April 29, 2012

Business briefs: April 29, 2012


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Honor received

PLATTSBURGH — Roger Wright of Plattsburgh, an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, has earned membership in the company's International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 8 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

"Roger Wright has been presented with the International Diamond Society Award in recognition of his contributions to both the Coldwell Banker brand and the real-estate industry," said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

"Roger is a trusted guide to his clients, ensuring they have the tools and expertise to make smart decisions as they realize their dream of home ownership," Gillespie said.

Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, located at 20 Miller St. in Plattsburgh and 2577 Main St. in Lake Placid, can be reached at 562-9999 or www.cold They have been serving the North Country for 21 years.

Appointment announced

PLATTSBURGH — Allen J. Racine Jr. has been appointed vice president and Northern Region corporate banking manager at Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co.

In this capacity, he will have responsibility for development and review of all business lending in Clinton and Essex counties.

Racine joined the bank in 2005 as an assistant vice president in the Corporate Banking Dept. and was promoted to vice president in 2008. Prior to joining Glens Falls National, he served as a loan officer with First Pioneer Farm Credit, ACA.

He is a native of Champlain and a graduate of Northeastern Clinton Central School, the State University of New York at Cobleskill and Cornell University.

A resident of Mooers Forks, he serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and is a member of the Champlain-Rouses Point Rotary Club.

Award received

PLATTSBURGH — Dr. Barry W. Mack, director of CV-TEC, part of Champlain Valley Educational Services in Plattsburgh, has been selected as the recipient for the 2012 Leadership and Support Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

The award was established to recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of those members whose responsibilities require leadership through support services to educators and students across and between buildings and districts.

Mack has served in the field of education for 39 years, 33 as an administrator and 18 in his present position. Mack's major responsibility is to coordinate the Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings in the region offered on three campuses and two off-site locations. Also, Mack has led the major initiative to enroll adults needing skill training in daytime CTE programs. In addition, he is currently providing the leadership for CV-TEC to become nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. Along with meeting rigorous national standards, this accreditation will allow adults to access CTE programs at CV-TEC with federal financial aid.

Under his leadership, CV-TEC got involved in a major effort involving area schools, the North Country Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and various government entities to develop a world-class, FAA-approved aviation tech program with international standards. This has resulted in more than $20 million of donations, grants and acquisitions.

Workshop offered

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country HR Consortium is currently accepting registrations for their third workshop on "HR Laws That Apply to Your Business."

Led by Jaci Kelleher, the workshop will offer an interactive discussion on which HR laws apply to businesses, an extensive Q&A period and a "breakout" session for participants to collaborate on case studies.

The workshop will include an overview on the HR laws that matter to area businesses, administrative agencies you need to know, answering the question "What Rules Apply To Me?" and an opportunity to network with HR peers from a variety of organizations located throughout the region.

This workshop is part of the professional development series presented by the North Country HR Consortium — a local membership organization that helps connect even the smallest businesses with the HR expertise they need. Partners in the consortium include Bernardi Associates; EAS: Employee Assistance Services; ETS Staffing, Consulting & Training; The Development Corporation; CITEC Business Solutions; and Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC.

The workshop will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May, 16 at the Plattsburgh Airport Conference Room. The workshop is offered at no charge to members of the consortium. For non-members, there is a per-person cost of $20.

Advance registration is required by Friday, May 11. For more information and to register, visit NorthCoun and follow the Events link or contact Debi Pettit of CITEC at 907-4481.

Women in Business

PLATTSBURGH — A Celebration of Women In Business will be held at a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 4 at the West Side Ballroom with all invited to celebrate women at work in the region.

Everyone who attends will be entered to win an iPad from Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC, but must be present to win.

The luncheon is an opportunity to network with area business people and acquire valuable information to help with business success.

Sen. Betty Little and Bridget-ann Hart will share their perspectives, and agencies geared to help business development will have information stations. Guests will network and enjoy a session called Social Networking — The 15 Minute Drill.

Hart, the president of Kinney Drugs, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are available for $35, or attendees may sponsor a table of 10 and invite guests to join.

Call the North Country Chamber of Commerce at 563-1000 or visit to RSVP. The event is co-sponsored by TwinState/Voice.Data.Video, Monaghan Medical, Spherion Staffing and Worlco Management Services.

Youth program

PLATTSBURGH — NBT Bank has launched its new youth and young-adult banking platform as part of its ongoing commitment to its customers and the communities it serves. Through its StriveSM financial literacy program and iStriveSM banking products, NBT Bank aims to help today's youth navigate personal finance and grow into financially responsible, independent adults.

"Developing smart financial habits at a young age often helps build a brighter financial future," said NBT Bank President and CEO Martin Dietrich.

The StriveSM program is a source for learning and inspiration to help kids, teens and young adults establish a positive relationship with money and navigate personal finance as their financial needs mature. The program will teach about money and managing personal finance in five key areas, National Standards in Personal Finance Education: Financial Responsibility and Decision Making, Income and Careers, Planning and Money Management, Credit and Debt; and Saving and Investing.

iStriveSM is a line of banking products built specifically to support kids, teens and young adults as they gain first-hand experience managing their money. iStriveSM delivers checking, savings, debit and credit products that are designed to grow with their individual needs.

Learn more at www.nbt or stop by a local NBT Bank office.