Michael Patanella has been named asset management sector leader at Grant Thornton in Manhattan. The Mount Sinai resident previously served as audit partner at the firm.

Jean-Paul Schwarz has joined Holtz Rubenstein Reminick as principal in the firm's financial services practice and will work out of the Melville and Manhattan offices. The Manhattan resident was previously a tax principal at Marcum in Manhattan.


Anthony J. Falanga, a retired Supreme Court Justice, has joined the board of directors at the Education & Assistance Corp., a Hempstead-based social services organization. Falanga is a partner in the Garden City law firm of Jaspan Schlesinger and lives in East Meadow.

Sail Van Nostrand has been elected president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association. The Greenlawn resident is president and owner of Energy by Choice LTD, a full-service solar energy integrator in Northport.


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Mildred Ayala has joined HUB International Northeast as assistant vice president for the personal insurance team in the Woodbury office. The Hauppauge resident previously served as a private client manager and senior account executive with Marsh Private Client Services in Melville.


Jonathan S. Bodner has joined Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in Uniondale as an associate in the firm's financial services, banking and bankruptcy department. The Great Neck resident previously held a similar position at Neiger in Manhattan.


Shannon Koehle has joined EmPower Solar, a renewable energy solutions provider in Island Park, as marketing and events associate. The Long Beach resident was previously editor of the East Meadow Herald newspaper.


Kathy Carey Strom has joined Town & Country Real Estate in the Westhampton Beach office. She previously held a similar position at Corcoran Group in Westhampton Beach where she also resides.


Jeff Lerner has joined ValueClick, an integrated online marketing company, in Manhattan as senior sales director. The Merrick resident previously served as vice president of digital media at Prime Visibility in Melville.

Jeremy Waszak has joined the EGC Group, a Melville-based marketing, advertising and interactive agency, as search coordinator in the digital department. The Babylon resident is a recent graduate of the University at Albany.

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Lisa Gordon has been appointed to senior vice president at HJMT Public Relations in Melville. The Valley Stream resident has been with the company since 2006 and previously served as vice president.

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