Business Spotlight: April 23, 2022 | Local News

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Local Realtor Gets National Recognition

PLATTSBURGH – Kimberly Llewellyn, Associate Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Whitbeck, has been awarded the prestigious Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR®) designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

Kimberly joins more than 27,000 real estate professionals across North America who have earned the ABR® designation. Less than 1% of real estate agents in New York State carry this referral designation.

All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive buyer representation course and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, in addition to submitting documentation of work experience.

Additionally, Llewellyn has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the SRES® Council of the National Association of REALTORS®, joining more than 15,000 real estate professionals across North America who have earned the SRES® designation.

All had to pass a comprehensive course on understanding the needs, considerations and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and over.

“Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires a deep understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means Kim has that understanding,” said PJ Whitbeck, Realtor /owner at Coldwell Banker Whitbeck.

“Whether they’re buying, selling, moving or refinancing, seniors can be confident that a real estate agent like Kim LLewellyn will be able to help them every step of the way. We are delighted to see her using her knowledge and expertise with this very special market.

Citizen Advocates Welcomes New Board Member

MALONE — Citizen Advocates recently welcomed Dallas Sutton to its board of directors.

He is a lifelong resident of the North Country and is currently Regional Business Banking Manager for NBT Bank. Its coverage area includes the Seaway, Northway, Greater Albany and Fulton/Montgomery regions.

Born and raised in Ogdensburg, he attended Clarkson University for his undergraduate and graduate studies where he received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and his Masters of Business Administration.

Sutton brings a deep financial perspective to the board and, as a resident of Ogdensburg, his community ties provide an important link to a new region in the Citizens’ Advocates service area. Citizen Advocates recently opened a Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Ogdensburg, with plans to open a similar facility in Watertown in early 2023.

“As a resident of St. Lawrence County, I am acutely aware of our community’s needs for mental health and addictions services,” Sutton said.

“Adding citizen advocates to the existing continuum of care in the community provides a vital boost in support of the overall health of the individuals and families who are proud to call this area home.

In addition to the financial sector, Sutton also sits on the boards of other key community organizations and institutions. He is a board member of New York State United Way, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, and United Helpers Management Company. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence County Workforce Development Board.

Citizen Advocates’ Board of Directors is made up of community volunteers representing a wide range of professional backgrounds, who are directly responsible for the ongoing governance and sound financial stewardship of the agency.

In addition to Sutton, Citizen Advocates’ board of directors includes Deanna Smith, president; Loretta Fowler, secretary; Lori Tourville, Treasurer; and Brock Arnold.

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