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Commerce and community: Nov. 9, 2012

Commerce and community: Nov. 9, 2012

Business news from around the region.

New independent trustee named for FAM Funds

COBLESKILL -- FAM Funds has announced that Donald J. Boteler, recently retired vice president of operations and continuing education, of the Investment Company Institute (ICI), has joined its board of independent trustees. He replaces retired FAM Funds' Trustee C. Richard Pogue.

Boteler was with ICI, a major Washington, D.C.-based financial trade association, since 1986. Besides managing the operations and the continuing education departments, he also recruited and developed a professional team of operations, accounting and compliance experts. Prior to ICI, he worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management.

"Don is a mutual fund expert and industry veteran," Tom Putnam, chairman of parent company Fenimore Asset Management, said in the announcement. "His experience, keen observations and counsel should benefit our shareholders during what we expect to be a long-term relationship."

Dunne honored by Legal Project

ALBANY -- John R. Dunne, senior counsel with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP, was awarded The Legal Project Champion Award at the Legal Project's recent 17th annual Pro Bono Reception.

The award is The Legal Project's most esteemed honor and recognizes an individual who has given his personal and professional efforts to support The Legal Project's mission and the goal of access to justice for all in the Capital Region.

Dunne had a long and distinguished career in a variety of federal, state and local government positions before he joined the firm.

He was a member of the state Senate from 1966 to 1989, serving as deputy majority leader (1987-1988), chair of the judiciary committee and chair of the joint legislative committee on crime and corrections. He was an advocate for the merit selection of judges and court restructuring, and he sponsored legislation that resulted in amending the state Constitution to create an appointive system for Court of Appeals judges and established the Commission on Judicial Conduct. From 1990 until 1993, Dunne was the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was in charge of the enforcement of all federal civil rights laws.

As senior counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, he concentrates on environmental law, government relations, litigation, arbitration and mediation. In 2006, he received the New York State Bar Association's Gold Medal Award, the Association's highest recognition for service to the Bar and the community. In 2010, he was awarded the Fund for Modern Courts' Career Public Service Award and the U.S. Department of Justice created the John R. Dunne Award, recognizing professionals who have furthered the cause of civil rights through non-litigation activities.

Finch forestry chief honored

GLENS FALLS -- Recently retired Finch Paper Vice President and Chief Forester Roger A. Dziengeleski of Moreau has been named the 2012 recipient of the Empire State Forest Products Association's annual Neil Gutchess Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in the forest products industry.

"Roger is a true leader and a tireless advocate for our industry and the forestry profession," ESFPA President and CEO Eric Carlson said in the announcement. "Although he has retired from his 'day job,' he is continuing to put his passion for the health of New York's forests to work for the benefit of everyone who lives here through his volunteer roles."

Dziengeleski began his career with Finch Paper as a forester in 1978 after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force and earning his bachelor of science degree in forest management from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1991, he was promoted to oversee the company's Woodlands Department, including both forest management and wood procurement, a position from which he retired as a vice president earlier this year. Under his leadership, Finch earned third-party responsible forest management certifications from both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program. He also established the innovative Finch Forest Management department, which provides consulting forestry services to landowners across the Northeast with a goal of helping them keep their forests as forests and in sustainable wood production.

Associate broker joins realty firm

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Karen Charbonneau has joined the Saratoga Springs office of Realty USA.

She is an associate broker and has 19 years of experience.

She is a member of the Wilton Kiwanis Club, Wilton Rotary Club and Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce, as well as a volunteer at Saratoga Hospital.

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