‘The biggest challenge is also an opportunity’

Jeff Manwiller, chief financial officer of The Crowley Co. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Seeing what he calls “great opportunity and great people,” Jeff Manwiller went to work for a company that had been his client. Manwiller, a CPA, earned a degree in accounting from the University of Delaware, where he also played tennis. “I still play now — not as well,” he said with a laugh. After spending time working for a private real estate development company, he went into public accounting. He worked at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and CBIZ-MHM; both are in Bethesda, Md., and both joined Cherry […]

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Face Time around the region

About this section Submit your new hires, employee promotions, anniversaries, awards or anything else that might be of interest to your business community peers to news@crossroadsbizjournal.com. Swope named manager HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Kerry J. Swope, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the firm of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell. A resident of Hagerstown, Md., Swope has been a member of ACM&I’s team since September 2011. ACM&I also announced that Ryan C. Lewis, a Hagerstown resident and staff accountant with the firm, has successfully completed the examination to earn his CPA designation. Spedden appointed to board HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dan […]

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Making it after ‘make-or-break’ moment

Baxter Group CEO talks about coming back from financial crisis. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Jocelyne Melton refers to a 2015 audit as a “make-or-break” moment for her company, Baxter Group Inc. And now, the company is making it. The company, based in Chambersburg, Pa., has fought back from a financial crisis to have its biggest year ever. That comeback is one reason the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized the company and Melton, its president and CEO, as Eastern Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Melton, who said she was surprised and honored to receive the award, gave credit to […]

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‘It just kept growing’

Ralph Dorsey, co-owner, Dorsey Brothers By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Ralph Dorsey will celebrate his 81st birthday in June, but he’s still showing up for work at 7 a.m., paging through paperwork, driving a forklift and helping unload trucks that deliver supplies to his business, Dorsey Brothers. “I enjoy it. I do,” Dorsey said. Ralph and his late brother, Wayne, started the company more than 50 years ago. Back then, they focused on floors. These days, the company still sells and installs all manner of flooring, and it has expanded to also offer bathroom remodels from start to finish, as well as […]

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Face Time around the region for June 2019

Karn joins real estate firm HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bowen Realty recently welcomed Doug Karn to its office. Karn, who has an extensive background in residential home marketing and sales, holds an associate broker license in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Oasis Senior Advisors franchisee wins recognition FREDERICK, Md. — Kriste Kidd, the Oasis Senior Advisors franchisee for Frederick and the surrounding areas, was named the company’s Rookie of the Year during its convention on April 6 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel in St. Louis. The honor goes to the first-year franchisee who generates the most revenue. […]

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Plamondon honors 2 managers for longevity

FREDERICK, Md. — Roy Rogers Restaurants and the Restaurant Association of Maryland recently recognized two managers for more than 20 years of service to Roy Rogers/Plamondon Enterprises Inc. “Both of our Roy Rogers Restaurants located in Hagerstown, at Burhans Boulevard and Valley Plaza, are managed by tenured and dedicated general managers with outstanding teams. Both Mary Hoffman and Barbi Robinson demonstrate our quality standards and were promoted to their management positions,” said Katrina Wyand-Yurish, Plamondon director of human resources. […]

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‘The business of tourism makes a difference in Franklin County’

Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 11/30 Visitors Center is packed with brochures, pamphlets, signs, maps and other items about events, attractions and matters of interest to tourists who visit Franklin County, Pa. Amidst it all sits a new plaque from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. It honors the Franklin County Visitors Bureau for repurposing an 1865 bank building into the new visitors center. The building sits at 15 S. Main St., in the heart of downtown Chambersburg. Janet Pollard, the bureau’s executive director, said the historic […]

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Face Time around the area for May 2019

Have a Face Time item? Submit your new hires, promotions, awards and other people items to facetime@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. Wanko becomes cancer center medical director MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and University Health Associates has welcomed Hematologist/Oncologist Dr. Sam O. Wanko as the new regional medical director of the WVU Cancer Institute in Martinsburg. In his new role, Wanko will oversee hematology/oncology care at both Berkeley Medical […]

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‘The world’s always changing’

Kristian Adams Johnson of Chambersburg Waste Paper talks about what she sees, from being an executive, a wife and mom. By Mike Lewis mlewis@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kristian Adams Johnson knows a thing or two about balancing her work and family responsibilities. She’s vice president of the family-owned Chambersburg Waste Paper business in Chambersburg, Pa. She’s married to Rob Johnson. She’s mother of 3-year-old Cambrey. And in the time since this interview was conducted and photograph was taken, she’s given birth to a second daughter, Charleigh. Johnson said it’s important to be resilient and flexible at home and at work. “The […]

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Face time around the region for April 2019

Send us your news Share your new hires, promotions, awards, years of service and retirements. facetime@crossroadsbizjournal.com Sullivan honored for client satisfaction HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The American Institute of Real Estate Agents has recognized the performance of real estate agent Cynthia Moler Sullivan of Sullivan Select in Hagerstown, Md., as a Two Years 10 Best Real Estate Agents for Client Satisfaction. The institute is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Real Estate Agents in each state. Agents who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOREP’s selection process, which is based on […]

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