People on the move – January 2015

SLU names university communications VP

Melissa Richards

Melissa Richards

Melissa F. Richards has been named vice president for university communications at St. Lawrence University. She plans to begin her duties on Jan. 28. Ms. Richards is replacing Tom Evelyn, who left in May to become the associate vice president for strategic communications and marketing at the University of Florida

Ms. Richards most recently served as the assistant vice president for marketing and publications at Virginia Tech. She was first hired at Virginia Tech as the director of marketing and strategic communications in 2009, before being promoted in July 2010 to the assistant vice president position. Before working at Virginia Tech, Ms. Richards managed public relations at several technology and global software companies for 10 years.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Ms. Richards is completing a master of public administration degree at Virginia Tech this month. She will be joined in Canton by her husband and two daughters. [Read more…]

People On the Move – Sept. 2014

New staff at Bowers & Company CPAs

Bowers & Company CPAs, Syracuse, has hired Nathaniel J. Carroll as a senior tax accountant in its Watertown office. Mr. Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and a masters of professional accountancy in 2010 from West Virginia University. He is a certified public accountant.

Shirley A. Ostrander has also joined the firm as a new staff accountant in the Watertown office. Ms. Ostrander graduated in 1989 from Aquinas University of Legazpi, Philippines, and holds a CPA license in the Philippines. Prior to working with Bowers & Company, she was a staff accountant at Stackel & Navarra CPAs. [Read more…]

End of an era

Lunman’s Furniture to close after store’s 62-year run [Read more…]

Watertown real estate developer recognized with gold business award in Chicago

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Brian Murray’s company Washington Street Properties was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A real estate company that has renovated several properties in the city in recent years attracted national recognition for its work this weekend.

Washington Street Properties, formed in 2007 by Brian H. Murray, was recognized as the 2014 Real Estate Company of the Year at the 12th annual American Business Awards on Friday in Chicago.

“Three other real estate companies were selected as finalists, so we knew we were in the final four, but it was definitely a big surprise when we won,” Mr. Murray said.

The company has purchased and rehabilitated a number of buildings in and around Watertown, including the lower level of the building that houses Convergys on Arsenal Street, the Lincoln Building on Public Square, the Solar Building, the former Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County Inc. building at 425 Washington St., the Top of the Square plaza and the Palmer Street and College Heights apartments.

Mr. Murray said the company’s approach to real estate development, which often involves renovating neglected properties and leasing them to startups and small businesses, has set it apart from the competition and helped its success. [Read more…]

Jefferson County officials optimistic about airport as Philadelphia service starts today

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

Watertown International Airport Manager Grant W. Sussey leads a tour for county officials at the county-owned facility. Norm Johnston / NNY Business

The first Philadelphia-bound flight takes off from Watertown International Airport this afternoon.

And though the switch to the Philadelphia destination from Chicago has caused some controversy, Jefferson County officials said they are optimistic about the county-owned airport’s future.

“There are pluses and minuses,” said Jefferson County Legislator Philip N. Reed, R-Fishers Landing. “I think the pluses will outweigh the minuses in the end.” [Read more…]

People on the Move – November 2013

Joins Jefferson Rehabilitation Center

Trisha Seymour joined Jefferson Rehabilitation Center, 380 Gaffney Drive, as Human Resources Director late last month. She attended high school in Massena and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in industrial and labor relations with minors in business economics and human resource management. She also earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute in 2009.

Prior to joining the JRC, Ms. Seymour worked at Car-Freshner Corporation as a human resource manager and at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture as a regional human resources specialist. In addition, she has spent about 12 years in retail management through upstate New York.

She has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management National Association since 2006 and been a member of the North Country Human Resources Association since 2007, serving as a member of its board of directors for the last two years.

Ms. Seymour lives in Mannsville with her teenage son. [Read more…]

People on the Move – Aug. 2013

Appointed Distinguished Professor in School of Health and Rehabilitation

Scott Lephart

Dr. Scott M. Lephart, an Adams native, has received the designation of distinguished professor and chairman in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Lephart earned his undergraduate degree at Marietta College in Ohio and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. He joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty as an assistant professor in the School of Education in 1987. He led the transfer of the Sports Medicine Program from the School of Education to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences during the 2000-01 academic year and was appointed the inaugural chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition when the Sports Medicine program merged with the program of Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition. In 2008 he was promoted to professor. [Read more…]

People on the Move: Aug. 2013


Vigliotti joins staff at Clayton Dental Office

Dr. Stephan Vigliotti has joined the staff at the 1000 Islands Center of Dental Technology at Clayton Dental Office, Dr. Scott LaClair recently announced.

A 2011 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine with a minor in endodontics, Dr. Vigliotti remained in the Buffalo area for completion of his residency, followed by a year in private practice in Orchard Park in Erie County.

Dr. Vigliotti and his wife, Caitlin, grew up in the area, graduating in 2003 from General Brown and Thousand Islands high schools respectively. [Read more…]

People on the Move – July 2013

Announces new hires

Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP, Watertown, has announced two new employees at the law firm.

Samuel P. Burgess, a native of Watertown, attended Immaculate Heart Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from St. John Fisher College in 2006. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri Baptist University the following year and in 2013 earned a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he was the valedictorian.

Mr. Burgess worked on The John Marshall Law Review while in school and worked as a law clerk at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Chicago, Ill., and at Conboy. He returned to Conboy in March and now works in the business and estate practice groups. [Read more…]

People on the Move – June 2013

Promotions at Mountain Community Homes

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes recently promoted Jenna Waite to leasing manager for its Welcome Home Center leasing office. As leasing manager, Mrs. Waite is responsible for the overall operations of the Welcome Home Leasing department, occupancy marketing and generating new business through networking and outreach.

Jenna Waite

Jennifer Benson

Mrs. Waite earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University, Canton, in 2006. She was formerly the community manager, a position in which she was responsible for overseeing approximately 1,000 homes and families in the Rhicard Hills Community on Fort Drum.

Jennifer Benson was recently promoted to community manager for the Rhicard Hills Community Center.

Mrs. Benson began her career in property management in 2002 for Military Housing, Watertown. She relocated to Fort Irwin, Calif., where she was a property manager and was then promoted to marketing director for Clark/Pinnacle. Upon moving back to Fort Drum, Mrs. Benson was hired as assistant community manager at the Rhicard Hills Community Center. [Read more…]