Lawrenceville man named bank vice president
Randall E. Black, CEO and president of First Citizens National Bank, Mansfield, has announced the appointment of Mark Griffis to the position of vice president and business development officer.
Griffis is a graduate of Mansfield University where he received a bachelor's degree in human resource management. He has also completed the three-year Central Atlantic Advanced School of Banking and the Central Atlantic Intermediate School of Banking programs, as well as the PBA Commercial Lending School at Bucknell University.
Before joining First Citizens, he was a vice president at Citizens & Northern Bank for 18 years, where he was a branch manager, regional manager, and commercial lender of the Troy market.
He held the positions of chairman and treasurer for the Alparon Park Swimming Pool Committee for 10 years, and served as an assistant coach for the Mansfield T-Ball League for two years. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Lawrenceville with their daughters Julia and Melinda.
Agency receives award
Nationwide Insurance Co. has recognized the Kutney Insurance Agency and Michael S. Kutney for the third year in a row for achieving the Conference of Champions award. Of the approximately 600 Nationwide Insurance agents in the state of Pennsylvania only 50 Nationwide Insurance agents in Pennsylvania achieve this honor.
Conference of Champions qualifiers are exceptional business owners who serve as examples of what the "On your Side" promise is all about for Nationwide customers. Agents must achieve all aspects of the insurance industry including profitability, growth, customer satisfaction, and financial services.
Kutney earned an invitation to the Conference of Champions where he was honored by Nationwide Insurance Company's top executive officers. This invitation is a symbol of the dedication that the Kutney Insurance Agency has in providing the "On Your Side" experience to his customers.
Kutney Insurance Agency, Inc. is located at 1028 Washington Blvd., Williamsport.
CareerLink announces month's employees
The Pennsylvania CareerLink Lycoming County has announced recent employees of the month. Charlie Protasio and Nancy Hamilton have been chosen by the staff of the CareerLink for the honor.
Charlie Protasio was recognized as the employee of the month for the month of July at the PA CareerLink Lycoming County office. Protasio, an employment interviewer employed by the Bureau of Workforce Development Partnership of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, was recommended by a majority of his peers at the office located in Williamsport for his continuous hard work and commitment to his job duties, as well as extra duties assigned to him. Throughout the month of July, Protasio took on extra coverage and tasks outside of his normal job duties and was very helpful to his co-workers and customers.
Nancy Hamilton was recognized as the employee of the month for the month of August at the PA CareerLink Lycoming County office. Hamilton, who is the administrative assistant, was recommended by a majority of her peers at the office located in Williamsport for her continuous hard work and commitment to her job duties as well as extra duties assigned to her. She has been fulfilling the requirements of two jobs throughout the past two months and has done so with great efficiency. She not only completed her administrative assistant duties, but also served as the office receptionist. She meets and greets customers and directs them to the appropriate location in the building. Hamilton is employed by Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.
Three real estate
Marcy S. Benson, Eric Getz and Rilissa Nettling, Realtors with Premier Real Estate Agency, LLC have been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.
More than 40,000 real estate professionals in North America have earned the ABR recognition.
Nonprofit agency hires
youth program supervisor
Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. is a regional, private non-profit, community-based, charitable organization that is dedicated to helping people make positive changes in their lives.
Hamm will also serve as the regional director for the Central Region Youth program which is operated by the Central Region Operator Consortium.
The Central Region Operator Consortium, of which CSO, Inc. is a member, is the contracted service provider for the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board Workforce Investment Act Youth Program.
Hamm, who has a degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College, brings experience in work force and economic development. She has most recently served as Employer Services Representative for Central Susquehanna Opportunities.
names month's employee
Bonnie Akers, clerk typist II, has been named the PennDOT Engineering District 3-0 district office Employee of the Month for September, 2008.
Akers works for the district's safety coordinator and the community relations coordinator (CRC), as well as serving as a regular back-up at the switchboard and in the front office for the district executive's administrative assistant.
A news release states Akers "is very proficient, and willingly accepts tasks. She is pulled in many directions; from safety, to the CRC's office, to the switchboard, and provides outstanding service wherever she is needed."
Akers, a three-year Penn-DOT employee, lives in Hughesville. She has a daughter, Ashley, and a son, Ryan.
Bloomsburg businessman now board chairman
David Broadt of T.P.C. Power Center, in Bloomsburg, has been selected to serve as chairman on the National Dealer Advisory Board for Kubota Tractor Corp. Broadt was re-selected by fellow dealers in Kubota's Northern Regional Division to represent them at the national level and will be serving in this role for his second consecutive year.
Broadt has helped to grow T.P.C. Power Center since he and his brother took over the operation in 2000. T.P.C. Power Center originally opened its doors in 1965, and became an official Kubota dealer in 1971.
"My main goal this year is to build a better roadmap to help other Kubota dealers prosper," Broadt said. "Kubota has a leading role in the market thanks to the consistent and proactive mentality the company employs."