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Bank of Charles Town honors employees
Betsy Smith
Steven Shaffer
Misty Harder
Clara Carroll

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Potomac Bancshares Inc., the one-bank holding company for Bank of Charles Town, recently honored four employees at the third annual BCT Award Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Four individuals were recognized by their peers for exceptional performance.

• The Monster Service Award was presented to Betsy Smith, call center/deposit operations representative, for consistently executing BCT’s nine principles of exceptional customer service.

• The Unsung Hero Award was presented to Misty Harder, VP/system/procedure administrator, for going above and beyond her current job duties to go the extra mile on behalf of BCT.

• The Robert F. Baronner Jr. Spirit Award was presented to Clara Carroll, AVP/executive administrative assistant/security officer/assistant secretary, as the individual that most people think of when they think of BCT.

• The President’s Award was presented to both Carroll and Steven Shaffer, AVP/cash management/business consultant, as the individuals who encompass the five core values of BCT — integrity, teamwork, growth, customer commitment and community focus.

Bank of Charles Town is a locally owned bank with seven offices serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, Washington County, Maryland and Loudoun County, Va. For more information, visit www.mybct.com.

Landscape company adds manager
Gary Huntsberger

ST. THOMAS, Pa. — East Coast Green recently hired Gary Huntsberger of Hagerstown as its new lawn and landscape maintenance manager.

Huntsberger’s career in lawn and landscape maintenance began in the early 1990s with J.C. Ehrlich Pest Control Co. He left that company to become a licensed and certified commercial pesticide applicator in turf, ornamental and industrial weed while working for Botanica Services Landscape Maintenance Co.

In early 2000, he joined Antietam Tree Service as a spray technician, where he received certification in arboriculture from the National Arborist Association.

In 2005, Huntsberger ventured out on his own, operating Greenkeeper Lawn Service Inc., a landscape maintenance company that offered lawn, tree, shrub and vegetation control services until 2017.

Huntsberger is certified through the University of Maryland’s Department of Agriculture for integrated pest management in landscapes, as well as licensed and certified for nutrient management to apply fertilizer on turf.

He can be reached at ghuntsberger@eastcoastgreen.net.

Edler promoted at MVB Bank
Brianna Elder

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — MVB Bank has named appointed Brianna Elder to assistant manager of its branch in Charles Town, W.Va.

She previously was branch operations manager at the Edwin Miller location of MVB Bank in Martinsburg, W.Va.

A native of Berkeley County, W.Va., Elder attended Shepherd University and West Virginia University. She is an active participant in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is a lifetime member of Soldier’s Angels.

She lives in Martinsburg with her son, Reese.

Healthcare Foundation elects officers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation board of directors recently elected officers for 2018.

The new officers include: Chip Hensell of Hensell Realty, chairman; Tom Jones of Jones Nationwide Insurance Agency, vice chairman; Leslie Crabill of BCT, secretary; and Chris Amores of Blue Ridge Healthcare, treasurer. 

Three new board directors were also appointed to serve three-year terms. Christian Asam, Alice Frazier and Jim Scott have all joined the 21-member board of directors that governs the University Healthcare Foundation.

The University Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to raising private funds to support patient care and comfort WVU Medicine University Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.

Accounting firm announces personnel moves

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Albright Crumbacker Moul and Itell accounting and business management firm of Hagerstown, Md., has announced several personnel moves.

Lindsey E. Close has been promoted to supervisor, and Michelle L. Alter has been promoted to senior accountant. Close, a Hagerstown resident, has been a member of ACM&I’s team since October 2007. Alter, a Falling Waters, W.Va., resident, has been a member of the team since June 2010.

ACM&I also announced the successful completion of certifications by Kery J. Swope, a Hagerstown resident and supervisor with the firm, and Katelyn M. Marchun, a Hedgesville, W.Va., resident and staff accountant. Swope completed the exam and requirements to earn a Certified Valuation Analyst in addition to his CPA designation, which he earned in March 2012. Marchun successfully completed the exam to earn her CPA designation.

In addition, ACM&I welcomed Darleen M. Knight, Kobey A. Calloway and Ryan C. Lewis to the firm. Knight, a Hagerstown resident, joined the team as an accounting associate in October. Calloway, a resident of Chambersburg, Pa., joined the firm as director of information processing in November. And Lewis, a resident of Middletown, Md., joined the team as a staff accountant in January.

Promotions, new hires at Baxter Group

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The growing Baxter Group Inc., based in Chambersburg, Pa., has announced the following personnel moves: 

Heather Bess was promoted to director of operations.

Jason Young was promoted to indoor environmental consultant.

Amanda Yeager was promoted to project manager for the radon division.

Melissa Geyer was promoted to foreman for the mold division.

The company also announced that several people have been added to the staff.

Miriam Vason is Baxter Group’s new office manager, and Susan McCarty has taken over as director of financial management. Stefany Kriner is the administrative assistant for all divisions.

Matthew Carr was named project manager of the new partnership with Lowe’s, thus establishing the company’s Lowe’s renovations division. Craig Yetter started as an intern from Shippensburg University to shadow Jason Young in the indoor environmental quality division. As he finished his internship hours, he transitioned to apprentice. Rick DeShong was brought on as a foreman, and Wesley Wertz, Patrick Wade and Mike Mione were brought on as new crew members.

Baxter Group Inc. started as an asbestos abatement company, then expanded into testing for environmental concerns. 

For more information, www.BaxterGroupInc.com.

WVU Medicine East expands executive team
Justin Ruble
Anna Buchanan

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two new executives have been appointed to the WVU Medicine East system’s senior management team.

Anna Buchanan has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer, and Justin Ruble has been named director of human resources.

Both appointments are effective April 2.

Buchanan most recently worked for Sentara Healthcare as the director of financial planning for Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. She began her health care financial management career at Martha Jefferson Hospital in 2004.

Buchanan holds a master’s degree of business administration (MBA) from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University.

Ruble joins WVU Medicine from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, where he most recently served as vice president of human resources.

An Eastern Panhandle resident, he received a master’s degree in corporate communications from WVU and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Marshall University.

The system’s hospitals include Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center.

Wilson president elected to CIC post
Barbara Mistick

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College President Barbara K. Mistick has been elected to the executive committee of the Council of Independent Colleges board of directors.

The election was held at a meeting of the CIC board during its 2018 Presidents Institute in Hollywood, Fla. Mistick, who has been a member of CIC’s board since January 2016, will serve as the executive committee’s vice chair of investment. That two-year term will run until January 2020.

CIC is the only national higher education association that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

Rydbom Joins F&M Trust
Chad Rydbom

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chad Rydbom has joined F&M Trust as assistant vice president, business banker, for the bank’s Chambersburg Market.

Rydbom will be responsible for developing new business and managing existing client relationships. He will be based in the F&M Trust office at 870 Norland Ave., Chambersburg.

His experience includes more than 15 years in the financial services industry. Most recently has was employed by Orrstown Bank as a business development officer. He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Shippensburg and sits on the board of directors at the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with approximately $1 billion in assets. 

WVU honors Rankin
Kelley Rankin

Kelley Rankin has received the Mary Lou Barnes Distinguished Professional Service Award from his alma mater, West Virginia University.

The award recognizes a WVU physical therapy graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession through excellence in teaching, research or service.

Mary Lou Barnes was the founder and first chair of the West Virginia University Physical Therapy program. Rankin was given the award during the Clinical Pathways ceremony, in which second-year PT students are presented with their white coats prior to beginning full-time clinical rotations and patient care.

Rankin, a 1997 graduate of the WVU physical therapy program, is the founder and owner of Rankin Physical Therapy, which currently operates six clinics located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

11 Coldwell Banker agents win awards
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Among the Coldwell Banker Premier agents honored by the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors were, from left, Stuart Sinclair, Wendy Thrane, Melinda Ball, Holly Goode, Kevin Drake and Judy Wolfrey.

WINCHESTER, Va. — The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors recently announced award winners for 2017 sales production, and 11 Coldwell Banker Premier agents achieved top honors.

The awards were presented at BRAR’s “Black Tie Masquerade Ball” Awards Gala on March 10.

Tim Shamblin and Kelly Bauer of Coldwell Banker Premier earned the director’s award for sales totaling more than $3 million.

Eric Reploeg, Judy Wolfrey, Holly Goode and Stuart Sinclair have been honored with the president’s award for achieving more than $5 million in sales.

Matt Bradley, Craig Alexander, Sharon Cales, Ken Evans and Wendy Thrane are Hall of Fame members and received the platinum award for sales production of more than $5 million for at least the past five years in a row.

Coldwell Banker Premier offers residential and commercial property sales and leasing services. The firm has offices in Winchester and Front Royal, Va., and in Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown, W.Va.