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Commerce and Community: Oct. 19, 2013

Commerce and Community: Oct. 19, 2013

News and notes from the business community

Mazzone taps two to be new general managers

SCOTIA — Mazzone Hospitality has promoted Jaime Ortiz to general manager at Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany and Stuart DeVoe to the post at Tala Bistro in Latham.

In their new roles, Ortiz and DeVoe will manage the day-to-day operations of their respective restaurants, including staff training and development, menu coordination and promotions and events in consultation with the Mazzone Hospitality marketing team.

Ortiz has worked with Mazzone Hospitality for more than 14 years, most recently as corporate executive chef, leading the culinary team in the conception and execution of all restaurant and event projects. A winner of multiple culinary awards during his career, Ortiz is an American Culinary Federation certified executive chef and an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Schenectady County Community College.

DeVoe joined Mazzone Hospitality in 2006 as a restaurant manager at Angelo’s 677 Prime and most recently served as restaurant manager at Prime at Saratoga National. A Clifton Park native and University at Albany graduate, DeVoe became a veteran in the hospitality business working at some of the busiest restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

Saratoga Hospital has marketing head

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Heather Rivenburg has been named marketing and community relations coordinator for Saratoga Hospital. Previously, she was client liaison and practice coordinator for the hospital’s Corporate Health Services, responsible for business and client development.

Rivenburg’s past positions include vice president of marketing and administration at Jon S. Frank & Associates, senior marketing manager at Hanley Wood publications, and advertising accounts manager at The Washington Post, all in the Washington area. She also was a career firefighter and emergency medical technician for Anne Arundel County, Md. Rivenburg has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film from Boston University.

Son joins family jewelry business

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Evan deJonghe has joined his parents Dennis and Peg deJonghe at their business, deJonghe Original Jewelry in downtown Saratoga Springs.

Evan DeJonghe holds a business degree from McGill University in Montreal and has attended the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where he earned a graduate gemologist diploma (GG) and applied jewelry arts diploma (AJA).

Desmond promotes office managers

ALBANY — Jessica Brundage has been promted to front office manager The Desmond Hotel.

Brundage, who started at The Desmond in September 2004, worked her way up the front desk positions of agent, supervisor and manager before becoming night audit manager, a position she has held since 2009.

In her new role, Brundage will direct all front office operations as well as oversee the transient revenue management at the hotel.

She holds a B.A. in hospitality management from Paul Smith’s College. She and her family reside in Ravena.

The Desmond also named Aleeza Oppelt Robertson to the new position of assistant front office manager.

Prior to joining The Desmond, Robertson held several front desk positions at the Holiday Inn-East Greenbush and the Holiday Inn-Highland Beach, Fla., and worked for the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlanta for eight years.

At DoubleTree, she held the positions of group sales associate and front office manager before deciding to return to the Capital Region to be closer to family.

Working Pictures adds to its staff

ALBANY — Working Pictures Inc. has added Mark Phuttal to its staff as video editor and motion graphics designer.

Phuttal started his career in Bangkok, Thailand, and relocated to the United States as an editor in 1998.

He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology.

Working Pictures is a video design company specializing in production, editing and digital media creation.

1st National picks operations officer

SCOTIA — Tracey J. Agustin has been promoted to branch operations officer at 1st National Bank of Scotia.

Agustin has been part of the 1st National for four years and currently serves as the branch operations officer for the Guilderland office. She began her career as a teller.

In addition to her business commitments, Agustin plans to get involved with the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. She currently resides in Schenectady County.

Firm adds to military law group

Albany-based law firm Tully Rinckey has hired U.S. Air Force judge advocate general reservist attorney Kent Eiler to be part of its military law practice group.

Eiler has six years of experience as a JAG officer and since March 2012 has served as counsel for the Task Force on Detainee Treatment at The Constitution Project.

Tully Rinckey’s military law practice group represents service members worldwide.

Eiler was an assistant staff judge advocate and in this role has prosecuted a wide range of cases, including child sexual assault, fraud, theft and drug trafficking.

He has been the lead prosecutor in more than a dozen cases and received the Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.

Eiler received his juris doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 2006, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1998. Currently, he is a captain in the Air Force Reserve JAG Corps.

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