People in Business

New member for bank’s Blossburg local board

Randall E. Black, CEO and president of First Citizens Community Bank in Mansfield, has announced the appointment of Shane Nickerson to the Blossburg local board. Nickerson will serve as a direct link to what’s going on in his community, and will allow the bank to further strengthen its partnership with the consumers and businesses in this area.

He is the owner of Nickerson Construction, and is a member of Blossburg V.I.B.E. He serves on the Blossburg Memorial Library Buildings and Grounds Committee; the Hamilton Gibson Artistic Planning Committee; and is a Democratic Committeeman. Shane resides in Blossburg with his wife, Jill and their three children.

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania and currently operates 17 offices in Tioga, Bradford and Potter counties, and Alleghany County, NY, as well as loan processing offices in Lock Haven and Dallas. For more information on First Citizens Community Bank, visit or find them on Facebook.

2 promoted

by regional bank

Richard A. Grafmyre, president and CEO of Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc., holding company for Jersey Shore State Bank announced the promotions of two key employees.

Tammy Gunsallus was promoted to the position of chief retail lending officer, and Stephanie Oakes was named the company’s chief deposit officer.

In addition to her duties as the chief retail lending officer, Gunsallus is the Jersey Shore State Bank central region president. With more than 31 years of banking experience, she is an active volunteer in the Lycoming County area. Gunsallus is a member of the Boards of the Jersey Shore Chamber and the Jersey Shore YMCA. She is a committee member of the Jersey Shore Source Water Committee and the Rivertown Revitalization Team of Jersey Shore, as well as a board member and secretary of the CHAD Gardens. She also volunteers with the Lycoming County United Way as the Jersey Shore business chairwoman and funds distribution committee member and is the treasurer for both the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and the Jersey Shore Public Library Endowment Committee.

Gunsallus is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association’s School of Banking, the PBA Advanced School of Banking and the PBA Commercial Lending School.

Oakes was promoted to chief deposit officer for the company. In her new position she is responsible for deposit growth by focusing on deposit products; working with business lines to set deposit goals; creating deposit initiatives; establishing a review process for existing business loans to evaluate commercial and personal deposit opportunities. Her new role is in addition to her position as vice president and commercial services manager.

Oakes is a graduate of Jersey Shore Area High School and holds a business administration degree from Penn State University. She also is a graduate of the PBA School of Banking and Advanced School of Banking, the Association of Financial Professionals Cash Management Fundamentals School, and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lycoming program. She also holds certificates from Penn State University in small business management, business management, advanced business management, supervisory essentials.

Active in the community, she acts as a Volunteer Leadership Council member for the Lycoming County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

She also is a funds distribution panel member for the Lycoming County United Way.

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the $1.2 billion parent company of Luzerne Bank and Jersey Shore State Bank. Luzerne Bank operates eight branch offices providing financial services in Luzerne County. Jersey Shore State Bank operates thirteen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, and Montour counties.

New addition

city firm

The Hartman Group announces the addition of Cynthia Sullivan to the Hartman team.

Sullivan is joining Hartman Employee Benefits wholesale team in Williamsport. She will be working as a customer service representative for the firm’s downstream brokers, assisting with enrollments, claims resolution and quotations, according to a news release.

She recently came home to the Williamsport area after working with Nationwide Insurance as an insurance claim investigator and auto and homeowner liability specialist for the past 14 years. She also worked as the videographer for Comcast Spectator-Arenavision during Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers games. Sullivan also is an entrepreneur, redesigning thrift store finds into new dcor creations for resale. She spends most of her free time playing with her sons and enjoys painting and drawing.

Muncy business names month’s employee

Michael Hogan was recently recognized as the March Employee of the Month at Construction Specialties Inc., Muncy.

According to a news release, his excitement and ability to communicate to the business’s stakeholders made him an excellent choice to represent Construction Specialties at the 2013, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and he was instrumental in making the show a great success. Hogan also was recently selected as the product champion for the newly developed “Mats by Design” entrance flooring product and he will lead it through to a successful commercialization.

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Bank promotes man to regional market executive

First National Bank of Pennsylvania, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp. has announced the recent promotion of Tony J. Sacco to regional market executive and president of First National Bank’s Capital Region, a news release said. Sacco will be responsible for integrating First National Bank’s successful cross-functional business model and for developing business opportunities in the Reading, Harrisburg, Williamsport, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre markets.

In addition to overseeing the region’s overall business strategy, Sacco, who resides in Berks County, will lead an experienced local team including Lloyd Lamm, retail banking executive, and commercial banking regional managers, Tom Amico and Chip Wasson.

“We’re confident that Tony’s leadership and strong experience in the region will continue to position FNB as a local leader in the financial services industry,” John Williams, president of First National Bank, said, according to the news release.

Sacco referenced the benefits of the bank’s signature cross-functional approach, which brings together commercial banking, retail banking, leasing, capital markets, business credit, insurance and wealth management services. “F.N.B. has a tremendous track record of serving all of its clients’ needs. The idea that we can leverage this approach to enhance and partner with the region’s business community is something that is exciting for the entire team.”

Sacco has 34 years of experience serving in corporate and commercial banking leadership roles throughout eastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Albright College in Reading and Dartmouth College’s Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management. Sacco currently serves on numerous community boards throughout the region.

First National Bank of Pennsylvania, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp., has more than 280 full-service locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.

Sales manager

wins award

Timberhaven Log Homes recently announced Brad Mercer, sales manager, has been named recipient of the Corporate Sales Achievement Award for the first quarter of 2014. Mercer’s hard work assisting customers with their designs, pricing, material selections and overall project coordination led to multiple log home package sales in the first quarter of this year. All of this despite the challenges created by this winter’s extreme weather.

According to a news release, he has worked in the log home industry for nearly 15 years. The company, a news release said, congratulated Mercer on his outstanding efforts.

Engineer hired

by city firm

Robert Parker has joined Larson Design Group, an engineering, architecture, and surveying firm, as a Principal in the Transportation Division. His responsibilities include strategy, business development, and high quality project delivery, overseeing all of the firm’s transportation services in the state of Ohio.

Parker, a news release said, has significant experience designing and managing the rehabilitation of bridges, local roadways, and highways. He managed many notable projects in the Cleveland, Ohio area, including the Fulton Road Bridge replacement, the Lake County Route 2 major investment study, the Veterans Memorial Bridge Decorative Lighting Upgrade, and numerous interstate bridge rehabilitations on interstates 71, 90, 271, 480, 77 and 80. He also served as project manager or project director for numerous other projects, including Access Ohio 2040, Ohio’s Statewide Aviation Systems plan, county bridge load ratings, traffic impact studies and many other projects for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“LDG is well-known for bridge design and other transportation engineering work. Bob will augment our reputation, and provide invaluable experience as we look to move into Ohio and pursue more complex projects,” said Doug Smith, vice president of transportation with Larson?Design Group, according to the news release.

Parker earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He has more than 24 years of experience and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Michigan.

Employee completes

destruction course

Keystone Mobile Shredding, Inc. announces Brian Day, business develop-ment manager, recently achieved the Certified Secure Destruction Specialist status from National Association for Information Destruction, which, according to a news release is the international trade association for companies providing destruction services.

Day attended the 20th annual NAID Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., from April 3 through April 6. Following several months of intensive study and preparation, He took the exam at the conference and scored very high with a 99.3 percent.

According to the news release. He is knowledgeable in all areas of secure data and product destruction, regulations and compliance issues, risk assessment, and proper records management.

Keystone Mobile Shredding, Inc. provides secure destruction services across the state of Pennsylvania.

City insurance agent

completes certification

Jerry Fischer of the Fischer Insurance Agency, Williamsport, successfully completed the annual continuing education requirement of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

To earn the designations, according to a news release, Fischer attended five courses covering all phases of the insurance business and passed five comprehensive examinations. Additionally, the National Alliance requires annual attendance in the program to maintain the designation.

Fischer, a 30-year veteran of the industry, has been certified since 1987. He believes, the news release said, the insurance profession is best served by those who acquire and maintain a high standard of professionalism ensured by the program.

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Award winners at

real estate office

Announcement was made by William Hodrick, President, Prudential Hodrick Realty, of the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for March 2014. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings was presented to Tom Hartland while the top sales award went to Chris Wallace.

“The performance of Tom and Chris comes as no surprise. Both have had distinguished careers in real estate and have won numerous awards,” said Hodrick. “As consumers continue to seek out real estate professionals who offer value in the services they provide and are able to make things happen, I expect to see these two agents continue at the top of their profession and win many more awards.”

Residential mortgage banker hired

Susquehanna Bank announces that Sylvia Setash has joined the company as a residential mortgage banker.

She is responsible for originating construction-permanent and traditional mortgage loans, on properties in Northern Virginia.

Setash previously worked as a senior mortgage loan officer at Customers Bank and has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.

A resident of Woodbridge, Va., Setash is a member of Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, NVBIA, and a former director and member of Prince William Association of Realtors.

Susquehanna Bank provides banking and financial services to consumers and businesses through more than 240 branch offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of about $18 billion.

Office names

month’s employee

Mike Manzitti, assistant roadway management system coordinator, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for April 2014.

Manzitti, a news release said, is a dedicated and hard-working employee who maintains a positive attitude. He always is willing to help his fellow employees.

He is part of the district’s roadway management system unit, which is responsible for the data collection and upkeep of the district’s RMS data including the Systematic Techniques to Analyze and Manage Pennsylvania Pavement or STAMPP program. Manzitti and his supervisor are highly regarded throughout the state for their knowledge regarding RMS and the STAMPP program. Additionally, he provides training, collects data, and completes quality assurance of the STAMPP program annually.

He was instrumental in the coordination and implementation of the geographical information system (GIS) truck snow routing application in District 3-0 for the 2013-14 winter season, the news release said.

Among his varied duties, Manzitti is one of the district’s GIS operators. It’s not unusual for him to be called upon to assist other units with their GIS needs on short notice to meet tight deadlines.

Manzitti, an 11-year PennDOT employee, lives in Linden with his wife Susan and their son Nicholas.

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Mortgage originator

named by bank

Jeff Carr, senior vice president and chief retail banking officer at First Citizens Community Bank has announced the appointment of Michelle McGinness to the position of Lock Haven mortgage originator.

McGinness comes to First Citizens with more than 19 years of lending experience. Prior to joining First Citizens, she worked as an area technician for USDA Rural Development in Lock Haven, where she was responsible for residential and commercial lending. Her experience with USDA brings added value as First Citizens moves forward with its plans to expand its loan product offerings to include USDA loans providing residential and commercial loan customers with more options.

McGinness’ previous work experience also includes holding the position of president at McGinness Mortgage and Associates, Inc., branch sales manager at Beneficial/HSBC, and residential loan officer at Lock Haven Federal Credit Union/Central Mountain Mortgage.

In addition to her extensive lending experience, McGinness is very active in her community, a news release said. She is a graduate of Leadership Clinton County, and served as a board member for the Lock Haven United Way and past president and board member of Kiwanis of Lock Haven. McGinness is an affiliate member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors, and Downtown Lock Haven.

“Michelle comes to us with a proven track record of success,” Carr said, according to the news release. “Her lending and leadership experience, along with her community involvement and knowledge of the Lock Haven and Mill Hall markets make her an immediate asset for First Citizens. We are excited to have Michelle join our team.”

McGinness resides in Lock Haven, and enjoys spending time with her children Keith and Keshia, and grandchildren, Madison and Jolene.

Bank’s Troy office

has new manager

Denise Manley has been named community office manager for Citizens and Northern Bank’s Troy office, 64 Elmira St. She succeeds Rosalie Hall, who retired in December.

A resident of Columbia Cross Roads, Manley brings 16 years of management experience to the position. Prior to taking over in Troy, she was community office manager for the bank’s Sayre office. She is a graduate of Troy High School and Bauder College. She joined the bank three years ago as a customer service representative, before moving into the management position in Sayre. She was previously employed in retail management.

Manley attends Grace Community Church and is a graduate of the NY Penn Leadership Program. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and outdoor activities with her family.

“Troy is a wonderful community and I look forward to serving the community in which I live and raise my family,” she said.

Manley and her husband, David, have two daughters.

Manager for bank’s

Elkland office selected

Wesley O’Neil has been named community office manager for Citizens and Northern Bank’s Elkland office, 104 Main St.

O’Neil previously worked in the bank’s client contact center where he was a client contact specialist. He is a graduate of Williamson High School in Tioga, earned his associates degree in hospitality management from Pennsylvania College of Technology and his bachelors degree in history from Mansfield University. Prior to coming to Citizens and Northern, O’Neil was a team leader at Adecco.

He and his wife, Brady, and their daughter live in Elkland.

Manager named

for bank’s East Smithfield office

Sean McGuire has been named community office manager for Citizens and Northern Bank’s East Smithfield office, 563 Main St. He succeeds Sandra McNeal who retired earlier this year.

A resident of Milan, he holds his bachelors degree in management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his MBA in finance from Rider University. Prior to joining the bank, he was a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch in Yardley.

McGuire is a member of the Pennsylvania Freemasons and enjoys outdoor sports, biking, kayaking, hiking and is an avid guitar player.

Bank selects manager

for Sayre office

Elizabeth Johnson has been named community office manager for Citizens and Northern Bank’s Sayre office, 1827 Elmira St. She succeeds Denise Manley, who has been named manager for the bank’s Troy office.

Johnson is a native of the Troy area and a graduate of Troy High School. She has been in banking for six years and prior to coming to Citizens and Northern held positions at Key Bank in Columbus, Ohio, and Regions Bank in Anniston, Ala.

Johnson and her husband, Todd, and their two children reside in Gillett.

Area professional

shares presentation

The 2014 Keystone Coldwater Conference organized by the Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited highlighted a variety of partnerships working to improve aquatic habitat. One of those presentations focused on a partnership involving the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy based out of Williamsport.

Renee Carey, the conservancy’s executive director, joined Jason Fellon of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Jaci Harner of the Northumberland County Conservation District, and Dave Keller of the state Fish and Boat Commission in discussing the partnership these organizations participate in. The presentation focused on how the partnership locates projects, prioritizes projects, meets each organization’s mission, and the roles each member of the partnership fulfills.