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Hudson Health Plan Receives Top Score in New York State Survey

From a 2013 survey issued to healthcare consumers throughout New York State, Hudson Health Plan was recently recognized for receiving the highest score. The company, which provides state-sponsored Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus insurance coverage in six counties throughout the Hudson Valley, got exceptionally positive feedback from customers based on nine measures of criteria listed in the survey. Hudson Health Plan beat out 15 other Medicaid managed care plans and scored higher than the state average on all nine criteria measures including rating of all health care, rating of personal doctor, and customer service. President and CEO, Georganne Chapin, spoke highly of her company’s commitment to customer service and quality care:  “These high scores are a reflection of the hard work and dedication our staff and health care providers exhibit every day,” she explained. “Our members know we’re here for them, and will help them in any way we can.”

Tony Maddalena Named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors”

Pleasantville resident Tony Maddalena, an executive director and wealth advisor in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management office in Purchase, has been named to The Financial Times’ 2014 list of America’s Top 400 Financial Advisors. The list comprises a group of individuals who have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management (AUM) and 10 years of industry experience. Qualified financial advisors were scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance records, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility.  Financial Advisors also had to commit to complete anonymous quarterly sentiment surveys for the FT.

“I am pleased that Tony is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” said Robert Peyreigne, Complex Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Purchase office. “This is a well-deserved recognition of Tony’s experience, professionalism, and dedication to the needs of his valued clients.”

Local Firms Win Big at Advertising Club of Westchester Annual Awards

Little Riff Pictures, a marketing and production company based in Ossining, made a big splash at the recent Advertising Club of Westchester’s Big W Awards, the largest creative competition of its kind in Westchester County. The company, founded by Darryl Estrine, brought home two Gold, and two Bronze Big W Awards. The first Big Gold was in the Non-Broadcast Video category for a film Little Riff made for client Le Creuset that featured Wave Hill Breads baking Hallah in a Le Creuset pot and Dutch Oven.  The second Gold was for “Feeding Westchester 24/7”, a story that appeared in Westchester Magazine featuring food artisans, restaurateurs and others who feed Westchester County all day every day. The bronze awards were for a local broadcast campaign for Northeast Radiology and a direct mail promotional piece for Estrine’s photography.

Hudson Valley Graphic Design, a Croton-based company, also faired well at the award gala, taking home three top design awards. They received a Gold Award for their “Tool Kit for Parents” which showcased a series of postcards educating parents about teen drug-use prevention. They also won a Silver Award for a corporate stationary design for set design firm blackwalnut and a Bronze for a T-shirt design for the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger.

Quorum Federal Credit Union Earns Honor for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth year in a row, Quorum Federal Credit Union has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For in New York by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group. The Purchase-based company ranked number 13 among the top 32 small and medium sized employers throughout the state, the result of an employee satisfaction study that uses employee survey responses to count for 75 percent of the ranking formula.

“Our ranking as one of the best places to work in New York is a source of great pride for our team,” said Glenn Shuster, Vice President of Human Resources at Quorum. “The fact that this ranking is based solely on employee feedback makes this recognition all the more relevant and rewarding.”

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