January 27, 2013

Business briefs: Jan. 27, 2013


Promotions announced

PLATTSBURGH — The following promotions have been made at Champlain National Bank, according to Jon Cooper, president and CEO: 

Edward P Finnerty, VP to bank counsel: As bank counsel, Finnerty will handle all legal matters of the bank in addition to continuing to represent the bank in commercial and residential transactions. He will be based out of the Elizabethtown branch but will support all the bank’s offices throughout Essex and Clinton counties.

An employee of the bank since January 2003, he served as the vice president of loan production and managed the Loan Operations Department. Finnerty was awarded his law degree by Albany Law School after having graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John Fisher College. Finnerty resides in Lake Placid where he has been active in many community organizations. He currently serves as the secretary of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid and as treasurer of the Housing Assistance Program of Essex County. He is also the vice chair of the Lake Placid Essex County Visitors Bureau.

Denise Kaufman to AVP and loan operations manager: Kaufman, who currently serves as the head of consumer loan underwriting and processing, will now also take on the responsibilities of managing the Loan Operations Department. She joined Champlain National Bank in December 2001 as a consumer mortgage processor. She is based in Willsboro.

Jacqueline Hallock, AVP to director of marketing: Hallock was promoted to director of marketing after managing the Lake Placid Branch of Champlain National Bank for the past four years. During that time, she handled the business development of the bank in the Tri-Lakes region.

Hallock joined the bank in June 2008 and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2010. She received a Master of Science Degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from St. Lawrence University. She will be based in Willsboro and is a native of Massena.

Kevin Richard to AVP and director of information technology: Richard was promoted to director of information technology and will be in charge of the bank’s computer system infrastructure. Richard joined the bank in June as the IT administrator. Before coming to the bank, he worked for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican as the systems manager for 19 years. He is a native of the North Country, growing up in Perry’s Mills.

Lori Hebert to branch manager: Hebert will be taking over the management of the Plattsburgh office located at 500 Route 3 where she has been working as the assistant branch manager since 2006.

Hebert, an employee of the bank since 1996, started as the head teller in Champlain. During her time with the bank, she has also served as the EFT supervisor and the consumer lending officer. She is also an officer of the bank. Hebert is active in the Plattsburgh community as a member of the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club and as a member of the Leadership Committee for the Plattsburgh Heart Walk.

Yvonne Alterie to assistant cashier: Alterie was promoted to an officer of Champlain National Bank. In her current role as the branch manager of the Willsboro Office, she is responsible for the business development and client relations for the bank in the Willsboro area.

Her career at the bank began in May 2004 as a teller. Since that time, she has worked in Deposit Operations and as a client service representative in Willsboro. In May 2008, she was promoted to office supervisor in Willsboro, in 2010 was assigned as office supervisor of the Downtown Office, and in 2012 she was again promoted to branch manager of the Willsboro Office. She is a member of Sunrise Rotary in Plattsburgh.

Sean Hall to office supervisor: Hall was promoted to office supervisor of the Lake Placid branch. Hired in May 2010, he was quickly promoted to client service representative. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business from Paul Smiths College. He resides in Lake Placid.

New manager

PLATTSBURGH — TD Bank has promoted Germaine A. Hicks to store manager of the store located at 136 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh. She is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store serving customers throughout Clinton County.

Hicks has 18 years of banking experience. She joined TD Bank in 1994 as a teller and later served as a customer service representative and store supervisor before the more recent position as assistant store manager.

A Plattsburgh resident, Hicks has completed the American Institute of Banking (AIB) at Clinton Community College. She is a graduate of Chazy High School.

TD Bank focuses on delivering superior customer service by providing seven-day branch banking with extended hours, Penny Arcade coin-counting machines, hassle-free products, free online banking and bill pay at, and treats for kids and dogs. Customers also have access to a network of 2,700 ATMs from Maine to Florida.

Training completed

PLATTSBURGH — Jordon Keleher and Travis Orton of Taylor Rental have completed a four-day True Value University training in Cary, Ill.

They spent Jan. 7 to 10 attending classes and lectures on many topics for the rental industry. These included safety and equipment knowledge, the rental transaction cycle and fundamental aspects of the rental business.

They left with full understanding of multiple areas they deal with daily in the customer-service aspect of the company. This knowledge will benefit the other employees who didn’t attend the training as well.

Keleher has been with Taylor Rental for two years and Orton has been with the Saranac Lake store since they opened.

Brown Bag Series

PLATTSBURGH — The Brown Bag Series is offering its 13th season of free mental-health programs for interested community members, professionals, consumers and family members.

It is co-sponsored by Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Champlain Valley.

A program will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. titled Health Homes: What Are They? It will include panelists Mary Baker, care management, BHSN; Colleen Florio, AHI; and

Sherri Gillette, director, Clinton County Community Services Board. It will be held at the Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., in Plattsburgh, in the Second Floor Meeting Room.

Attendees are invited to come to one or all the programs in the series and may bring a lunch. Resource materials will be provided.

Upcoming First Thursday sessions include March 7, Transgender Teens; and April 4, Autism: Ask Your Questions.

For more information, call BHSN at 563-8206, Ext. 135, email, or visit

NAMI can be reached at 561-2685 or email

Named to panel

PLATTSBURGH — The Institute of Medicine has selected an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield physician to serve on a committee of national experts charged with helping to transform the nation’s end-of-life care.

Patricia Bomba, M.D., vice president and medical director, geriatrics, Excellus BCBS, will serve on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care.

Bomba is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects throughout New York state. At Excellus BCBS, Bomba serves as a geriatric consultant on projects and programs affecting seniors.

“New York state is ahead of the curve when it comes to ensuring patients’ wishes are honored at the end of life,” Bomba said. “I hope to parlay the successes of New York state into a new national standard that empowers patients, their families and physicians to make and share sound decisions.”

Bomba was the driving force behind a 2008 New York state Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) law which helped to ensure that a person’s end-of-life wishes were followed, whether the person was at home, in a nursing home or in any other non-hospital setting.

Bomba earned a bachelor’s degree from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester and is board certified in internal medicine, with added qualifications in geriatric medicine.

Bomba serves as New York’s representative on the National POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm Task Force and chairs New York’s MOLST Statewide Implementation Team.

The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision-makers and the public. The Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care will conduct a consensus study that will produce a technical report on ways to advance end-of-life care, among many others goals.

Business Expo  

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Builders Association will be holding its third annual Home and Lifestyle Expo on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This is Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties’ largest home-improvement and interior-design show of the year. The show will be held at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh. Visitors are invited to stop by the show to see the latest new products, styles and resources available for new home construction, remodeling and interior design/decorating projects. There will be prizes attendees can enter to win and free informative seminars both days. 

For businesses looking to be a part of this year’s event, information on purchasing booths can be found on the ABA’s website, They can also be reached by email at or by calling 420-1020.

The principal goal of the Adirondack Builders Association is to provide all members with as many opportunities as possible to expand their business associations and to provide services that promote professional training and development. It is composed of members that range from building and specialty contractors to suppliers and other related services such as banks and government agencies.

Campaign totals  

PLATTSBURGH — Price Chopper’s 2012 Check Out Hunger campaign has raised $24,682.13 and 34,349 pounds of food for 14 local food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“At Price Chopper, we’re committed to helping people feed and care for themselves and their families throughout the year,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer and marketing services. “After the year-end holidays, many food banks have low reserves. Our Check Out Hunger campaign helps to raise funds, food and awareness that hunger is a year-round issue for so many in our communities.”

For six weeks in November and December, Check Out Hunger gave shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and/or purchase a set-price food package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

Currently, the tallied donations of cases of food and checks are being delivered to area food banks and pantries, including the Region Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Yoga for teens

PLATTSBURGH — Bridge Street Yoga Place at 21 Bridge St. in Plattsburgh will offer free teen yoga every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m.

The owners say they feel that everyone can benefit from yoga, but teens especially. Practicing yoga teaches techniques for coping with the unique issues teens are faced with every day, the challenges, stresses, joys and the dreaded unknowns.

Yoga allows practitioners to experience a sense of space around their concerns and gives them tools to calm and redirect their thoughts, bringing ease and grace into their chaotic worlds. It teaches how to make choices that are respectful to others, to themselves and to the earth. Practicing yoga also helps develop a body and mind connection and brings the ability to manage stress.

Through a better understanding of oneself, powerful emotions like frustration, anger and confusion can be managed.

Participants will be surprised at how relaxed they become just from breathing. It increases awareness and the ability to look within and to think for and trust oneself.

Anyone interested in attending the free teen yoga class should wear comfortable clothes and drop in. No sign-up is necessary. All teens, girls and boys, are encouraged to try the class.

For more information, call 563-0689, visit them on Facebook or online at