Gunn-Mowery hires

Gunn-Mowery, LLC has welcomed Cheryl Merritt as Account Executive, Employee Benefits.

Merritt was on active duty in the Navy for six years before entering the insurance business. She has been in the Central PA for 20 years, but has previously lived in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Hawaii, and California.

Merritt joins 14 other members of Gunn-Mowery’s employee benefits team, providing tailored insurance solutions for companies of many sizes. She is based out of the firm’s Lemoyne office.

Johnston affiliated

Coldwell Banker has announced that Penny Johnston is now an affiliated agent with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Carlisle. Johnston will provide residential real estate services across Cumberland and Perry counties.

Johnston entered real estate after extensive experience in administration and customer service.

“Penny’s skills in her previous career, as well as her extensive knowledge of the local community, will make her a valuable asset to her customers and clients,” said Meredith Quinn, sales director of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Carlisle. “We greatly welcome Penny and look forward to helping her grow her business.”

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania operates 17 offices with approximately 650 affiliated real estate agents in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.

Berkshire honored

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has been ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in the J.D. Power 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study.

The J.D. Power survey gauged satisfaction across five factors of the real estate process: agent/salesperson, closing process, real estate company marketing, real estate company office, and package of additional services. The study was based on responses from 4,170 consumers.

Among repeat home sellers, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices scored 858 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in the categories agent/sales person, closing process and real estate company marketing.

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices stands for top-quality real estate representation in markets across America,” said Gino Blefari, CEO and president of the network. “We’re proud to accept this award, as it spotlights the exemplary service network agents and their brokerages provide every day.”

Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty has 27 offices serving the Pennsylvania Midstate and the Baltimore metro market in Maryland.

HRG adds shareholders

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has designated Christopher Dellinger, Justin Mendinsky, and Dan Santoro as new direct shareholders of the firm.

HRG is an employee-owned civil engineering and design firm with offices throughout the state, with local branches in Shippensburg and Harrisburg.

Dellinger, Mendinsky, and Santoro have been invited to purchase a special class of shares in the employee-owned firm, and were chosen for ownership because of their commitment to the company and the strong leadership they have exhibited during their many years of service.

Dellinger is the practice area leader for HRG’s land development service group and a registered professional engineer in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. He began his career at HRG as an entry-level project designer and has worked his way up to leading the entire division.

Mendinsky is a project manager and team leader in HRG’s water and wastewater service group. Like Dellinger, Mendinsky joined the firm as an entry-level project designer and has progressed through several leadership roles over the years. Mendinsky is a registered professional engineer and was recently named one of engineering’s top young professionals by Engineering News-Record’s Mid-Atlantic Division.

Santoro is the regional manager of HRG’s Pittsburgh office. He has more than 25 years of experience in regional planning and public management and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Prior to joining HRG as director of our land development service group in 2014, he was an assistant township manager and director of planning and engineering for Cranberry Township, Butler County.

Chorale hires Jakubic

The Susquehanna Chorale, a nationally-recognized adult chamber choir based in Mechanicsburg, has named Debra A. Jakubic as staff administrator.

In this position, Jakubic will provide support for the artistic and operational activities of the Chorale, its concerts and special performances, and the Educational Outreach Program choirs for children and youth.

Previously, Jakubic worked for 24 years with Pennsylvania State Education Association. Prior to that, she worked as a Business Agent for the Service Employee’s International Union as well as the Director of Education for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

Jakubic earned a degree in political science from Penn State, and a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University.

Founded in 1981 by Artistic Director and Conductor Linda L. Tedford, the Susquehanna Chorale has been ensemble-in-residence at Messiah College since 2009. The Chorale was awarded Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence, and has performed at venues internationally. The Chorale is funded, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund, the capital region’s united arts fund.

Eppley hired

Melissa Eppley has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty as a realtor, specializing in residential sales throughout Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties. She is a twelve-year resident of Carlisle.

Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty has 27 offices serving Pennsylvania and Maryland, including an office in Carlisle at 801 Belvedere Street.

Azizdin honored

Central Penn College career counselor Rubina Azizdin was recognized August 30 as the West Shore Chamber Luminary Award Shining Star winner at an awards luncheon honoring 13 extraordinary female professionals.

"It is great to see Rubina's hard work and dedication recognized with this award,” said Central Penn College Career Services Director Steve Hassinger. “She has a passion for helping others develop both personally and professionally. It has been a joy to watch her build strong relationships that have led to internship and job opportunities for our students and alumni. I look forward to continuing to work beside her as she impacts the lives of our stakeholders."

The Chamber’s Women in Business Roundtable Committee voted in a blind review process and a portion of the event proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement, a Chamber nonprofit of Azizdin's choice.

“I am honored beyond belief to receive this level of recognition,” Azizdin said. “It brings me much joy to be able to help our local community and promote diversity and women empowerment. Being recognized served as a reminder to me that I am going somewhere on the right path to serve my purpose.”

Along with Azizdin, Sandra Box, Central Penn College’s Education Foundation associate director, was among the 13 award nominees.

Central Penn College is located in Summerdale, East Pennsboro Township, offering 4-year programs for nearly 1,500 students.

Meeka Fine Jewelry opens

Meeka Fine Jewelry has opened a new permanent location in Camp Hill at 2135 Market Street.

“I’m excited to make Camp Hill our first permanent storefront. We had our initial store on Market Street over the last 3 years and we are thrilled to announce this fixture of Meeka Fine Jewelry in Camp Hill,” said owner Monika Krol.

Meeka Fine Jewelry Store opened in 2014 in Camp Hill at another location, but recently purchased and renovated its new building in the borough’s downtown.

Krol attended the University of The Arts in Philadelphia and has worked under some of the county’s top independent jewelers, including Lola Brooks and Gabriella Kiss, whose works are featured in the store.

Krol also has her studio on location at Meeka, where she designs and produces her own line of jewelry. She also creates custom pieces such as engagement rings, wedding bands and redesigns of family heirlooms. Krol’s work is featured in a prominent jewelry store in Los Angeles and has been seen in numerous magazines and television productions.

“The 8 artisans at Meeka Fine Jewelry are some of the best independent jewelers in the country,“ Krol said. “I’m very excited that I’m able to bring this type of talent to Central Pennsylvania where otherwise you must go to a large metropolitan city, throughout the country and world, to purchase their work.”

Myers promoted

Jeffrey W. Myers, Chief Lending Officer at Centric Bank, was recently promoted to Senior Executive Vice President.

Myers has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Centric Bank since the Bank’s founding in 2007 and was instrumental in its start up. He currently leads a 21-person commercial lending team that is focused on finding financing solutions for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and doctors in the Central Pennsylvania and Suburban Philadelphia markets.

Jeff joined Centric Bank after serving for seven years as Senior Vice President and Market Manager for The Legacy Bank, a financial institution he helped found. Prior to that Jeff served for seven years as Vice President, Senior Commercial Lender at Pennsylvania State Bank. He has over 30 years’ experience in the banking industry, with expertise in commercial, professional practice and U.S. Small Business Administration lending.

Donate through Coldwell

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania invites the community to donate to one of its two campaigns to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma recovery.

Donations are being collected through Realogy Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity supporting the philanthropic and volunteer activities of Realogy Holdings Corp., Coldwell’s parent company.

The Realogy Disaster Relief Fund (RDRF) provides direct financial assistance to affected employees and sales agents affiliated with a Realogy. The Realogy Foundation’s Florida Hurricane Fund was organized to support all victims affected by Hurricane Irma, with proceeds benefitting the American National Red Cross.

Both foundations are tax-deductible. Realogy has additionally announced a company gift to match the first $75,000 donated to either of the funds. To date, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania affiliated agents and employees, along with Realogy colleagues, have contributed approximately $340,000 to the American Red Cross to support impacted areas in Texas.

HB McClure announces team

HB McClure, LLC, a residential and commercial HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services provider in Central Pennsylvania, has announced a new executive team to support both the HB McClure and IT Landes divisions.

“Each member of the new executive team will guide and support our divisions as we continue to grow,” said Robert Whalen, who will continue to serve as president and chief executive officer.

Thomas Whalen will serve as chief financial officer. Whalen’s primary responsibilities include accounting, bonding, ESOP administration, IT, and business analysis and planning. Eric Crawford has been named chief operating officer. As COO, Crawford will manage corporate profit and loss and execute business plans.

The newly-created roles of division presidents will be fulfilled by Jim Saussaman, division president for HB McClure, and Kerrin Musselman, division president for IT Landes. Saussaman and Musselman will manage labor market assessments, business planning and budgeting, sales, customer service, and capital budget for the Harrisburg and York markets and Harleysville market, respectively.

Kyle Seaman has been named senior vice president of corporate development and will be responsible for identifying and analyzing growth opportunities and executing strategic growth initiatives. Brandy Shope has been named vice president of corporate communications, including marketing, advertising, public relations, website development, and social media.

Melissa Ural has been named vice president of human resources and will be responsible for talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits, and compensation. She will also be responsible custom in-house training programs and safety.

Centric adds Enola branch

Centric Financial Corporation, the holding company for Centric Bank, has announced a new, expanded operations center with a consolidation planned for November 2017. The new offices are located at 1826 Good Hope Road, Enola.

Centric will lease over 23,000 square feet in a 30,000 square foot building, its seventh location in Pennsylvania. Centric Bank will combine operations, accounting and finance, executive management and administration, the commercial lending group, and the bank’s boardroom facility at the new location.

“Our 105 employees are our greatest asset, and our new space emphasizes this commitment. It will host between sixty and seventy employees and includes a health and wellness facility. Any investment in the health of our employees is a smart investment in their families and our community,” said Patricia A. Husic, President & CEO.

JEM Group, a Harrisburg-headquartered construction company, will manage the construction and renovations. The financial center on Linglestown Road in Harrisburg will remain the bank’s flagship location and will also serve as the mortgage center.

Dickinson VP honored

Brontè Jones, vice president for finance and administration at Dickinson College, was presented with the 2017 Professional Development Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) at its annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Jones received the award for extensive volunteer service to the association’s professional development activities and publications programs. She has presented on a variety of topics, including finance, accreditation, communication, leadership and diversity at NACUBO, American Council of Education and Association of Governing Boards conferences.

She served as a member of NACUBO’s Small Institutions Council from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2014 to 2015 and served on the association’s Tuition Discounting Study Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012. She is a frequent author for NACUBO’s Business Officer magazine and, in 2015, presented the “CBO Speaks” podcast, which remains the most downloaded from NACUBO’s website.

Jones has more than 25 years of experience in financial and facilities management in higher education in addition to project management and auditing experience in the state government and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Dickinson in 2013, she served as treasurer of St. John’s College.

Jones is the chair and previous treasurer of the board for the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute for Women in Higher Education, where she previously served as a core faculty member (finance) from 2009 to 2012. In addition, she is a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and serves on its finance committee and as a finance evaluator. She most recently served as the program chair for the commission’s 2016 annual conference.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from American University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Texas, Austin. She also is a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College.

Boyer & Ritter adds

Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, based in Camp Hill, has announced the hiring of CPA Brian Kutz as a Tax Senior Associate.

Kutz previously worked with a team at KPMG US, where he prepared and reviewed federal and local tax returns for clients. He also worked with clients in multiple states and in the manufacturing, retail and banking sectors.

As part of Boyer & Ritter’s Tax Services Group, Kutz will work with clients in navigating the maze of tax laws, regulations and rulings to develop effective planning strategies. In addition to the traditional tax compliance services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, not-for-profit entities, estates and trusts, the firm’s Tax Services Group offers a variety of tax consulting services for specific issues ranging from cost segregation and family business strategies to personal estate planning and business succession.

Kutz received a Master of Accountancy from Bloomsburg University in 2014 after graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg the year before. He is a member of the Harrisburg Young Professionals, the American Institute of CPAs and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mowery hires

Mechanicsburg-based construction firm Mowery has announced the addition of Bill Sanders and Tanner Bogaczyk as project engineers to the Mowery team.

“This is a significant announcement that represents our continued commitment to growth and client service,” said David Cross, owner of Mowery. “Our team is committed to providing our clients with a unique and thoughtful experience, and the addition of Bill and Tanner will continue to add to our culture of excellence.”

Sanders is a graduate of the Architectural Engineering Program at Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering in construction management.

Bogaczyk has experience in the construction industry in a variety of roles, including design engineer. He is a recent graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in structures. He previously served a summer internship at Mowery in 2016.

“We are pleased to have Bill and Tanner join our team,” Cross said. “The Mowery brand is vested in high-quality personnel and these gentlemen are an outstanding addition.”

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