COMMERCE & COMMUNITY
Eye doctors join
SARATOGA SPRINGS — An ophthalmology and optometry group has joined Saratoga Hospital’s multispecialty medical group.
Eye Care Specialists is now Saratoga Hospital Medical Group — Eye Care. Drs. Thomas Francomano, Mark Verra and Enrique Yepes-Hoyos remain in practice together in the new group. They are seeing patients on Saratoga Hospital’s Wilton Campus, in newly renovated offices on the second floor of Saratoga Surgery Center. u Fra n co m a n o came to Saratoga Springs as a solo practitioner 35 years ago. A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed an internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. He is board certified in ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. uVerra grew up in Loudonville and went on to graduate from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Medical Center of Delaware and a residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified in ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. u Yepes-Hoyos is a graduate of New England College of Optometry. He completed an internship at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus, and a residency in geriatric optometry, also with the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is board certified in optometry.
“For decades, our community and our hospital have benefited from the skill, expertise and compassion of these doctors,” said Dr. David Mastrianni, senior vice president, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group. “Bringing them on board the hospital medical group cements our already strong relationship and ensures that our region has continued access to the highest quality eye care.”
O’Connor to VP
COLONIE — The Capital Region Chamber announced the promotion of Tom O’Connor to vice president, government relations.
O’Connor joined the Chamber in 2015 as director, government relations. He previously worked for New York state government for more than 20 years, including the Senate, Taxation and Finance, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, and Alcoholic Beverage Control before operating his own public affairs consultancy firm.
The Capital Region Chamber represents 2,500 businesses and organizations from Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties and beyond that employ more than 150,000 area residents.
CDPHP named a best workplace
ALBANY — CDPHP has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for the tenth year in a row by the New York State Society of Human Resource Management.
“Each and every day, CDPHP employees come to work knowing they have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life,” said CDPHP president and CEO, Dr. John D. Bennett. “It is that mission-driven mindset that empowers our team, and why I believe we have once again been named one the Best Companies to Work for in New York.”
The award, presented by the Best Companies Group in conjunction with the New York State Society of Human Resource Management, is based on the company’s workplace policies, systems and practices, as well as a survey open to all employees that measures employee engagement.
CDPHP will be honored at an awards dinner in Albany on April 18, where final rankings will be announced.
Valley taps Little
ALBANY — Jason A. Little, partner at Albany-based law firm Deily & Glastetter, LLP, was appointed to Leadership Tech Valley’s Steering Committee, an initiative of the Capital Region Chamber.
He is a graduate of Leadership Tech Valley’s Class of 2012, where he was involved in a class initiative that generated over $36,000 for renovations at the Rotterdam Junction Fire Department, which was severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Little joined Deily & Glastetter in 2010 and practices in the firm’s Commercial Law and Litigation department.
Previously, Little’s practice focused in the areas of employment and labor law, including handling complex employment discrimination and civil rights matters in the state and federal courts and agencies of New York.
CEO of AMRI
ALBANY — Michael Mulhern has joined AMRI as chief executive officer, succeeding William S. Marth.
Mulhern was previously CEO of Sterigenics International, a global provider of contract sterilization, gamma technologies and medical isotopes. Marth will remain with the company in an advisory role.
AMRI, a contract drug research, development and manufacturing firm, is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group and GTCR.
Stephen H. Wise, managing director and global head of healthcare for Carlyle, said: “Michael is a highly accomplished executive with a 30-year track record of value creation in the healthcare and distribution sectors. His role as a member of AMRI’s board of directors, coupled with his experience leading three private equity-backed companies, will make this a smooth transition.”
Law firm names two shareholders
ALBANY — Law firm O’Connell and Aronowitz made two promotions to shareholder: u Scott W. Iseman practices in the firm’s Albany office in the Litigation Department. He joined O ’Co n n e l l a n d Aronowitz in 2014 after finishing his career as a United States Marine Corps judge advocate. He focuses on criminal defense and personal injury litigation. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and Hamilton College. uBrittnay M. McMahon is based in the firm’s Latham office. She has been with the firm since being admitted to practice in 2010, and focuses on real estate, litigation and trusts and estates. She has played a key role in the success of the firm’s Real Estate Center, which opened in Latham in 2015. She is a graduate of Albany Law School and the University at Albany.
Hospitality group adds to board
ALBANY — Two area hotel managers have gained roles with the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association’s board of directors:
Nafeesa Koslik, general manager of the Hampton Inn Clifton Park, was appointed an executive committee member. Todd Reichelt, general manager of the Albany Marriott, was elected secretary/treasurer.
NYSH&TA is the oldest state lodging association in the country, representing more than 1,100 members including hotels, motels, resorts, conference centers, country inns, bed & breakfast establishments, reservation service organizations, amusement parks, attractions, museums, ski areas, recreational facilities, historical sites, convention and visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, hospitality students and suppliers to the industry.
Albany Med staff
ALBANY — Dr. Harry C. Odabashian Jr., has joined Albany Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology and has also been appointed clinical assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College.
Odabashian has more than 40 years’ experience and specializes in atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, valvular heart disease and preoperative evaluation.
He comes to Albany Med from St. Peter’s Health Partners and Albany Associates in Cardiology, where he practiced cardiology for three decades.
Odabashian earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease. He is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.