‘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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Face Time for December 2018

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. Shaffer joins CNB Bank as assistant VP MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Steven Shaffer was recently named assistant vice president and cash management officer at CNB Bank. Shaffer has more than 25 years of experience in his field. He is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Payments Association. Shaffer attended Northern Virginia Community College, […]

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Curt Spicher: ‘Optimistic about the next decade’

Curt Spicher, president of his family’s appliance, electronics and security store, talks about life in retail By Mike Lewis mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com On his way home from the hospital after a heart attack, Curt Spicher had a stop to make — at Spicher’s Appliances, Electronics and Security. “It’s been my life,” he said of the family business. Spicher’s father and grandfather, Carl and Charles Spicher, started the business in 1955. The original store was across the street from the current location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, Md. “They sold every appliance GE made — one refrigerator, one washer, one drier … ,” […]

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Triad Engineering names CEO

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Triad Engineering Inc. has promoted Bradley A. Reynolds to chief executive officer. Reynolds graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a registered professional civil engineer. He has been with the firm for more than 24 years and specializes in the fields of civil, geotechnical and construction engineering. Reynolds has been an instrumental leader at Triad, the company reported in a news release, serving in roles such as field engineering technician, senior geotechnical engineer, geotechnical and quality control practice leader and, most recently, as regional manager in charge of Triad’s Eastern […]

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Face time for November 2018

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. Attorney named to ‘Top 10’ list Bradley Jay Reed of Hagerstown, Md., has been recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in its most recent list of 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the […]

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‘You have to be on their farms to understand their lives’

Leslie Hart, agricultural business specialist, Washington County Department of Business Development By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Leslie Hart conducts a lot of business in barns and across kitchen tables. “I try to do everything face-to-face. I don’t like emails. I don’t like phones,” Hart said. As the agricultural business specialist within the Washington County (Md.) Department of Business Development, she works with farmers and farm-related ventures. Those duties, and her temperament, get her out of her Hagerstown office. Doing business in person is “the first part of building a relationship. … I still believe in the power of a handshake,” Hart […]

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‘I’m lucky that I have a really good team’

Weiss Bros. near Hagerstown marks its 80th anniversary. President Michael Weiss talks about the past, present and future. By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com A list labeled “2018 goals” hangs in Michael Weiss’s office, with entries that range from “new website” to “run a marathon.” Weiss smiled when he talked about it, describing himself as a “check-the-box kind of guy.” “If it’s on the list, it’ll get done. It drives me crazy sometimes,” he said. For the past several years, Weiss, 41, has been getting things done for Weiss Bros. near Hagerstown, Md. He’s president of the family business, which is celebrating […]

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County names new biz development director

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Susan Small was recently named director of the Washington County (Md.) Department of Business Development. Prior to working for the county, Small was a licensed real estate professional. She joined the county staff in 2014 as real property administrator in the Division of Engineering. Most recently, she served as business leader in the Department of Business Development. Small has a background in real estate, client relations and business development. She is a member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, an ex officio on the Washington County Chamber of Commerce board, a committee member of the Greater Hagerstown […]

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Franklin County, Pa., native named Hagerstown Regional Airport director

By JULIE E. GREENE news@crossroadsbizjournal.com Garrison A. Plessinger has been named the next director of the Hagerstown Regional Airport. He will take over the role on Nov. 5 after being unanimously approved by the Washington County Commissioners. Plessinger succeeds Airport Director Phil Ridenour. Ridenour is retiring, but he will work part time from Nov. 19 to Feb. 16 to aid in the transition, according to an email from county spokeswoman Danielle Weaver. Plessinger, a native of St. Thomas in neighboring Franklin County, Pa., is a graduate of James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., according to a county news release. He holds […]

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