January 2016: People on the Move

Named real property tax services director

Candy J. Akin

Candy C. Akin

Candy C. Akin, Lyons Falls, recently began duties as Lewis County’s real property tax services director

Mrs. Akin, who has worked in the county office for the past 5½ years, will earn $48,000-per-year in her new position. She succeeds her boss, Linda D. Hoskins, who was sworn in last month as the county’s first female county clerk.

Mrs. Akin, who was appointed to a four-year term as office director, previously worked for eight years as secretary to Lowville attorney Earl B. Dunckel.

Ex-Pyrites man featured in Forbes magazine story

David Dafoe, founder of Flavorman, a beverage development company, brought in $14 million in revenue this year, a feat impressive enough to land him in Forbes.

Mr. Dafoe, a Pyrites native who now lives in Louisville, Ky., said he owes much of his success to his north country roots. A story about Dafoe and his company is in the Dec. 14 issue of Forbes.

“Practically all of my relatives owned farms, so it was a lot of hard work, especially in the summers,” Mr. Dafoe said, adding that his grandmother, Dorothy Dafoe, was a major source of motivation for him.

Mr. Dafoe said his grandmother always encouraged him and always told him that he could do anything he wanted to do.

“That stuck in my head,” he said. “I would attribute almost all of my success to my grandmother.”

Mr. Dafoe’s career in the tasting business began when he was found to be a “super taster” after applying at a Cincinnati flavor house called Fries & Fries.

“As it turns out, I have this remarkable ability to taste and smell, more than a normal human being,” he said.

In 1992, Mr. Dafoe began his own business, which is now known as Flavorman. In 2012, he started Moonshine University, which trains other companies’ employees on how to open and operate distilleries.

Mr. Dafoe said he still feels a strong connection to the north country, where he still has many relatives and friends. He said he enjoys visiting the area when he can.

“I keep in touch with a lot of folks up there, and I visit as often as I can,” Mr. Dafoe said.

New Ogdensburg city manager

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Sarah Purdy

Former Yates County Administrator Sarah Purdy recently began her new duties as Ogdensburg city manager.

Ms. Purdy will be paid $112,500 a year during each of the three years of her contract. She succeeds John M. Pinkerton, who left the post Dec. 31.

Ms. Purdy was selected after a nationwide search that saw 32 people express an interest in the job. The city was aided in its search by the Bonadio Group, an accounting and consultant firm with offices in Syracuse and Rochester.

Ms. Purdy left her job as Yates county administrator after 20 years. He said some of her accomplishments that stood out during the interview process were her role in supervising brownfield remediation of roughly 15 acres of property along Keuka Lake, and her involvement in a community waterfront revitalization committee to help spearhead an appropriate reuse plan for the property. Other accomplishments included implementing a five-year capital planning process in Yates County.

In addition to her duties as Yates County administrator, Ms. Purdy served on the board of directors of the state Association of Counties from 2003 to 2010 and is a past president of the association. She is also a member of the Penn Yan Lions Club and holds a master’s in from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s in English and classics from Smith College.