employee of year
Ken Klose was recently recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year at Construction Specialties, Inc. in Muncy.
Klose's contagious positive attitude, enthusiasm, patience, and determination, as well as his wealth of knowledge are just a few of the reasons he has earned the prestigious Employee of the Year award for 2013, a news release said. In addition, he is an outstanding leader and innovator and in many ways, according to the news release, Klose is the backbone of Construction Specialties.
In addition to Employee of the Year, he also was recognized, along with his team, as the July Employee of the Month for outstanding effort, teamwork, and achievement and he received an "On the Spot" award for exceptional customer service.
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North Central Sight Services, Inc. awarded Associates Steve Britton and Darby Obetz as its Blind Employees of the Year for 2013. Both will be nominated for the Milton J. Samuelson and Peter J. Salmon Distinctions awarded by National Industries for the Blind.
Steve Britton, the Milton J. Samuelson Nominee, is "always willing to go above and beyond his normal work duties" as the agency's Receptionist according to a colleague at North Central Sight Services. Britton is the first associate that customers walking into the facility interact with and he greets them with a smile and a pleasant attitude. Britton has been employed by North Central Sight Services for three years as the Receptionist. He also assists with the agency's Remedial Eye Care Program which is designed to help families with obtaining eye glasses.
Britton also participates in United Way events as a speaker.
Darby Obetz is originally from Manheim, PA and is currently employed in the agency's Production Department. She began her employment with North Central Sight Services in the fall of 2012. In her short period of time at North Central Sight Services, Obetz has "shown dedication to her job" and is "highly motivated." Obetz is the agency's Peter J. Salmon Nominee.
Darby has worked on the USB Flash Drive and Portable Hard Drive lines as well as on the Library of Congress re-grinding/recycling project of obsolete audio books for the blind.
employee of year
Ken Bair, maintenance services engineer, has been named the state Department of Transportation's area district office Employee of the Year for 2013.
Bair, a new release said, was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat (oil & chip) crews versus the previous process of each county completing its own annual seal coat program. According to the news release, he led and coordinated the efforts of all the district's county maintenance managers to study the potential benefits of district-wide seal coat crews. Through the analysis, which included communication with other districts that have implemented such district-wide crews, they found that two such crews would improve the productivity and quality of the district's seal coat operations, free existing county staff to complete additional general maintenance activities and reduce equipment costs.
The program in 2013 was a success and will be utilized again in 2014, the news release said.
Bair, a 12-year PennDOT employee, lives near Mifflinburg with his wife Megan and their children Ainsley, Jake and Reid.
The district office Employee of the Year is chosen from among the 12 employees of the month during the previous year. More than 270 employees work out of the district office in Montoursville.
employee of month
Kathleen Mitcheltree was recently recognized as the November Employee of the Month at Construction Specialties, Inc. in Muncy.
Mitcheltree was responsible for all of the material planning and purchasing for the her department for nearly a year. According to a news release, she maintained an astonishing work load without skipping a beat and her commitment and customer-focused attitude, as well as her drive for results, are characteristics that make C/S an awesome company with which to do business.
Real estate agency
Martha Barrick, president of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, recently announced monthly agent awards for their office in Lewisburg for the month of December. The top selling agent award went to Doug Wertz and Nicolette Wayand. The top listing agent award went to Jodie Bryant. Top Commission earnings for the month of December award went to Ann Hilliard.
New CEO for
Weis Markets recently announced its board of directors has approved Jonathan Weis as company president and CEO. Weis, 46, will also retain his role as company vice chairman.
Weis had been serving as the company's interim CEO. As president and CEO, Weis will oversee all aspects of the company's retail, supply chain, merchandising, human resources, information technology, finance, real estate, and manufacturing operations.
Weis, who joined the company in 1989, is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets. During his 25-year career, he worked in positions throughout the company including produce merchandising, grocery procurement and store operations. He later worked in the company's real estate department where he was vice president of property management and development. In 2004, he became company vice chairman and corporate secretary.
Weis is a graduate of Shikellamy High School in Sunbury and holds a B.A. from Yale University. He has served on various local and regional boards.
Area accountants attend conference
Rich Barlett and Doug Winner, accountants with Lewis Barlett Klees PC, recently attended a conference entitled "Annual Tax Planning Guide for S Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs." It was offered by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Harrisburg. The session, a news release said, explored planning issues in creating, operating, and liquidating S corporations, partnerships, and LLCs.
Highlights included: how to handle liabilities of LLCs, planning opportunities and pitfalls in determining basis, recourse and nonrecourse debt issues for LLCs, partnership planning, basis and distribution issues for S corporations, compensation in S corporations, and an update of the late-breaking tax legislation.
Lewis Barlett Klees, PC is an accounting and business development firm. The firm has offices located in Milton, Bloomsburg, and Lewisburg.