Jesse Krell

June, 2022

Making It Happen Issue: June 2022 Chief Operations Officer at ETS , Inc.Hometown: Syracuse, NYAge: 32Education: B.A. SUNY Geneseo 2013 ETS placement service has been working with North Country businesses for more than 40 years — before Jesse Krell was born. Jesse attended SUNY Geneseo and was an All-American in Track and Field. The focus read more


Ellie Jent

June, 2022

Goodness Over Perfection. Issue: June 2022 Joint Council for Economic Opportunity, Development DirectorHometown: Oakland, TNAge: 29Education: SUNY Potsdam, BA in Speech Communications Having found her way to the North Country ten years ago, Ellie has embedded herself into the young professionals’ culture and helped grow it with her energy and enthusiasm. Her love for this read more


Alexandra Jeffords Fessette

June, 2022

Conscientious, Hardworking. Thoughtful. Issue: June 2022 Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company, Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerHometown: Chazy, NYAge: 32Education: Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies from Northeastern University, Doctorate of Pharmacy from Northeastern University and Master of Business Administration from Norwich University It took bravery to make a dramatic career shift from pharmacist to read more


Kevin Guay

June, 2022

Inventive. Hardworking. Committed. Issue: June 2022 Harvest Maple Owner & PresidentHometown: Mooers, NYAge: 37Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, MS Engineering Management The combination of industrious, curious, and committed lays the foundation for Kevin Guay’s success. Add in a passion for the local community and his family and you quickly realize how fortunate this region is to read more


Forrest Edwards

June, 2022

Accurate. Efficient. Knowledgeable. Issue: June 2022 Chief Number Cruncher at KnowTax; Proprietor of The Office; Staff Accountant at Alexander Edwards & Company, CPAs, PCHometown: Plattsburgh, NYAge: 39Education: BS Accounting, SUNY Plattsburgh; BS Entrepreneurship, SUNY Plattsburgh This “Chief Number Cruncher” has found a way to put his own signature on a lineage of success. Founder of read more


Kristin Darrah

June, 2022

Service. Support. Solutions. Issue: June 2022 Alstom – Continuous Improvement AgentHometown: Plattsburgh NY,Born in Starksboro, VTAge: 44Education: BA Business Management, Johnson State Occasionally, there are people whose contribution to the workplace are subtle, yet impactful. Kristin Darrah works with a quiet confidence and she “gets it done”. Consummate volunteer and activist in everything she does, read more


Dr. Justin Charland

June, 2022

Dedicated. Curious. Empathetic. Issue: June 2022 Pearl Physical Therapy. Clinical Director and Doctor of Physical TherapyHometown: Saranac, NYAge: 33Education: Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from SUNY Brockport As the COVID pandemic was in its incubation stage, Justin Charland was joining one of the most progressive read more


Michelle Medina-Bennett

June, 2022

Curious. Driven. Sarcastic. Issue: June 2022 Full time: Law Offices of MaryAnne Bukolt-Ryder, PLLC /Paralegal & Part time: Twisted Carrot/ServerHometown: Plattsburgh, NYAge: 31Education: BA in Anthropology and Visual Arts with a Spanish minor from Juniata College This region is blessed with young “spark plugs” who bravely carry the torch of “save-the-world” issues and distill them read more


Publisher’s View

June, 2022

Issue: June 2022 In 2014 when we produced our first Strictly Business issue focusing on up-and-coming community leaders we were pleased at the enthusiastic feedback. The issue was so well received we decided to make it an annual event. Each year we invite members of the business community to nominate young professionals who are making read more


Eric Ashline

June, 2022

Genuine. Empathetic. Fun. Issue: June 2022 Residential Resources; Direct Support ProfessionalHometown: Chazy, NYAge: 35Education: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Clinton Community College With a gentle and authentic aura, Eric Ashline brings a passion and dedication to the care of autistic teenagers and young adults. His commitment to an underserved population can only be rivaled by read more