Gerard O'Connor, of Lindenhurst, has been elected president of the Long Island chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He is president of Apex Appraisal Service in Lindenhurst. The LI chapter provides courses for those interested in pursuing an appraisal career or fulfilling state and designation requirements, and for practitioners moving beyond appraisal disciplines.

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John C. Tsunis has been appointed chairman of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association. The Poquott resident is chairman of Islandia-based Long Island Hotels, a senior partner at Tsunis Gasparis Lustig Ring & Kenney, in Islandia, and chairman of the board and member of the executive and loan committees of Gold Coast Bank, also in Islandia.


David Torreblanca has joined Collins, McDonald & Gann in Mineola as an associate. He joins the firm's bicoastal dietary-supplement practice group. The Shirley resident previously served as an intern with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, division of enforcement in Manhattan, and is a recent graduate of St. John's University School of Law in Queens.

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