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Shaffer joins CNB Bank as assistant VP
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Steven Shaffer was recently named assistant vice president and cash management officer at CNB Bank.
Shaffer has more than 25 years of experience in his field. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Payments Association.
Shaffer attended Northern Virginia Community College, where he studied business management with a specialization in finance, and is a graduate of the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn. He is a member of the chambers of commerce in Morgan and Berkeley counties of W.Va. and Washington County, Md. He is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Berkeley program.
Shaffer lives in Inwood, W.Va., with his wife Nicole and son Emerson.
CNB Bank is a full-service, locally owned community bank with assets of more than $380 million. CNB Bank has eight locations in Berkeley County and Morgan County, W.Va., and Hagerstown and Hancock, Md.
Soto joins construction firm
FREDERICK, Md. — Triple Crown Construction has hired Cassandra Soto as brand and marketing strategist.
Soto will focus on brand awareness in the construction and hotel renovation industries, as well as the company’s involvement in the local community. She will oversee Triple Crown’s participation in local events, sponsorships and partnerships, and the means by which the company helps the Frederick community continue to thrive and grow.
Before joining the Triple Crown family, she served as project manager for Catoctin Construction Management DC Inc. in Middletown for nearly six years, handling marketing, sales, business development, project administration and other duties.
Soto has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from La Roche College in her hometown of Pittsburgh and serves as the vice chairwoman for Blue Crabs and Blue Prints, an annual crab feast to raise money for Frederick County Habitat for Humanity build projects. She also volunteers at the local Habitat chapter in Frederick.
Plamondon Hospitality expands management team
FREDERICK, Md. — Plamondon Hospitality Partners has added three new employees to its management team, one at the company’s corporate office in Frederick and two at the company’s newest hotel, The Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia Fulton, opening later this year.
Joanna Tootill, area sales manager, brings a wealth of hotel experience to Plamondon. Before joining PHP, she worked in the Washington, D.C., market as an area account executive for Marriott International. As the new area sales manager, she will oversee account management for the company’s six hotels in Frederick and Hagerstown.
Meredith Emerson joins the PHP team as the director of sales at the new Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia/Fulton. She formerly served as the dual director of sales for Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott Salisbury, giving her experience with the Marriott brands.
Stan Martin joins PHP as the general manager of the new Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia/Fulton. He brings more than 30 years of hotel experience in a wide variety of management and above property roles, for both independent management companies and Marriott International. Most recently, he served as the interim general manager for Plamondon’s Fairfield Inn & Suites and TownePlace Suites in Altoona, Pa.
Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and development company located in Frederick. Its portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.
HCC instructor named to state, national panels
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Richard P. D’Ambrisi, allied health instructor at Hagerstown Community College, was recently appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Technician Forum Educational Steering Committee and the Maryland Pharmacists Association Foundation Board.
Each appointment is for a one-year term.
The ASHP is a national organization that represents pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in an institutional environment.
The MPhA represents all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Maryland.
D’Ambrisi has been a certified pharmacy technician for 19 years and has more than 30 years of experience in the medical device, life science research, and pharmaceutical products industries.
Three join Penn State Mont Alto advisory board
MONT ALTO, Pa. — Tiffany L. Bloyer, Robin H. Harmon and Linda L. Thomas Worthy will join the Penn State Mont Alto’s Advisory Board.
Made up of of alumni, friends and corporate leaders, the board helps link the campus and surrounding communities. Board members not only serve as ambassadors for the campus and the university, but also as a conduit for community feedback regarding campus programs and activities.
Bloyer is Franklin County, Pa., government director of human resources and a Penn State Mont Alto lecturer in management. She previously served as an employee relations and organizational development specialist for the Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., and was a personnel officer for the State of Maryland in Frederick. She holds a Penn State bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral science and two master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, University College, in human resource management and business administration.
Harmon is the site administrator for Pennsylvania CareerLink Franklin County. She previously served as executive director of the Greater Chambersburg (Pa.) Chamber Foundation, the executive assistant and program coordinator for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation and Downtown Chambersburg Inc., and worked at The Manitowoc Co. as an engineer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston’s Northeastern University. In addition, she has completed all but her thesis for a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Penn State.
Worthy is Franklin County Housing Authority executive director. She was previously an education consultant and student development specialist with Worthy Consulting & Training LLC, assistant vice president for University Life at the University of San Francisco, associate dean of students at Bucknell University, and assistant professor in the General Education Department and director of the Black Cultural Center at Berea College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College. She also holds a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate of philosophy in education from Washington State University.
Kaseman is executive in residence at Shenandoah
WINCHESTER, Va. — Businessman Dan Kaseman is bringing his industry knowledge to Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business as its newest executive in residence.
Kaseman is a resident of Purcellville, Va. He owns Kaseman Capital Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm that owns and operates buildings in Northern Virginia. He is also the managing partner and co-owner of Middleburg Real Estate/Atoka Properties, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage firm serving Northern Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Kaseman serves on the board of NOVA Parks, which oversees 13,000 acres of parkland in Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax.
The executive in residence is meant to be a liaison between the school and the business community who leverages industry connections to assist students. The executive in residence also does guest lectures and serves in an advisory role providing mentorship and career advice to students in the business school. They also work with the business school’s leadership team to provide input for new programs.
BB&T’s Malfregeot moving to new market
LANCASTER, Pa. — BB&T recently announced it has named James Malfregeot as market president for Lancaster and Lebanon counties.
He previously served as market president for Western Maryland, based in Hagerstown, Md.
Malfregeot, 30, joined BB&T in 2012 as part of the bank’s leadership development program. He served as a portfolio manager in Alpharetta, Ga., and a business services officer in north central West Virginia before going to the Western Maryland market.
A native of Clarksburg, W.Va., Malfregeot received a bachelor’s degree in finance from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and is a 2019 graduate candidate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
He is a former board member of the United Way of Washington County, Md.
BB&T operates 232 financial centers in Pennsylvania and divides its footprint into community bank regions, each with its own president to keep decisions local and close to the customer.
Colaianne named director of marketing
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. has named Ken Colaianne to be the company’s director of marketing.
Bringing 28 years of experience to the new position, Colaianne is expected to bring a new focus to Brethren Mutual’s marketing efforts. The plans include building a fully dedicated marketing department that brings value to the overall relationships the company has with its independent agency partners.
Colaianne has both a company and agency background. A graduate of the University of Maryland College Park, he began his insurance career as an underwriter with Granger’s Mutual Insurance Co. in Middletown, Md. Over the years, he has held sales and underwriting positions with USF&G, St. Paul Insurance Co., Travelers and BB&T/Frederick Underwriters. Before joining Brethren Mutual, he served as assistant vice president of field operations for Frederick Mutual Insurance Company in Frederick, Md.
Colaianne lives in Middletown, Md.
Established in 1897, Brethren Mutual is headquartered in Hagerstown and writes personal, commercial and farm business in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia through independent insurance agents.
Intellectual property law firm hires patent agent
FREDERICK, Md. — McBee, Moore, Woodward and Vanik IP LLC recently hired Destiny Davenport as a patent agent.
Davenport joins MMWV after serving as a patent agent for eight years at Bayer Corp., supporting the Seeds business, which was recently divested to BASF Corp. Prior to joining Bayer, she worked for a large law firm serving industry and academic clients in a wide range of biotechnology fields, including vaccines, antibodies, cancer detection tools, plant and animal breeding mechanisms, genetically modified plant biotechnology, disease screening tools, molecular markers, and a range of laboratory tools.
Davenport is an alumna of Francis Marion University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She attended the University of South Carolina for her post-graduate program where she received her doctorate in biomedical science. Following graduate school, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences / National Institute of Health.
MMWV is a law firm specializing in intellectual property in a variety of technical fields such as biotechnology, chemistry, engineering and software.
Lowery named ‘distinguished volunteer’
MARTINSBURG, W.Va., — Charles Lowery of CNB Bank recently received the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.
Lowery has volunteered his time with the Boys & Girls Club since 2010 and currently serves as the club’s president. He is active every year with planning the club’s President’s Day Dance.
In addition to working with the club, Lowery has been involved in Rotary since 2002, serving as a member of the Martinsburg Sunrise Rotary since 2008, along with serving on the board.
Lowery has been with CNB Bank since 2007 and is an assistant vice president/commercial lender.
CNB Bank is a locally owned, full-service community bank with assets of more than $380 million. CNB Bank has eight locations including Berkeley County and Morgan County of West Virginia and Hagerstown and Hancock in Maryland.