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Commerce and Community: July 6, 2013

Commerce and Community: July 6, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

Price Chopper adds three to management

Price Chopper has recently hired three people who will work to bolster the supermarket chain’s information technology initiatives, grocery and merchandising departments, and loss-prevention efforts.

The Golub Corp.-owned supermarket chain hired Karlin Bohnert as senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer. She will report directly to President and CEO Jerry Golub. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the company’s information technology team and supporting the company’s IT initiatives.

Bohnert has more than 30 years of strategic IT experience working for companies such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, ANF, The Limited and MCI, most recently as chief information officer at RGIS in Michigan.

Price Chopper also hired Scott Evans as vice president of grocery and general manager of merchandising. He will report directly to Angelo Cannistraci, group vice president of center store and pharmacy. In his new position, Evans is responsible for promotional planning, processes and delivery, category development, pricing strategy and vendor partnership growth for the 132-store chain.

He has 21 years of retail food industry experience with Supervalu/Albertsons, where he worked most recently as corporate director of merchandising for grocery and produce.

Ken Warfield, of Ephrata, Pa., has been hired as director of loss prevention and security. He will report directly to Vice President of Risk Management Anne Davis. In his new position, Warfield will oversee all aspects of loss-prevention programs and security for Price Chopper.

He has had several years of loss-prevention experience working for Caldor, Home Depot, The Ratner Cos. and, most recently, for CVS.

Working Pictures promotes Nooney

ALBANY — Working Pictures, a video production company, has promoted Stacey Nooney to video producer. The position includes development and management of video productions, clients and internal operations.

Nooney has been with Working Pictures for more than 12 years, most recently in both the production and financial departments. Nooney holds a B.S. in communications from The College of Saint Rose and is active in the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, The Albany Ad Club.

Animal hospital accredited again

NISKAYUNA — The Animal Hospital of Niskayuna is celebrating its recent reevaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The Animal Hospital of Niskayuna has been accredited by AAHA since 1946. Only nine veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada can claim this status.

Dr. Ronald A. Scharf is also celebrating his milestone of having been a solo practitioner and the owner/operator of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna for 20 years.

Shafer honored for EZPass direction

LATHAM — John Shafer, PE, president of Spectra Engineering, Architecture and Surveying, P.C., was recently honored at the 20th anniversary meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York (ITS-NY). The meeting was held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center on June 13.

Shafer was honored for his former role as executive director for the state Thruway Authority in bringing EZPass to the Thruway and directing its phased implementation. He also encouraged and was a leader in the concept of joint procurement so that a single electronic toll system could be implemented in all the toll systems from Massachusetts to Virginia. Known as the Inter Agency Group (IAG), it was a multi-state and multi-agency coordinated effort to ensure a single toll tab so that motorists could travel seamlessly regardless of which state and/or which toll system was being used.

Under Shafer’s direction, EZPass was first installed on the Thruway and, over a relatively short period, was installed in the other toll systems through New York and New Jersey. EZPass has since been expanded to other Northeast states to the point where, today, there are more than 25 million tags in vehicles throughout the Northeast.

Shafer was executive director of the Thruway Authority from 1987 to 1995.

Thieme joining Spectra Engineering

LATHAM — Spectra Engineering, Architecture and Surveying, Inc., has announced the hiring of a junior engineering technician, who has joined the infrastructure team.

Trevor Thieme, EIT, is a civil engineering technician with experience as a construction inspector. He recently graduated with a degree in civil engineering technology from SUNY Institute of Technology and he also holds a B.A. from SUNY Cortland. Thieme will be assisting Spectra in the design of bridge repairs and replacements for several of Spectra’s ongoing projects with Schoharie, Saratoga and Warren counties. Thieme is from Vernon.

PPMH names Muth as new COO

SCHENECTADY — Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson has promoted Ross Muth from vice president, finance and administration, to the newly created position of chief operating officer.

As COO, Muth is responsible for providing operational leadership to ensure sustainable growth in a changing health care industry.

Muth will also oversee senior management responsible for finance, business plans, business partnerships, practice management, human resources, technology, data collection, reporting and interpretation.

Muth previously served as PPMH’s vice president of finance and administration for 23 years.

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