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Commerce and Community: April 13, 2013

Commerce and Community: April 13, 2013

News from the local business community.

Business Council selects new VP of membership

ALBANY — The Business Council of New York State Inc. has hired Howard Becker as its new vice president of membership.

Becker has a long career in fundraising for many state officials, campaign committees and members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in recruiting and managing a national database of major donors and has served as a liaison to business, community groups and lobbyists.

Becker received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Albany.

Longtime hospital staffer retires

GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital last week bid farewell to Shirley Cook, who retired from the hospital’s Nutrition Services Department after 50 years of service. The hospital threw a celebration for her on her last day at work, which was attended by hundreds of people.

Pictures of the party may be seen on the hospital’s Facebook page.

Albany Barn taps executive director

ALBANY — Albany Barn has appointed Kristen Holler as the organization’s first-ever executive director.

Holler is a founding board member of the Albany Barn, a nonprofit arts group, and has served in a variety of roles during her tenure as a volunteer. Over the seven years Holler has been involved with Albany Barn as a director, she has led fundraising events, community outreach and programming and supervised other programs.

Holler studied at SUNY Empire State College and previously held positions with Schenectady County ARC and Bethesda House of Schenectady.

RealtyUSA adds new Saratoga agent

SARATOGA SPRINGS — RealtyUSA has added Megan Perez to the Saratoga office as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Perez was previously with Prudential Manor Homes real estate. She is involved in the PTA and youth soccer.

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