‘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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‘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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‘Work on the fundamentals’

Rick Weldon, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com With a work background that ranges from rural Maryland to Washington, D.C., to the depths of the ocean, Rick Weldon reasons that “a little patience, compassion, creativity and focus” can overcome just about any obstacle. Weldon was recently named president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. He follows Elizabeth Cromwell, who resigned to take the helm of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. Weldon brings a diverse background to his latest role. He served four years in the U.S. Navy submarine service then […]

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‘Journey of responsible growth’

William ‘Billy’ Griffith Jr., executive manager, Tri-County Pumps of Boonsboro, Md. By MIKE LEWIS mlewis@crossroadsbizjournal.com As the next generation of leadership at Tri-County Pumps, William “Billy” Griffith Jr. looks to continue what he calls a “journey of responsible growth.” Griffith, 29, is a graduate of Boonsboro High School and Hood College. He was working in the insurance industry but joined his father, William Sr., in running the business after the death of his mother, Amonica. “I came back to help them get situated, and I just decided to stay. … That was quite the change. We’ve grown quite a bit […]

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‘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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