‘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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‘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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‘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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‘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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‘My job is not to play but to manage the business’

Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Dave Beegle, head golf pro at Penn National Golf Club, had a goal in life and got started early. The native of Gettysburg, Pa., attended classes at Cawtaba College then at East Carolina University, both in North Carolina. But he soon left. “I knew what I wanted to do,” he said, “and I knew I didn’t need a college degree.” What he did need was an apprenticeship, and he served that with the 36-hole Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Fla. “At that time there were […]

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‘The American Dream is still very achievable’

Amos McCoy, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Amos McCoy has had a hand in building a lot of things, including himself. “All of my experience is work experience,” he said. McCoy is the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter. The organization represents companies and other organizations related to the construction industry. It also offers training classes in the building trades. McCoy, a graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., said his training has come while working. He spent some […]

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‘Focus on the clients’

Bill Talley, CEO, Frederick County Bank By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com In 2001, Bill Talley was the first person hired by Frederick County Bank in Maryland. In November, he was named the bank’s president and CEO. “I truly believe in the mission of the bank wanting to have a local presence for our clients,” he said during an interview in his office on the third floor of a downtown Frederick building. Talley took on his new role Nov. 12, succeeding Marty Lapera. Lapera will stay on to help with the transition until his retirement takes effect on March 31. Talley has […]

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‘Their success is our success’

An extra question in class led to the beginning of a banking career for Shane Heizer.
Coffee Break

Heizer, a graduate of Smithsburg (Md.) High School, remembers that he was enrolled in a business course at Hagerstown Community College. The course was being taught by Jim Pierne, who retired as CEO of Susquehanna Bank and executive vice president of Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. Pierne also happens to be on the board of directors of Middletown Valley Bank.

“I took his classes and asked if he had any internship opportunities. … For some reason or another, I asked him. And, for some reason or another, he said ‘yes,’” Heizer recalled. “That’s how I got my foot in the door.” […]

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‘Coffee gets cold quick around our office’

Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell, owners of Greencastle Notary Service By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell own and operate Greencastle Notary Service in Greencastle, Pa. The little storefront almost closed before it got started. Barnes said they were planning to open more than a decade ago in a building across the street. The landlord had “made everything beautiful,” and had asked the duo to move their items out of the space so the floors could be refinished before they opened. “The place burned down that night,” she recalled. “The next day, we rented this space.” And they’ve […]

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