors and consultants.

The law firm of Hiscock & Barclay appointed Mark R. McNamara of Buffalo to its Management Committee. He will be responsible for all Buffalo administration, as managing director of that office. Also, Tara N. Kamble joined the Buffalo office in the trusts and estates department as an associate. She will concentrate her practice on estate planning and administration.

The law firm of Saperston & Day hired Paul D. McCormick as an associate in its Buffalo office. He is a litigator with special expertise in products liability and professional liability.

The McGuire Group, which operates health care facilities, appointed Tina Ford of Buffalo the assistant director of nursing at its Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca, and Florence Meyer of West Seneca its admissions insurance coordinator.

BVR Construction Co. in Rochester elected Herbert L. Stephenson II president. Steven P. Richards was elected secretary/treasurer.

The National Tooling & Machining Association elected Jim Gerace of Glidden Machine its president. Others elected: vice president, Tom Owczarzak, Palma Tool; executive secretary, Linda Seipel; treasurer, Jay Czerniak, Niagara Punch & Die. Paul Nowicki from Now-Tech, Paul Shear from Spier Machinery, Robert Mikulec from Osgood, and Paul Lampkin from Zip Industrial were honored for years of service.

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark appointed Karen L. Mathews and Michael L. McCabe assistant district attorneys. Mathews is assigned to the special investigations/prosecution bureau and McCabe to the Buffalo City Court Bureau.

84 Lumber hired Ron York of North Tonawanda as manager trainee at its store in Niagara Falls.

The Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York elected Henry Z. Urban Jr. president. The vice president of Miller, Gesko & Co. in Buffalo, he specializes in estate planning and fiduciary compliance. Others elected: vice president, Wayne S. Landesman; secretary, James P. Julian; treasurer, Carolyn D. Valenti; and directors, Sheila Blum, James A. Cammarata, George E. Riedel Jr., Thomas H. Waring, David R. Barrett, Lawrence C. Franco and Mary Engler Roche.

The law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury and Cambria in Buffalo named Robert A. Goldstein of Cheektowaga an associate in its Workers' Compensation department. He will concentrate his practice in compensation and Social Security Disability Law.

Fisher Towne & Associates in Snyder, a developer of supply-side electronic catalogs and related e-commerce software, hired William Jankowski of Buffalo for its graphic design staff.

The certified public accounting firm of Toski, Schaefer & Co. in Williamsville promoted Jeffrey A. Gervase and Robert J. Williams to audit manager, and Karen E. Burhans to audit supervisor. Also, the firm recently completed its fourth successful quality review of its accounting and auditing practice by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rich Products Corp. made several appointments: Lawrence Rooney Jr. of Bellmore, technical consultant, Foodservice Division; Marylou Craft of Tonawanda, and Amanda J. Cooley of Hamburg, service desk analysts, Information Systems; David J. Zafulto of Buffalo, systems technician, Information Systems; Doug Willick of St. Catharines, Ont., director ingredient procurement, Supply Chain Procurement; Katherine E. Gabbey of Williamsville, supply planner, Logistics; and Thomas Draksic of Amherst, senior cost analyst, Operations Finance.

Erland E. Kailbourne, chairman of The John R. Oshei Foundation, and Brian E. Keating, executive vice president of HSBC Bank USA in Buffalo, were re-elected to the 2001 board of directors of the Statewide Zone Capital Corp., an affiliate of NYBDC-Business New York.

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