Mannix Marketing has hired Laura Vecsey as regional digital editor for its Tourism Marketing division. Vecsey was a news reporter and later a sports columnist for many years in Albany, Seattle and Baltimore, covering the Olympics, Major League Baseball, the NFL, NBA and collegiate sports. She’s also been a political columnist and has worked...
Roohan Realty announced that Diana Gise has joined the company as a licensed real estate salesperson. Gise has a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from SUNY Oneonta. She has 20 years of experience in the nutrition and wellness field. She is a member of the Greater Capital Region Association of Realtors (GCAR) and...
NBT Bank announced that retail market manager Ian Townsend has been promoted to vice president.
Townsend has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. After completing NBT’s management development program, he advanced to positions of increasing responsibility in the bank’s Albany and Saratoga County branches.
He was named assistant vice president in July 2015 and was promoted to retail market manager in June 2016.
Townsend is responsible for managing the teams at NBT’s 12 branches in Clinton, Essex, Saratoga and Warren counties.
The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) announced that Georgeanna M. Nugent of Saratoga Springs was elected to serve as chairwoman of its board of directors. Nugent was appointed to the CDTA board in May 2009. In addition to being chairwoman, she is a member of the board’s Operations Committee and the Strategic and Operational...
Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP has hired Gabriella Levine as a new associate.
Levine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in political science from Union College, where she was inducted into the chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School, where she was the executive editor for State Constitutional Commentary of the Albany Law Review.
Levine was a finalist in Albany Law School’s Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition and received awards for Best Oral Advocate and Best Brief, and was the winner of the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition.
Roohan Realty announce its top Realtors for 2017. The top five agents, in order, are Valerie Thompson, Kate R. Naughton, Meg Minehan, Palma Pedrick and Christine Hogan Barton.
In addition, the Rookie of the Year award went to Neil Corkery and the top commercial Realtor was Amy Sutton.
In total, these accomplished Realtors achieved over $51.5 million in real estate property sales last year, the company said.
The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau has hired Chloejean Tedford as its director of convention services. In this role, she will work directly with meeting and event planners to ensure their meeting, conference or convention is a truly memorable Saratoga experience.
Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, PC, announced that Karen Foster, its manager of pension operations with over 30 years of experience in retirement plan management and client services administration, will lead the Retirement Plan Services division as the new director.
A former benefit plan consultant and record-keeper, she joined TBC in 2007. She is a graduate of University at Albany, holding both a master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in economics. She is an American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) credentialed Qualified 401(k) administrator.
She was formerly employed by an actuarial and benefit plan consulting firm, a bank trust department and an ERISA attorney. Her practice focuses on working with brokers and clients to determine the best type of plan for firms and maintaining contact with them to ensure that the plan continually meets their needs.
Taylor Herrick has been promoted to director of public safety at Saratoga Hospital, responsible for a team of 20 public safety officers.
DZ restaurants announced Carol Ippoliti as the company’s sales manager.
She will be responsible for all private event sales for Chianti Il Ristorante, Forno Bistro and Boca Bistro, all in Saratoga Springs.
Ippoliti began in the industry at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. She studied hospitality management at Schenectady County Community College. During this time, she also began her sales career with the Mallozzi Group. While there, she was promoted to sales manager and off-premise catering director. Most recently, she worked as a sales manager for Mazzone Hospitality.
Longtime Lake Theatre actor and director, Jarel Davidow has been named as the Lake Theatre’s new artistic director.
Davidow is familiar to Lake Theatre audiences for his onstage roles in “The Love List,” “Moonlight And Magnolias” and “The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” He also directed 2016’s “Almost Maine” and last season’s “The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis Mccauly Fishing Derby.”
Davidow has been a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble and Resonance Ensemble in New York City. His credits also include The Know Theatre in Binghamton; the Bickford Theatre in New Jersey; the New England Shakespeare Festival and The Great American Melodrama in California. He is a member of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
Skidmore College has named Martin A. Mbugua vice president for communications and marketing.
In this newly established role, Mbugua will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the college’s communications and marketing efforts.
Mbugua will be the college’s chief communications officer, serving as a strategic advisor to the president and senior staff in the development and execution of communications and marketing plans to promote the college and its mission.
He brings more than 20 years of experience in journalism and higher education communications to Skidmore, most recently as assistant vice president for content and communications at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he led the university’s online news content, media relations, social media and internal communications teams. Previously, he was director of media relations and university spokesperson at Princeton University.
Mbugua was a reporter with the New York Daily News; U.S. correspondent for the Daily Nation and Standard newspapers in Nairobi, Kenya; and assistant editor at the Queens Chronicle in New York City. He also served as communications and marketing manager at the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute and senior news editor at the University of Delaware.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in government, politics and international relations from St. John’s University in New York City, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed nursing facility that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has appointed James Connolly of Saratoga Springs administrator.
In his new position, Connolly, a licensed nursing home administrator, will be responsible for the direction, supervision, compliance and maintenance of the facility’s day-to-day operations, as well as its adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Connolly, who has more than 35 years of experience in the health care field and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been honored on numerous occasions for this contributions to healthcare and community service in the Capital Region.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and masters degrees in both business administration and public health from Columbia University.
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Daniel D. Bruno, co-owner of Bruno & Bruno Financial Services in Saratoga Springs, was named a member of the 2017 Chairman’s Council of New York Life.
Members of the Chairman’s Council rank in the top 3 percent of New York Life’s sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents in sales achievement.
Bruno has been a New York Life agent since 2007 and is associated with New York Life’s Albany General Office in Latham. Bruno and Bruno Financial Services is not owned or operated by New York Life or its affiliates.
He is a graduate of New York Life’s Advanced Planning Group’s Coaching Series, a client-centered planning process with the goal of helping clients crystalize their planning objectives and design appropriate solutions.
Bruno is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
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Arrow Financial Corp. announced Edward J. Campanella joined the company as senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer for Arrow, and executive vice president and chief financial officer for the company’s lead subsidiary, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.
Arrow is the parent company of Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. and Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.,
Campanella will be responsible for planning and management of all finance, treasury and accounting functions for Arrow, which reached a record $2.7 billion in assets at the end of the second quarter, according to company officials. He will be based in Glens Falls and report to Arrow President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Murphy.
Campanella served as CFO of National Union Bank of Kinderhook. He brings 19 years of finance and banking experience to Arrow. Prior leadership roles include treasurer and director of finance at Opus Bank in Irving, Calif., and treasurer at Cambridge Savings Bank in Cambridge, Mass. He began his career in finance as an analyst for Darling Consulting Group.
Campanella earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University in Boston. He succeeds Terry Goodemote, who in February announced his intent to retire as Arrow CFO after more than 20 years of service to the company, including more than 10 years as the chief financial officer.
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