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Steve L. Babcock, Jr., of Jersey Shore, has been named regional sales manager for Geisinger Health Plan. His sales area encompasses 23 counties including Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. Babcock brings more than 15 years experience in health-care sales.
Prior to joining the group, Babcock was a senior account executive for HealthAmerica. During his tenure at HealthAmerica, Babcock was named the Mid-market Account Executive of the Year four times, achieved the HealthAmerica President's Council 10 times for outstanding performance and earned Coventry Health Care President's Council seven times for outstanding performance.
Steve received his bachelor of science degree in fitness management from Lock Haven University and his master of science in sport management from the University of Massachusetts. He worked in sports medicine for five years before moving into insurance sales.
An active member of the community, Babcock serves on Lock Haven University's Alumni Association Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for Oval United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Clinton Country Club and a 1999 graduate of Leadership Lycoming.
Geisinger Health Plan, begun in 1985, is headquartered in Danville and is one of the nation's largest rural HMOs. Geisinger Health Plan is currently the top-rated plan in Pennsylvania and No. 8 in the country, according to National Committee for Quality Assurance Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012-Private list. The plan serves about 270,000 members in 43 counties. Coverage is available for businesses of all sizes, individuals and families, and Medicare beneficiaries. For more information, please visit www.thehealthplan.com.
honored with group
According to a news release, outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled Robert Crockett of Williamsport to achieve membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table - the premier association of financial professionals. Crockett is a 24-year member.
Attaining membership in the Round Table is, the news release said, a distinguishing career milestone achieved by less than 1 percent of the world's life insurance and financial services professionals. It requires Crockett to adhere to a strict code of ethics, focus on providing top-notch client service and continue to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association.
"Members like Robert are united in their commitment to help individuals, families and business owners gain financial peace of mind," said Round Table President Julian H. Good Jr. "In addition, Round Table members have access to the best minds in the business since they can share ideas and best practices with their fellow members from around the world."
Round Table also provides continuing education opportunities, formative and inspirational meetings and encourages members to support community and charitable involvement through the Round Table's foundation.
Melissa Kiessling, management analyst, has been named the PennDOT district office Employee of the Month for January 2012.
Kiessling is very dedicated and does an outstanding job tackling assignments that require strong analysis skills. She is assigned to facilitate teams and prepare assessments to promote improved performance in the district. If a process or project does not achieve the expected outcome, it is her responsibility to form or facilitate a team to develop a report with process improvement recommendations. Most importantly, she communicates the findings so the same mistakes are not repeated.
She has many roles, including business plan coordinator, innovation council coordinator, chairwoman of the knowledge management team, performance measurement coordinator, process manager and other responsibilities. She coordinates all after-action reviews, prepares the district annual report, and prepares an annual report summary brochure. She assists in preparing and coordinating the annual district legislative booklets. She has also developed reports to track cost savings.
She is respected by other districts and central office, and is often sought to evaluate processes and participate on teams.
When needed, she will alter her schedule to meet critical needs, which is not easy to balance with two young children. She often provides a refreshing perspective to staff.
During the recent flood she helped support the district incident command center until staff was aligned. She assisted in the planning meetings and worked long hours in the bridge unit logging and assessing reports and verifying data.
She often helps with charitable events.
Kiessling, a 10-year PennDOT employee, lives in Trout Run with her husband Wesley and their sons Caleb and Mayson.