People in business

Financial adviser makes top 50 list

The March Barron’s Magazine issue announced its 2017 Top 1200 Financial Advisors list, ranking Barbara B. Hudock, CEO and founding partner of Hurlock Capital Group, as one of a select group of financial advisers nationwide and one of the top 50 financial advisers in Pennsylvania, a news release said.

This is the eighth year Hudock has been honored on the list as one of the most successful financial advisers in the U.S. and as one of the highest ranked financial advisers in Pennsylvania. This year’s list ranks Hudock as the second-highest ranked woman financial adviser in Pennsylvania.

Published by Dow Jones and Co. since 1921, Barron’s covers U.S. financial information, market developments and relevant statistics. The publication releases this list annually to recognize leading financial advisers within the industry on the basis of the volume of assets under management by the adviser and his or her team, revenues produced for the adviser’s firm, the adviser’s regulatory record, the adviser’s quality of practice, and the adviser’s and his or her firm’s philanthropic work, the news release said.

Hudock, who holds both the certified investment management analyst and certified portfolio manager professional designations, recently marked 42 years of experience in the wealth management industry.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized again this year by Barron’s,” said Hudock, “it is humbling to be included among our nation’s top financial advisers. This recognition is shared with, and is a testament to, our entire team of experienced professionals who devote themselves to making a positive and profound difference in the lives of our clients and the communities we serve. We are committed to helping our clients to realize their financial goals by implementing dynamic strategies tailored to every stage of their lives with exceptional attention to detail and purpose.”

In addition to personally focusing on the needs of high-net-worth individuals and families residing in Central and Northern Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country, “Hudock philosophy of strategic philanthropic community support is a core value of the firm,” the news release said. “Embraced by the entire team and reflecting the same philosophy of the majority of the firm’s clients, Hudock and her team consistently support a variety of arts, health and education non-profit organizations throughout the region.”

Man named to bank’s

board of directors

Randall E. Black, CEO and President of First Citizens Community Bank, announced the appointment of Thomas J. D’Angelo to the Mansfield local board of directors. D’Angelo will serve as a direct link to the Mansfield community, helping the bank strengthen their partnership with local businesses and residents, a news release said.

For more than 14 years, D’Angelo worked in the insurance field. In 2012, he became the president and owner of Wert Insurance Agency, in Mansfield. Before his career in Insurance, D’Angelo worked as a Fiduciary accountant and financial planning associate in the Northern Tier.

D’Angelo is a Mansfield local, who attended Mansfield High School and is a graduate of Mansfield University with a bachelors in accounting. He is a certified financial planner and a licensed property, casualty, life and annuity insurance producer. He also serves on the Mansfield Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

According to the news release, D’Angelo joins other Mansfield local board members Christopher Jones, Elite Therapy, Co-Owner; Amy Coolidge Wood, R.B. Walter Elementary, principal; Gary Butters, Arnot Building Supply, owner; William Jacobson, FCCB Mansfield, branch manager and Tom Freeman, Blue Ridge Communications, regional manager.

Area bank names

employees of year

First Citizens Community Bank announced the bank’s 2017 Employees of the Year at their annual employee in‐service day on Feb. 20, according to a news release. This  year’s recipients were Deb Meacham, customer service counselor, and Kristen Farrer, commercial loan pre‐closer.  

To be eligible for this honor, the recipients must  show an outstanding level of dedication, professional attitude, and concern for the customer and fellow employees of First Citizens Community Bank. Both Meacham and Farrer consistently embody these attributes.   

“Deb started her career with First Citizens in 2001  and has become one of our most experienced and dynamic lenders,” stated Randall E. Black, CEO and  president of First Citizens, according to the news release. “Her dedication, professional attitude, and genuine concern for our customers is something to be recognized — and her customers agree.”

Meacham regularly receives thank-you notes from customers who are grateful for taking what could be a complicated situation and making it smooth and worry‐free. She has completed numerous schools, classes and courses, including the Central Atlantic  Advanced School of Banking. Meacham is a co‐chair for the  Tioga County Relay for Life and a 15‐year committee  member. She also serves as board member for Hamilton Gibson and the Tioga County Partnership Committee. 

Farrer joined First  Citizens in 2006 as a  file  maintenance clerk in  the loan operations  area. The Bank quickly recognized her  potential and promoted her to a variety of positions in a short period of time.  

She oversees FSA and SBA loan applications and closings, and reviews and approves construction advance requests.

“Kristen has a history of willingly accepting additional tasks and sticking with a problem until it is resolved,” said Black, according to the news release. “She, too, receives thank-you notes from our lenders, for efficiently providing them the materials they need to better serve their customers.”

Farrer is involved in PEO, which is a Philanthropic Education Organization that provides grants and scholarships to women to further their education.

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield. They currently operate 26 offices throughout Pennsylvania and New York.