‘Work on the fundamentals’

Rick Weldon, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com With a work background that ranges from rural Maryland to Washington, D.C., to the depths of the ocean, Rick Weldon reasons that “a little patience, compassion, creativity and focus” can overcome just about any obstacle. Weldon was recently named president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. He follows Elizabeth Cromwell, who resigned to take the helm of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. Weldon brings a diverse background to his latest role. He served four years in the U.S. Navy submarine service then […]

Read More…

Charting a course

Experts agree planning needn’t be painful. By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Strategic plans are necessary, but they don’t have to be long, complicated or painful to produce, according to some experts in the field. “I look at it as a very energizing, challenging and fun process,” said Mary Ellen Waltemire of One Step Closer Coaching, a consulting company in Hagerstown, Md. Crossroads Business Journal recently interviewed four people with experience in planning. The aim was to glean advice, tips and ideas. For example, according to some experts, you might consider tossing those three-ring binders and cases of sticky notes in favor of […]

Read More…

On the books for October

Several large commercial real estate transactions have been closed in the Crossroads Business Journal area in recent weeks. The map shows some of the details about those deals. The information was taken from records maintained by the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation as well as deed records held by county clerk’s offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The available details about property transactions vary from state to state. ­— Compiled by Mike Lewis […]

Read More…

A. Duie Pyle rolls into region’s logistics market

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com A. Duie Pyle’s move into the Crossroads Business Journal’s region is just one step in the company’s expansion plan. The firm, based in West Chester, Pa., has leased space for a service center off Interstate 81 near Hagerstown. It also announced plans to build a new integrated logistics center off I-81 in Franklin County, Pa., by 2020. The company is looking to expand into Virginia sometime in 2020, according to John Luciani, Pyle’s chief operating officer of Less-Than-Truckload services. “We make long-term decisions,” Luciani said, describing I-81 as “great infrastructure” for the transportation company. The Hagerstown operation, he […]

Read More…

What would you do if someone starts shooting?

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. — In Nathan Harmon’s view, some companies fall short when it comes to preparing their employees to face workplace violence. Specifically, he said, people need to be prepared for what has become known as an “active shooter.” The most recent incident in this region happened on June 28, when a gunman opened fire with a shotgun inside The Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, killing five employees and injuring two others. The Department of Homeland Security has a 13-page booklet on how to respond to an active shooter. In those situations, the booklet advises […]

Read More…

Dealing with millennials? ‘Resistance is futile’

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com HAGERSTOWN, Md. — For business leaders puzzled about managing millennials, Rod Bourn has three words of advice: “Resistance is futile.” “They are coming like a big Mack truck,” Bourn said during his presentation recently at a Manufacturing 4.0 conference at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College. The daylong conference featured speakers and panel discussions on the changing nature not only of manufacturing but also of the workers who are moving into jobs. Bourn, founder of the Down Set Lead consulting group, and Ted Vecchio of P4 Management Inc. spoke on “Millennials in the Workforce” and “Four Paths to Meet […]

Read More…

‘Journey of responsible growth’

William ‘Billy’ Griffith Jr., executive manager, Tri-County Pumps of Boonsboro, Md. By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com As the next generation of leadership at Tri-County Pumps, William “Billy” Griffith Jr. looks to continue what he calls a “journey of responsible growth.” Griffith, 29, is a graduate of Boonsboro High School and Hood College. He was working in the insurance industry but joined his father, William Sr., in running the business after the death of his mother, Amonica. “I came back to help them get situated, and I just decided to stay. … That was quite the change. We’ve grown quite a bit […]

Read More…

Thrush to lead Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Samuel J. Thrush has been chosen to lead Downtown Chambersburg Inc., an arm of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Thrush joined the chamber staff in mid-July as president of DCI, which is a nonprofit organization focusing on downtown revitalization through design, economic vitality, promotion and organization. He previously worked in the Franklin County Planning Office and has more than seven years of experience in land-use planning and community development. He has spent the past five years serving on DCI’s board of directors as well as volunteering at events and participating on committees. “I have always seen […]

Read More…

Hendrix leads a university, a cancer lab

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 […]

Read More…

Bankers welcome Dodd-Frank changes

By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Some area bankers are taking a long look at this year’s reform to the Dodd-Frank banking regulations. “It could be months, if not a year or two, before we really see the impact of this,” said Mark Harrell, president and CEO of CNB Bank, a community bank with offices in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and in Washington County, Md. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed in the wake of the banking crisis of the last decade. But critics contend that the measure went too far in many respects.  And community bankers […]

Read More…