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February 5, 2012

Business Briefs: Feb. 5, 2012

New bank officer

BURLINGTON, Vt. — TD Bank has named Eric J. Johnson as vice president, business development officer, in the SBA Division in Burlington. He is responsible for expanding TD Bank's SBA loan production, including SBA real estate mortgage loans, medical and professional loans, franchise financing, equipment loans and business-acquisition financing throughout Vermont and northern upstate New York.

Johnson has seven years of experience in banking and lending. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served as a commercial lender at Berkshire Bank in Manchester Center, Vt., and as a business relationship manager at HSBC in Plattsburgh.

A Plattsburgh resident, Johnson is a graduate of Plattsburgh State and Clinton Community College. He is originally from Northville, where he graduated from Northville Central School in 1999.

TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 7.8 million customers with a full range of retail, small-business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,280 locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida.

Best hotels

LAKE PLACID — Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has been recognized as one of the Best Hotels in the Adirondacks by U.S. News & World Report.

The inn was joined by the Lake Placid Lodge and The Whiteface Lodge in the top three of the Adirondacks list.

The rankings recognize hotels with a record of high customer satisfaction and an exceptional reputation among published travel experts. All three Lake Placid hotels received good- to excellent-reputation ratings and positive TripAdvisor ratings from guests.

In addition, the Adirondack region was named the seventh-best place to ski in America by U.S. News.

U.S. News established Best Hotels to identify the top properties across the country using an unbiased methodology.

To create the rankings, U.S. News evaluated the strength of accolades and ratings that elite hotels received from major travel publications as well as online guest reviews. In total, 1,548 luxury hotels have been analyzed for the rankings. The highest performers have been identified in their respective categories.

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