The Arrow Family of Companies announced the appointment of Blake Jones, vice president and director of marketing, to senior vice president for Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co., Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. and Upstate Agency LLC.
As part of the senior leadership team, Jones will be responsible for all activities related to the Arrow Family of Companies branding, marketing, communications and community outreach and development.
Jones joined the company in 2012, was named director of marketing in 2017 and vice president in 2018. She has more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing.
Shes earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Washington and Lee University. She is active in the community serving on various local nonprofit committees including the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network.
Capital Bank announced two recent personnel moves in its retail and commercial divisions.
Tracey L. Wardwell, assistant vice president, was promoted to the position of Saratoga County retail manager, where she will oversee the bank’s Clifton Park and Wilton offices.
Wardwell previously served as Capital Bank’s branch manager in Wilton after joining the company in 2018.
Prior to joining Capital Bank, she served as a branch manager for KeyBank in the Capital Region. Wardwell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business, with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics, from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
Gregory J. Bruno, assistant vice president, was promoted to the position of commercial relationship officer.
Most recently he was the manager of the bank’s Clifton Park and Schenectady offices. Bruno will now work closely with current and prospective business customers throughout the Capital Region to develop and strengthen their relationships with the bank.
Bruno joined Capital Bank in 2009 as branch manager of the Slingerlands office. Prior to joining Capital Bank, he managed offices for First Niagara Bank and Citizens Bank.
He graduated with a degree in economics from SUNY Albany, and subsequently received his MBA at The College of Saint Rose.
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP announced that Mackenzie Brennan, Samantha Choppa and Marcos Grael have joined the firm as associates.
Brennan graduated magna cum laude from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law earning her Juris Doctorate and graduated, cum laude from Villanova University with a B.A. in communications and a double minor in political science and Spanish.
Upon graduating law school, Brennan was inducted as a member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for United States law school graduates. While in law school, she served as the managing editor of research and writing for the Villanova Law Review and as a teaching assistant for first year civil procedure and legal writing students.
Her previous legal experience includes serving as a judicial intern with Hon. Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as a legal intern with the state Office of the Attorney General, Appeals and Opinions Bureau, and as a summer associate at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna.
Choppa is a graduate of George Mason University Law School where she earned her Juris Doctorate and a graduate of Purchase College where she earned a B.A. in art history, magna cum laude. She served as a legal intern for the state Office of the Inspector General, and was a law clerk at McNamee Lochner PC prior to joining Whiteman Osterman & Hanna.
Grael graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University earning his Juris Doctorate and graduated with a B.A., valedictorian and summa cum laude from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at University at Albany with a Major in political science and concentration in public law.
Previously, Grael served as a judicial intern with the Hon. Mae A. D’Agostino, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of New York, and was a law clerk and summer associate at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna.
Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a law clerk at the Immigration Law Clinic, Justice Center at Albany Law School, where he won the Outstanding Clinical Student award for his work in representing immigrant clients.