May 11, 2014

Business briefs: May 11, 2014

New director

PLATTSBURGH — The Strand Centre for the Arts has hired Jessica Dulle as executive director. Her experience will lead the organization forward as The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and the Strand Theatre merge into The Strand Centre for the Arts.

Dulle holds a B.A. Degree in Theatre with a minor in film and broadcasting from the University of Central Missouri and a Master in Business Administration from Stephens College.

She has experience working in several theater positions and was also general manager and artistic director from 2002 to 2006.

She has also been the executive director for the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Tex., and, most recently, executive director for Capital City Council on the Arts in Jefferson City, Mo.

“I’m thrilled to be the newest member of the Centre for the Arts and Strand Theatre,” Dulle said. “I’m looking forward to meeting new faces and being an active member of the community.”

 Leigh Mundy, president of the board, said they are excited that Dulle has accepted the offer and know she will quickly become a contributing member of the community.

“She has all the skills that we were looking for to take our organization to the next level,” she said.

Dulle will begin her duties as executive director on May 15.

Company recognized

PLATTSBURGH — Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits was recognized at an award ceremony in Albany recently as one of The Best Companies to Work for in New York 2014. Out of 32 small/medium companies (15-250 employees) recognized, Northern ranked No. 11.

“I’m especially proud of our dedicated team of professionals,” said Deena Giltz McCullough, president. “Our people are truly our most important asset and make our work environment fun, rewarding and customer focused.”

Best Companies to Work for in New York is a celebration of the state’s elite employers, which have proven they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work. Identifying and recognizing these employers of choice is a joint effort of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.

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