Face Time around the region – October 2019

Shenandoah hires ‘Santa Girl’ director Blayne Weaver WINCHESTER, Va. — Director Blayne Weaver, who directed “Santa Girl” at Shenandoah University, brings Hollywood know-how to the university as the school’s first director in residence. A resident of California, Weaver wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning thriller “Cut to the Chase” (with Lance Henriksen) and the romantic comedy “6 Month Rule” (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins). Previous films he’s written and directed include “Weather Girl” (with Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and “Outside Sales.” He also co-wrote and acted in “Manic” (with Don Cheadle, Joseph […]

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‘Personnel is the biggest challenge’

Laura M. Sherman is a member of the fourth generation to take a leadership role at family-owned Fayetteville Contractors Inc. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Some years ago, Laura M. Sherman’s plans didn’t include the family business. “It wasn’t my intention to go to school and come back here,” she said during an interview in the offices of Fayetteville Contractors Inc. “It was sort of an opportunity at the time.” That opportunity has worked out pretty well. Sherman has been president of the company since late 2018. FCI is a comprehensive contracting service for commercial and residential asphalt paving; asphalt manufacturing; commercial […]

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‘If you have access to the internet, then you are a target’

David Nathans, founder of SOCSoter, a cybersecurity firm based in Hagerstown By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com David Nathans cracked a big smile, then said his company delivers “champagne-tasting cybersecurity on a beer budget.” The company he founded, SOCSoter, is a managed security services provider. The company recently moved into revamped quarters in downtown Hagerstown, Md. “Good cybersecurity does not have to be expensive,” he said. Basically, Nathans said, the firm takes lessons learned from some of the largest computer breaches at large companies and boils that down to cost-effective cybersecurity protection for smaller companies. Nathans is more than familiar with the subject. […]

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Keller Stonebraker Insurance names new president and COO

Keller Stonebraker Insurance Inc. recently announced the promotion of John A. Latimer IV to president of the agency. In a separate move, Jason D. Call joined the agency in September as chief operating officer. In addition to serving as a risk management professional to his clients, Latimer has been involved in organizational and strategic leadership. He brings a combination of technical, business and financial knowledge to the position along with a strong institutional understanding. Latimer has more than 15 years of insurance and risk management experience and 24 years in the Washington County business community. He received a bachelor’s degree […]

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‘I’m wearing several hats here’

Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and the Chambersburg Area Development Corp. By Mike Lewismlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Stephen Christian’s fingerprints are all over a host of economic development moves throughout the Crossroads Business Journal region. He’s worked on projects large and small in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. One of the feathers in his economic development cap is helping recruit the $500 million Procter & Gamble plant to Berkeley County, W.Va. That facility is up and running and employing hundreds from throughout the region. For the past couple of years, Christian has been “wearing several […]

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Face Time around the region for September 2019

McGarrah joins bank office in Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — BCT-Bank of Charles Town recently announced the appointment of Kim McGarrah as relationship banker of its Martinsburg, W.Va., office. McGarrah will be responsible for developing business in the Martinsburg market as well as leading the Martinsburg banking team and their branch operations. Greenbeck joins First United Bank & Trust HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Denise E. Greenbeck has been named community relationship manager at First United Bank and Trust’s Emerald Pointe Community Office in Hagerstown. Greenbeck has more than seven years of financial services experience. She began her financial services career as […]

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Coldwell Banker Premier welcomes King-Kulik MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Brieanna King-Kulik has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. King-Kulik is the current Mrs. Virginia United States 2019, which keeps her involved in the community. She is the founder of a children’s volunteering club called Little Hands Big Hearts, as well as the Brieanna Project, which promotes awareness and help for individuals with eating disorders. 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. F&M Trust announces new hires […]

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‘There are tremendous opportunities for individuals’

Jack A. Drooger, program manager of workforce solutions and continuing education at Hagerstown Community College By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com From behind his stand-up desk at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College, Jack A. Drooger said he’s part teacher, part problem-solver. The mix has kept him at the college for a quarter-century. “It’s the variety. It’s the challenge,” Drooger said. “It’s the ability to be creative and solve problems for businesses and organizations.” Drooger picked up a degree from the institution, known as Hagerstown Junior College at the time, and went to work in the computer field. “I eventually came back to do […]

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‘The biggest challenge is also an opportunity’

Jeff Manwiller, chief financial officer of The Crowley Co. By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Seeing what he calls “great opportunity and great people,” Jeff Manwiller went to work for a company that had been his client. Manwiller, a CPA, earned a degree in accounting from the University of Delaware, where he also played tennis. “I still play now — not as well,” he said with a laugh. After spending time working for a private real estate development company, he went into public accounting. He worked at Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and CBIZ-MHM; both are in Bethesda, Md., and both joined Cherry […]

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Face Time around the region

About this section Submit your new hires, employee promotions, anniversaries, awards or anything else that might be of interest to your business community peers to news@crossroadsbizjournal.com. Swope named manager HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Kerry J. Swope, CPA, has been promoted to manager in the firm of Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell. A resident of Hagerstown, Md., Swope has been a member of ACM&I’s team since September 2011. ACM&I also announced that Ryan C. Lewis, a Hagerstown resident and staff accountant with the firm, has successfully completed the examination to earn his CPA designation. Spedden appointed to board HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dan […]

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