Press-Republican

May 6, 2012

Business briefs: May 6, 2012


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Associates honored

PLATTSBURGH — Fesette Realty completed 2011 as Clinton County's top-producing real-estate firm and acknowledged the company's top-performing associates at its annual awards banquet.

"2011 was a strong year for Fesette Realty in all of the areas we provide service. Our associates and staff are committed to their clients' goals and represent them well," said Neil Fesette, the company's broker and owner.

Steve LaBombard was Clinton County's overall top producer in 2011.

Karen Gosnell finished 2011 as the top-producing residential agent in Clinton County.

Mary Kay Penfield, Judy Guglielmo and Andrew Castine also produced multi-million-dollar sales volume in 2011. Guglielmo and Penfield finished in the top ten of all licensed agents in Clinton County and Castine in the top 25.

Jessica Coffman was recognized for achieving the million-dollar production level.

Fesette complimented each associate individually for their talents, hard work and accomplishments over the past year.

Fesette Realty and Fesette Property Management have provided comprehensive real-estate services in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties since 1992. Their offices are located at 176 U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh.

Lost funds

PLATTSBURGH — Nearly 12,000 individuals and companies in New York state have forgotten about $1.25 million in checks issued by Excellus Health Plan, including under its Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) name. This is in the form of unclaimed checks issued in 2008 to members and providers.

A complete list of names of people and companies with checks to claim is available on the company's website at excellusbcbs.com/forgottenfunds. You can also see the legal notices in many newspapers across the state.

Every year, the state requires insurers like Excellus BCBS to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim.

If the property is not claimed by the end of August, the money is then turned over to the comptroller of the state.

"This is money that was paid for claims or refunded premiums. If the money remains unclaimed, it will go to the state," said Christopher Booth, president and chief operating officer.

To claim a check prior to Aug. 31, do one of the following steps:

By e-mail, contact Customer Services or Provider Services. By phone, if you are currently a health plan member, call the phone number on your member identification card.

If you are no longer a health-plan member, or if you are calling on behalf of the estate of a family member, call Excellus BlueCross BlueShield at 1 (877) 757-3850. Checks will not be mailed to claimants until after Aug. 31.

Rating achieved

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co. has been recognized as a 5-Star Superior bank by the nation's leading bank-rating and research firm, BAUERFINANCIAL Inc.

A 5-Star Superior rating indicates that Glens Falls National is one of the strongest banks in the nation. Among other factors, to earn this rating the bank must not only report impressive capital levels, but also a loan portfolio with negligible levels of delinquent loans. Glens Falls National has earned a 5-Star Superior bank rating for 20 quarters.

Karen L. Dorway, president of BAUERFINANCIAL, congratulated the team at Glens Falls National. "Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co. is one of the U.S. banks that evoke an image of a brighter banking future for our communities," she said. "That's good news for all."

Glens Falls National first opened its doors in 1851 and operates 29 offices in five counties in upstate New York. It can be found online at gfnational.com.

BAUERFINANCIAL, the nation's leading independent bank and credit-union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can they choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free ratings by visiting bauerfinan cial.com.

Office opened

PLATTSBURGH — Vector Marketing has opened a new sales office in Plattsburgh run by Vector District Manager (DM) Haley Poupore.

The Plattsburgh office, located at 23 Durkee Street, Ste. B, will be used for the recruitment and training of new sales representatives as well as for team meetings where additional training and mentorship is provided. Sales representatives market Vector's product, CUTCO Cutlery, through in-home presentations and use the sales office as a home base. As an independent contractor, Vector district managers individually own their Vector sales office.

Being a Vector DM allows Poupore to be an entrepreneur while having guidance and support from corporate headquarters. Following Vector's promote-from-within policy, all managers begin as sales representatives.

Poupore worked her way up becoming an assistant manager and field sales manager before receiving her most recent promotion.

Vector is a subsidiary of CUTCO, headquartered in Olean, NY. As a single-level, direct-sales firm, it is the exclusive marketer of CUTCO Cutlery and accessories, which are sold directly to consumers via in-home demonstrations. The company has an extensive leadership-training and life-skills development program to encourage its college-student reps to not only succeed with sales of its products but to equip them with the tools necessary to succeed in life.

For more information, visit www.vectormarketing.com or call 877-888-0314.

Efficient vehicles

PLATTSBURGH — New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) have added three more environmentally friendly vehicles to the dozens already on the job across the state.

At RG&E, employees are now using a Chevy Volt for in-town travel. The company plans to install charging stations at its 89 East Avenue facility which will fully charge the Volt's batteries in four hours or less and accommodate additional electric vehicles in the future.

At NYSEG, one Altec bucket truck with an electric hybrid lift is on the job in Mechanicville and an identical unit will be on the road in Binghamton later this month. Once this new-generation bucket truck arrives at a job site, the diesel engine can be shut off and the bucket can be operated on battery power, cutting emissions and reducing noise. The quiet lift operation also makes communication between personnel in the bucket and on the ground easier and safer.

"Adding these vehicles to our fleet is further evidence of our commitment to the environment and our desire to gather first-hand information on how they perform," said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

Green practices

PLATTSBURGH — Price Chopper has been recognized by GXT Green for its siginificant contributions to sustainability efforts and was named to the 2012 GXT Earth Day Honor Roll.

GXT cited Price Chopper's commitment to green building and environmental initiatives.

"Price Chopper has shown tremendous leadership in sustainability including LEED Certifications and an innovative natural-gas fuel cell that provides 60 percent of the electric energy for its newest Colonie store," it stated. "They have made a public commitment to a sustainable seafood supply in their chain. They continue to commit to more sustainable stores, products and packaging for their products, which ensures that they minimize their impact on our environment."

Bill Sweet, Price Chopper's vice president of engineering and construction, said Price Chopper is committed to reducing energy usage and carbon impacts and investing in sustainable and renewable technologies.

"Our shoppers will see displays and kiosks throughout the stores that explain what they are looking at and what we have done to conserve utilities and save energy, he said. "We hope that some of these green initiatives and the demonstrated results will inspire individuals to change their own behaviors."

GXT Green is a division of Global Exchange Technologies (www.globextec.com) that helps the corporate community understand and mitigate their greenhouse-gas emissions through verified, high-value and high-volume carbon offset projects such as rain-forest preservation or reforestation.

Activities supported

AuSABLE FORKS — Tahawus Lodge Center in Au Sable Forks is thanking its local partners for support of the roster of activities planned for the TLC Discovery Program this summer.

TLC's art and educational programs are made possible in part by Casella Waste Systems, Community Bank, Stewarts Shops and the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks CAP grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

TLC continues to transform its historic building on Main Street into galleries and studios that are flexible, entertaining, exciting gathering places for daytime and evening activities, where the art world and the village community take on innovative projects and share results.

This summer, residents and visitors, youth to seniors, can explore a variety of new activities on the second and third floors of TLC, including classes in dance, art, science and film.

More information is available on the TLC website, www.TahawusLodgeCenter.org. Scholarship aid is available for workshop participation. Call 646-734-7151 for information. All classes are subject to enrollment.

Pre-registration recommended for all classes. The fee for becoming a supporting member of TLC is $15 for individuals and $30 for families.

Conference attended

PLATTSBURGH — P.J. Whitbeck of Plattsburgh, vice president of operations, and Ken Jubin of Lake Placid, licensed sales associate with Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, recently attended the Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Experience at the Ernest L. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The convention brought together thousands of international members of the Coldwell Banker system for an intensive professional-development program and awards ceremony.

"It's essential to embrace and understand the newest trends, technologies and best practices so that we can continue to serve as trusted real-estate advisors and professionals," said Whitbeck.

The event was highlighted by the Coldwell Banker Housing Town Hall, which featured Karl Rove and Robert Gibbs, Republican and Democratic party strategists, respectively. Michael Zimbalist, vice president, research and development operations, The New York Times; Patrick Grandinetti, head of industry, real estate, YouTube; and Lee Jones, head of media solutions, Google Inc., also spoke.

Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate along with Budge Huskey, president and chief operating officer, also presented, while Michael Fischer, chief marketing officer, unveiled the Coldwell Banker marketing campaign.

Attendees were provided insight and advice on timely industry trends such as underscoring the true emotional value of home ownership, leveraging the power of video and social media to help buyers and sellers, and highlighting traditional best practices to ensure extraordinary customer service.

Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates, located at 20 Miller St. in Plattsburgh and 2577 Main St. in Lake Placid, can be reached at 562-9999 and www.cold wellbankerwhitbeck.com.

Award received

PLATTSBURGH — Dame Motor Sports Inc. of Plattsburgh has earned the 2011 Council of Excellence award for distinguishing itself and its team as outstanding providers of consumer and wholesale financial services to its customers.

In 2011, only 140 powersports dealerships nationwide were awarded Council of Excellence status out of 1,043 participating dealerships, making this dealership exceptional.

"Our Council of Excellence dealerships apply their financial-services skills and expertise to offer the kind of service and support that our Honda powersports customers understand and appreciate," said Stephen Smith, senior vice president of Americna Honda Finance Corp.

"We couldn't have achieved this recognition without our loyal customers, it is a great honor," said Mark Dame, co-owner and operator.

Dame Motorsports Inc. offers the complete line of Honda powersports products as well as a full array of financing options from Honda Financial Services.

Grant awarded

CHAZY — The Chazy Public Library has received a $500 grant from the Stewart's Holiday Match Program for the purchase of children's books for their newly expanded library.

The library staff has expressed its appreciation to Stewart's and their patrons for supporting children's education through the grant.

Fundraiser set

LAKE PLACID — Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf in Lake Placid will host the Sixth Annual Putting for Patriots fundraiser from now through May 28.

This event will support Hope for the Warriors, Homes for our Troops and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

For more information, visit www.piratescove.com.