April 14, 2013

Business briefs: April 14, 2013


---- — Certification earned

MORRISONVILLE — Judy Lemza has earned her certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), according to Twinstate Technologies, a provider of Cloud, IT and communications solutions and support to local and national businesses.

This certification, awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), signifies Lemza’s proficiency at leading a project from conception to completion. To earn this credential, Lemza had to fulfill the stringent requirements of the PMP certification.

“Judy’s commitment to developing new skills and strategies for project management will greatly benefit our customers. She is excellent at working with the customers and guiding them through projects as well as insuring essential coordination between the customers and the implementation teams. This leads to optimal success for our customers,“ said Devi Momot, Twinstate Technologies CEO.

“Project-management skills are essential for the complex projects we are faced with today. This certification shows Judy’s commitment to her profession and her dedication to providing the highest level of service to our customers.”

Lemza has been with Twinstate Technologies for more than 23 years. She is a graduate of SUNY Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering and SUNY Cobleskill with an associate’s degree in Computer Programming.

New executive

PLATTSBURGH — Stephen Waite has joined Stephen McFadden Investment Services as an investment executive.

For the past 24 years, Waite, who now lives in Morrisionville, worked at Wyeth/Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Rouses Point. Most of that time was spent as a production planning manager and just before leaving Wyeth he held the position of associate director.

Waite has an associate’s degree in Business from Clinton Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Plattsburgh State University.

He has actively managed his own investments for more than 24 years and now has the opportunity to combine his interest in investment services with the satisfaction of helping others.

Stephen McFadden has been in investment services since 1993 and is happy to welcome Waite to his investment services practice.

“Stephen Waite and I have many similarities in the way we deal with people,” McFadden said. “Providing investment services is mostly about listening, keeping an active open line of communication, and making sure when you tell someone you’re going to do something you do it.”

McFadden worked at MetLife locally from 1993 to 2000. From there, he became an independent contractor in securities licensed through Investacorp Inc., a registered broker/dealer out of Miami.

McFadden and Waite are fully licensed to offer a wide variety of investment services for retirement planning strategies that include, but are not limited to, pension rollovers, 401K rollovers, CD transfers and IRAs.

For more information, Waite can be reached at 643-4080. 

Convention hosted

LAKE PLACID — The Conference Center at Lake Placid will host the New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) for their Annual Conference from Friday through Sunday, April 21.

The sales team for the Conference Center expects approximately 600 attendees for the conference, using 250 lodging rooms in Lake Placid.

“NYSSA is a great group for us,” said Arlene Day, director of sales and service. “They fit perfectly in the Conference Center, and we have the outdoor facilities to showcase the Antique Sled Show and the groomer exhibits. This group is a perfect example of the potential for the Conference Center to increase business during shoulder seasons and mid-week periods.”

The Conference Center sales team promotes and markets the many opportunities for the attendees, spouses and families to enjoy and explore the destination while in Lake Placid. Some of the promotions offered to visiting groups include a coupon booklet with specials at local restaurants, shops and attractions, a town-wide scavenger hunt, and group-specific offers, such as the specials that participating restaurants are offering to the NYSSA attendees.

“Our goal is to have the conference attendees meet at the Conference Center, stay in the lodging properties, shop, and eat and drink in our restaurants and bars,” Day said.

The public is invited to enjoy the Vintage Snowmobile Show and groomer exhibits on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The antique sled show will be at the Olympic Center box office entrance and groomer machinery displays will be in the municipal parking lot.

The sales strategy for the Conference Center is conducted cooperatively by the Lake Placid CVB and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). This includes attracting a combination of regional day business and multi-day, town-wide conferences.

Admission to the Vintage Snowmobile Show is free and open to the public. For more information about the show, call 315-338-1012. For more information about the Conference Center, visit

Business mixer

PLATTSBURGH — Legends, WOKO/WKOL/WIZN/WBTZ/WJOY and Twinstate Technologies will co-host the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Legends-Comfort Inn in Plattsburgh.

The event will include an evening of networking, food, locally crafted beer and fun. 

Attendees may bring a business card for a chance to win door prizes including a three-month membership to Eclipse, a kids’ birthday party and more. Participants may stay for the Trivia contest after the event.

Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand business networks and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. The fee is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without.

For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.

Award received

JAY — Primesource Building Products has been named the recipient of the 2012 Vendor of the Year Award, according to Jay Ward, president of Ward Lumber.

The award was presented to Primesource at Ward Lumber’s Pro Expo in Lake Placid in March.

Jeremy Leale, merchandising manager for Ward Lumber, said the team at Primesource exceeds expectations time after time.

There are three primary Primesource team members who service the Ward Lumber stores. Tom Hanna, territory manager for Northern New York and Northern Vermont, has been with Primesource for more than nine years. Matt Schaffer, sales manager, has been with Primesource for 18 years. Seon Raghubar, inside sales representative, has been with Primesource for six years.

PrimeSource is a national distributor of building materials serving residential and industrial new-construction and remodeling markets as a value-added link in the distribution chain. Core products include nails, screws, collated fasteners, tools, compressors and accessories, roofing, gypsum, insulation, rebar, concrete accessories, fencing and wire.