People in business

Clothing company restructures sales team

Clothing company Woolrich recently restructured the framework of its sales team with the appointment of two key internal sales positions and the hiring of four independent sales agents.

“Over the past six months we’ve been steadily revamping our sales team in preparation for the Fall 2014 selling season,” said Patrick Nebiolo, Woolrich executive vice president. “The team we have assembled is fantastic and buyers are not only going to see one of our best collections ever, but also receive a new level of sales service.”

Earlier this spring Woolrich hired Chris Nitzsche as national sales manager and Chris Megale as sales director. The company also recently named four new independent sales agents and realigned a number of its territories.

Mountain Source, Inc. headed up by R.J. Guiney, Bruce Gordon, and Zach Branson will handle the Rockies (Colo., Neb., N.M., and Utah); Phil Flamand and his Flamand Sports Group will service the Southeast (Miss, Ala., Fla., Ga., Tenn., S.C., N.C., Va., D.C., Md., W. Va.); Mike Sullivan and Allen Bishop will manage the South Central (Texas, La., Okla., Kan., Ark., Mo., Neb.); and Chet Cisek and his team at Wild Moon LLC will handle the upper Midwest (Minn., Wis., N.D., S.D., Iowa).

Prior to joining Woolrich, Nitzsche was the national sales manager for Elan-Polo, where he was responsible for Woolrich footwear and private label footwear sales for the outdoor segment. Before his 11-year tenure at Elan-Polo, Nitzsche worked at a number of top outdoor retailers including the Alpine Shop in St. Louis, Mo., where he last served as training manager, before joining Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe in Portland, Ore., as an instructor and guide. He will be based out of his office in St. Louis, Mo.

Megale joined Woolrich from Gant USA where he spent six years as sales director. He has worked with various other lifestyle apparel brands including James Perse, Ocean Pacific, and Blue Marlin. Megale is based out of the Woolrich New York office and showroom where he will focus on business opportunities in high-end department stores, boutiques, and other large nationwide accounts.

3 hired by

area company

SupplySource Inc., together with its sister company, Energy Controls Group, announces the addition of three new members to the team. Larry Basile, Amy Bartlett, and Lori Wannop will all join SupplySource in their respective positions, expanding the company and its capabilities.

Basile will take over as the new vice president of sales of both SupplySource and Energy Controls Group. He will oversee a team of fifteen sales professionals. Highly experienced in both sales and the office furniture industry, Basile brings tenacity and a desire to grow to the team.

Amy Bartlett joins SupplySource as corporate controller. She brings many years of experience in this role, having worked for a large, multi-office Harley Davidson dealer in a similar position. Bartlett will oversee the accounting department responsible for SupplySource and Energy Controls Group.

Lori Wannop is the newest addition to the marketing department as graphic communications specialist. Wannop has worked in advertising agencies across the country, and is experienced in graphic design and project management, from conceptual planning through physical project completion. Her expertise rounds out a highly experienced team.

SupplySource Inc. is the largest office furniture dealer in Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Williamsport with five satellite offices, SupplySource is a Certified Herman Miller Dealer, and represents hundreds of additional manufacturers. SupplySource is dedicated to finding the right solutions for every client, and boasts a 98.1 percent customer satisfaction rate.

Energy Controls Group, SupplySource’s sister company, is an energy efficient lighting design and installation company that uses a consultative approach to lighting. According to a news release it focuses on saving the customer money in a sustainable, budget-conscious manner.

2 join staff of

center at Bucknell

Jody Graybill and Dennis Hummer have joined the staff of the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center as business consultants.

Jody Graybill brings more than 24 years of banking and financial service experience to the center, having led a community bank to being nationally recognized, after leading its trust and financial services division.

In his role of consultant, he brings background in management, finance, operations, marketing, personnel, audit, compliance, budgeting and strategic planning. He has experience with risk management, disaster recovery, income and estate taxes, investments, estate and business succession planning. In addition, he can assist clients with financial and loan analysis.

During his banking career, Graybill worked with many small businesses in the region. He has been involved with numerous civic and trade organizations including the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers Board, Juniata and Perry County Chambers of Commerce, Juniata County Library and Lions Club.

Graybill earned a bachelors degree in finance from The Pennsylvania State University and attended both advanced banking and trust and financial services schools at Bucknell.

Dennis Hummer has spent more than 20 years in the construction and hospitality industries and brings executive management, product branding, and corporate ownership experience to the Bucknell center.

The recipient of a bachelors in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Hummer is the center’s consultant-in-residence at Bucknell University’s Entrepreneurs Incubator in downtown Lewisburg, a program offering low cost office space, training, and networking opportunities to innovative startup firms.

As consultant-in-residence, he provides free, confidential counseling to entrepreneurs looking to navigate the complexities of business ownership. Whether it’s a new start-up or existing business, he guides clients in designing sound business plans, creating effective marketing strategies, and identifying potential funding sources.

The Bucknell center recently celebrated its 35th anniversary of helping businesses start, grow, and prosper in Union, Northumberland, Juniata, Montour, Perry and Snyder counties. The center provides education, information and consulting to entrepreneurs just investigating a market opportunity and developing a business plan, as well as to existing businesses seeking to innovate, grow, and sustain.

Award for

woman’s video

Writer/producer Karen L. Frock and her company, Creekside Creative Media, received a 2013 Bronze Telly Award for “The World’s Greenest Steel,” a video produced for Jersey Shore Steel Co..

Creekside produced the video as part of a “green” education and marketing campaign it developed and executed for Jersey Shore Steel Co..

An Emmy-nominated writer/producer, Frock and her company are past winners of Telly Awards, Communicator Awards of Excellence and Distinction, and other recognition.

The Telly Awards, an international competition judged by media professionals, received more than 11,000 entries this year; winners received average scores from all judges of 7.0 or above on a ten-point scale. Winners include advertising agencies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments.


scientist hired

Veteran environmental scientist Dan Synoracki has joined the Pennsylvania team of consulting firm Stantec as a Senior Project Manager. Based in the company’s Mechanicsburg office, Synoracki will be managing environmental services and permitting for land development, natural gas, electric transmission line and aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration projects.

Synoracki has managed numerous large, multidisciplinary environmental projects throughout Pennsylvania, including everything from topographic surveys, wetland delineations and mitigation, stream restorations and construction, to threatened and endangered species studies, cultural and historical resource assessments, and environmental permits. He holds a degree in biology and environmental planning from Bloomsburg University.

Stantec has more than 50 employees in its Mechanicsburg office and more than 400 across the state.

People in business

Bank vice president retires

Bob Mosso, senior vice president of First Citizens Community Bank’s Investment and Trust Services Division, has announced the retirement of Jean Knapp, vice president of trust

Knapp began her career with First Citizens as a trust clerk in 1980. In 1983, she was promoted to trust administrator, and became a trust officer in 2000. In 2005, Knapp was named assistant vice president, and in May of this year, was promoted to vice president.

According to a news release, as trust officer, Knapp was responsible for administering and managing trust accounts, and for settling all estates in which First Citizens is named as executor or co-executor.

During her tenure in the Trust Department, Knapp, the news release said, “played a significant role in the department’s growth, increasing from $5.8 million in 1980 to $106.7 million in 2013. However, her greatest achievements were evident in her commitment to quality service to her customers.”

“Jean transcended conventional customer service standards and typically developed life-long, personal relationships with her customers,” said Mosso. “She can take great satisfaction in knowing that she helped so many people and made such a positive impact on her community.”

Her last day was in late September. First Citizens, the news release said, “extends Jean its best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement.

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield and operates 17 offices in Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties in Pennsylvania, and Allegany County, N.Y., as well as loan processing offices in Lock Haven and Dallas.

Addition to bank’s management

Mickey Jones, executive vice president and chief financial and operations officer, has announced the appointment of Alison Broughton to the position of Loan Central manager for First Citizens Community Bank.

As Loan Central manager, Broughton is responsible for oversight of the loan operations departments, ensuring quick turn-around time for customer loan requests, and ensuring compliance with lending regulations, a news release said.

Before joining First Citizens, she worked at Citizens and Northern Bank for 10 years in loan officer, mortgage specialist, senior mortgage underwriter, and as loan origination team leader capacities.

Broughton graduated summa cum laude from Lycoming College, where she earned a bachelor degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and marketing. She is a graduate of the PBA Central Atlantic School of Banking and an honors graduate of the PBA Advanced School of Banking.

“We are fortunate to have Alison on board,” said Jones. “Her years of experience with lending in both back-office and customer contact capacities will positively influence customer turn-around time for the community offices.”

She resides in Morris with her husband, Ryan, and their children Mackenzie and Hunter.

Sales team leader selected by bank

Amy Van Blarcom-Lackey has been named sales team leader at Citizens and Northern Bank. In her new position Van Blarcom-Lackey will lead business development and sales efforts throughout the bank’s market area.

Van Blarcom-Lackey holds her bachelor degree in communication and government from Cornell University and her masters of government administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a news release said.

The news release said she has extensive lending and sales experience, having held various positions as sales team leader, branch manager and loan officer for AgChoice Farm Credit for the past eight years, working the Towanda and Lewisburg territories. She also has been employed as director of national governmental affairs and dairy specialist for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, government relations director for PennAg Industries Association in Harrisburg, Ombudwoman for the state Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg and director of communications for Dairy Farmers of America North East in Syracuse.

“High quality – high impact individuals such as Amy are extremely difficult to find,” said Hal Hoose, C&N’s Director of Lending. “We are fortunate to have her joining the C&N team. Our employees and our clients will benefit greatly from having someone with Amy’s talents working with them.”

Van Blarcom-Lackey and her husband, Scott, have two children. The family lives in Troy on her family’s dairy farm, Sugar Branch Farm, LLC.

People in business

Office names

month’s employee

Noah Conoway, transportation construction inspector, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for October 2013, according to a news release.

A co-worker nominated Noah for this honor because of “his fantastic work habits.”

Last winter, Conoway was assigned to the Foy Avenue construction field office to design construction projects for future lettings. For only having been on the job for a short period of time, Conoway, the news release said, demonstrated an ability to lead and take on new responsibilities. He is the type of employee a supervisor can count on to accomplish the task at hand.

During winter assignments, Conoway was able to complete his summer workload closeouts and new winter assignments.

Conoway has continued with his fantastic work habits this construction season. He started the season on the Route 44 bridge replacement project near Jerseytown. He did a great job on this project. He worked well with the contractor and kept his supervisors informed. When the project was completed, Conoway, the news release said, went right to two microsurfacing projects and then helped with a multi-bridge rehabilitation project. He worked very hard on these projects, needing minimal supervision. He also helped train a college intern this summer. He always took time to share his knowledge and mentor the intern. The intern commented to Conoway’s supervisors how much he had learned this summer working with him.

Conoway and his wife Janna live near Loganton.

New agent for real

estate business

Weichert Realtors – Premier has announced that Realtor Melissa Steslow has joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency. A 28-year resident of the area, she will assist homebuyers and sellers in Williamsport and vicinity. She is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and lives in Loyalsock.

Steslow is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and has a background in Therapeutic Staff Support, preschool administration and teaching, and fashion accessories sales.

Real estate agency

presents awards

Announcement was made by William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, of sales associates of the firm who had qualified for the prestigious Diamond Club Quarterly Sales Award for the 3rd quarter of 2013. The award is presented to those sales associates who have achieved a high level of closed transactions during the quarter.

“I am exceptionally proud of the outstanding work of these sales associates,” Hodrick stated. Receiving the award was: Gail Bair, Kevin Hodrick, Karen Newcomer, Jim Shaible, Barbara Velez, Chris Wallace, Marianne White and Jodi Wolfe.

The company’s Masters Circle Awards for the 3rd Quarter to the sales associate with top production in each of the following categories: Listings taken – Gail Bair, Williamsport office; opened sales – Chris Wallace, Williamsport office; and closed sales volume Connie May, Lewisburg office.

In addition, the monthly award for the sales associate with top production in listings for the month of September was presented to Rhonda Inkrote while the top sales award for September went to Gail Bair. “Agents like Rhonda and Gail make our team the best place in our marketplace for consumers to turn to whenever they have a real estate need. They are dedicated to this business and, more importantly, to their customers,” Hodrick said.


changes for firm

ParenteBeard announced recently a series of executive leadership appointments, new hires and personnel moves in the firm’s Central Pennsylvania region. The region is composed of five offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Reading and York.

ParenteBeard announced today a series of executive leadership appointments, new hires and personnel moves in the firm’s Central Pennsylvania region. The region is composed of five offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Reading and York.

“Great things are happening in these dynamic communities, and we want to build on our track record of helping clients succeed where we live and work,” commented ParenteBeard chairman and CEO Bob Ciaruffoli. “For decades, the region has been vital to ParenteBeard’s growth, and we’re more determined than ever to enhance our reputation here.”

Among the initiatives reflecting the firm’s deep commitment to the region:

Partner David Capitano has been named Central Region managing partner. A seasoned executive with more than 21 years of experience, Capitano and his family relocated to the region to assume this significant leadership role.

David Shearer has joined the firm, as a Central region accounting and auditing partner in the York, Pennsylvania office. Previously managing partner of BDO’s Charlotte and Raleigh offices, Shearer started with the firm Sept. 3.

Two Central Region professionals – James Jarrett in the firm’s Lehigh Valley office and Jacob Kutz in the firm’s Reading location – have been named as new partners, effective October 1. These seasoned leaders are well-known throughout the region for their expertise, leadership and management ability.

Partner Tim Simmons has been appointed regional accounting and auditing director. In this important role, Simmons will provide direct oversight of quality assurance matters in the region. This local decision making will help enhance our exceptional service to the firm’s local clients.

Partner Jill Martin recently relocated to the region to oversee tax services in high net worth individuals, estate, gift, trust and generational wealth planning for individuals and family groups. Martin’s primary responsibilities include tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals, fiduciaries and private foundations. She advises clients with respect to charitable planning techniques, including charitable trusts and private foundations.

Senior manager Jay Smith joined the region in August. Smith is excited about the opportunity to work in the firm’s Reading office.

Eighteen new hires begin their careers with the firm in September. This substantial number of talented young professionals showcases the appeal of the firm’s current and future dedication to the region.

Fourteen Central Region firm professionals were recently promoted in the firm’s mid-year promotions. In the firm’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania office: Kerri Bogda and Matthew Musser are now senior managers, while Amanda Greenawalt, Benjamin Morton and Matt Weaver are new senior accountants. In the firm’s Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania location, Michael Wascura is a senior manager, Steve Kosmidis is a manager and Amy Klotz and Amanda Shanaberger are new senior accountants. In Reading, Pennsylvania, Laura Longacre is a senior manager, Cory Porrino is a manager and Shawn Ziegler is now a senior accountant. In the firm’s York, Pennsylvania office, Jamie Ward is a senior accountant.

This recognition highlights the firm’s commitment to employee growth in the region and represents the firm’s overall momentum.

Two new senior accountants, Keri and John Lesure – a husband and wife team – have transferred from Pittsburgh to the region. Keri, previously working out of our Pittsburgh office, returns to her roots in the Reading area. John joins us after spending three years with a notation accounting firm. They are looking forward to working in Reading, reflecting the pride all employees feel in the region as a whole.

Five summer interns recently completed their successful experience with the firm.

“Our Central Pennsylvania region is crucial to the firm’s strategic vision. The community-based team in the region will help ParenteBeard realize that vision -and continue to lead in our profession – today, tomorrow and in the future,” added Ciaruffoli.

People in business

Area doctor talks with president, officials

In September, White House officials and officials with Gov. Tom Corbett’s office invited Dr. Grace Shu to join two conference calls, one with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Shu is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission and a member of the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee.

The participants in the first conference call discussed the upcoming implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” and the health insurance marketplace.

Shu also participated in a conference call with Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly D. Mackereth and Tricia Harris, Deputy Director of Public Liaison, to discuss Governor Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” initiative, which included conditions under which Pennsylvania would accept additional federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act.

“I was very happy to join the conference calls,” Shu said. “The President and Secretary Sebelius agreed with my concern about how the bickering in Washington between Democrats and Republicans is not helping anyone, and that the care and well-being of the patients should always come first.”

Shu added that “Governor Corbett’s team agreed with my assessment that, with respect to the Governor’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative, it will be important to make sure that both short-term and long-term health care will be available and accessible for elderly and/or disabled Pennsylvanians, and to make sure that enforcement mechanisms are strengthened to catch and punish those who commit Medicaid fraud.”

Open enrollment for the online insurance markets at the heart of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act began last Tuesday and ends on March 31.

45-year career

in eye care ends

Jim Drake from Vision Max is retiring in October after 45 years in the optical business, according to a news release.

Drake started his optical career while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After returning home from the war he started working for Winchester Optical/ Lycoming Opticians, located near Lycoming College. He worked at Winchester for 21 years in the optical lab, and retail sales.

In the late 1980’s he left Winchester to become one of the managers at Eyeland Optical on Lycoming Creek Road. Drake helped to get the new Eyeland store up and running, and was employed there for 10 years before opening his own optical store, Valley Optical on Broad Street in Montoursville in 1999.

After four successful years in business Drake decided to take a position at Vision Max, to allow him to spend More quality time with friends and family.

During the years, the news release said, Drake has built a loyal patient following, serving many generations of families and “always has taken the time to get to know his patients, and knows them by name when they walk in the door. His professionalism, knowledge and sense of humor will be missed.”

The staff at Vision Max, the news release said, would like to thank Drake for his many years of service, and wish him well in his retirement to South Carolina.