People in business

Real estate office

recognizes sales

Announcement was made by William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, of the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for January 2014. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings was presented to Amy Schemery while the sales award went to Gail Bair.

“This award is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of both of these sales associates,” Hodrick said. “They are dedicated to this business, and more importantly, to their clients.”

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Hughesville native firm’s new VP

Former Hughesville resident Nathan Hafer has been named vice president of product development by software firm Telarix, Inc. of Vienna, Va.

A 2001 graduate of Hughesville High School, Hafer received his bachelors degree in 2005 from the College of Information Sciences and Technology of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

He began his career as an intern with Telarix between his junior and senior years and continued to work with the company part time from the University Park campus during his senior year. Upon graduation in May 2005 Hafer accepted a full time position as a Product Analyst at the global headquarters in Virginia.

Founded in 1996 Telarix serves the telecommunications interconnect marketplace. Its award winning iXTools and iXLink software have become the world leader for providing solutions to the many challenges of major global telecommunication providers.

In his new role at Telarix, Hafer will be responsible for overall product development and for leading the efforts to further accelerate its industry-leading products.

He resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Tech firm promotes

Lewisburg man

Computer Support Services Inc., an international technology firm based in Lewisburg, announced the appointment of Douglas W. Fisher as president reporting to CEO David L. Cornelius. Fisher has held various leadership roles during his more than 30 years of successful management experience, including chief operations officer of AFS Energy Systems in Lemoyne and vice president of marketing and Internet technology for BISYS Insurance Services of Harrisburg.

Cornelius commented, “Doug brings the ideal set of skills and experiences to this assignment, including a deep understanding of business culture and operational excellence. His track record of accelerated and sustained growth through unparalleled customer service fits perfectly with CSSI’s values and recognized industry excellence.”

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Fisher also received his master of business management from Troy State University and frequently is an invited speaker at events, conferences, and universities throughout the United States and Europe, discussing technology and business strategy.

Computer Support Services Inc. has provided technology solutions to its customers in the Central Pennsylvania region and throughout the world since it was founded in 1973. In addition to its flagship application, CoreIntegrator Workflow, CSSI offers solutions through custom software development, network sales and support, sales of barcode and handheld devices for use in shop floor management, and sales and support of the Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP software. CSSI has offices in Lewisburg and Bangalore, India.

Real estate office

presents 2013 awards

Weichert Realtors – Premier broker and owner Chris Pardee and real estate agent and owner Marcy Benson have announced the company’s 2013 award winners. Six high achievers have earned recognition from the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc.

Topping the list from the Williamsport agency is Amie Penfield inductee into the WREA 2013 Ambassador Club, followed by Holly Fullerton, Jody Harlan, and Stacy Snyder, inductees into the WREA 2013 Executive Club. These are two of the top three categories of awards to agents presented annually. The WREA 2013 Sales Achievement Award was earned by Christina Beiter and Lori Solomon.

All awards are based on minimum requirement per award category in gross commission income or units earned in 2013. These agents earned their recognition from among associates in 37 states at year’s end.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., the franchise division of Weichert, Realtors, announced its first affiliate in 2002. Currently, affiliates serve some 240 markets in 37 states.

People in business

Company selects

employee of year

Ken Klose was recently recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year at Construction Specialties, Inc. in Muncy.

Klose’s contagious positive attitude, enthusiasm, patience, and determination, as well as his wealth of knowledge are just a few of the reasons he has earned the prestigious Employee of the Year award for 2013, a news release said. In addition, he is an outstanding leader and innovator and in many ways, according to the news release, Klose is the backbone of Construction Specialties.

In addition to Employee of the Year, he also was recognized, along with his team, as the July Employee of the Month for outstanding effort, teamwork, and achievement and he received an “On the Spot” award for exceptional customer service.

Blind employees

of year selected

North Central Sight Services, Inc. awarded Associates Steve Britton and Darby Obetz as its Blind Employees of the Year for 2013. Both will be nominated for the Milton J. Samuelson and Peter J. Salmon Distinctions awarded by National Industries for the Blind.

Steve Britton, the Milton J. Samuelson Nominee, is “always willing to go above and beyond his normal work duties” as the agency’s Receptionist according to a colleague at North Central Sight Services. Britton is the first associate that customers walking into the facility interact with and he greets them with a smile and a pleasant attitude. Britton has been employed by North Central Sight Services for three years as the Receptionist. He also assists with the agency’s Remedial Eye Care Program which is designed to help families with obtaining eye glasses.

Britton also participates in United Way events as a speaker.

Darby Obetz is originally from Manheim, PA and is currently employed in the agency’s Production Department. She began her employment with North Central Sight Services in the fall of 2012. In her short period of time at North Central Sight Services, Obetz has “shown dedication to her job” and is “highly motivated.” Obetz is the agency’s Peter J. Salmon Nominee.

Darby has worked on the USB Flash Drive and Portable Hard Drive lines as well as on the Library of Congress re-grinding/recycling project of obsolete audio books for the blind.

Office names

employee of year

Ken Bair, maintenance services engineer, has been named the state Department of Transportation’s area district office Employee of the Year for 2013.

Bair, a new release said, was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat (oil & chip) crews versus the previous process of each county completing its own annual seal coat program. According to the news release, 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 and reduce equipment costs.

The program in 2013 was a success and will be utilized again in 2014, the news release said.

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

The district office Employee of the Year is chosen from among the 12 employees of the month during the previous year. More than 270 employees work out of the district office in Montoursville.

Company names

employee of month

Kathleen Mitcheltree was recently recognized as the November Employee of the Month at Construction Specialties, Inc. in Muncy.

Mitcheltree was responsible for all of the material planning and purchasing for the her department for nearly a year. According to a news release, she maintained an astonishing work load without skipping a beat and her commitment and customer-focused attitude, as well as her drive for results, are characteristics that make C/S an awesome company with which to do business.

Real estate agency

presents awards

Martha Barrick, president of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, recently announced monthly agent awards for their office in Lewisburg for the month of December. The top selling agent award went to Doug Wertz and Nicolette Wayand. The top listing agent award went to Jodie Bryant. Top Commission earnings for the month of December award went to Ann Hilliard.

New CEO for

grocery chain

Weis Markets recently announced its board of directors has approved Jonathan Weis as company president and CEO. Weis, 46, will also retain his role as company vice chairman.

Weis had been serving as the company’s interim CEO. As president and CEO, Weis will oversee all aspects of the company’s retail, supply chain, merchandising, human resources, information technology, finance, real estate, and manufacturing operations.

Weis, who joined the company in 1989, is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets. During his 25-year career, he worked in positions throughout the company including produce merchandising, grocery procurement and store operations. He later worked in the company’s real estate department where he was vice president of property management and development. In 2004, he became company vice chairman and corporate secretary.

Weis is a graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury and holds a B.A. from Yale University. He has served on various local and regional boards.

Area accountants attend conference

Rich Barlett and Doug Winner, accountants with Lewis Barlett Klees PC, recently attended a conference entitled “Annual Tax Planning Guide for S Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs.” It was offered by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Harrisburg. The session, a news release said, explored planning issues in creating, operating, and liquidating S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs.

Highlights included: how to handle liabilities of LLCs, planning opportunities and pitfalls in determining basis, recourse and nonrecourse debt issues for LLCs, partnership planning, basis and distribution issues for S corporations, compensation in S corporations, and an update of the late-breaking tax legislation.

Lewis Barlett Klees, PC is an accounting and business development firm. The firm has offices located in Milton, Bloomsburg, and Lewisburg.

People in business

General sales manager named

President William A Hodrick Jr. recently announced the appointment of Kevin A Hodrick, associate broker, as the general sales manager for Prudential Hodrick Realty. Kevin will be responsible for managing, growing and developing the sales force in the company’s Williamsport, Lock Haven, Lewisburg and Danville offices, according to a news release.

“During the past three years, Kevin has proved himself to be among the most proficient listing and selling sales professionals for our company and has demonstrated excellent leadership skills. He has embraced the use of current and emerging real estate technology and the tools available to him. I have no doubt that, given his background in training, management, and service his contributions to the company will be superlative,” said William. “Our current sales staff enjoys interacting with him and I’ve received many compliments on his outstanding service from his clients.”

“I’m really looking forward to my new role in the management of the company,” said Kevin Hodrick. “I’ve watched the company grow under my father’s leadership from a start-up operation in 1991 with only six agents in one office to our four office company with nearly 50 sales professionals today. As one of the dominant real estate companies in North Central Pennsylvania, this is an exciting opportunity for me.” When asked what he sees coming in the future, Kevin said, “Our market has continued to be a strong one with plenty of low interest rate money available for buyers, a stable job market, and a good supply of homes for sale.

“Our company has embraced developing real estate technology to make our sales staff more proficient, and our clients tell us the really like the way we communicate with them and the information about the market that we are able to provide. With all that put together, I’d say Prudential Hodrick Realty is well positioned to gain market share and continue to improve our already outstanding 96-percent approval rating with our clients.”

Addressing if this meant a changing of the guard for Prudential Hodrick Realty, William Hodrick said, “I think the best way to describe what Kevin and I have done is to call it a division of labor. Kevin is going to be responsible for the sales aspects of the company, while my responsibilities will focus on the company’s marketing efforts, its financial management, the further expansion of the company, and special projects. I’ll also continue to handle our corporate relocation business and the broker to broker referrals, our foreclosure and REO activities, and our rental management department. So my plate will be far from empty but not as overloaded as it has been in years gone by. This is definitely a divide and conquer strategy.”

Hodrick also noted that he worked with his father, William Sr., for 10 years prior to his retirement and that Kevin is a third generation Realtor in the family. “It’s really nice to see my son following in my footsteps and those of his grandfather. Third-generation Realtors are rare in this country and I have the utmost confidence that Kevin will be able to continue to grow the company long after I’ve stepped aside,” said William.

Kevin Hodrick, the news release said, is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and a member, director and Secretary of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors. He holds the SRS designation and has won numerous national and company awards.

Real estate agency

names award winners

According to a news release, announcement was made by William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, of those sales associates of the firm who had qualified for the prestigious Diamond Club Quarterly Sales Award for the fourth 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 were Chris Wallace, Gail Bair, Tom Hartland, Marianne White, Kevin Hodrick, Karen Newcomer, Jim Shaible and Jodi Wolfe.

Additionally, the monthly award for the sales associate with top production in listings for the month of December was presented to Michael Kuriga while the top sales award for December went to Karen Chianelli. “Agents like Michael and Karen are outstanding sales professionals who are an asset to our company. Yet, the real winners are the real estate consumers they work with tirelessly to fulfill their real estate needs,” Hodrick said.

Yearly awards at

real estate agency

William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, of his company’s yearly awards for 2013, according to a news release. The awards for the sales associates with top production in listings were awarded to Anggi Hoy, of the Lock Haven office, Jason Ottman, of Danville, Connie May, of Lewisburg, and Kevin Hodrick, of Williamsport. The awards for the sales associates with top production in sales were awarded to Mary Piper, of Lock Haven, Clint Walker, of Danville, Connie May, of Lewisburg, and Chris Wallace, of Williamsport.

The company’s 2013 Top of the Rock Award for the sales professional with the top overall closed sales production was awarded to Connie May of the Lewisburg office, according to the news release. “Connie’s dedication to her clients and ‘whatever it takes’ attitude has won her yet another sales award in her long career of outstanding sales achievement. I continually hear from her clients about Connie going above and beyond what was expected to make sure their transaction was handled in their best interest.”

The 2013 Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Honor Society award, given annually to the top 12 percent of sales professionals nationwide, was presented to Karen Newcomer, Gail Bair, Lisa Maxwell, Marianne White, Jim Shaible, Jodi Wolfe and Pam Snyder. The Leading Edge Society award, representing the top 6 percent of sales professionals, was won by Jason Ottmann, Chris Wallace, Linda Treese, Clint Walker and Kevin Hodrick.

The prestigious Chairman’s Circle Gold Award was presented to Connie May for the second consecutive year. “Qualifying for this award puts Connie in the top 2 percent of all Prudential sales professionals in the country. Considering the fact that Connie works in a market where the average sales price is significantly lower than in many other markets in the country, this is quite an accomplishment.” said Hodrick. “I’m extremely proud of her accomplishments and those of our other award winners. They truly represent the best of the best.”