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Bruchey gets new job at Frontier Internet

December 05, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II is leaving his sales job at Hagerstown Ford to accept a position at Frontier Internet Commerce. He starts on Monday.

Bruchey said he is sorry to leave Hagerstown Ford but added that his new job does not require him to work nights, holidays or weekends. He said it will give him more time with his family and more time to attend community functions at night.

The job, which is in the Clock Building on Public Square, also will allow him to be closer to his mayoral duties.

"It gives me quicker access to City Hall," he said.

Frontier, which was founded about a year ago, builds virtual stores for companies selling products online, according to Kathleen Hynes, the company's president.

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For most of the first year, Hynes said the company has concentrated on Partsbay.com, which she called the "Amazon.com of car and truck parts."

Hynes, whose husband, Bruce, was president of 1st Urban Fiber, said her company also recently signed an agreement with Penn State University to create a Web site for its university library.

Bruchey will serve as client manager, soliciting new clients and working with existing customers.

"It's Bob's job to sell the client on how to break out of the traditional paradigm," she said.

Frontier has six employees and plans to expand to 14 in the next three weeks, Hynes said. The client manager position was in the company's original business plan, but Hynes said it has not been filled until now.

Hynes said Bruchey served as a consultant on the Partsbay.com site. His sales experience in the automotive industry and his job as mayor make him ideal, Hynes said.

"Bob was the most logical person," she said. "He has a sales charisma and a closing ability that you just don't see that much."

Bruchey's last job put him in an uncomfortable position when Hagerstown Ford bid on a city contract. The Washington County Ethics Commission granted Bruchey an exception allowing the city to buy a pickup truck from Ford.

Although switching jobs solves that problem, Bruchey said it was not a factor in his decision.

"This is something I've been thinking about for the last three months," he said.

Bruchey met Hynes when both served on a committee studying a convention center in Hagerstown. Bruchey, however, said that issue is dormant for the foreseeable future and their relationship poses no conflict of interest.

"There is no more convention center committee," he said. "It's not the time to look at a convention center in Washington County."

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