2015 Women of Excellence Announced
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber will honor seven women
for professional achievements and community work.
Barbara Smith, City of Albany
Trudy Hall, Emma Willard School
Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care
Miriam Dushane, Linium Staffing
Laura Petrovic, Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Kelsey Carr, The Chazen Companies
Saratoga Raceway Set To Embark On 74th Year of Racing
GasBuddy says: Expect aggressive increases at the pump following this week’s wholesale price spike
CHICAGO – The transition from ‘winter blend’ to ‘summer blend’ gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing you’ve seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks.
“Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline wholesalers are seeing huge increases,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “Wholesale prices today alone have increased coast to coast from 10 to 27 cents per gallon; and when you add that on top of the increases that occurred earlier this month, it’s inevitable that retail prices will climb aggressively in weeks ahead.”
“Just since Monday, Feb. 2, wholesale prices nationwide have increased by an average of 54 cents per gallon,” DeHaan added. “And the west coast, by far, has seen the steepest increases, with Los Angeles wholesale pricing up $0.96/gal., ; San Francisco up $0.84 and the Pacific Northwest up by $0.73.”
While some of the rally is attributed to the seasonal decline in gasoline inventory; reduced refinery output and the shift to summer grades of gasoline, there have also been significant operational issues at refineries in five states. And of course, the United Steelworkers Union strike that began Feb. 1 exacerbates operations at 12 refineries where they’ve imposed ‘work stoppages’ in California, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
“Volatility is the name of the game right now and we expect that to translate into 10-cent increases in retail gasoline, week after week over the next two to three weeks, with larger, more immediate increases in West Coast areas,” DeHaan said.
News from the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber
Approval of Ethics Package
Beth Clark Joins Fingerpaint’s Account Service Team
American Pickers are picking through the area
Tiffany Glass tour seats still available
Tiffany Glass Tour:
. The tour will be guided by Tom Carroll of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and RiverSpark Heritage Area. Donations suggested to help restore and protect Troy’s Tiffany heritage. This year’s beneficiary is St. Paul’s Church. The tour will start at Monument Square. Seating is limited, reserve a space by emailing
Check out all the listings at http://downtowntroy.org/spe
Saratoga National Bank Hires Mortgage Originator
H&V Collision Center Announces Acquisition of Collision Experts
Adirondack Company Expands into Downtown Albany
Marketing Agency's New Satellite Office Part of Growth Strategy
The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) will welcome Adworkshop to 90 State Street Executive Suites with a ribbon cutting celebration on at 90 State Street, 7th floor. Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, BID executive director Georgette Steffens, and Adworkshop’s senior managing director Wendy Knight and senior director Darcy Norfolk are expected to speak. The media and public are invited to attend the event.
Adworkshop’s decision to open a satellite office in downtown Albany is part of a larger strategic move that also includes an additional satellite office in Manhattan. Specializing in areas like website design and development, digital marketing, and strategic consulting, the agency selected Albany as a base to build strong representation throughout their growing coverage area. Current clients, located across New York state and the Berkshires, include GORE Mountain, The Catskills Region, Health Research, Inc., and Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County.
Operating for nearly four decades, the expansion marks the employee-owned company’s first foray from a rural to urban setting. The move into Albany puts the company in close proximity to current and future clients, and a greater pool of workers skilled in digital marketing and creative design. Looking to increase its staff in the region, the agency is currently hiring for three positions.
“It sends a powerful message that companies like Adworkshop are expanding into this market,” says Mayor Sheehan. “As the reputation of Albany as a great place to work and live continues to grow, we are more able to attract and retain such world-class talent.”
“The Capital Region is a strategic location for us for several reasons,” says Knight. “The Albany office puts us closer to our state-wide clients, facilitating more face-to-face interaction and better service. It also gives us a base from which to grow our business in the Capital Region and throughout New York state, particularly within the health care, higher education, and tourism industries. Finally, an Albany office gives us greater flexibility in recruiting highly-skilled workers with innovative marketing experience and skills.”
By leasing office space at 90 State Street Executive Suites, Adworkshop is growing their footprint while making the expansion more cost-effective. “The executive suite option at 90 State Street gives us a foothold in the region with minimal investment, and the option of expanding our office space as we grow by adding additional clients and employees,” says Knight.
“Companies big and small continue to begin and expand in downtown Albany, and with everything from several thousand square feet to shared workspace, this District can fit the needs of any size business,” says Steffens. “In moving to 90 State Street, Adworkshop becomes one more company that not only recognizes the importance of being visible in this area, but also of the talented workforce and growth potential.”
BurgerFi coming to Capital Region
Affordable Last-Minute Spring Break Road-Trips
Richer Installed as CIREB President
Al Picchi, Vice President & General Manager for the Capital Region offices of RealtyUSA, performed the swearing in ceremony for newly elected CIREB President, Jessica Richer, RealtyUSA. Richer is a member of the New York State Association of Realtors, the Greater Capital Association of Realtors and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Richer, who has been a Commercial Realtor for 14 years, is the fourth woman to serve as President of the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc.
Other officers and directors were sworn in by CIREB Past President and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, REALTORS® principal broker, Richard Ferro.
The entire slate of officers installed during the program:
President: Jessica Richer, RealtyUSA.com
Vice President: Spencer Jones, British American
Secretary/Treasurer: Felton McLaughlin, NAI Platform
Brenda Garretson – CBRE Albany
Chris Farrell – Vanguard Fine
Athena Pagnotti – Berkshire Hathaway Blake