‘I’m wearing several hats here’

Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Stephen Christian’s fingerprints are all over a host of economic development moves throughout the Crossroads Business Journal region. He’s worked on projects large and small in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. One of the feathers in his economic development cap is helping recruit the $500 million Procter & Gamble plant to Berkeley County, W.Va. That facility is up and running and employing hundreds from throughout the region. For the past couple of years, Christian has been “wearing several […]

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Face Time around the region for September 2019

McGarrah joins bank office in Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT-Bank of Charles Town recently announced the appointment of Kim McGarrah as relationship banker of its Martinsburg, W.Va., office. McGarrah will be responsible for developing business in the Martinsburg market as well as leading the Martinsburg banking team and their branch operations. Greenbeck joins First United Bank & Trust HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Denise E. Greenbeck has been named community relationship manager at First United Bank and Trust’s Emerald Pointe Community Office in Hagerstown. Greenbeck has more than seven years of financial services experience. She began her financial services career as […]

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Coldwell Banker Premier welcomes King-Kulik MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Brieanna King-Kulik has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. King-Kulik is the current Mrs. Virginia United States 2019, which keeps her involved in the community. She is the founder of a children’s volunteering club called Little Hands Big Hearts, as well as the Brieanna Project, which promotes awareness and help for individuals with eating disorders. Coldwell Banker Premier offers residential and commercial property sales and leasing services. The firm has offices in Winchester and Front Royal, Va.; and in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown, W.Va. F&M Trust announces new hires […]

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‘There are tremendous opportunities for individuals’

Jack A. Drooger, program manager of workforce solutions and continuing education at Hagerstown Community College By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com From behind his stand-up desk at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College, Jack A. Drooger said he’s part teacher, part problem-solver. The mix has kept him at the college for a quarter-century. “It’s the variety. It’s the challenge,” Drooger said. “It’s the ability to be creative and solve problems for businesses and organizations.” Drooger picked up a degree from the institution, known as Hagerstown Junior College at the time, and went to work in the computer field. “I eventually came back to do […]

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‘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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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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