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Hotvedt honored in Genesis Group’s ‘Striving for Success’ program


Claire Hotvedt, product development specialist at Indium Corporation in Clinton, has been honored by the Genesis Group’s 15th Annual Striving for Success Program.

The program honors a class of young professionals and entrepreneurs younger than 40 for their outstanding dedication and commitment to their profession and the community. More than 100 nominations were submitted, of which only 10 honorees were chosen.

Hotvedt, who joined Indium Corporation in 2018 after participating in its summer internship program in 2014, has been honored as part of the class of 2020. Since working at the company, Hotvedt has shared her industry knowledge and expertise with a broad audience by participating in numerous industry conferences and events. This also includes her involvement in Indium Corporation’s InSIDER Series, a webinar program designed to educate and promote professional growth using a virtual platform.

In her role at Indium Corporation, Hotvedt is responsible for facilitating the transition of new solder paste products from developmental stages into fully launched and marketable solutions. She also oversees product characterization and creation of marketing material to assist the sales team.


• MPW Marketing, a full-service advertising and marketing firm in Clinton, has expanded its team of marketing experts. The agency recognized the hard work of longtime intern Evan Chaires and brought him on as their bookkeeper. The recent SUNY Poly graduate has a dual degree in finance and business administration and is responsible for invoicing, managing bills, audits and financial reports. Art Mucitelli joined the online department as an SEO specialist, responsible for managing all search engine optimization activities for clients. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate’s degree in business management from Mohawk Valley Community College. Mario Restive, after doing freelance work with the agency for 13 years, has joined the team as videographer/editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in film from Full Sail University. Melissa France worked with MPW previously as a temporary employee before the company officially brought her on as an online specialist. France has a strong background in technical and creative skills that she uses for supporting customer return optimization (CRO), search engine optimization (SEO), web design and more. Daniel Grimes, WordPress developer, rounded out the online team. He handles anything involving edits and updates for clients in WordPress. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication information and design from SUNY Poly and an associate’s degree in website design and maintenance from MVCC.

• Mohawk Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees named Anthony J. Colón chair and Frank Dubeck Jr., M.D., as vice-chair, effective Oct. 1. Colón is serving his 12th year on the Board of Trustees since his Oneida County appointment in 2008. He previously served as vice-chair from 2018 to Sept. 30, 2020. Since 1999, Colón has provided bilingual services to a variety of entities including the federal and New York court systems and others. He also is contracted to provide family support services through the Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN). Colón currently holds leadership positions within the New York State and (national) Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He recently was elected 2021 Chair of the ACCT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which provides leadership for the involvement of historically underrepresented diverse populations within the governance activities of the board. The organization represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and abroad. Dubeck was appointed in 2015 by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is medical director for Change Healthcare in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, a position in which he provides clinical support for the development and maintenance of various software solutions for the healthcare industry. He previously worked as chief medical officer, vice president of medical policy, and regional vice president of the Utica Region at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

• The McGrath, Myslinski, Kowalczyk and Karboski families announce their official affiliation in funeral service. After enduring the passing of family funeral director, Mark C. Kowalczyk, his parents Joe and Cynthia Kowalczyk have decided to trust their legacy with the McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors. Joe Kowalczyk is a life-long funeral director who plans to remain involved in the business. Since March, McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors have taken care of the Kowalczyk Funeral Home, both in New York Mills and in Utica. With the acquisition comes improvements and changes. The New York Mills Main Street location has seen a complete remodel of the interior and exterior. 1156 Lincoln Ave. has been a staple funeral home in West Utica and the surrounding areas. Funeral operations will be shifting locations from the Lincoln Avenue to French Road in South Utica.

• A new hospital ranking system designed to rate hospitals on how well they “save lives, save money, and serve everyone” has ranked Bassett Medical Center 28th among the 50 best teaching hospitals in the country out of 3,359 hospitals nationwide. Bassett also was tops in New York state, with only one other hospital earning a spot among Washington Monthly Magazine’s 50 Best Teaching Hospitals for America rankings. The Lown Institute partnered with Washington Monthly to create this new ranking system. Their methodology considered 42 performance measures. Bassett Medical Center scored 90.4 out of 100 in overall value of care (avoiding overuse), 86.2 in overall patient outcomes, and 82.8 in clinical outcomes.

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