Joe Shoemaker

June, 2017

Professional Search Team Lead, ETS Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan Age: 36 Education: North Country Community College Community Involvement: Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce board member, Whiteface Mountain Gondola Evacuation Team What’s your biggest professional success? I’ve had several big accomplishments throughout my career. Most notable would be the work I’ve done at ETS. I was read more


Carolyn Bordonaro

June, 2017

Director of Sales, Hotel Saranac Hometown: Buffalo, NY Age: 29 Education: BS, Business Management, SUNY University of Buffalo Community Involvement: Rotary Club of Lake Placid, board member; I also enjoy volunteering with activities and special events in the area. What’s your biggest professional success? My current position. Everything I’ve done for the past 15 years read more


Tiffany Garcia

June, 2017

Commercial Property/Casualty Sales Executive, Northern Insuring Hometown: Peru Age: 33 Education: New York State Property & Casualty License Community Involvement: For the past 2 years, I’ve been a member of the Plattsburgh Lions. I believe in the Lions Club’s mission to empower volunteers to serve in their communities, to meet humanitarian needs, and to encourage read more


Justin Gardner

June, 2017

High School Principal, Beekmantown Central School District Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY Age: 31 Education: AA, Social Science, Clinton Community College; BA, History, SUNY Plattsburgh; MST, Social Studies Education, SUNY Potsdam; Education Leadership Academy, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Community Involvement: Member of St. John’s Parish What’s your biggest professional success? Personally, being the successful candidate for read more


Melissa Mowry

June, 2017

Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, Glens Falls National Bank Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY Age: 30 Education: BA, History and Political Science with a Minor in Business Administration; member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society; The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY Community Involvement: Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County, Board of Directors and Finance read more


Josué Chanduvi

June, 2017

Owner, Grandma’s Spanish Kitchen, Grandma’s Candy Shop, Grandma’s Tailoring Describe your personal brand in three words. 
Keeping it simple. Hometown: Plattsburgh Age: 25 Education: High school and some college Community Involvement: Vice President of the Downtown Business Association What’s your biggest professional success? Starting my first business and taking that leap of faith and becoming read more


May 2017

May, 2017

This issue of Strictly Business focuses on jobs in the North Country. I believe you will find the topic interesting for two reasons. It is easy to think the area’s unemployment rate tells the story, but does it? And is the arrival of new companies in the area all good? Where are the jobs and read more


Staffing Up

May, 2017

It’s one thing to know a business like the back of your hand, to go to work every day and contribute your skills to a larger movement with a team of skilled people around you also doing their part. It’s a whole other thing to start a business on your own from the ground up, read more


Hands On Minds On

May, 2017

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Career and Technical Education, not only in New York State, but nationwide,” said Michele Friedman, director of CV-TEC, from her office in the school’s main campus in Plattsburgh. In a job market where nearly every career path has some sort of technological component, CV-TEC plays a read more


Ann Giard-Chase

May, 2017

Hometown: Bridport, Addison County, Vermont Current Occupation: Human Resource Director, City of Plattsburgh Family: Four children, a significant other, and eight siblings Education: Master’s of Science in Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and IT, Saint Michael’s College; Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification; undergraduate degrees from the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s read more