Business Briefs 7-25-2014

Mary Jo Jacobs joins USI Insurance New York metro office

USI Insurance Services, LLC’s New York metropolitan office welcomes to the brokerage Vice President Employee Benefits Advisor Mary Jo Jacobs.

With more than 25 years of experience in human resources, Jacobs will apply her benefits knowledge to serve as a producer at USI. For nearly 10 years, Jacobs served as the director of benefits and facilities at MediaOcean LLC, directing the company’s benefits, HRIS, compensation and various HR projects as well as the management of their facilities. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, eventually serving as the vice president of human resources directing operations and compliance of health, welfare and work-life benefits for more than 5,000 employees.

“With extensive experience as an HR executive, Mary Jo knows firsthand the challenges of managing benefit programs,” USI New York President Robert Reers said. “She will tap into her unique personal experience to offer consultative knowledge that will no doubt set her apart as a premier benefit advisor in today’s complex marketplace. We look forward to seeing her contributions to the team here at USI.”

A recent candidate for the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Jacobs obtained endorsements from local unions, including the AFL-CIO Central Body and both public safety unions, the Westchester Police Benevolence Association and Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester.

Her current volunteer positions include serving on the Board of the New Rochelle Day Nursery and as a member of the Westchester County Association. She has held numerous board positions on the New Rochelle Parent Teacher Association. She also served as co-chair for various special education PTA fundraisers and the New Rochelle Community Service and Open Space Committee. The New Rochelle Chapter of the Salvation Army is recognizing Jacobs with a Community Service Award in September.

Jacobs attended Fordham University and recently completed a United Way Volunteer Center program on non-profit leadership in
Westchester. She resides in New Rochelle.

USI has been recognized for its innovation by Information Week 500 the last three years and Best’s Review January 2014 Innovation Showcase. USI is headquartered in Valhalla, N.Y., and operates out of more than 140 offices across the United States. Additional information about USI may be found at and regional information may be found at

ENT and Allergy Associates welcomes otolaryngologist/rhinologist

Nothing is more important to a community than its access to the finest medical care. In fact, many people choose a neighborhood based on local resources like schools and nearby medical facilities.

That’s why ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, has spread its clinical wings to more than 40 office sites throughout New York and New Jersey, ensuring that hundreds of communities can benefit from its uniquely comprehensive offering of ear, nose, throat, allergy and audiology services, delivered by the 150-plus board certified physicians and 80-plus licensed audiologists in the practice. It’s also why ENTA is constantly searching to recruit additional physicians who possess the credentials and expertise which meet its standards of superior care.

And today, ENTA announced it has once again been able to do just that.

Effective Sept., 1, 2014, otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon/fellowship trained Rhinologist Alexis M. Jackman, MD, FACS, will join the practice’s Purchase office, located at 3020 Westchester Ave., Purchase.

Alexis Hope Jackman, MD, FACS, is a board certified otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon with a sub-specialty in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. She received a BA with honors in chemistry from Mount Holyoke College. She studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, before earning her medical degree with distinction for George Washington University. She went on to complete her internship in general surgery and residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jackman completed her fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kircschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Jackman is a board certified otolaryngologist and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition, Dr. Jackman has authored numerous research publications and presented several studies related to otolaryngology and advanced sinus/skull base surgery. She has also been awarded multiple honors for her studies and has been named one of the nation’s “Top Physicians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Dr. Jackman joins ENT and Allergy Associates following eight years as a clinical instructor and assistant professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

At ENTA’s Purchase office, she will treat adult and pediatric patients, offering general ENT services as well as those related to her sub-specialty, and join an extraordinary team of physicians including otolaryngologists David B. Lawrence, MD, FACS; Jeffrey H. Jablon, MD, FACS; Irene Yu, MD; Allergist/Immunologist Ricardo Arayata, MD, FACAAI; and Audiologists Angela Riemma, Au.D.

In addition, Dr. Jackman will become a member of ENTA’s Advanced Sinus/Skull Base Center, a subdivision of ear, nose, and throat surgical specialists who dedicate a portion of their practice to diagnosing and endoscopically treating nasal and sinus disorders.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Jackman to our Purchase family,” Dr. Jeffrey Jablon, fellow ENT Partner in Purchase, said. “Her credentials and her sub-specialty training in Rhinology are a perfect complement to what our team offers.”

To learn more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, or to conveniently find an ENT or allergy doctor and then easily book an appointment at the nearest New York or New Jersey location, please visit or call 1-855-ENTA-DOC.

Local architect featured
on NBC television

The award winning local architecture firm of Keller/Eaton Architects was featured on the popular NBC television show “Open House NYC,” hosted by Sara Gore. One of Robert Keller’s designs for an estate in Purchase, N.Y, was filmed and shown to an audience of millions of viewers.

This home, which listing agent Louis Katsoris described as “without peer,” featured the beautiful foyer, which Keller/Eaton designed for the 17,000-square-foot home. Katsouris is quoted as describing the entrance as setting the tone for the home.

“The style and sophistication of this magnificent home is evident from the moment you enter this glorious entry hall,” he said.

In addition to the glass walled staircase, leather wrapped handrail, and stately gazebo overlooking the 5 acres of manicured grounds, Keller/Eaton also designed the pool house and made room for an indoor bowling alley.

“We are thrilled that NBC recognized the value of the entrance as setting the tone for the home. The entrance informs the visitor of the visual experience they will have in the rest of the home,” Keller said.

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