‘Focus on the clients’

Bill Talley, CEO, Frederick County Bank By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com 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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Face time for February 2019

Face time around the region: WVU Medicine hires physical medicine, rehab specialist MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently announced the opening of the Interventional Spine Care Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., and the addition of Dr. Shoji Ishigami to the medical center staff. The Interventional Spine Care-Procedure Based Management program, a part of WVU Medicine Brain and Spine, focuses on the safe and accurate performance of spine injection procedures to ease acute pain and ensure patient comfort. Some of the conditions treated include degenerated, bulging or herniated discs; stenosis; whiplash; osteoporosis; spinal and pelvic fractures; and facet joint […]

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Tony Pananes: New generation runs a sweet business

By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com 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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Founder of Triple Crown Construction retires

FREDERICK, Md. — After a career that took him from the classroom to the boardroom, Triple Crown Construction founder Dave Rapp has officially retired, the company announced in a recent news release. Rapp started the organization in 1991 and transformed it into a hotel renovations and commercial construction project firm. Rapp had a passion for construction from an early age, according to a report from the company. He took on design and drafting projects on his own time while in high school, and he studied civil technology and industrial education in college. He taught mechanical drafting and architecture at Wootton […]

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Face time for January 2019

Have a Face Time item? Submit your new hires, promotions, awards and other people items to facetime@crossroadsbizjournal.com, or by mail to Crossroads Business Journal, 100 Summit Ave., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. If you have questions, call editor Joseph Deinlein at 301-791-7591, or reporter Mike Lewis at 301-733-5131. Family Healthcare of Hagerstown adds pediatrics HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Dr. Mutsa Nyakabau, known as “Dr. N,” a pediatrician, has joined Family Healthcare of Hagerstown and is seeing patients at 201 S. Cleveland Ave. in Hagerstown. Nyakabau was born in Zimbabwe and trained in the United States. He completed a pediatric residency […]

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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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Martin named 2018 business person of year

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — James “Jim” Martin, president of Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc., has been named the 2018 Business Person of the Year for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Martin was chosen by a panel of business and civic leaders because of his business experience and growth, service to the community and contributions to economic development in the region. Given annually, the award is designed to honor business leaders who have made long-term contributions to their profession and the community. “Jim Martin and his team have created an amazing success story, and they are constantly donating their products as […]

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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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‘Coffee gets cold quick around our office’

Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell, owners of Greencastle Notary Service By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Lori Barnes and Melinda Cordell own and operate Greencastle Notary Service in Greencastle, Pa. The little storefront almost closed before it got started. Barnes said they were planning to open more than a decade ago in a building across the street. The landlord had “made everything beautiful,” and had asked the duo to move their items out of the space so the floors could be refinished before they opened. “The place burned down that night,” she recalled. “The next day, we rented this space.” And they’ve […]

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Caperton named Shenandoah’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business has honored Gaston “Gat” Caperton, CEO of Gat Creek, a home furnishing company headquartered in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., as its 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year. Caperton serves as vice chairman of Shepherd University’s board of governors. He co-founded and serves on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, an eco-friendly furnishing organization, and chairs the board of the Natural Capital Investment Fund, an organization that provides loans and support to small businesses along the East Coast, according to a university news release. He received an MBA from the […]

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