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High Peaks Dental, Julie Kramer honored by BPW

"I strongly believe that High Peaks Dental exemplifies the traits that BPW recognizes as outstanding in an employer," wrote Morrissey.

Caldon said he and his colleagues were honored to learn High Peaks Dental was selected as Employer of the Year.

"It was very moving. We were extremely flattered," said Caldon. "We're thrilled we've been recognized for taking care of the people who work for us. I guess a lot of times you don't know the impact that you have on people."

"This is really an inspiration to do even more for the people who work for us," he added. "It was really nice to be recognized."

Kramer, who serves as vice president of Nine Platt Hospitality Group - owners of the Best Western hotel in Plattsburgh and Ground Round restaurants in Plattsburgh and Burlington, Vt.- was surprised with her recognition as Business Woman of the Year.

She was in attendance for the dinner under the impression the award was to be given to her friend, Faith M. Osborne Long, regional director of the American Heart Association. As the letters of nomination were read, Kramer was still under that impression until the nominations - which are traditionally read using "this person" or "the nominee" in place of the person's actual name - mentioned her service in the Army Reserves.

"I realized then they weren't talking about Faith," said Kramer, laughing.

Kramer's name was announced and her husband, Rocky, and son, Dalton, emerged from a separate room with more of Kramer's family and friends.

"It was a surprise," said Kramer. "I was shocked. They really got me pretty good."

One of the nominations read during the dinner was actually written by Osborne Long, who credited Kramer for being "a role model for women who, through her example and leadership, makes both the business where she works and the North County community a better place for all of us."

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