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Thrivent Financial representative Steve Jones receives National Quality Award from NAIFA

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 24) - Steve Jones, FIC, a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial in Lagrange, N.Y., has received the 2015 National Quality Award in recognition of his quality service to clients and successful sales achievements. The award is conferred by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Falls Church, Va., and the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA), Hartford, Conn. This is the first time that Jones has received the award. 

“Only those professionals having a proven record of providing financial products and services appropriate to their clients’ needs qualify for this prestigious honor,” said Tim Campbell, managing partner for Thrivent Financial Northeast Regional Financial Office in Montvale, N.J.  “Steve Jones embodies professionalism and caring in his financial services practice and is very deserving of this award.”

“The best part of my role as a financial professional is helping members meet their life’s goals and dreams,” said Jones. “I am honored to receive the National Quality Award and it validates my commitment to my members’ financial success.” 

Jones is a member of the NAIFA - New York State. It is one of 700 state and local associations that comprise the NAIFA federation.

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously.


Hudson Valley Young Professionals hosting gift drive  

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 24) - For the seventh year, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals, a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a holiday toy drive with donations this year benefiting the children and teens receiving services through House of Hope and Mental Health America. 

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Garry, center, and Vrba, right, with Lydia Higginson, Deputy Director
of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.;

NYSTIA selects BBG&G Advertising for the “Excellence in Marketing” award

CAMPBELL HALL (November 16) - BBG&G is proud to have received the 2015 ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award from the New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA). NYSTIA has recognized BBG&G’s drive to succeed, marketing leadership and achievement in the tourism sector for their work with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DT).

As a tourism industry leader, NYSTIA strives to raise consumer awareness and appreciation of travel and vacation opportunities in New York State.

NYSTIA’s “Excellence in Marketing” award recognizes an organization’s planning and implementation of overall marketing strategy for an attraction, destination or region that is creative and innovative. The award-winning “Distinctly Dutchess” campaign includes print and digital ads, e-marketing, a digital tablet site, social media, TV spots, and YouTube videos.

“The ‘Distinctly Dutchess’ program is singular in its ability to capture and hone in on Dutchess’ unique essence,” observes Deborah Garry, Partner, BBG&G Advertising. “Our work has succeeded in positioning Dutchess as the exemplary Hudson Valley destination within a region that is only gaining in popularity worldwide.”

Mary Kay Vrba, President & CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc., said, “BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations has been a terrific marketing partner. Together we’ve kept our eye on the goal of increasing visitation to Dutchess County, and have created an effective plan for doing so. They continue to envision countless ideas, turning the best ones into detailed marketing solutions that have helped us achieve success.”


Dutchess County business raises “Hope”

AMENIA (November 16) - Jack's Auto Service in Amenia has once again raised funds in October Breast Cancer Awareness month for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.  Linda Gregory, owner with her husband Jack, runs the fundraiser at their shop on Dutchess County's eastern border.

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Collaborative project with SUNY Sullivan and The Roscoe NY Beer Company  

ROSCOE (November 16) - Students in SUNY Sullivan’s Principles of Advertising class in collaboration with students from the Graphic Design Workshop were recently given the opportunity to create some unique marketing materials for the Roscoe NY Beer Company, one of Sullivan County’s local craft breweries.

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley receives donation from HGAR

WHITE PLAINS (November 8) - This year, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors® has raised a total of $8,010 for Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based non-profit organization that grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Hudson River Housing Appoints New Executive Director

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 23) - Hudson River Housing’s Board of Directors announces the selection of Sean Robin as the agency’s new Executive Director. Rubin will succeed current Executive Director Ed Murphy, who will retire this December.

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Central Hudson volunteers support Ulster United Way Day of Caring

KINGSTON (September 14) - A team of 15 employee-volunteers from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. rebuilt a wheelchair ramp and tackled landscaping this month at the Kingston location of Ulster County Community Action (UCCAC)

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Ryann Hannigan joins Focus Media as senior account executive

GOSHEN (September 8) - Goshen resident Ryann Hannigan has recently joined Focus Media – the Hudson Valley’s largest, full-service public relations and marketing firm – as a senior account executive.

In this role, Hannigan handles day-to-day client needs, including leading projects from initiation to completion, strategic project development and client relationship management.

“Ryann’s New York agency experience is extremely valuable to us,” said President and CEO Josh Sommers. “Our clients will benefit from her work with internationally recognized and respected companies and the successes she helped them to attain.”  


Nonprofit members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce can apply for help from Leadership Dutchess on Day of Service

POUGHKEEPSIE (September 8) - The Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016 is seeking applications from nonprofit members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce who need help.

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Nonprofit members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce can apply for help from Leadership Dutchess on Day of Service

POUGHKEEPSIE (September 8) - The Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016 is seeking applications from nonprofit members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce who need help.

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Rockland Business Association

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