People in business
New district vice
Elizabeth Moore has been named vice president and manager of the Susquehanna Area in the East District of the Central Region of Northwest Savings Bank. Michael McAndrew, manager of the East District of the Central Region, made the announcement.
As area manager, Moore will be responsible for the oversight of business development and administration for two community banking offices in Clinton and Lycoming counties. In this capacity, Moore also serves as the manager of the Loyalsock office, 815 Westminster Drive, Williamsport, where she will work with the commercial lending, business services and investment management areas of the bank to provide customers a full-range of financial services. She will also oversee the bank’s involvement in community activities.
Moore has more than 27 years of banking experience. She most recently served as vice president and branch manager for M&T Bank. She attended classes held by the American Bankers Association and completed courses focused on underwriting and small business lending.
Moore is a graduate of Leadership Clinton County and serves on the Diakon Family Life Services Advisory Board in Williamsport.
Moore and her husband, Steve, reside in Antes Fort. They have six children and two grandchildren.
Insurance agent to
serve on coalition
Allstate Insurance Co. has selected exclusive agency owner Rennie Rodarmel to serve on Allstate’s 2013 Motorcycle Agency Coalition.
The Motorcycle Agency Coalition was established by Allstate as a way to give agency owners who specialize in motorcycle insurance a voice in their local communities. Members are involved actively in motorcycle advocacy, safety and protection initiatives in support of riders in their area, a news release said. Typically, members are lifestyle enthusiasts, and many agency owners are riders themselves who understand the interests and protection needs of motorcyclists.
“It’s a tremendous honor to serve on this coalition,” said Rodarmel. “Rider safety is a top concern in our communities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 189 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes in Pennsylvania in 2011. One is too many. I am proud to be able to represent my community and my company and help keep motorcycle riders safe when they’re on the road.”
“I’m very pleased that Rennie is representing the Motorcycle Agency Coalition in Williamsport. At Allstate we understand the importance of protecting riders as well as their bikes,” says Keith Rutman, vice president of Allstate’s specialty product lines division, “and Rennie is a trusted advisor to motorcyclists in his community.”
Only three percent of Allstate agents countrywide are invited to participate in the prestigious group each year.
Rodarmel has been an entrepreneur in the Williamsport community for 35 years. His office is located at 921 Westminster Drive, Williamsport, and offers a full line of insurance products, including motorcycle insurance. Rodarmel can be reached by phone at 326-6645, via email at RRodarmel@allstate.com or online at www.rodarmelinsurance.com.
Real estate office names month’s employees
William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, recently announced the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for July 2013. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings was presented to Sue Masley while the sales award went to Chris Wallace.
“This award is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of Sue and Chris,” Hodrick said. “They are dedicated to this business, and more importantly, to their customers.”
People in business
The Hartman Group announces the addition of Todd Musheno to the Hartman team.
Musheno joins The Hartman Agency as an account executive. He will be working in the Williamsport office with the commercial lines team providing service to our property and casualty clients.
Musheno is a native of Williamsport and graduated with honors from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He is returning to the area after serving as a commercial lines underwriter at Cincinnati Insurance Co. for the past two years. He has also worked as a Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner with Sedgwick CMS.
Musheno will reside in Williamsport and is a member of the Leadership Lycoming class of 2013-14.
The Hartman Group consists of The Hartman Agency, Inc., Hartman Employee Benefits, Inc., and Hartman Financial Services with offices in Williamsport, State College, and Duncannon.
Hartman operates commercial employee benefit, commercial property and casualty, financial services, and personal lines divisions.
Rettew recently welcomed Mark J. O’Rourke as director of Energy Construction Services, a division of Rettew’s sister company, Rettew Flowback Inc. O’Rourke will work from the firm’s Mechanicsburg office.
O’Rourke will provide vision and leadership to ECS, delivering quality services to clients, assisting with the development and implementation of strategic plans, and maintaining an active marketing role with an emphasis on business development. With an emphasis on the energy industry, he will manage projects throughout the Northeast and Midwest to ensure the highest environmental protections are achieved while maintaining the integrity of construction specifications.
“We welcome Mark to our team, and we’re excited about his experience and leadership as our company continues to move forward,” said Mark Lauriello, president. “His role will strengthen the soup-to-nuts services Rettew provides to clients, beginning from early site and environmental investigations all the way through to construction oversight.”
O’Rourke brings more than 25 years of expertise in construction and facility management and development. In a previous position as Vice President of ALD Construction Inc. in Philadelphia, he provided general contracting and consulting services to clients in the commercial and industrial industries.
“I’m glad to join my career to such a firm with a reputation for responsiveness, technical expertise and a family feel,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke attended Temple University where he worked toward a bachelor of science in environmental engineering, after acquiring an associate degree in marine technologies from the College of Oceaneering. He resides with his family in Dallastown.
New real estate
Weichert Realtors – Premier has announced that real estate agent Deborah Jane Steppe has joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency. A 36-year resident of the area, she will assist homebuyers and sellers in Lycoming and surrounding counties. She lives in Williamsport. Steppe serves the Court Appointed Special Advocates program of Lycoming County and is a member of Hughes-ville Friends Church. She holds an associate’s degree in food and hospitality from Pennsylvania College of Technology and is certified as a dietary manager by Dietary Managers Association. She has a background in health care food service, payroll and accounting, and direct sales.
to operate ships
Joshua Herbert Rieders received official notification in early August that the U.S. Coast Guard issued him a master’s license to operate or navigate passenger carrying vessels up to 50 tons. Obtaining the license involved a series of qualifying examinations, permitting Rieders to take the final examination, along with a number of other mandated requirements. The remainder of the summer, he will work for the Great Neck, New York Park District, adjacent to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., opposite the entrance to the East River, as the captain of a launch vessel at that facility. He is the son of Cliff and Kim Rieders, 1600 N. Campbell St.
to bank’s board
F.N.B. Corp. recently announced the election of Richard W. Epstein to the board of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, the largest affiliate of F.N.B. Corp. Epstein’s term commenced on August 1.
Epstein is managing partner of the law firm Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP. He serves as a lecturer in civil litigation and trial tactics for Continuing Legal Education Programs in Pennsylvania and co-taught a course in entrepreneurship and law at Grove City College. Epstein co-founded Open Community Connections, an interactive website and mobile app designed to support start-ups and to attract and retain the next generation by providing resources to college graduates and entrepreneurs, as well as Lindenlaw, which provides legal assistance to start-ups. Additionally, he is co-founder of Scientific Legal Services and College Career Profiler.
“Richard brings additional financial experience to our Board of Directors,” comments Vincent J. Delie, Jr., president and CEO of F.N.B. Corp. “He has demonstrated success in business planning and in driving regional economic development, and he is a dedicated community leader. We look forward to his contributions.”
Epstein earned a juris doctorate from George Washington Law School in addition to a B.A. in history from the University of Rochester. He is very active in local and regional economic development efforts, and serves as solicitor for Penn-Northwest Development Corp., a member of the board of governors of the Pennsylvania Economy League, Western Division, chairman of the Shenango Valley Industrial Development Authority, vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and Director of the LindenPointe Development Corp., which operates the eCenter, an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Epstein’s leadership was integral to the regional development and expansion of the United Way’s “Success by Six,” which champions educational development of children ages birth to six as a key to economic development.
People in business
Employee of the month named
Shaun Stackhouse, maintenance repairman, has been named the state Department district office Employee of the Month for August 2013.
Stackhouse is the district office repairman. According to a news release, it’s not unusual to see him fixing toilets, sinks, doors, cabinets, light fixtures and an array of other items.
In addition to the interior of the district office, Shaun maintains the exterior building and grounds, which includes the lawn, landscape and parking areas. He also does maintenance work at seven construction offices.
During snow events, he works tirelessly to keep the parking lots and walkways clear of snow and ice. Following one particularly large, heavy wet snowstorm, a co-worker commented to Stackhouse’s supervisor, how he was very surprised to see the parking lots and walkways cleared. The co-worker wore snow boots to work expecting to have to walk through several inches of snow and slush through the parking lot to get into the district office. “Shaun must have worked nonstop through the night to keep the parking lots cleared,” as the co-worker said he could have worn only low shoes without getting his feet wet.
He is pleasant and helpful with any task, the news release said. He has a wide variety of work experience and it appears he can fix most anything. Stackhouse has a dedicated work ethic and he has gone above and beyond the call-of-duty to keep the district office repaired and safe.
Stackhouse, a 12-year PennDOT employee, lives near Hughesville with his wife Susan and their son Cole.
People in business
Commercial deposit business development officer selected
Rob Carleton, vice president, branch administrator and small business underwriter, has announced the promotion of Paula Bennett to commercial deposit business development officer. In her new position, Bennett will be responsible for helping companies increase sales and save time and money by assisting them with their selection of commercial products such as Merchant Card Services, Cash Management, Internet Banking, and Remote Deposit, that best fulfills their needs.
Bennett has been in banking for twenty six years. She joined First Citizens in 2000 as a Head Teller in the Millerton (State Line) office, as part of the Sovereign Bank acquisition. In 2009, she transferred to the Mansfield South office until it closed in 2011, at which time she transferred to the position of TeleServices and commercial deposit representative.
“In her previous position, Paula worked as back-up for the Commercial Deposit BDO, so she was the natural choice for the job,” stated Rob Carleton. “It’s great that we have such talent and loyalty within the organization that allows us to promote from within.”
Bennett and her husband Steve reside in Mainesburg.
First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania and currently operates 17 offices in Tioga, Bradford and Potter Counties in Pennsylvania, and Alleghany County, N.Y., as well as loan processing offices in Lock Haven and Dallas. For more information on First Citizens Community Bank, visit www.firstcitizensbank.com or find them on Facebook.
to state board
Richard A. Grafmyre has been elected to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association board of directors. Grafmyre is chairman of the professional development policy committee on the board. The board of directors, which includes PBA’s officers, will meet at least quarterly to determine the policies and administration of the Association. Members of the Board are senior level officers of PBA member banks.
Grafmyre will serve a 3-year term starting July 1. He is the President and CEO of Jersey Shore State Bank and the bank’s holding company, Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. A graduate of Empire State College with a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Financial Planning and Investments from the College of Financial Planning, he is a Certified Financial Planner and holds his Series 7 license.
The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The Association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and services for banks and their employees.