Tuckey recognized

Tuckey Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced their recognition as a Contractor Connection Top Performer for 2016.

The Top Performer Award is given out each year to performance leaders who display overall excellence measured by a range of factors, including customer service scores, professionalism in communication and cooperation.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from a national industry organization,” said Matt Tuckey, Business Development Director for the Tuckey Companies. “This affirms our commitment to building strong relationships with our customers by providing superior service on every project.”

Tuckey Restoration will receive a “Top Performer” ribbon and “Golden Hammer” lapel pin with a special recognition during the general session at the 2017 Contractor Connection Conference & Expo in June. As an award winner, they will also be invited to Chicago in September to attend Contractor Connection’s two-day Top Performer Symposium event.

Tuckey Restoration provides emergency clean up, remediation, restoration, and reconstruction services after fire, water, or storm damage, as well as general construction services. The company also offers industry-recognized expertise on air quality issues involving mold remediation, as well as concept development, project design services, facility maintenance, historic preservation, and new construction. Learn more about Tuckey Restoration at www.tuckey.com.

Studio opens

The Borough of Mechanicsburg has welcomed a new retail shop and studio. Generations Studio and Shoppe recently celebrated its grand opening with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa Lorello, along with her mother Vickie Enterline, opened the shop featuring revived furniture, unique gifts, and a studio where they work to transform the pieces. Future plans include utilizing the studio to host various DIY “do it yourself” educational classes for the public. “We’re thrilled to have found a space where we can do what we love and share our treasures with the community,” said Lorello. “Mechanicsburg is a great fit for us.”

Because the duo is always out looking for their next revival project, their furniture inventory is constantly changing. Bedroom furniture, antique doors and windows, benches, and hutches are just a few of the regular finds. The shop also carries a host of gift items, and is a dealer of ‘Real Milk Paint’, a line of environmentally friendly, organic paint ideal for antique furniture, decks, floors and wall.

The shop is located at 4 West Allen Street in Mechanicsburg. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/generationsstudioandshoppe or call 717-795-4467.

UCP names CEO

The Board of Directors of UCP Central PA has named Judith McCowan President and CEO effective May 1. She takes the reins following the retirement of Jeffrey W. Cooper on April 30 of this year. McCowan becomes just the second woman to serve in this capacity in UCP’s nearly 65-year history. She also assumes the position of Executive Director of the UCP Foundation of Central PA.

A native of Maryland, McCowan comes to UCP with 30+ years of nonprofit leadership experience and proven expertise in the fields of early childhood, education, and disability services. In her primary role as UCP CEO, McCowan assumes responsibility for directing all facets of this leading mid-state disability services provider across a 17-county footprint as she charts a course for its continued growth and success. She will lead the agency’s strategic planning initiatives as they relate to program operations and will assume direct oversight of UCP’s HR, IT, finance, fundraising, development, marketing, communications, and community relations functions. She will also direct the operations of UCP’s childcare and preschool.

Past UCP Board Chair Lindsay Jordan, who presided over the search for and ultimate appointment of a new CEO said, “Judith is a proven change agent with an uncanny ability to quickly evaluate financial and program issues and successfully turn programs and agencies around to help them grow into more robust, financially viable organizations. She is precisely the leader UCP needs going forward.”

Boyer & Ritter honored

For the second straight year, Boyer & Ritter LLC was recognized by Accounting Today Magazine as one of the top Mid-Atlantic accounting firms.

Only three other Pennsylvania companies made the list, which the magazine bases on a firm’s level of revenue that sets them in the top tier of their region. In February, Pennsylvania Business Central also named Boyer & Ritter among the “Top 100 Organizations” in the state for the second year in a row.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged as one of the leaders in our field,’’ said Boyer & Ritter principal and CEO Robert J. Murphy, CPA, CVA/ABV. “All of us know this is a distinction that has to be earned every day by giving our clients unmatched service.’’

In January, the established Mechanicsburg firm Waggoner, Frutiger & Daub joined the Boyer & Ritter team, relocating to B&R’s Camp Hill headquarters. The merger will allow Boyer & Ritter to dedicate additional resources to small businesses, nonprofits, governments and in the area of employee benefit plan audits.

Responding to the upsurge of client demand in preventing and detecting fraud, Boyer & Ritter expanded the firm’s Fraud/Forensic Group, headed by B&R Principal Lisa Myers. The group specializes in identifying problems and risk management, assisting in business litigation and white collar crime and fraud prevention and investigation.

“Today’s marketplace is more complex than ever,’’ said Myers, who is also president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). “We have the resources and expertise to help clients achieve success and grow their business.’’

Doerr recognized

Caring Transitions is pleased to announce that Carolyn Doerr, the owner of Caring Transitions of Mechanicsburg, has been recognized with a Caring Transitions Shooting Star Award.

A Shooting Star Award is given to a franchisee who is experiencing early business growth and has demonstrated a commitment to the success of both their business as well as the franchise system as a whole. All of the company’s awards were presented at the Caring Transitions national conference in San Antonio in late February.

“The lifeblood of a franchise system is always having owners with a demonstrated commitment to the success and future of the system overall. Carolyn has brought her energy and passion for business and service to her Caring Transitions business and we wanted to recognize that focus on growth,” Caring Transitions President Chris Seman said.

Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource for managing senior relocations as well as downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to organizing, packing, de-cluttering, moving and resettling, Caring Transitions can handle estate sales, liquidations and preparing homes for market. Caring Transitions of Mechanicsburg, which opened in mid-2015, serves the Pennsylvania counties of Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, York and Adams as well as the surrounding communities.

In addition to her Shooting Star Award, Doerr’s franchise was recognized as one of the top 25 franchises in 2016.

“I was quite honored to find out that Caring Transitions of Mechanicsburg was one of the top 25 offices, and winning this award was the second pleasant surprise! Being as I am a single-income household, my motto has been, ‘Failure is not an option!’ Although I know we are not the only company in our area that does senior relocations and estate sales, I tell everyone that we are the best. My employees and I really care about our clients. We do everything we can to make their transitions as smooth and carefree as possible. And we treat every home as if it is our own. Our clients put their trust in us, and we treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve,” Doerr said.

Brewers name officers

The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official beer guild, has named Chris Lampe as the association’s new President and Artie Tafoya as the new Vice President. Both respected industry professionals began serving their two-year Board terms in January, 2017.

Co-Owner and Production Manager at Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Lampe was elected to the BOP Board in 2016, and has been actively engaged in all BOP legislative efforts including meeting with numerous legislators on an annual basis.

Owner and Director of Operations at Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC), Tafoya was elected to the BOP Board in January, 2011, and is one of the founding members of the BOP. He has served as Chairman of the BOP Events Committee for multiple years.

“I am honored and humbled to be voted in as President of such an influential association dedicated to promoting and protecting craft brewing in the great state of Pennsylvania,” said Lampe. “The Commonwealth produces some of the best craft beers in the world, and I look forward to working with Artie, our other Board members, as well as current and new members to advance our mission and goals. I would also like to raise a glass to the outstanding work Bill Covaleski did during his extremely successful term as BOP President.”

Brewmaster and President of Victory Brewing Company, Covaleski served as BOP President from 2014-2016, and will continue to impactfully serve the association as Chair of the Legislative Committee.

Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in 1995 in Easton, Pa. After brewing its first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, in 1997, its path in the industry became clear – making full-flavored, high quality brews. From humble beginnings to its approximately 30,000 square foot facility, Weyerbacher has always looked to push the envelope of taste experiences.

Appalachian Brewing Company was founded in 1997, with the original brewery and brewpub located in Harrisburg, Pa. ABC now operates six restaurants, each with their own small-batch craft beer brewery, as well as the full-scale Appalachian Craft Soda manufacturing facility located in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Tucker adds

Tucker Financial Services, Inc. has significantly grown under new President and CEO’s leadership. Chris Jackson, AFIM®, has recently acquired the firm and has added two new employees in six short weeks. Kira Cramer is a Financial Advisor that will specialize in Financial Planning and Darrian Duncan will manage client communications at the firm.

“I have been so blessed to become part of a wonderful team and family. The growth that we’ve seen has caused the need for two new employees already. I can’t wait to see how much more we’ll grow from here,” Jackson said.

The team at Tucker Financial Services, Inc. is made up of Chris Jackson, owner/investment management; Tom Tucker, founder/investments; Colleen Browell, operations; Joanna St.Clair, compliance; Kira Cramer, financial planning; and Darrian Duncan, communications.

“I could not have asked for a better career opportunity and team to work with. Our clients are some of the best people I’ve ever met and the team collaborates on every level. We invite you to grow your wealth with Tucker,” Cramer said.

By offering significantly lower fees than most banks and brokerage firms in addition to providing great service, resources, and research, Tucker is confident in helping their clients enjoy their lives more by helping them plan better and invest smarter.

Gayman appointed

Orrstown Financial Services, Inc., the parent company of Orrstown Bank and Wheatland Advisors, Inc., announced today that Jeffrey S. Gayman has been appointed Market President of the region encompassing greater Hagerstown in Maryland and the greater Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and Carlisle markets in Pennsylvania, effective immediately.

Thomas R. Quinn, Jr., President & CEO, commented, “It is critical that we maintain local decision making with strong bankers who are familiar with the markets they serve. Jeff will have responsibility, authority, and autonomy to ensure that all aspects of our primary business channels (commercial lending, retail banking, mortgage, and wealth management) are integrated and that our community banking model of customer-centric relationship banking is successfully executed.”

Mr. Gayman has been employed with Orrstown Bank for 21 years in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as head of retail banking and consumer lending.

Adam Metz, EVP/Chief Lending Officer, added, “Jeff has strong ties to the market, is well respected by the business community, and his ability to make decisions locally will be a benefit to current clients and future prospects alike.”

Keech awarded

C. Wayne Keech of Affiliated Settlement Services Group in Camp Hill was awarded the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s (PBA) Associate of the Year during the Installation & Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Valley Forge in King of Prussia on Friday, February 24. This is one of the association’s most esteemed honors, having been presented to members since 1976.

“Wayne is highly respected for his knowledge and commitment to the title insurance and settlement business. He is recognized as an expert, and is often called in to resolve complex real estate matters,” says Vicki Shannon, who nominated Keech for the award. “The number of builders and Realtors that use Wayne’s services reflects this respect in the real estate community.”

Keech, a 16-year member, was recognized for his impact on the home building industry and his service to PBA, the National Association of Home Builders , and his local association, the HBA of Metro Harrisburg .

Keech has served the federation in multiple roles throughout his membership including: local, state and national Board of Directors, Associate Vice President, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Treasurer of HBA of Metro Harrisburg PAC, Chair of Associates Council, Membership Committee, Non-Dues Revenue Task Force, PACAH Trustee and as a BUILD PAC Gold Key member.

“His main contribution to the community is his involvement in the public policy realm,” says Shannon. “Wayne is (active in) supporting and campaigning for candidates, serving as confidant to candidates and their committees, connecting with party leaders sharing the perspective of a small business owner and the housing industry on many issues.”

Davids hires

Davids Furniture & Interiors recently announced the addition of Renee Pastor as a Design Consultant.

Pastor comes to us from New York. She has been in the furniture business for over 22 years. She has visual merchandising experience that translates easily into designing her clients’ personal spaces. Her degree is in philosophy/psychology and she believes that has helped immensely when designing the perfect room for her clients. She understands that clients are as individualistic and unique as snowflakes. Renee has cultivated the ability to engage and extract a clients’ personality and transform it into areas and spaces that reflect them.

“A room when properly designed, should feel like getting a big hug, the minute you step inside,” Pastor said of her design philosophy.

Pastor will be working from our 53 N. York Street, Mechanicsburg store location.

Gilroy honored

At its annual meeting on January 26, 2017, the Cumberland County Bar Association awarded Hubert X. Gilroy, Esquire, the Distinguished Member Award. A Shareholder at Martson Law Offices, Attorney Gilroy recently completed service as the President of the Cumberland County Bar Association and is also Chair of the Association’s Bench Bar Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee. In addition to his law practice, Attorney Gilroy is an Adjunct Professor at the Dickinson School of Law where he coaches the National Trial Moot Court Team and where he also serves as a member of the Dickinson Law Association and the Dickinson Law Board of Overseers.

Kugler hired

Orrstown Financial Services, Inc., the parent company of Orrstown Bank and Wheatland Advisors, Inc., announced today that Mike Kugler has joined the Bank as VP/C&I Relationship Manager.

Mr. Kugler has more than 39 years of banking experience in the region, most recently with BB&T and its predecessor Susquehanna Bank. The majority of his banking career was with F&M Trust, where he began in 1978.

Mindy Loftus, SVP/Regional Senior Loan Officer, commented, “Mike’s knowledge of the business community in Franklin County is a great asset and I am excited to welcome him to the Orrstown Bank Team.”

Previously Orrstown Bank announced that Jeffrey Gayman was appointed Market President of the region encompassing greater Hagerstown in Maryland and the greater Chambersburg, Shippensburg, and Carlisle markets in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Gayman added, “It is critical that we make decisions at the local level and Mike’s experience, expertise, and long tenure in the region will be highly beneficial as we continue to grow our presence in these core markets.”

Martson adds shareholder

Martson Law Offices is pleased to announce that Susan J. Hartman has joined the firm as a shareholder with particular interest in wills, estates and real estate matters. Mrs. Hartman, formerly of Duncan & Hartman, has represented clients in the Carlisle area for twenty-four years and has been involved in the practice of real estate for 38 years as a title insurance agent.

During her career, Mrs. Hartman has been an active member of the Cumberland County Bar Association and the Cumberland County Bar Foundation. She is also involved in many community activities Carlisle and Walnut Bottom.

Mrs. Hartman attended High School at Big Spring and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science. She graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1992.

Academy grows

Harrisburg Academy is pleased to welcome Stacy Klann as its new director of development and alumni relations. After participating in an extensive interview process that included senior administration, faculty, trustees, Search Committee members, current parents, and alumni, Klann was the successful candidate. She began her new role on April 18, 2017.

Interviewers were impressed with Klann’s extensive resume, showcasing 15-plus years of expertise in private sector leadership, from financial results to team development, relationship-building, and community engagement. Klann’s references stated that she is a strong manager and problem-solver, mobilizing resources at hand and finding creative new resources. Klann, herself, has shared that she is passionate about fundraising and making the case for private investment into worthy causes, such as Harrisburg Academy.

Klann comes to the Academy from Susquehanna Bank (Harrisburg), where she served as a business services officer. Before this, she worked at the vice-president level at various regional banking institutions including M&T Bank (Harrisburg) and National City Corporation/PNC (Cleveland, Ohio). Klann is also an active volunteer within Harrisburg’s non-profit community, most notably holding several leadership positions with the Girls Scouts in the Heart of PA’s Board of Trustees.

Klann earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration (banking & finance and labor & human resource management focus) from Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management.

Gunn-Mowery hires

Gunn-Mowery, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Yost to our team! Mark is originally from Shamokin, PA and is a graduate of Lycoming College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Finance. He started his professional career at Enterprise in the car sales division as an Account Executive for 9 years. He also worked for PA Media Group as a Healthcare Digital Marketing Account Executive.

“I am excited to start my new career at Gunn-Mowery, where it feels like everyone wants you to succeed” said Mark.

He will be working from the Lemoyne office and can be reached at myost@gunnmowery.com or 717-761-4600 ext. 3114. Founded in 1985, Gunn-Mowery, LLC is an independent insurance broker providing commercial insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, financial services and surety bonds to clients in Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

McNutt named Director

Hospitality Asset Management Company is proud to announce the promotion of Meredith McNutt as its Area Director of Sales for both the Comfort Suites Carlisle and the Comfort Inn PA Turnpike- I-81.

McNutt started at the Comfort Suites Carlisle in 2011 as an Administrative & Sales Assistant and worked her way up to serve at the Sales Manager from 2014 to 2016. She was not done climbing yet and advanced as the opening General Manager of the Comfort Inn PA Turnpike- I-81 when it opened in April 2016 up until her recent promotion. Her experience and knowledge of the Carlisle market is unparalleled, which is why sales at duel properties fits her perfectly.

“We are thrilled to see Meredith continue to grow within our company and look forward to expanding our sales force with Meredith leading the charge,” said Edward Tubbs, Director of Operations for Hospitality Asset Management Company, the operating organization for both hotels. “Meredith’s familiarity with the hotel staffs’ and market gives her great expertise for this position. We look forward to providing the highest level of customer service to our Carlisle market,” said Tubbs.

Hospitality Asset Management Company operates nine Pennsylvania lodging properties and four restaurants. The company is a full service management organization with extensive experience in hotel and restaurant development, financing, and operations.

Quinn goes to Coldwell

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that Carlisle resident Meredith Quinn has been named sales director of the company’s Carlisle and Dillsburg offices. Quinn will manage and oversee the daily operations for two offices, which house approximately 25 independent affiliated sales associates and teams.

Quinn was most recently a successful agent in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Camp Hill office. Her wealth of knowledge includes a career in the mortgage and finance industry and leading the relocation department of a large corporation.

“We are eager to welcome Meredith to the Carlisle and Dillsburg offices. She is a successful and seasoned real estate professional, with an outstanding reputation in the community and she will serve the agents and customers well,” said Ed Jenkins, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Central Pennsylvania. “We look forward to Meredith leading the office to assist the independent sales associates to further build their business.”

“I am very excited to take on this new challenge and look forward to working with this talented group of real estate professionals to help them take advantage of every opportunity. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offers all the resources and educational programs that real estate professionals need in order to successfully assist their homebuyer and seller clients,” said Quinn.

Quinn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and marketing from Chatham University. She is a member of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors.

Manufacturers’ awards

The Manufacturers’ Association, a growing regional trade association serving manufacturing, production and logistics in Pennsylvania and Maryland, recently honored the recipients of its 2017 annual Manufacturing Awards.

Presented as part of their awards segment at their April 26 annual event at The Pullo Center in York, the occasion set the backdrop for the Association to publicly honor and recognize its member companies and partners who have made a difference in the regional economy, the lives of their employees, their community, and the local manufacturing sector.

Honored as Manufacturer of the Year was Matthews International. Located in York County, Mathews International employs nearly 350 people in southcentral PA, and has an 85-year heritage of manufacturing in York, where many know of the company’s brand as York Casket. Through recent acquisitions the company has been able to expand its market and add employment – 70 employees in the past year. Matthews has also made multi-million dollar investments in manufacturing equipment and other facility upgrades at the York location—purchasing new equipment, investing in robotic equipment and other automation, as well as productivity and environmental improvements.

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