May 4, 2014

Business briefs: May 4, 2014


Appointments announced

PLATTSBURGH — Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits recently promoted Lauren Tyler to sales executive in the Life and Employee Benefits Division (LEB).

Tyler is a 2011 graduate of Plattsburgh State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Business Administration. She joined Northern in April 2012 as a member of the Personal Insurance Division and quickly advanced to obtain her New York State Property and Casualty license.

Aspiring to a career more aligned with her college degree and professional interests, Tyler joined the LEB team, obtained her New York State Life, Accident and Health license and both the Finra Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam and Finra Series 7 General Securities Representative investment licenses. She is also a registered representative of The Investment Center Inc.

In her new role at Northern, Tyler will be focusing on providing personal retirement planning, individual and group investment products as well as individual life, disability and long-term care insurance.

“Lauren is well rounded, smart and enthusiastic,” said Deena Giltz McCullough, president. “She successfully builds professional relationships with our clients and we are excited to have her on our sales team.”

Also, Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits has hired Nicole Laurin as a sales executive in the Life and Employee Benefits Division.

“Nicole brings a wealth of marketing experience and management expertise to our organization,” McCullough said. “She has a high level of integrity, complementing one of our key organizational values, and will add new ideas and strong communication skills to an already experienced team.”

Laurin is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and most recently worked locally as a membership and marketing assistant manager. She holds the New York State Life, Accident and Health license and in her role at Northern will be focusing on providing employers suitable group health, dental, life and disability insurances as well as Section 125 Cafeteria Plans and COBRA Administration.

Laurin is active volunteering for local organizations such as the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce, Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, Relay for Life and Children’s Miracle Network.

New treasurer

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Young Professionals (ADK YP), a nonprofit organization focusing on attracting and retaining young professionals in the area, has introduced its new board member and treasurer, Erin Duprey.

A native of Peru, she received her MBA in accounting from SUNY Oswego in 2009. She currently is a staff accountant at local accounting firm Martindale, Keysor & Co PLLC. She currently resides in Plattsburgh.

Duprey takes the reins from Rebecca Murphy, CFO for the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity. The board of ADKYP thanks her for her contributions to the organization.

For more information about ADK YP, contact Hannah Provost at 565-7240 or via email at Anyone interested can also visit their Facebook page at

Promotion debuts

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau will sponsor a promotional effort, the #AdirondackCoastChair. The chair, decorated with an Adirondack Coast theme, was painted by SUNY Plattsburgh student Kayla Kempf and features a basket of fun Adirondack Coast props.

The #AdirondackCoastChair will be traveling throughout the area to various attractions and events from May to October. The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau will be using its social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote the chair’s location and encourage visitors to take their picture in the chair and post it on social media. The idea is that the chair will help increase traffic to the Adirondack Coast’s social networking sites while promoting local attractions and events.

The #AdirondackCoastChair ties directly into the Destination Master Plan by encouraging visitors to explore the entire community, spreading the word about the great experiences we have to share and strengthening the Adirondack Coast brand. Visitors are encouraged to grab an Adirondack Coast themed prop (or a few), sit in the chair or strike a pose and take some photos.

They may upload the photos to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #AdirondackCoastChair. Participants are urged to follow the sites so the bureau can see the photos and visitors can get up-to-date information on events and activities and find out where the #AdirondackCoastChair will be next.

Attractions the #AdirondackCoastChair will be visiting include the Hearts Delight Farm Exhibit at Miner Institute, SUNY Plattsburgh Art Museum, Bluff Point Golf Resort, Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Baggs Landing The Kayak Shack, Ausable Chasm, Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum, Amazing Grace Vineyard, North Star Underground Railroad Museum and Country Dreams Farm

Events it will be appearing at include The Biggest Loser Run/Walk, Museum Days, Rulfs Orchard Strawberry Festival, The Clinton County Fair, EVP Beach Volleyball Tour, The Adirondack Coast Summer Wine Tour, First Weekends, Battle of Plattsburgh Bicentennial Commemoration, Rockeater Adventure Race and The Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider and Food Festival.

Conference attended

PLATTSBURGH — Dena Archer, LMT and owner of Archer Bodyworks, recently attended the American Massage Therapy Association conference in Tarrytown.

While there, she attended a class on Pediatric Massage: Highlighting Massage for Children with Autism and ADD/ADHD taught by Tina Allen.

She also took a class with Eric Stephenson on deep tissue work for orthopedic conditions. 

New office

WILMINGTON — ACO Property Advisors Inc. has opened an office in Wilmington where it will provide real-estate brokerage and consulting services.

ACO has extensive experience in the second-home market and throughout the Adirondack Region.

For more information, visit or contact Rarilee Conway at 524-0493.

‘Green up’ project

PLATTSBURGH — The Advocacy and Resource Center and Pi Kappa Phi are once again teaming up to “green up” a section of the City of Plattsburgh. For the second year in a row, the groups are working together on a clean-up project designated by the city.

In conjunction with the city Department of Public Works and CP Rail, volunteers focused their efforts on removing trash and other debris from the rail corridor running between Miller/Delord streets and the Cumberland Avenue overpass.

This area is littered with trash, tires and even old furniture. A clean up of this area will leave a better first impression for travelers entering the city by rail. CP Rail staff were on site to ensure the safety of the volunteers. 

The Advocacy and Resource Center is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The staff and individuals served by the agency have a strong tradition of volunteering and making a difference in the communities in which they live and work.

“Giving back to the community is not just a one-day event but rather an ongoing commitment, for on any day of the year the people supported by the Advocacy and Resource Center donate their time to better the lives of others,” saidTheresa Garrow, executive director.

The Eta Kappa Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was chartered March 29, 2014. Currently consisting of 30 men of C.L.A.S.S. (character, leadership, achievement, scholarship and service), Pi Kappa Phi’s vision is to redefine fraternity as a lifelong brotherhood of leaders. Pi Kappa Phi is the only national fraternity to own and operate its philanthropic organization, Push America. Eta Kappa Chapter has worked to create partnerships with local organizations that benefit people with disabilities.

Utility-bill tips

ALBANY — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering tips to those who have been affected by increased electrical bills.

According to media reports and data collected from customers, electric rates for National Grid have gone up, on average, 60-75 percent this winter and spring, compared to the same time frame last year. The Attorney General’s Office continues to receive numerous consumer complaints about high electric bills.

“Hardworking New York families have enough to worry about, without having to wonder whether they’ll be able to afford their high heating bills,” Schneiderman said. “By arming themselves with these tips, New Yorkers will be able to avoid becoming financially drained during long and brutally cold winters like the one we just experienced.”

The following are tips on how consumers can alleviate the pressure of dealing with increasing electricity rate hikes:

— Know your rights. New York’s Home Energy Fair Practices Act entitles you to spread out unpaid bills in monthly installments for up to twelve months.

— If you are having difficulty paying your utility bill, call the number on your bill to request a deferred payment plan. Your power company is required to negotiate a deferred payment agreement with you based on your actual monthly income and expenses.

— If you believe that National Grid is failing to provide you with a deferred payment plan, call the Public Service Commission’s Consumer Services Division (800-342-3377).

— Your power company may not terminate your service for non-payment of arrears while you are working out a deferred payment agreement with the utility and the PSC.

— Once you enter into a deferred payment agreement, you must pay the installment plus the new monthly bill amounts to prevent termination of your service.

Anyone who has questions or would like to file a complaint may call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline at (800) 771-7755.