Bank promotes man
to vice president
Woodlands Bank recently announced the promotion of John J. Engel, Jr. to vice president. Engel joined Woodlands Bank in 2008 as assistant vice president and commercial lender. He began his banking career as a financial consultant for the former Williamsport National Bank; later becoming a branch manager and business development officer for Susquehanna Bank. He was also a commercial lender for Susquehanna Bank for four years, prior to his employment with Woodlands. Engel is a graduate of both the Pennsylvania Banker's Association Advanced School of Banking and the School of Commercial Lending from Bucknell University. He is president of the South Williamsport school board and serves on the South Williamsport Little League board. He also coaches junior baseball and works with The Children's Development Center on special fund raising projects. Engel resides in South Williamsport with his wife, Christine, and their two children Serena and Dillon.
2 from region win
State Secretary of Transportation Barry J. Schoch, P.E., recently recognized 28 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition, according to a news release.
Two employees from PennDOT's District 3-0, which represents Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northum-berland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties, were among the honorees.
"These employees are being recognized for going above and beyond what's expected of them," Schoch said. "Despite constant fiscal challenges and the increasing demands placed on them, they are dedicated to producing excellent results. They find efficiencies and serve as examples to their co-workers. I thank them for their service and congratulate them on this accomplishment."
Local winners Dave Kocher and Sabrinna Wilcox were honored with an awards luncheon at the governor's residence in Harrisburg.
"I appreciate the dedication and outstanding job of these two individuals who define the meaning of public service. Their outstanding work ethic, attitude, and skill in their respective areas of expertise, contribute to the success of our organization," noted District Executive Sandra Tosca, P.E.
Kocher, a transportation equipment operator in Columbia County, is noted as an experienced operator with the gift of motivating his co-workers with his dedication. The embodiment of efficiency, Kocher keeps a keen eye on every operation he participates in, whether it's paving or winter operations. Customers can be sure they will always get their value out of Kocher's work as he ensures projects are within cost and material limits. His problem-solving skills have identified potential issues and implemented steps to rectify those issues. During the winter Kocher makes himself available even if he's off, and his supervisors know he has customers' safety in the forefront of his mind. he routinely improves his skills with training and development and has an exemplary safety record. His co-workers set hiss work results as their goal and consider it a standard.
Wilcox is a human resource assistant at the district office in Montoursville. With high human-resources turnover in the district, Wilcox's willingness to go beyond her primary duties and assist the district and counties with human resources issues is especially valuable.
Addressing challenges on a county-by-county, personalized basis adds to her workload, but she accepts this with a positive attitude. Her extensive job knowledge makes her an ideal presenter at recruiting events and coordinator of job shadowing for students. She builds on this knowledge in taking advantage of each training and learning opportunity made available.
Wilcox, a repeat "Employee of the Month" winner, also coordinates district events such as the PennDOT race team, Easter Egg Hunt and Santa visit.
Simply put, the news release said, Wilcox is the backbone of the district's Human Resource Unit.
The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department's values of service, performance and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers, programming specialists, communications staff and design and engineering specialists.
Area woman joins
Woodlands Bank announces the addition of Karen Fischer to its staff. Fischer was hired in March as assistant community office manager of their Loyalsock Township office. She graduated from Williamsport Area High School in 1979 and began her career in banking with the former Fidelity National Bank. Fischer has 32 years of banking experience. She most recently served as the assistant branch manager of Sovereign Bank's South Williamsport office and prior to that was located at Sovereign's Williamsport office.
Meeting sees 4
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. Holds Annual Shareholders Meeting
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Jersey Shore State Bank, recently held its annual shareholders meeting. Ronald A. Walko, chairman of the board, presided over the meeting.
Richard A. Grafmyre, president and CEO; Brian L. Knepp, CFO; and Ann M. Riles, senior vice president and chief credit officer; presented informational reports discussing the company's performance during 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. Walko also discussed the future challenges facing the entire banking industry due to the regulatory burdens put on banks by recently passed legislation.
The following directors were re-elected to serve three-year terms for the corporation: H. Thomas Davis, Jr., James M. Furey, II, Richard A. Grafmyre, and D. Michael Hawbaker. S.R. Snodgrass, A.C. was ratified as the independent registered public accounting firm for the company, and advisory votes regarding executive compensation and the frequency of shareholder votes on executive compensations were held.
Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Jersey Shore State Bank. Jersey Shore State Bank has 12 full-service offices and offers investment and insurance products through the bank's subsidiary, The M Group, Inc.