‘We remain very optimistic about the future’

Mark Harrell, president and CEO of CNB Bank By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com Mark Harrell says the favorite part of his day is interacting with customers. As president and CEO of CNB Bank, Harrell oversees eight community-banking offices — two in Morgan County, W.Va.; three in Berkeley County, W.Va.; and three in Washington County, Md. — one in Hancock and two in Hagerstown. The locally owned bank offers a full array of financial services. Harrell holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Towson University. He also is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association of Commercial Lending and of the […]

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‘We need caring people to help other people’

Joseph ‘Jake’ Jacobs, high-school health and physical education instructor and adjunct college professor   Joseph “Jake” Jacobs believes your coffee break should improve your health. “I’m a big advocate for ‘active’ coffee breaks,” he wrote in an email, whether that’s a 20-minute yoga session or 20 minutes of hitting golf balls on the driving range. Jacobs is health and physical education instructor at St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Md., and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and Penn State Mont Alto.  He holds a doctorate in the psychology of sport from the University of Maryland, College Park. […]

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‘The past 40-plus years have seen unparalleled growth’

Gregg Thompson director of marketing and business development at Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc.   Gregg Thompson says he’s learned the business from the ground up, literally, at Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. in Chambersburg, Pa. He started working for the company as a laborer during his days as a student at Shippensburg University. “I’ve swept plenty of floors and shoveled mud off foundations,” he said with a smile. Thompson graduated from Shippensburg in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. But he went to work for Brechbill & Helman. “They were really growing then, and they were […]

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‘We can tell our client’s story’

Scott Bowen of MSB Architects   From the fish tank in the wall to the guitars by the desk to the trademark bow tie he wears, Scott Bowen’s office atmosphere reflects a bit of his personal story. The architect, based in Hagerstown, Md., said that’s what his firm tries to do for its clients — to blend practical needs with an artistic vision that tells a client’s story. Three-dimensional models and large photographs show off some of those projects, such as the picture of the Lucy School in Frederick, Md., and the model of the planned expansion of the Schmankerl Stube […]

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‘Another piece to the biggest puzzle’

Tyler Kolb, new branch manager at United Bank in Spring Mills SPRING MILLS, W.Va. — Tyler Kolb has been a member of the Berkeley County, W.Va., business community for years, but his new job has him looking at that community from a different angle. Kolb was recently promoted to branch manager of United Bank’s Spring Mills location, near Interstate 81 in West Virginia. Kolb, who previously served as a senior trainer, will oversee the profitability of the location, hire and coach employees and promote the bank’s products and services. “I say I was born (which I was) and raised here in […]

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‘We all learn from one another’

Chris Ardinger, executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce   MERCERSBURG, Pa. — Chris Ardinger brings community service and private enterprise experience to his role as executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce in Mercersburg, Pa. In the business world, he worked as a front-end manager and “solutions specialist” at Best Buy in Hagerstown, Md., from June 2011 to June 2013. From August 2013 to October 2015, he was  sales and marketing coordinator for Hardell Corp. in Hagerstown. Part of his duties in that job included representing the company at chamber and business networking events. He officially took […]

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‘Nurturing and understanding’ as a manager

Breanne Hinnant, general manager, Olive Garden in Frederick, Md.   Breanne Hinnant’s rise to restaurant leadership included a few rungs on the education ladder. The new general manager of the Olive Garden in Frederick, Md., Hinnant grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She started in the restaurant industry as a host and server in a local breakfast restaurant. She also worked at a few local restaurants throughout her summers to save money for college. A student-athlete, she played volleyball and softball at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., then was recruited to Converse College, a Division II school in South […]

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‘The profession is less collegial and more competitive’

John R. Salvatore, attorney at law Hunting trophies adorn the walls of John R. Salvatore’s law office in Hagerstown, Md. Scattered across his desk and nearby tables are piles of papers that make up his current workload. They mingle with souvenirs of his travel and his service. He’s holding a coffee mug he acquired during a visit to Italy. A Washington County Commissioner name plate sits nearby. On his door hangs a paper target, shaped like a human silhouette. Holes in the “bullseye” show his proficiency with a weapon. There are other certificates, plaques and words of accomplishment and encouragement. […]

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‘We are focused on growing with our customers’

Philip A. Pantano with F&M Trust Philip A. Pantano was an award-winning athlete in college and has become an award-winning banker with F&M Trust. Pantano received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pa., where he was a scholarship athlete on the baseball team and co-captain. He was USJ’s scholar athlete of the year in 2004. He went on to earn a master’s in business administration from Shippensburg University in 2010. Pantano has been with F&M Trust since 2005 and has served in a vice president’s role since April 2011. He recently was named commercial services market […]

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