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Joseph Folker, Leonard Kuhns, and Lynda Tompkins, owners of Timberhaven Log Homes, Lewisburg, recently attended the National Association of Home Builders' Mega-Bus Tour in Manchester, N.H. The 3-day tour, which took place April 27-29, is a road-based learning event offered by Building Systems Council.
Timberhaven owners had in-depth, hands-on opportunities to learn more about their log home specialty and new tricks from other specialties that they can apply to their business. The event included tours of several systems-built manufacturing facilities.
The Building Systems Councils is made up of six sub-councils: Modular Home Building Council, Panelized Home Building Council, Concrete Coalition, Log Homes Council, Associate Members Building Council and the Systems Builders Council, all with the same goal - to raise awareness of systems-built construction within the building industry and to educate home buyers about alternatives to traditional construction methods. The BSC Mega-Tour is the perfect opportunity for builders to learn more about the advantages the systems-built industry offers. Industry vendors such as Andersen Windows-Doors, Outlast Q8 Log Oil, Log Cabin Homes magazine, Log Home Living magazine, Perma-Chink Systems, and others sponsored the event.
The Hartman Group announces the promotion of Rich Wilber to director of compliance and administration at Hartman Employee Benefits. Wilber joined the Hartman Group in 2007. He specializes in working with groups to service their employee benefits, as well as understand implications of different financing strategies, plan design alternatives, and "tie in" wellness promotion programs.
Wilber has become Hartman's Affordable Care Act subject expert, serving as a resource for our wholesale benefits team, providing the most recent updates and project management services on healthcare regulations and compliance.
He will continue to serve clients from the State College office in conjunction with the rest of the retail team. He has also been involved in a variety of "special projects" including assessment of benefit administration systems and statements of total compensation. His extensive internal audit background provides clients with a thorough examination of their healthcare benefits. Wilber's primary focus is on consumer directed health plans.
Wilber is a graduate of Penn State's Smeal College of Business with a bachelors of science in finance.
An area man recently received recognition for his leadership in school business management.
Cogan Station resident Charles E. Peterson Jr., Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit director of cooperative business services and operations, was named the Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award recipient from the state Association of School Business Officials during its 59th Annual Conference and Exhibits.
According to a news release, the award is presented annually to an outstanding assocation member who has exemplified professionalism, leadership and innovation in the field of school business management. Peterson was nominated by his colleagues. Recognized for "always going the extra mile," Peterson also has "gained the respect of his colleagues and those he serves on a daily basis."
The Gary E. Reeser Memorial Award is the association's highest honor. It was created in 1977 following the tragic death of Reeser, who was CSIU deputy executive director and association vice president at the time. Through the sponsorship of Kades Margolis, award recipients can direct a scholarship to one or more students who will be pursuing post-secondary education. Peterson has designated an award be presented to one eligible student from each of the career and technical centers in the CSIU's five-county region: Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School; Northumberland County Career and Technology Center; and SUN Area Technical Institute.
A past president of the association, Peterson currently serves the association on committees and task forces, and writes articles and presents at workshops and conferences. He actively participates in the Susquehanna Valley School Business Officials regional chapter. Peterson was recently elected to the Association of School Business Officials International board of directors, and will serve through 2016 as a director on the national level.
"When our staff give service to organizations, the dividends far exceed their time," said CSIU Executive Director Kevin Singer. "Not only do our employees benefit from the networking opportunities, levels of support and idea sharing, but also our area educators and administrators benefit."
As the coordinator for the business managers' job-alike group in the CSIU region, Peterson shares best practices and resources with them.
"This is just one example of how Chuck shares information and develops relationships that may lead to successful partnerships," Singer said.
Demonstrating his commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management, Peterson recently achieved the certified administrator of school finance and operations certification.
As part of the certification process, Peterson fulfilled multiple requirements, including: proving eligibility through work experience and education; passing a comprehensive, two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.
Peterson joined the CSIU as director of cooperative business services and operations in 2008. In addition to directing statewide and national purchasing programs, he also manages a regional health and welfare trust and a statewide benefits trust. He also is responsible for student transportation, property leases, and the organization's building facilities and operations. He began his career in school business management in 1989 at Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District before serving Halifax Area School District. He spent 13 years as the business administrator/board secretary at Williamsport Area School District, where he also served as the executive director of the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation.
A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Peterson received a bachelor's degree in marketing and then earned a master's degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. For nearly 20 years, he has been certified by the association as a professionally registered school business administrator, and since 2001 he has been a registered school business administrator by the National Association of School Business Officials.
Conservation group adds intern
Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council recently hired an intern to assist with their new project WINGS, which stands for Wildlife Incentives for Non-Game and Game Species. This project puts wildlife habitat on pipeline rights of way. "With the number of pipelines being built in the northern tier of Pennsylvania, we have an opportunity to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce the impacts to the visual aesthetics and forest fragmentation," said Jim Weaver, chairman of the WINGS Committee. "Our organization has identified this as an opportunity to have a positive impact on wildlife habitat in the face of the rapid growth of the Natural Gas industry in the RC&D Region."
The goals of the project are to educate landowners and pipeline operators on the importance of enhancing wildlife habitat by planning and planting perennial trees, shrubs and grasses within the rights of way. The council is made up of representatives from Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Sullivan, Wyoming and Lycoming counties.
The project will work with interested landowners who have pipeline rights of way on their property to implement this project funded in part by the gas companies. The initiative has support from Shell Appalachia, and a pilot project in Tioga County.
The new intern, Tyler Barnes, a student at West Virginia University in their wildlife program, will assist the initiative in expanding the program. His duties will include developing a training manual for the landowners interested in planning for wildlife on their property, working with partners to put conservation on the ground along these rights of way, and assisting our committee in soliciting participation by the industry and property owners in the region.
For more information contact Laura Hewitt, program manager at Endless Mountains RC&D, 570-265-2717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .