People on the Move – February 2013

Realtor awarded emeritus status

Joseph N. Rizzo, broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Rimada Realty, received the National Association of Realtors emeritus status on Jan. 8 at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County. The award was presented by the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors during the board’s luncheon held on the same day.

Any Realtor who has held membership in the National Association of Realtors as a Realtor, Realtor associate or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of Realtors is eligible for Realtor emeritus status.

Coldwell Banker Rimada Realty was one of the first Coldwell Banker offices to open in New York State.

Donor services coordinator hired

Max Delsignore

The Northern New York Community Foundation, which serves Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, has hired Max DelSignore as coordinator of donor services.

Mr. DelSignore is a Sackets Harbor native and a graduate of SUNY Oswego and the State University at Buffalo. Before joining the Foundation, he was associate director of annual giving and Laurentian engagement at St. Lawrence University, Canton.

In his position, he will be responsible for managing current and future donor relationships. He will also help to increase awareness of the range of services the Community Foundation has available to donors. The Foundation not only administers funds for corporate and business donors but also handles funds on behalf of nonprofit organizations and school districts.

Bowers & Company names new partner

Patricia Mills

Bowers & Company CPAs has named Patricia L. Mills a partner.

Ms. Mills is a certified public accountant and a certified valuation analyst who has worked in the firm’s tax department for three years. She also specializes in business valuations and client accounting services. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts and a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.
Ms. Mills also serves on the board of directors and finance committee for the Vera House.

With 16 Partners and a staff of 50, Bowers & Company has offices in Syracuse and Watertown.

Hospitalist joins staff

River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, recently hired Dr. Alfredo Torres to help the hospital improve patient flow. He will care primarily for patients admitted to the hospital and patients seen in the observation unit and River Hospital Convenient Care.

Dr. Torres came to River Hospital from Kaleida Health in Buffalo. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, and a surgical internship at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, after graduating from medical school at University of Rochester. According to a River Hospital news release, Dr. Torres holds memberships in the American College of Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine

Financial representative receives national award

Clifford Davis

Clifford Davis, a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual, Greater New York Group, in Syracuse, has qualified for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Quality Award.

The NAIFA Quality Award recognizes professionalism through education and earned designations, production measured by performance metrics customized for each practice specialty, adherence to the NAIFA Code of Ethics, and service to the industry association.

This is the fifth time Mr. Davis has earned this honor. He has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 1992. He is a native of Meadville, Pa., and received a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University, Erie, Pa. He received the Chartered Life Underwriter Designation in 1996 and the Chartered Financial Consultant Designation in 2000 from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Remington Museum director to retire in ’13

Ed LaVarnway, executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum since 2005, has announced his retirement, effective later this year.

Mr. LaVarnway will retire after a successor has been selected and can work through an orientation and transition period.

“I will miss my colleagues and being among the wonderful Remington artworks and archival materials. As exciting has been the stream of museum visitors from every U.S. state, Canadian province and dozens of other countries,” Mr. LaVarnway said.

Named new senior counsel at law firm

John F. McDonough, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney has joined Olinsky Law Group, Syracuse, the firm recently announced.
Mr. McDonough practices workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law and will supervise the WCB Practice Group. He has practiced disability law for 27-plus years.

Mr. McDonough is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and the University of Toledo Law School. He is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association of Central New York and the Injured Workers’ Bar Association.

The Olinsky Law Group, with offices in Syracuse and Orlando, Fla., is one of the largest disability law firms in New York. Its main office is in Syracuse with 12 attorneys and 25 paralegals.