Roohan Realty announced that Meg Minehan was sworn in as a director for the Greater Capital Association of Realtors at an event at the Albany Country Club.
She will serve a three-year term as a director and also serve on the Panel for Review of Professional Standards decisions.
Minehan is an alumni of the Leadership Saratoga program and a 32-year veteran of the real estate industry. She is an associate broker, corporate trainer and transaction facilitator with Roohan Realty, and has ranked in the top five in sales for the firm the past 10 consecutive years.
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Carole A. Levine owner of Grand Illusions Hair Design, formerly located on Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs has joined teams with Linda Tersigni owner of Creative Image Hair Design in the newly renovated Congress Plaza at 26 Congress St., Saratoga Springs. Contact Carol at Grand Illusions Hair Design 518 581 2889 or
518 879 3719 for appointments.
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Creatacor, an exhibit design, fabrication and trade show management provider in Clifton Park, announced that Tom Lemery, the president and CEO of the company has transitioned to a new role as a consultant with Creatacor.
Gerry Glynn, Will Farmer and Linda Casimano, long time managers and partners of Creatacor for the last five years, assumed the roles of CEO, COO and CFO, respectively.
Lemery launched Creatacor Inc. in 1987, a spin-off of GE’s Corporate Exhibit Operation, along with the late Russell Percenti, Lemery’s mentor and longtime colleague at GE. Lemery has been instrumental to the success and growth of the organization in its 28-year history.
Glynn was selected to succeed Lemery as CEO. Glynn was previously the vice president of operations and has been with Creatacor for 23 years. He began in design and then moved to operations where he was promoted to oversee design, fabrication and logistics.
Farmer has been with Creatacor for 25 years and is now COO. Starting with the company as a junior exhibit coordinator, he worked his way up serving as project manager, account executive, and vice president of client services.
Casimano was promoted to CFO, completing the leadership team. Casimano began her career at Creatacor 24 years ago, working her way up from bookkeeper and controller to her most recent position as vice president of finance.
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Saratoga Casino and Raceway announced that Kim Hodge has joined the team as assistant director of hotel operations. In her new role, Hodge will oversee operations and specialize in sales for Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s new hotel.
Hodge brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She was previously employed locally by the Desmond, the Gideon Putnam and Best Western.
A job fair for additional positions at the hotel is being planned for this spring. The 117-room hotel at Saratoga Casino and Raceway is scheduled to open in June.
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Thomas Leach was named vice president of retail lending at Ballston Spa National Bank.
Leach will be responsible for the development and growth of the bank’s retail lending department, which includes residential mortgages, consumer loans and automobile lending.
He comes to BSNB with nearly 20 years of experience in lending, operations and management. Most recently, he was the director of loan operations for a credit union in Poughkeepsie. His experience also includes 10 years as president and CEO of Albany Mortgage Group Inc.
Leach is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and also volunteers with Optimist International He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from The College of Saint Rose in Albany.
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The Wesley Community announced Kimberly Garso was promoted to director of nursing.
Garso will provide oversight and management of more than 400 clinical and support staff in patient care activities at Wesley Health Care Center.
Garso served for the past three years as the assistant director of nursing at Wesley Health Care Center. Prior to joining the Wesley Community, she spent 27 years at Saratoga County Maplewood Manor, where she served in various capacities including head nurse, MDS coordinator, nursing supervisor, and director of nursing.
Garso holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from SUNY Empire State College and an associate nursing degree from Adirondack Community College. She has received numerous industry certifications and has presented at health care conferences statewide.
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Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. promoted senior loan officer and corporate banking manager Thomas Ratsep to senior vice president.
Ratsep joins the senior management team and will contribute to strategic planning efforts. He will continue to develop new lending relationships, oversee lending decisions and manage the bank’s team of lenders.
He joined Saratoga National in 2015 with 20 years of banking and credit administration experience in the Capital Region.
Ratsep has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Vermont in Burlington. He is a graduate of the New England School of Banking at Williams College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ratsep is director and treasurer for Saratoga County Rural Preservation Co. in Ballston Spa.
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Turning Point Chiropractic in Saratoga Springs added Kevin Campopiano as a licensed acupuncturist.
Campopiano, L.Ac., has experience working with employees, jockeys and trainers at the Saratoga Race Course, as well as local and professional-level athletes.
He graduated from Cornell University in 1997 with a B.S. in biological sciences. After two years in the Peace Corps teaching health education in the Pacific country of Kiribati, Campopiano returned home to study acupuncture. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2004 with a master’s in oriental medicine. He is licensed to practice in the state of New York.
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Roohan Realty announced its top Realtors for 2015.
The top five agents are Valerie Thompson, Kate R. Naughton, Meg Minehan, Palma Pedrick and Mara King.
In addition, the Rookie of the Year Realtor award went to Christine Hogan Barton and the top commercial Realtor was Amy Sutton.
The company recently held an awards ceremony and dinner in their honor at the Wishing Well. In total, these accomplished Realtors achieved over $71.5 million in real estate property sales last year, according to the company.
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Julie & Co. Realty LLC announced the addition of five new real estate agents.
Linda Munro, Michael Bannon, Cara Carley, Tina Nigro and Angela Amedio have all joined the team.
All of the agents are residents of Saratoga Springs. The company said they bring with them different areas of specialty and years of experience.
In addition, Julie McMullen,of Clifton Park joined the team in an administrative capacity. She comes to the company with 12 years of real estate education and administrative experience.
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Fingerpaint has hired of advertising veteran Bruce Rooke to lead an ideation/ innovation group that, according to the company, will expand the agency to “challenge and answer the needs of an ever-changing communications landscape.”
A company news release said Rooke brings decades of experience in the consumer and healthcare fields to the agency, where he will strive to invent new communications ideas, drive new business and expand Fingerpaint’s international presence.
Rooke joins Fingerpaint from GSW Worldwide where he served as Global Creative Officer for nearly 13 years, managing accounts such as Genentech, Lilly and Biogen.
He operated as executive creative director for J. Walter Thompson, managing major accounts including Ford, Goodyear, Shell, Bosch, White Castle and more. In 2011, he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the CLIO Healthcare Awards.
Rooke will report to Fingerpaint’s Founder, Ed Mitzen.
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As Shelters of Saratoga announced the addition of Peter Capozzola and Amy Hughes to its board of directors.
Capozzola is vice president and investment officer for Saratoga National Bank & Trust Co./Arrow Financial Corp.
He graduated from Pace University with a Master’s of Business Administration in portfolio and investment analysis. He has served as a volunteer for numerous community organizations including the Glens Falls Regional Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Saratoga-Wilton Youth Soccer, Boy Scouts of America, and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga Springs.
Hughes is the program coordinator for Saratoga County Veterans Peer to Peer Mentoring Program.
She has a Master’s Certificate in veterans services from Empire State College and a Master of Arts in counseling from Liberty University. She has served for over four years as a Shelters of Saratoga volunteer. Hughes has also volunteered for other organizations, including National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Saratoga, Church at Newton Road and American Red Cross.
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KeyBank announced that Joseph J. Badolato has been named financial advisor and vice president for Key Investment Services in the Capital Region.
Badolato is responsible for providing clients with comprehensive financial solutions covering investment planning and insurance needs.
He has more than 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry and worked with individuals, professionals and business owners in areas of investment planning, risk management, retirement planning, capital preservation and wealth transfer.
Previously, Badolato spent eight years as vice president, financial consultant and certified retirement counselor for Citizens Investment Services. Before that he spent four years at AXA Advisors LLC, in Clifton Park as a financial advisor and investment advisory representative.
Badolato earned his A.A.S. degree in computer science and business administration from Ulster County Community College. He holds his Series 7 and 66 FINRA licenses, and a New York state life, health & long-term care certified license.
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Paulina Grinnell was promoted to relationship manager at Ballston Spa National Bank.
Grinnell will be responsible for providing financial solutions to customers and for maintaining the daily operations of the bank’s Malta branch office.
Grinnell joined BSNB in 2015 as a personal banker, and has more than five years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining BSNB, she was an assistant branch manager at another local financial institution. She earned her bachelor of arts in legal studies with a concentration in economic administration from University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun, Poland.
Grinnell is part of the bank’s Volunteers in Action program and has personally participated in a variety of activities supporting veterans, breast cancer research, March of Dimes, adult care programs, and community housing rehabilitation.
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Lauren A. Roland, an employee of the Saratoga County Fair, was appointed the District 2 director for the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs for 2016-2017.
The district encompasses the Altamont Fair, Greene County Youth Fair, Fonda Fair, Washington County Fair, Schaghticoke Fair, and the Saratoga County Fair.
Her duties will include the NYSAAF college scholarship program for those fairs, as well as coordinating annual meetings of the district fairs.
Roland’s father was the general manager of the Saratoga County Fair for 19 years. She officially took over the program at the age of 18. She was elected to the board of directors of the Saratoga County Agricultural Society in 2010, and has served or chaired almost all of the 21 different committees that are involved with the presentation of the annual fair. She currently serves on the publicity, membership, entertainment and commercial exhibits committees.
She earned a degree in communications with a concentration in public relations. She has held educational, staff and management positions with the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. She serves on the board of directors of the Saratoga County Agricultural Society, has held various positions with the state Association of Agricultural Fairs, and is a member of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, the Greenfield Grange, and the Greenfield Community & Business Association.
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Saratoga Casino and Raceway honored the exceptional performance of four top team members at its annual awards banquet in February.
Awards were presented to: Bill McQuiston, pari-mutuel manager, Leader of Distinction; Mary-Ella Gardiner, VGM supervisor, Supervisor of the Year; Debra Stark, payroll assistant, andSara Nizolek, cocktail server, Team Members of the Year.
Awards are based on nominations submitted throughout the year by Saratoga Casino and Raceway team members for any team member who is performing exceptional service. The winners were presented with a trophy and a $2,500 check.
The event also featured a salute to two team members who have worked for Saratoga Casino and Raceway for 15 to 25 years. Honorees were April Cilione, drop count supervisor, 15 years of service; and Ray Topjian, bartender, 25 years of service.
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Martel Catalano has joined Saratoga Associates, a multidisciplinary design firm providing landscape architecture, architecture, engineering and planning services, as marketing coordinator.
Martel comes to the firm after working in both the planning and marketing fields. She is a 2011 graduate of Skidmore College, where she studied art and environmental studies.
Martel received her MBA in sustainable business from Green Mountain College in 2014. She is responsible for facilitating and leading the proposal process, coordinating marketing analytics, as well as developing and maintaining collateral materials for consistent visual branding.