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Meredith Fiorentino has been hired as Watertown Savings Bank’s new business development officer. She will work with existing and potential customers as well as bank management to foster greater banking relationships throughout the organization.

A Northern New York native, Ms. Fiorentino grew up in the Clayton area. She moved to Maryland, where she graduated in 2003 from Towson University with a degree in business administration and marketing.

Ms. Fiorentino has been an account executive for Syracuse Media Group and Aptify Inc. She also was a district manager for Automatic Data Processing (ADP) from 2007 to 2011.Erich L. Leonard, manager of locomotive systems development engineering at New York Air Brake Co., Watertown, was honored as part of Central New York Business Journal’s BizEventz 2013 class of “40 Under Forty,” which recognizes hard-working and civic-minded individuals in the region under the age of 40.

Mr. Leonard, 33, is a native of Black River. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca,where he participated in SAE International’s Formula SAE student design competition and interned at General Motors in Michigan.

He joined GM full-time as a brake development engineer after his graduation in 2002 and joined NYAB in 2006 as a systems engineer. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in interdisciplinary engineering from Purdue University in Indiana in 2007 and was promoted to senior systems engineer before moving to his current role in September 2012.

Mr. Leonard helped expand the NYAB customer base and was the lead system engineer in the development of a new brake system for passenger locomotives in India. He is also a primary inventor on three pending U.S. patents and has developed a new engineering calculation tool that improves the team’s efficiency.

Mr. Leonard graduated from the Jefferson Leadership Institute in 2011 and serves on the board of directors for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. He is an organizer of an annual fundraising dinner that supports the Watertown Urban Mission. He lives in Clayton with his wife and children.

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