People in business

2 join Fourth Street insurance agency

Henry Dunn Insurance announces two licensed insurance representatives are joining its Williamsport branch office, 49 E. Fourth St, Suite 105 – Brittney Barrett and Angel McVaugh.

Barrett joined the Henry Dunn Insurance family with six years of experience in customer service. Barrett is licensed and assists individuals and small and large groups with their medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance needs.

McVaugh joined the Henry Dunn Insurance family with six years in the banking industry, over ten years experience in the insurance industry, and twenty years of customer service experience. McVaugh is licensed in property and casualty insurance and life, accident and health Insurance in Pennsylvania.

Henry Dunn Insurance is a third-generation family insurance agency servicing individuals and businesses throughout Pennsylvania and New York within their six office locations.

Award winners ar real estate agency

Announcement was made by William Hodrick, president, Prudential Hodrick Realty, of the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for April 2014. The award for the sales associate with top production in Listings was presented to Michael Kuriga while the sales award went to Chris Wallace.

“Agents like Michael and Chris 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.

2 recognized for

years of service

Two Woodlands Bank Employees received the Years of Service Award from the PBA. Becky Place and Wayne Paul were recognized for serving 40 or more years in the banking industry at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association meeting held on April 23 at the Williamsport Country Club. The 40-Year Club consists of bankers completing 40 or more years of service in Pennsylvania’s banking industry and who are regular members of the PBA.

Place is an accounting specialist with Woodlands Bank. Her last 20 years has been with Woodlands Bank, serving in many roles in deposit operations. Previously, she was employed by BCP and Commonwealth bank serving them in many areas including teller, bookkeeping, payroll..

Paul, recently retired, was with Woodlands Bank since it opened in 1990. Wayne served in many capacities with Woodlands Bank and also in his prior banking career.

Most recently, he served as the community office manager of the Jersey Shore branch.

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s major banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership.

Manager for Loyalsock

Township bank named

William Bacharach has been named manager of the Loyalsock Township office of Northwest Savings Bank, 2502 E. Third St. Michael McAndrew, district manager of the bank, made the announcement.

As manager of the Loyalsock office, Bacharach will be responsible for customer service, administration, consumer lending and business development. He will work with the commercial lending, business services and investment management areas of the bank to provide customers a full-range of financial services. Bacharach also will oversee the bank’s involvement in community activities.

Bacharach joined Northwest in 2012 as a management trainee. In 2013, he became a floating assistant manager for Northwest offices in Clinton and Lycoming counties.

Bacharach received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University.

Active in his community, Bacharach serves as the financial development director of Williamsport/Lycoming Young Professionals. He also serves as the minor league director of the Newberry Little League.

Bacharach and his wife, Lora, live in Williamsport.

New vice president

for area business

Your Building Centers, a building supply and manufacturing company, recently announced that Tim Leupold, installed sales manager has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing and installed sales effective immediately. Leupold will be responsible for the managing of the daily activities of the installed sales division and manufacturing division.

Leupold resides in Unionville where he was born and raised. Leupold and his wife Ginger have been married 23 years enjoy quality time with their four children. With over 30 years of experience in the building materials business, Leupold has gained the knowledge and expertise needed to manage the installed sales division and manufacturing division of the company.

Your Building Centers is a 100-percent employee-owned company since 1989 celebrating 25 years of employee ownership in 2014. It is a Pennsylvania company with over 14 retail locations throughout Central Pennsylvania and a manufacturing facility in Beech Creek.

2 employees from

area honored

State Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch recently recognized 27 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition. Two employees from PennDOT’s District 3-0, which represents Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties, were among the recipients.

“The Star of Excellence award illustrates that these are employees who set an example for their colleagues through their leadership and dedication to providing exceptional service,” Schoch said. “Our customers have entrusted a great investment to us with the new transportation plan, and these recipients are helping us meet our goals in each focus of our mission.”

Local winners Jamie Dietrich and Micah Wineberg were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“I appreciate the dedication and contributions of our district’s recipients. They define the meaning of public service. Their outstanding work ethic, attitude, and knowledge add to the success of our organization,” District Executive Sandra Tosca said.

Dietrich, district roadway management system coordinator, has been involved in several PennDOT operational reviews to improve productivity and generate cost savings, including the review of winter services, seal-coat regionalization, and life-cycle maintenance of low-volume roadways. Trainings provided by Dietrich, according to a news release, have improved understanding, utilization and efficiencies of the programs statewide. Dietrich is responsible for ensuring the district’s pavement history and roadway data are maintained in the RMS database. In 2013, she was selected employee of the month and previously nominated for Star of Excellence. She is highly regarded statewide for her extensive knowledge in her areas of expertise, the news release said. She serves on the district safety committee and volunteers her time outside of work in youth sports associations.

Wineberg, real estate appraiser, recently has taken over the decades-old outdoor advertising device program in the district. He has streamlined many of the steps and reorganized the files, which will greatly facilitate future survey updates. According to the news release, he has become an advocate to provide and explain the law requirements to local municipalities, in part to help avoid conflicts with future sign permitting. He is a very personable employee and is well-respected by coworkers and external customers. His positive attitude and professionalism shine brightly, not only in his work assignments, but in his volunteer efforts, the news release said. Very safety conscious, Wineberg is an active member of the district safety committee and finds safety-related items to create posters to hang throughout the district office, the news release said. When issues arise requiring senior-management attention, he is excellent at providing clear and concise executive summaries. He has worked as a volunteer with his church group on reclamation projects in both Puerto Rico and Guatemala.

People in business

3 attend industry

tour in New England

Joseph Folker, Leonard Kuhns, and Lynda Tompkins, owners of Timberhaven Log Homes, Lewisburg, recently attended the National Association of Home Builders’ Mega-Bus Tour in Manchester, N.H. The 3-day tour, which took place April 27-29, is a road-based learning event offered by Building Systems Council.

Timberhaven owners had in-depth, hands-on opportunities to learn more about their log home specialty and new tricks from other specialties that they can apply to their business. The event included tours of several systems-built manufacturing facilities.

The Building Systems Councils is made up of six sub-councils: Modular Home Building Council, Panelized Home Building Council, Concrete Coalition, Log Homes Council, Associate Members Building Council and the Systems Builders Council, all with the same goal – to raise awareness of systems-built construction within the building industry and to educate home buyers about alternatives to traditional construction methods. The BSC Mega-Tour is the perfect opportunity for builders to learn more about the advantages the systems-built industry offers. Industry vendors such as Andersen Windows-Doors, Outlast Q8 Log Oil, Log Cabin Homes magazine, Log Home Living magazine, Perma-Chink Systems, and others sponsored the event.

City firm

promotes man

The Hartman Group announces the promotion of Rich Wilber to director of compliance and administration at Hartman Employee Benefits. Wilber joined the Hartman Group in 2007. He specializes in working with groups to service their employee benefits, as well as understand implications of different financing strategies, plan design alternatives, and “tie in” wellness promotion programs.

Wilber has become Hartman’s Affordable Care Act subject expert, serving as a resource for our wholesale benefits team, providing the most recent updates and project management services on healthcare regulations and compliance.

He will continue to serve clients from the State College office in conjunction with the rest of the retail team. He has also been involved in a variety of “special projects” including assessment of benefit administration systems and statements of total compensation. His extensive internal audit background provides clients with a thorough examination of their healthcare benefits. Wilber’s primary focus is on consumer directed health plans.

Wilber is a graduate of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business with a bachelors of science in finance.

Cogan Station

man recognized

An area man recently received recognition for his leadership in school business management.

Cogan Station resident Charles E. Peterson Jr., Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit director of cooperative business services and operations, was named the Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award recipient from the state Association of School Business Officials during its 59th Annual Conference and Exhibits.

According to a news release, the award is presented annually to an outstanding assocation member who has exemplified professionalism, leadership and innovation in the field of school business management. Peterson was nominated by his colleagues. Recognized for “always going the extra mile,” Peterson also has “gained the respect of his colleagues and those he serves on a daily basis.”

The Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award is the association’s highest honor. It was created in 1977 following the tragic death of Reeser, who was CSIU deputy executive director and association vice president at the time. Through the sponsorship of Kades Margolis, award recipients can direct a scholarship to one or more students who will be pursuing post-secondary education. Peterson has designated an award be presented to one eligible student from each of the career and technical centers in the CSIU’s five-county region: Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School; Northumberland County Career and Technology Center; and SUN Area Technical Institute.

A past president of the association, Peterson currently serves the association on committees and task forces, and writes articles and presents at workshops and conferences. He actively participates in the Susquehanna Valley School Business Officials regional chapter. Peterson was recently elected to the Association of School Business Officials International board of directors, and will serve through 2016 as a director on the national level.

“When our staff give service to organizations, the dividends far exceed their time,” said CSIU Executive Director Kevin Singer. “Not only do our employees benefit from the networking opportunities, levels of support and idea sharing, but also our area educators and administrators benefit.”

As the coordinator for the business managers’ job-alike group in the CSIU region, Peterson shares best practices and resources with them.

“This is just one example of how Chuck shares information and develops relationships that may lead to successful partnerships,” Singer said.

Demonstrating his commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management, Peterson recently achieved the certified administrator of school finance and operations certification.

As part of the certification process, Peterson fulfilled multiple requirements, including: proving eligibility through work experience and education; passing a comprehensive, two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.

Peterson joined the CSIU as director of cooperative business services and operations in 2008. In addition to directing statewide and national purchasing programs, he also manages a regional health and welfare trust and a statewide benefits trust. He also is responsible for student transportation, property leases, and the organization’s building facilities and operations. He began his career in school business management in 1989 at Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District before serving Halifax Area School District. He spent 13 years as the business administrator/board secretary at Williamsport Area School District, where he also served as the executive director of the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Peterson received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and then earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. For nearly 20 years, he has been certified by the association as a professionally registered school business administrator, and since 2001 he has been a registered school business administrator by the National Association of School Business Officials.

Conservation group adds intern

Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council recently hired an intern to assist with their new project WINGS, which stands for Wildlife Incentives for Non-Game and Game Species. This project puts wildlife habitat on pipeline rights of way. “With the number of pipelines being built in the northern tier of Pennsylvania, we have an opportunity to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce the impacts to the visual aesthetics and forest fragmentation,” said Jim Weaver, chairman of the WINGS Committee. “Our organization has identified this as an opportunity to have a positive impact on wildlife habitat in the face of the rapid growth of the Natural Gas industry in the RC&D Region.”

The goals of the project are to educate landowners and pipeline operators on the importance of enhancing wildlife habitat by planning and planting perennial trees, shrubs and grasses within the rights of way. The council is made up of representatives from Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Wyoming and Lycoming counties.

The project will work with interested landowners who have pipeline rights of way on their property to implement this project funded in part by the gas companies. The initiative has support from Shell Appalachia, and a pilot project in Tioga County.

The new intern, Tyler Barnes, a student at West Virginia University in their wildlife program, will assist the initiative in expanding the program. His duties will include developing a training manual for the landowners interested in planning for wildlife on their property, working with partners to put conservation on the ground along these rights of way, and assisting our committee in soliciting participation by the industry and property owners in the region.

For more information contact Laura Hewitt, program manager at Endless Mountains RC&D, 570-265-2717 or email .