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LPCiminelli, a commercial construction company, promoted Eugene Partridge to executive vice president. Partridge, previously a senior vice president of construction operations, is responsible for the company's $1 billion reconstruction effort for the Buffalo Public School Program.

The Buffalo Broadcasters elected Dave Gillen, Infinity Broadcasting, president of the organization. Other officers: Chairman, Don Angelo, WGRZ-TV; vice president, Steven Reszka, Reszka and Associates; secretary/treasurer, Herb Flemming, Flemming Communications. Directors: Marty Biniasz, Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway; J. Michael Collins, retired, WNY Public Broadcasting Co. and Don Yearke, retired, WIVB-TV. At-large members: John Robshaw, Robshaw and Associates and Al Wallack, WNED-AM/FM.

PBB Global Logistics, a third-party logistics provider in Fort Erie, Ont., appointed Ken Chalmers president and chief executive officer. With the company for more than 20 years, Chalmers, most recently, was chief operating officer. He replaces Mike Scott, who retired.

Hopkins, Garas and Sorgi, a new law firm, was formed by partners Sean W. Hopkins, John C. Garas and Peter J. Sorgi at 5500 Main St., Suite 215, Williamsville. Hopkins concentrates his practice on land development, environmental and real estate law. He is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Law School. Previously, Hopkins was with the U.S. Small Business Administration in the Disaster Assistance Program. Garas has 20 years of real estate, condominium and corporate law experience. Sorgi focuses his practice in zoning and land use law, municipal law and litigation. The firm named Sara F. Herrmann paralegal. She is a former weekly newspaper editor who has served on the East Aurora Village Board and the Town of Aurora Planning Board.

Calspan Corp., a Cheektowaga technology company, named Roman W. Paryz director of the Transonic Wind Tunnel. Paryz has overseen the tunnel since 1995 and, as director, is responsible for the general management of the facility and a staff of 45 engineers, designers, machinists, technicians and computer programmers. Previously, Paryz worked for the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. and the Boeing Commercial Airplane Co.

The Financial Planning Counselors of WNY elected George E. Riedel Jr. president. Riedel is a senior partner at Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury and Cambria and concentrates his legal practice in trusts and estates, elder law, estate administration, estate planning, guardianships and adoptions. Other officers: Vice president, Sheila Murphy Blum; secretary, James J. Tyrpak and treasurer, Patrick L. Emmerling. Directors: Paula Catlin, Robert Miller Jr., Ronald M. Roche, Carolyn D. Valenti, David R. Barrett, Maurice L. Naylon III and Thomas H. Waring Jr.

The New York State Tourism Promotion Agency Council elected John H. Percy Jr. president. Percy is vice president of sales and marketing at the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.