‘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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‘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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Shenandoah University names first provost

WINCHESTER, Va. — Adrienne G. Bloss, previously vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University, has been named the university’s first provost. “This title change more fully reflects the full breadth and diversity of academic programming overseen by Dr. Bloss,” Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons said in a news release. The change was effective Sept. 1. “I’m delighted to take on the role of provost at Shenandoah as we continue to add programs that provide students with educational experiences that are not only innovative, but also remain useful and relevant to students throughout their lives,” Bloss said. Bloss began her […]

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Advisers from Crossroads area make Forbes’ list

A half-dozen people from the Crossroads Business Journal region have been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisers.” In total, the roster includes 1,000 advisers who represent the future of the wealth management industry. Each adviser was nominated by their respective firm, then vetted and ranked by SHOOK Research. Each adviser was chosen based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including: in-person interviews, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced and assets under management. The following are the listed advisers from the CBJ region, with each person’s ranking, name, firm and typical size of household assets under […]

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Face Time for October 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. Burkholder joins Coldwell Banker Premier MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Autumn Burkholder has joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. Burkholder has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution. She relocated to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia 11 years ago. Burkholder is heavily involved in supporting the Let There […]

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David H. Martin Excavating celebrates its 50th year

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Kirk Martin smiles a lot as he walks through the offices of David H. Martin Excavating near Chambersburg, Pa. “I really enjoy this,” he said of the business, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Martin, 46, is the company president. He is the third generation of his family to lead the company. It was founded by his grandfather, David, in 1968 and later led by his father. “I’ve worked here all my life, coming up through the family. … It’s basically shaped who I am,” Kirk Martin said. He’s served a variety of roles in […]

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Face Time for September 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. WVU Medicine welcomes neurologist, pulmonologist MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians announce the addition of two physicians. Dr. Apoorv Prasad, a neurologist, has joined WVU Medicine Neurology in Martinsburg.   Prasad received a medical degree from Grant Government Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed a […]

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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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