March 3, 2013

Business briefs: March 3, 2013


Promotions announced

PLATTSBURGH — The following employees have been named to positions at UFirst Federal Credit Union:

April Trombley has been promoted to lending supervisor/collection manager.

Trombley joined UFirst FCU in October 2003 as a member service representative. Since then, she has held many positions including assistant head teller, collections officer, lending specialist and lending coordinator. Now, in her new position, she will be in charge of supervising all lending and collections activities in all of the credit union’s branches.

In 2013, Trombley will be celebrating 10 years of service. In 1997, she received her associate’s degree in Criminology and in 2012 received a certificate in Paralegal Studies from the National Paralegal College. She will be working out of the Plattsburgh office and can be reached at 324-5700 or

Kasey Kirk has been promoted to interim vice president of finance.

Kirk started with Northern Corridor Community FCU as operations manager in 2008. Then, once Northern Corridor Community FCU merged with UFirst FCU in October 2009, she was named Northern Tier operations manager and compliance officer. Then, Kirk was named branch manager of the Rouses Point branch.

Now, in her new position, Kirk will be responsible for directing and managing all practices and activities in the finance and accounting functions to ensure compliance including managing audits, accounting and recordkeeping activities. She became a Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist in 2009 and 2012. She became a Credit Union Compliance Expect in 2010.

In 2005, Kirk received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a minor in Business Analysis from Plattsburgh State University. In 2003, she received an associate degree in Business Administration from Clinton Community College.

Kirk will be working out of the Plattsburgh branch and can be reached at 324-5700 or at

Meghan McGee-Pelkey has been promoted to marketing and human resources assistant.

Pelkey joined UFirst FCU in October 2003 as a member service representative. Since then, she has moved into operations working with electronic clearing, online banking and bill paying. Now, in her new position, she will be providing assistance to the Marketing Department in all campaigns and promotions. In addition, McGee-Pelkey will be responsible for providing administrative support for matters pertaining to human resources that includes a range of administrative duties.

In 2013, she will be celebrating 10 years of service. In 1999, she received her associates degree from Clinton Community College.

McGee-Pelkey will be working out of the Plattsburgh office and can be reached at 324-5700 or at

Business mixer

LAKE PLACID — Mykonos Restaurant, located at 2289 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid, will host the North Country Business Council Business After Hours mixer on March 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Attendees may network with area business people while enjoying free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Business cards can be entered in a drawing to win prizes. Everyone who attends will receive a coupon for 10 percent off a dinner entrée that may be used another time.

Admission is $2. Call Arlene at 523-2445, Ext. 133, or email to RSVP.

Business After Hours is open to members of the NCBC, the North Country Chamber of Commerce and partner chambers. The council is a division of the North Country Chamber. Those not members of the NCBC or any partner members of the chamber may request a guest pass.

Recognition received

LAKE PLACID — Just one year after Urgo Hotels assumed its management, Whiteface Lodge has marked a succession of accolades that has elevated its profile among travelers and in the media. Most notably, The Leading Hotels of the World has awarded the luxury Adirondack resort an 87.8 percent inspection rating, the highest of its entire New York state portfolio whose 23 members include a number of New York City’s most renowned five-star hotels.

Leading Hotels also has qualified The Spa at Whiteface Lodge for certification as a Leading Spa, a development that promises welcome additional exposure and recognition for the spa’s award-winning array of Adirondack-inspired wellness treatments.

“Since opening in 2005, the entire Whiteface Lodge team has worked hard to create an Adirondack resort experience that is both authentic and luxurious. It is gratifying to see these efforts bear fruit and we are exceptionally proud to have our property compare so favorably to some of the state’s — and the world’s — most legendary hotels,” General Manager Chris Pulito said.

In recognition of the role its team members have played in its success, Whiteface Lodge has singled out two employees who exemplify the resort’s strong service ethos for 2012 Employee of the Year honors.

Co-Executive Chef Greg Barth, a four-year veteran of the resort’s award-winning Culinary Department, was selected for his strong leadership in the kitchen and a passion for his job that has led him to log far more hours than required in order to ensure an exceptional guest dining experience. The second honoree, Patrick Campbell, has worked on the lodge’s maintenance and security teams for the past two years, consistently arriving early with a can-do attitude that influences his interactions with resort staff and guests alike.

Whiteface Lodge has also collected an array of awards by the world’s most prestigious travel publications. In 2012, the lodge was ranked first among’s “Best Adirondacks Vacations” and fifth in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America.”

It is a perennial recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, and a AAA Four Diamond hotel for three years running. Already, 2013 is off to a strong start with spots in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hotels in U.S.A” and “Best Hotels in the Adirondacks,” where it ranked second; Condé Nast Traveler Gold List’s “The World’s Best Places to Stay;” Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World;” and Maverick Event’s “Fab 5 Getaways.”

For reservations or more information, visit or call 523-0500.

Ski Day

PLATTSBURGH — Chamber Ski Day sponsored by the North Country Chamber of Commerce at Whiteface Mountain will be held Thursday, March 7.

Special Rates for this event include Ski All Day for $45. Participants may learn to ski or board for $80. This includes a lesson, rental and lower-mountain pass.

A free apres-ski party will be held in the lodge from 4 to 5:30 p.m. catered by Center Plate. Call the chamber at 563-1000 for more information.

Viking Ski & Cycle is offering free ski rentals to anyone attending Chamber Ski Day. Participants may stop by Viking on March 6 to pick up their gear.

All tickets must be purchased through the North Country Chamber by Tuesday. It is not necessary to be a member to attend.

Open house

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open house with the North Country Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, March 12. Services provided by the North Country SBDC will be available at the chamber office typically on the second Tuesday of each month.

The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The chamber office is located at 94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1, in downtown Ticonderoga.

In addition, the chamber has planned, in coordination with the center, two spring business seminars. Seminars are free for chamber members. On Tuesday, April 9, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., the Development Center will present “Hiring & Retaining The Right Employees.”

On Tuesday, May 14, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., a seminar titled “Turning Angry Customers Into Loyal Fans,” will be held at the chamber office. Refreshments are being sponsored and provide by Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga for both seminars.

Look for detailed information to be announced. In addition, the chamber and the center are planning two to three additional seminars and trainings for the fall of 2013.

Registration is required for all seminars, trainings and business talks.

Fundraiser scheduled

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is accepting registrations for its upcoming bowl-a-thon. The fundraising event is taking place at Willsboro Bowling Lanes on Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 6:00 pm.

Registration requires a $20 minimum donation and includes participation in two games, bowling shoes, eight tickets for the event’s prize raffle and a donation to the auxiliary. Participants who donate more than $20 will receive two extra raffle tickets for each additional $5 donated. People are encouraged to solicit sponsorships from friends, family, co-workers or local businesses to increase their donation.

Many local businesses have donated gift certificates or other prizes for the raffle.

“Our local businesses, as always, have been very generous by donating items,” said Christine Benedict, event organizer. “We have received some really nice prizes.”

The bowl-a-thon features a trivia contest taking place throughout the event. Participants will be asked to answer a series of random trivia questions; offering the opportunity to win more tickets that can be used for the raffle. Additional raffle tickets will be distributed for team spirit. Pizza will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon; and alcoholic beverages may be purchased directly from the bowling alley.

“Team scores at this bowl-a-thon don’t necessarily matter,” spokesperson Jane Hooper said. “It’s primarily for fun, and for a good cause.”

Community members are encouraged to organize teams of four to take part in the event. Individuals who register will be placed on a team.

“We’d love to have a number of teams register,” Benedict said. “Families, groups of friends, colleagues — anyone can organize a team. Local businesses may also want to sponsor a team..”

Those wishing to take part in the event, or businesses wishing to sponsor teams or donate prizes, should contact Benedict at 963-8394 or Hooper 873-3003