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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‘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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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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Hendrix leads a university, a cancer lab

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Mary J.C. Hendrix sees Shepherd University as “a tremendous resource to the community and the region.” Hendrix, the university’s 16th president, also is a leading cancer researcher. A Taiwanese company recently licensed 10 of her lab’s patents to develop new cancer treatments. “On a daily basis, my life is driven by lists. Detailed lists keep me focused and on task, and they provide benchmarks about progress on key initiatives,” she reported when asked about juggling her responsibilities. Hendrix holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-med/biology from Shepherd and a doctorate in anatomy/cell biology from George Washington University. From 1977-1980, she was […]

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Harpers Ferry park leader: Pleasure to interact with visitors

Tyrone Brandyburg, superintendent at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, is a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service. Born in Orangeburg, S.C., Brandyburg graduated from Branchville High School in Branchville, S.C., and received a bachelor’s degree in American history and education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. As an undergraduate, Brandyburg started his National Park Service career through a co-op program at Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston, S.C. “After graduation, I worked as a park ranger for three years while gaining experience in collections/museum management and supervision,” he wrote in an email. “I transferred to Tuskegee […]

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Top wealth advisor: ‘Most people need a coach’

Four area names, all from Maryland, made the roster when Forbes released its list of “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.” Named to the list from this area were: • No. 14: Larry Boggs, Wells Fargo Advisors, Cumberland • No. 22: Betsy Pakenas, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Frederick • No. 29: Jim Holzapfel, Wells Fargo Advisors, Hagerstown • No. 55: Nate Harris, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Frederick Holzapfel is managing director and investment officer with Holzapfel Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Hagerstown, Md. He’s not exactly a stranger to lists like these. He has earned numerous firm, industry and civic awards, including Outstanding […]

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‘We have an opportunity to come together as a community’

Sudhir Singh, new dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business, talks about what he sees as the successes, challenges at the school. Sudhir Singh, recently named dean of Frostburg State University’s College of Business by Provost Elizabeth Throop, seeks insights from leaders as diverse as Churchill, Lincoln, Gandhi and Nehru. Singh joined FSU in 1992, with a teaching focus on finance. He was associate dean from 2010 to 2015 and has served as interim dean since 2015. He has also served as director of the College of Business Center for Leadership Development since 2011. “Dr. Singh has wide expertise in finance and global […]

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‘Parkway’s success lies in its team members’

Co-owners of group specializing in brain, spine and peripheral nervous system disorders dish on practice, life, future.   Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute is led by co-owners and managing partners Dr. Neil O’Malley and Dr. Brian Holmes. The group specializes in the diagnosis, management and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. PNSI offers multiple modalities of treatment at its facilities on Western Maryland Parkway, Hagers- town, Md. A few statistics, all since January 2016: • Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute had 43,927 patient visits. • Parkway Surgery Center performed 14,613 invasive spine procedures. • Parkway Physical […]

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The power of brand: Wallace ‘Worx’ to bring out the ‘gutsy’ in businesses

Laura Wallace said she believes in being “gutsy” and practicing what you preach. Wallace is the owner and creative director of Worx, based in Hagerstown, Md. The firm specializes in branding, working with companies on everything from logos and websites to their physical spaces. Worx recently rebranded its own physical space in a downtown Hagerstown building, and one of the first things you see when you walk in the door is a long row of awards and honors under a slogan, “brand your gutsy.” The Worx website says, “We exist to get others as pumped about your brand as you […]

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Retail rush: ‘It is all about finding the balance’

As a youngster, Lora Tolley shopped at the J.C. Penney store. Now she runs it. Tolley grew up in Berkeley Springs W.Va. She attended Shepherd University for 3.5 years and transferred to Concord University for the remainder of her education. She met her husband, Russell, while serving a college internship in southern West Virginia. They have been married for 27 years and have two children, Carter, 19, and Kaitlyn, 16. In 1993 she went to a J.C. Penney store in Martinsburg W.Va., for a part-time job, working in the Fine Jewelry Department. She was accepted into the management trainee program […]

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