Thomas Simcoe was named a 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of estate and probate. He is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King. Nicholas Crounse was promoted to communications manager at Bestpass. He lives in Albany, N.Y.
The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) appointed Robert B. Stoddard to serve as an Advisory Council member. Robert is managing director, federal tax for KPMG in Stamford, Conn.
Fernando Luciano is a founding partner of Unique Visuals NY, which provides high-quality graphics and visual displays. The company is based in New York City. Paula (Meyerzon) Pierce was named partner at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C., in Albany, N.Y. She joined the firm in 2005.
Jessica Burch is the senior marketing coordinator at N.K. Bhandari Architecture & Engineering, P.C., in Syracuse, N.Y. She serves on the board of directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension for Madison County, and assists with fundraisers for local not-for-profit organizations. Jessica resides in Cazenovia, N.Y.
Pure Adapt, Inc., founded by Michael Li, was named to the INC. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. The company also was ranked No. 18 in fastest-growing companies by Albany Business Review. Curtis Johnson was named a 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Star. In addition, he received the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the New York State Bar Foundation. Curtis is an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, Rochester, N.Y. Jason Jones was elected board member of the New York State Parking Association. He was a guest speaker at six national parking and transportation events in 2016.
Morgan Govan, QC Associate III, MannKind Corp., Danbury, Conn., is a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM). She became certified as a registered microbiologist in pharmaceutical and medical-device microbiology in June 2016. Johanna Schweitzer was promoted to audit supervisor at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C., in Albany, N.Y. She has been with the firm since 2010. Antonios Marsellos is an assistant professor of geology at Hofstra University, Long Island, N.Y. Chaim Mordechai Wein opened a real-estate firm specializing in property management and residential rentals.
Lauren Valentine, associate at Sandler Training in Albany, N.Y., was recognized at the 2016 International Sandler Training conference for receiving the Platinum Award. Lawrence Paska began his appointment as executive director of the National Council for the Social Studies in Oct. 2016. Deirdre Barthel is the New York State Executive Chamber deputy director for Legislative Affairs.
Farrell Fritz welcomed Jeremy M. Miller to its Uniondale, N.Y., office. Jeremy earned his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He lives in Bellmore, N.Y. Siobhan Buchta is an Operations Management Fellow for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She earned a master of science in emergency management from Adelphi University in 2015.
David Seitz was promoted to wholesale credit analyst at Wells Fargo Capital Finance and relocated to Chicago.
John Jermyn graduated with an M.S. in protection management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and recently accepted a full-time position as project coordinator with the New York City Pediatric Disaster Coalition.