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Commerce and Community: Aug. 30, 2013

Commerce and Community: Aug. 30, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

Pioneer Bank picks new VP of commercial debt

TROY — Pioneer Bank has named Dave Blessing its new vice president of commercial structured debt.

In this role, Blessing will be responsible for commercial structured finance programs for the bank, managing lending partnerships within the Capital Region and identifying opportunities to generate non-traditional lending opportunities in addition to ongoing relationship management.

Blessing was previously vice president of commercial services at the bank, where he assisted in the assembly, analysis and organization of data to support loan proposals. He has been with Pioneer for nearly five years.

Law firm adds two to staff

NISKAYUNA — The law firm of Cioffi-Slezak-Wildgrube has hired Laurie S. Keniry and Nicole (Laurent) Clouthier.

Laurie Keniry has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of estate and retirement planning and estate administration, with a focus on tax planning and wealth preservation. She is a former part-time faculty member of the University at Albany’s School of Business, where she taught a course on individual income tax. She worked as a staff attorney for the Ayco Co., where she obtained her Series 7 license to become a registered stock broker and her life insurance license to become a registered life insurance agent.

Nicole Clouthier has practiced exclusively in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, estate administration, elder law and guardianship matters since her graduation from law school in 2007.

She has a diverse client base ranging from newlyweds and new parents just starting out to established business professionals and retirees looking to minimize estate taxes and protect their assets in order to transfer wealth to younger generations.

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