Allegiant to add Myrtle Beach destination from Hagerstown

By C.J. Lovelace After years of requests, travelers got some good news recently with Allegiant Air’s announcement that it would add service from Hagerstown, Md., to Myrtle Beach, S.C., starting June 9. The low-cost, vacation-oriented carrier will offer introductory base fares as low as $49 each way. “We’ve had a couple of phone calls from passengers asking (about the new flights),” said Peggy Siler, airline station leader for the Allegiant service out at Hagerstown Regional Airport. “People have already started booking them.” It’s not the first time flights have been offered to Myrtle Beach from the local airport. Direct […]

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‘Focus on the clients’

Bill Talley, CEO, Frederick County Bank By Mike Lewis 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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Checking the accounts: Banks on the move in region

By Mike Lewis From building new branches to going public to naming new leaders, some banks have made big changes in the Crossroads Business Journal area during the past several months. With all of the activity, we thought it would be handy to have a roundup of some of those changes. CNB prepares for 85th year CNB Bank made a couple of personnel moves at the end of 2018, as it prepares to celebrate its 85th anniversary this year. Josh Householder joined the bank as senior vice president/chief banking officer. He will lead the bank’s sales efforts in each […]

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Tony Pananes: New generation runs a sweet business

By Mike Lewis 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 […]

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150 years: Jefferson Security Bank celebrating sesquicentennial

By Mike Lewis SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — In celebrating Jefferson Security Bank’s 150th birthday this year, bank officers said they want to salute the institution and the community it serves. “It means a lot for us to be part of a small, community bank. We believe we an have an impact on people in the community,” said Cindy Kitner, the bank’s president and CEO. “There’s definitely a lot of history here. It’s something we’re very proud of. We want to stay current with things, but we also don’t want to lose track of where we started.” Part of that history […]

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Workplace rules changing in 2019

By Mike Lewis As a new year dawns, Walt Lachenmayr said it’s time to dust off those employee handbooks. Lachenmayr is a human resources consultant based in Hagerstown, Md. He and attorneys from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia recently provided insights and advice for employers as 2019 begins. For example, Lachenmayr said the National Labor Relations Board’s view of several matters has changed in the transition from former President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. As a result, he said, some workplace rules are “more realistic” from an employer’s point of view. Those range through “a whole host of […]

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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.

On the books for January 2019

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. […]

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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.
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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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Minghini’s owners ‘optimistic’ about growth

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. […]

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Watching the lawmakers on wage, tax, workplace issues

Some business leaders are going to be watching lawmakers as 2019 begins.

Among states in the Crossroads Business Journal region, potential issues could range from the minimum wage in Maryland to taxes in West Virginia to infrastructure funding across the nation. Chambers of commerce and other business organizations are preparing to meet issues that affect them as the topics arise in statehouses and Washington, D.C.

“Our (priorities) are very broad” and generally support job growth, said Paul Frey, president and CEO of the Washington County (Md.) Chamber of Commerce. “When a specific piece of legislation comes out … then we’ll get involved.” […]

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