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 […]

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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 […]

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Business goes to school

Companies, colleges work together to better educate students By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Most days, Regina Twigg is a professor of nursing, helping teach Towson University students at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. Some days, she’s a working nurse, providing care at a Maryland trauma center. One role supports the other, she said. She stays current with nursing students and the health care facilities that will employ them. “We see what’s going on at the bedside, what the employers are looking for,” she said. There’s a big push in the state of Maryland for hospitals and academia to work […]

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‘We remain very optimistic about the future’

Mark Harrell, president and CEO of CNB Bank By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Mark Harrell says the favorite part of his day is interacting with customers. As president and CEO of CNB Bank, Harrell oversees eight community-banking offices — two in Morgan County, W.Va.; three in Berkeley County, W.Va.; and three in Washington County, Md. — one in Hancock and two in Hagerstown. The locally owned bank offers a full array of financial services. Harrell holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Towson University. He also is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association of Commercial Lending and of the […]

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On the Books for August 2018

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 […]

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Community solar could shine in Western Maryland

Gary Skulnik is working to bring solar energy to consumers who don’t have panels on their roofs.

Skulnik is CEO of Neighborhood Sun. The startup company, based in Silver Spring, Md., is signing up subscribers for what is known as a “community solar” project near Williamsport, Md. The 20-acre tract will host a 1,980-kilowatt facility, serving some 350 subscribers.

“This has been tried in a few states. It started in Colorado. … You don’t actually get the power from this solar plant. (The power) goes into the grid,” he said of community solar.

The idea is to replace “dirty” energy in the grid with power from renewable sources. […]

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Maryland Chamber lobbyist: ‘We’re going to have our work cut out for us in 2019’

After talking about the Maryland General Assembly for about an hour, Lawrence A. Richardson Jr. turned his remarks to business leaders. “They (state lawmakers) see us all the time,” said Richardson, vice president for government affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. It’s more effective, he said, when lawmakers hear directly from business leaders in their districts. “We know it’s a hike to Annapolis,” he said. “We know it’s a pain … .” But it often takes testimony from real business leaders to get a point across, he said. That thought was echoed by Paul Frey, president and chief executive […]

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‘We need caring people to help other people’

Joseph ‘Jake’ Jacobs, high-school health and physical education instructor and adjunct college professor   Joseph “Jake” Jacobs believes your coffee break should improve your health. “I’m a big advocate for ‘active’ coffee breaks,” he wrote in an email, whether that’s a 20-minute yoga session or 20 minutes of hitting golf balls on the driving range. Jacobs is health and physical education instructor at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Md., and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and Penn State Mont Alto.  He holds a doctorate in the psychology of sport from the University of Maryland, College Park. […]

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Medical moves: Satellite health facilities expand area hospitals’ reach

Hospital organizations in the Crossroads area are offering an array of off-site services — from urgent and primary care to X-rays and specialized practices — as one way to adapt to the increasing need for, and expense of, health care. On May 30, Summit Health broke ground on a $15 million, three-story, 45,000-square-foot medical office building in Greencastle, Pa. Meritus Health is working on a $15 million outpatient center north of Hagerstown, Md., anticipating a November or December opening. In early May, WVU Medicine opened a $13.5 million, 40,000-square foot medical building in Spring Mills, W.Va. These additions are just […]

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Washington County, Md., business development department vows to listen

The Washington County Department of Business Development has promised to do a lot of listening. Representatives of the department spoke at a Washington County Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues” breakfast recently. Susan Small, the department’s business leader, said the department will work on that team approach moving forward. “Our biggest charge this year, for our department of business development and working with our Economic Development Commission, is going to be partnerships, internally and externally,” she said. Small joined Linda Spence, the business and event coordinator, and Leslie Hart, the agriculture business specialist, in speaking at the breakfast. “You will see […]

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