Regional bank's president retires
Citizens & Northern Corp. recently announced the retirement and accepted the resignation of Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. as chairman, president and CEO. Updegraff also resigned as a member of the board of the company and as chairman, president and CEO of Citizens & Northern Bank, the company's wholly owned banking subsidiary.
Mark A. Hughes, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of the bank, and treasurer and chief financial officer of the company, has been appointed interim president and CEO of the company and bank.
Anthony Peluso, the current controller of the bank also has been appointed as treasurer of the company and interim chief financial officer of the company and the bank.
The executive committee of the board will act as a search committee to seek a permanent replacement for Updegraff. The committee will consider both internal and external candidates.
Updegraff joined the company in 2007 and has been president and CEO of the company and bank since 2010. On behalf of the board of directors, James E. Towner, Lead director, stated: "During his tenure, the bank increased profitability and positioned itself to remain competitive in the ever changing financial services industry. We wish him well in his future endeavors."
Lawyers lead seminars
at Philly conference
Attorneys Julieanne E. Steinbacher, Adrianne J. Stahl, Eric Ladley, and Samantha K. Wolfe recently attended the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's 17th Annual Elder Law Institute. The conference brought together over 400 elder law attorneys and was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on July 24 and 25.
Julieanne E. Steinbacher and Adrianne J. Stahl co-presented a seminar titled "Technology-You Can't Run a Law Firm Without Keeping Up with the Changes!" The seminar was an interactive session which focused on the new Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.
Samantha K. Wolfe presented a seminar titled "Estate Planning for Clients Who Own Gas, Oil & Mineral Rights." Her session focused on the Marcellus Shale gas boom and how it affects various estate planning options. Wolfe addressed the different estate planning techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of those techniques.
The elder care and special needs law firm of Steinbacher & Stahl was established in 2002 by Julieanne E. Steinbacher, who, in addition to being an attorney, is a gerontologist and social worker. In 2008, long-time associate Adrianne J. Stahl, Esquire, joined Steinbacher as a partner. From the beginning, the vision of the firm has been to provide individuals and their families with a unique plan to protect their assets for their spouses and future generations, while providing for their immediate and long-term needs. Steinbacher & Stahl offers a free consultation. To schedule an appointment, call 570-322-2077.
Matt Gaugler of Woodlands Bank completed coursework at the 2014 PBA Advanced School of Banking, July 20-25 at Penn Stater Conference Center, State College. Thirty-eight students, including nine honor students graduated after completing a three year program, which is analogous to 200, 300 and 400 level college courses. The program is designed for professionals looking to continue their educational experience in addition to those preparing to lead at upper level positions within their organization.
The honor students were selected from those who have completed the three years of instruction and satisfactorily completed all required home extension problems and group project work. Those receiving the Philip O. Benham, Jr. Award were chosen based on their outstanding academic achievement and leadership qualities exhibited during the PBA Advanced School of Banking.
Gaugler received the Highest Honors and was the recipient of the Philip O. Benham Jr. award. Gaugler is the chief information officer at Woodlands Bank in Williamsport. He has been with Woodlands Bank since November 2010 and his banking experience includes an additional 13 years working with Sun Bank and the Delmarva Data Center. He works closely with both the Operations and Technology departments to meet customer needs in all electronic channels and in an effort to increase operational efficiencies, through the effective use of technology.
The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state's leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and service for banks and their employees.
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 July. The top selling agent award went to Ann Hilliard. The top listing agent award went to Doug Wertz. Top Commission earnings for the month of July award went to Ruth Anderson.
2 at firm earn
Contrast Communications announces that Jacob Golomboski, Director of IT Technologies, and Glenn Trutt, senior engineer, have added certification in the latest release of ESNA products to their accumulated credentials.
This certification indicates that Golomboski and Trutt are equipped with the product knowledge and skills to support an increasing array of ESNA communications applications. The designation is awarded after satisfactory completion of a comprehensive exam covering the technical attributes of ESNA's latest unified messaging products.
ESNA is a partner company of Contrast Communications, with which it collaborates to deliver business applications for voicemail, auto attendant, paging, and other messaging services. ESNA is a leader in cloud-enabled communication and collaboration software. Both companies are dedicated to delivering superior products and exceptional support of those products.
Contrast is the region's leading IT communications company, focused on providing proven technologies, services, outsourcing, and management consulting for clients across the full range of private and public sectors. The company was founded in 2008 by Contrast President John Uehling, formerly vice president of U.S. sales for worldwide communications giant MITEL.