Gene McGill, real estate specialist, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for February 2013.
McGill's work ethic, a news release said, is unparalleled. While working on the real estate claims required for the Route 4014 (Milan Road) reconstruction project in Bradford County, he settled 10 claims in one day; the best record in the district prior to that was six claims in a single day. This, the release said, truly was an outstanding effort, since the timeframe the state had on this project was very short.
He also was a major contributor to the Route 1023 (North Old Trail Road) betterment project in Snyder County. The right-of-way unit had 97 claims on this project, and he settled 27 out of 36 property claims in a very short period.
McGill's work is always well-organized and he knows at any given time where he stands on any claim he is assigned.
McGill also gives of himself to the community through a number of venues including the Central PA Food Bank, the Walk to End Alzheimer's, and his major contribution to the Bill Craver Bikes for Tykes drive every year which makes less fortunate children in our area smile at Christmas time.
McGill, an eight-year PennDOT employee, lives in Williamsport.
New vice president
for regional bank
Susquehanna Bank announces that Michael V. Petrine has joined the company as senior vice president and commercial executive in the Northern Pennsylvania region.
He will be a team leader responsible for developing and managing the needs of commercial business customers through the broad range of services provided by Susquehanna Bank and its related subsidiaries. Petrine will be based at Susquehanna's office at 1705 N. Atherton St., State College.
Petrine previously worked as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager at National Penn Bank and has 25 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.
A resident of State College, Petrine is a member of the Risk Management Association and a board member of the YMCA of Centre County.
Petrine graduated from Towson University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Real estate agents
speak at expo
Now is a great time to buy a home - that was the message three agents from Weichert, Realtors - Premier delivered for new couples at the Clear Channel Wedding Expo on Jan. 20 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. Amid bridal fashion shows and displays, real estate agents Lori Solomon, Linda Hunter, and Todd Mertz explained that home inventories are robust right now, and interest rates are low. Newlywed couples could have homes of their own.
2 city physicians
attend inaugural events
Local physicians Dr. Jason Shu and Dr. Grace Shu of Williamsport attended the Presidential Inauguration and Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21.
Dr. Grace Shu serves as Chairman of the Asian American Voters Coalition, a national, bi-partisan organization, and also as minority chairwoman for the Lycoming County Republican Committee. She led a group of 10 people from the Asian American Voters Coalition to the Inauguration. Dr. Jason Shu formerly served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. They both also attended the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center.
Dignitaries from all over the world attended the Inauguration. Foreign policy watchers noticed that one delegation attending was led by Mr. Jinping Wang, Chief of the Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China on Taiwan.
"It was a great honor to accept the Presidential Inaugural Committee's invitation and attend the Inauguration and the Inaugural Ball, which are always wonderful experiences," Dr. Grace Shu said. "Hopefully Democrats and Republicans will work together towards what is best for the country and for all Americans."
"Hopefully they can work together to make warmer weather for the next Inaugural," Dr. Jason Shu joked.