People in business

Design engineer

joins city firm

Larson Design Group announces Mark Mummert, Ph.D, has joined its Williamsport headquarters as a design engineer in the energy division.

Mummert, according to a news release, has more than 12 years of experience in environmental health and safety, having served manufacturing and industrial service centers in more than 20 states. He comes to Larson?Design Group from Penn General Energy, where he was environmental manager, responsible for all aspects of their environmental program.

He brings experience in air permit applications, emission inventories, annual reports, and auditing compliance with state and federal regulations, the news release said. He is an expert in industrial hygiene with a background in air sampling and noise monitoring.

Mummert earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering at Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in soil and water engineering from Cornell University. He is an avid trainer of sporting dogs and lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife.

Larson Design Group is a multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm with 10 offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas,

Executive director

speaks at conference

Renee Carey, executive director with the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, presented a session, “Easements for Source Water Protection,” at the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association’s Conference in early April. The Association works cooperatively with the industry to support water and wastewater utilities, the news release said.

“Easements for Source Water Protection” focused on how conservation easements can be used to help implement source water protection plans. Participants learned more about conservation easements and how to partner with their location land trust to implement a conservation easement program.

‘Employee of

the Year’ selected

Terri Kio, warehouse logistics supervisor of North Central Sight Services, Inc. was named Employee of the Year for 2012 at the agency’s annual dinner meeting held in mid-April. Kio, a New Columbia resident, has been employed at North Central Sight Services, Inc. since 2002.

According to the news release, she supervises 21 associates in the agency’s Industry Program, which provides employment opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Kio manages the finished goods inventory and production of more than 350 products in the agency’s distribution program for the federal government and AbilityOne Program. She also oversees order processing and fulfillment. On average, North Central Sight Services, Inc. ships 1,200 orders per month with an overall schedule attainment of 98.8 percent.

In February of 2013, Kio received trainer certification for the operation of forklifts from the Equipment Depot. She also is an active member of North Central Sight Services, Inc.’s Safety and Wellness Committees.

‘Employee of the Month’ selected

Ken Bair, maintenance services engineer, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for March 2013.

Bair, a news release said, was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat crews versus the previous process of each county completing its own annual seal coat program. He led and coordinated the efforts of all the district’s county maintenance managers to study the potential benefits of district-wide seal coat crews. Through the analysis, which included communication with other districts that have implemented such district-wide crews, they found that two such crews would improve the productivity and quality of the district’s seal coat operations, free existing county staff to complete additional general maintenance activities – such as pipe replacement and shoulder cutting – and reduce equipment costs by an estimated $430,000 annually.

Bair, a 12-year PennDOT employee, lives near Mifflinburg with his wife Megan and their children Ainsley, Jake and Reid.

People in business

Area YMCA names executive director

The River Valley Regional YMCA recently announced that Troy Weaver has been hired as the Williamsport Branch YMCA Executive Director after a nationwide search.

He has held numerous leadership positions within the YMCA organization for the past twenty-one years. Starting in 1992, Weaver has worked at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington D.C., the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and most recently held a senior vice president position with the YMCA of Central Maryland since 2006. He has two degrees from Lock Haven University in recreation and fitness management and health and physical education. He is an accomplished triathlete and has competed in more than 100 triathlons including racing for Team USA in the World Sprint Championships in 2011. Weaver grew up in Lamar and is excited to be “coming back home” to serve the YMCA organization here. Weaver fills the position vacated by Chad Eberhart, who was promoted to chief operating officer of the River Valley Regional YMCA.

The YMCA is one of the region’s longest serving nonprofits, established in Williamsport 1866. In 2006, the River Valley Regional YMCA was formed in order to better accomplish youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across our region, the five branches of the River Valley Regional YMCA engage over 10,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. The Y has the long-standing record of not just to promising, but delivering, lasting personal and social change. For more information about the YMCA, visit

Business owners

attend conference

Karen and Rick Metz, owners of Keystone Mobile Shredding, attended the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in late March. Established in 1994, NAID is the watchdog organization of the data destruction industry. It is comprised of over 1,000 member locations around the world and promotes the education and enforcement of proper data destruction.

Karen Metz served as a panel discussion member at a Conference session regarding the need for residential shredding programs and the strategies to promote this service. Karen and Rick also received training in the new HIPAA/HITECH healthcare regulations which have a compliance date of Sept. 23.

There were more than 750 destruction industry professionals at the Nashville Conference and 115 various exhibitors who participated.

Land protection

specialist on panels

Charles Schwarz, land protection specialist at the North central Pennsylvania Conservancy, presented a day long workshop with Dr. Jim Finley, Penn State University, on “Reading the Forested Landscape,” at the recent Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference. Schwarz and Finley provided a daylong mobile workshop at Penn State’s experimental forest explaining how land uses and activities influence a forest’s evolution.

Schwarz also participated in two panels during the conferences day long workshop on “Land and Water Conservation in Gas Shales.” He was part of a panel that presented real-life situations conservancies have dealt with since shale gas development increased. The second panel examined policy matters land trusts should be addressing as they work in shale gas regions.

The Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference is presented by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.

Real estate agent

joins area firm

Bill Hodrick, broker/owner, announces and welcomes Tom Hartland to the Prudential Hodrick Realty team.

With more than 40 years of experience in real estate sales, Hartland brings a vast knowledge of the local market and a tremendous depth of experience to Prudential Hodrick Realty enabling him to offer his clients high quality services. He is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors and has been a lifelong resident of the area. He specializes in Lycoming County and all the communities therein and can assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs throughout the region.

“Tom shares Prudential Hodrick Realty’s commitment to quality and customer service,” said Bill Hodrick, broker and owner of Prudential Hodrick Realty. “He is exactly the type of sales professional we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the local community.”

“I’ve worked with Bill in the past on various real estate transactions and we always got along well. He’s a fair and helpful broker and business owner.” said Hartland. I’m looking forward to many more years here and am glad I made the move.”

“With Tom’s experience in sales, recruiting, management and training, he is a welcomed asset to Prudential Hodrick Realty,” said Hodrick.

People in business

Man is produce

manager of the year

Manson Camp of Weis Markets, in Williamsport, was selected as a 2013 Retail Produce Manager Award Winner. I wanted to make you aware of this tremendous honor – Manson has been an integral part of the community and has worked tirelessly to ensure customers at the store receive the freshest produce selection and excellent customer service.

The Retail Produce Manager Awards pay special recognition to those on the front-line in supermarkets working everyday to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The award is given by the United Fresh Foundation Center for Leadership Excellence and sponsored by Ready Pac Foods. The program’s 25 winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers across the industry and were evaluated on a number of criteria.

All winners and their corporate produce directors will be honored at United Fresh 2013 during the Produce Celebration Dinner, Thursday, May 16, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego. In addition to the awards, five Grand Prize recipients will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.

The Produce Retail Manager Award winners also will be featured in a panel discussion on the United Fresh 2013 trade show floor in the Fresh Marketplace Learning Center. A panel of the winners will share their perspectives on creative produce merchandising strategies during this special education session.

Township native

gets promotion

Tony Huynh, originally from Loyalsock Township, has received a promotion at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash., to senior product intelligence manager in the XBOX marketing and strategy department, with his focus being in online games, video, and music. Prior to his hiring at Microsoft in 2011, Huynh had 8 years combined experience in market analysis and development at Proctor & Gamble Co. and Luxottica Corp. of Cincinnati.

Attorney speaks

at conference

Attorney Dale A. Tice of Marshall, Parker and Weber recently attended the 2013 Convention of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, where he co-presented a session titled “Mineral Management 101” with Jacqueline Root, the chapter president. The Convention was held March 28 and 29 in State College.

The “Mineral Management 101” session covered the basic elements involved in owning and leasing oil and gas rights and managing royalty income. Tice specifically focused on the ways in which title to oil and gas rights may be held and the core elements to consider when negotiating an oil and gas lease.

Tice is an associate at the law firm of Marshall, Parker & Weber in Williamsport where he practices primarily in the areas of oil and gas law and estate planning. He has worked extensively with the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute presenting educational seminars on oil and gas leasing, and has been quoted in the New York Times and Investor’s Business Daily.

2 attorneys to speak

at conference

Michael M. Meloy and Bart E. Cassidy, partners with the environmental and energy law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, will speak at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Environmental Conference in Harrisburg April 17.

Cassidy’s program, entitled, “Clean Air Compliance,” will focus on recent developments in air quality regulations, which have been the subject of significant changes during the past year. He’ll be joined by John Slade from All4, Inc. for a team-teaching approach to provide both legal and technical compliance strategies.

Meloy will participate in the “Residual and Hazardous Waste Compliance” program. Even though hazardous and residual waste regulations have been in effect for years, the requirements continue to be confusing. Meloy will be joined by Steve Socash, chief of the Division of Municipal and Residual Waste for the state Department of Environmental Protection, to help sort out the regulations, permitting requirements, proper disposal or recycling of waste, practical compliance strategies, and more.

At MGKF, Cassidy combines his legal, technical, and business skills to assist clients with a broad spectrum of environmental issues, including air and water quality control, waste management, storage tank issues, business and real estate transactions, and administrative litigation. He is a licensed professional engineer in addition to being a licensed attorney. His engineering education and experience have proven to be a valuable asset in providing environmental regulatory counseling to clients, particularly in the highly technical realm of air quality control, and in litigating environmental matters before federal and state courts and administrative tribunals.