Baxter Group CEO talks about coming back from financial crisis. By Mike Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
Kristian Adams Johnson of Chambersburg Waste Paper talks about what she sees, from being an executive, a wife and mom. By Mike Lewis email@example.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 […]
‘Experience of fun and community’ at Town Run Tap House By Mike Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — For the husband-and-wife team of Todd Cotgreave and Jessie Shanholtz, the goal was to live and work in Shepherdstown, a community they love. The result is Town Run Tap House and Community Pub. The business not only serves up food and drink, it also showcases art, hosts live music and trivia nights, offers an arcade for children and welcomes nonprofit events. The business is in the old Southern States farm supply warehouse. The decor showcases modern art as well as historic parts of the […]
By Mike Lewis email@example.com Tony Pananes spends his days surrounded by candy, but he still brings his wife, Sarah, chocolates for Valentine’s Day. “Of course,” he said with a laugh. “I have to. I get a little discount, though. … We are all chocoholics, including our son (Oliver, age 5).” Pananes is the third-generation of his family to own Olympia Candy Kitchen, which is based in downtown Chambersburg, Pa., and has a store just north of Hagerstown, Md. For more than a century, the business has made and sold chocolates and other sweet treats. The candy kitchen opened on South […]
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — During the past 30 years, Craig and Berniece Collis have built buildings and a successful company.
“I started off as a laborer, then a carpenter. … I’ve been here since I was 21,” said Collis, who owns Minghini’s General Contractors Inc. of Martinsburg, W.Va., with his wife, Berniece. He is the president and she’s the vice-president of the firm, which dates to 1860.
Minghini’s has won a host of awards in recent years. Most recently, it was named small business of the year by the Martinsburg-Berkeley Counrty Chamber of Commerce. […]
Curt Spicher, president of his family’s appliance, electronics and security store, talks about life in retail By Mike Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org On his way home from the hospital after a heart attack, Curt Spicher had a stop to make — at Spicher’s Appliances, Electronics and Security. “It’s been my life,” he said of the family business. Spicher’s father and grandfather, Carl and Charles Spicher, started the business in 1955. The original store was across the street from the current location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, Md. “They sold every appliance GE made — one refrigerator, one washer, one drier … ,” […]
Weiss Bros. near Hagerstown marks its 80th anniversary. President Michael Weiss talks about the past, present and future. By MIKE LEWIS email@example.com A list labeled “2018 goals” hangs in Michael Weiss’s office, with entries that range from “new website” to “run a marathon.” Weiss smiled when he talked about it, describing himself as a “check-the-box kind of guy.” “If it’s on the list, it’ll get done. It drives me crazy sometimes,” he said. For the past several years, Weiss, 41, has been getting things done for Weiss Bros. near Hagerstown, Md. He’s president of the family business, which is celebrating […]
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kirk Martin smiles a lot as he walks through the offices of David H. Martin Excavating near Chambersburg, Pa. “I really enjoy this,” he said of the business, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Martin, 46, is the company president. He is the third generation of his family to lead the company. It was founded by his grandfather, David, in 1968 and later led by his father. “I’ve worked here all my life, coming up through the family. … It’s basically shaped who I am,” Kirk Martin said. He’s served a variety of roles in […]
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Mary J.C. Hendrix sees Shepherd University as “a tremendous resource to the community and the region.” Hendrix, the university’s 16th president, also is a leading cancer researcher. A Taiwanese company recently licensed 10 of her lab’s patents to develop new cancer treatments. “On a daily basis, my life is driven by lists. Detailed lists keep me focused and on task, and they provide benchmarks about progress on key initiatives,” she reported when asked about juggling her responsibilities. Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-med/biology from Shepherd and a doctorate in anatomy/cell biology from George Washington University. From 1977-1980, she was […]
Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, is a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service. Born in Orangeburg, S.C., Brandyburg graduated from Branchville High School in Branchville, S.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in American history and education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. As an undergraduate, Brandyburg started his National Park Service career through a co-op program at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, S.C. “After graduation, I worked as a park ranger for three years while gaining experience in collections/museum management and supervision,” he wrote in an email. “I transferred to Tuskegee […]