Business people

January 01, 2006

The Herald-Mail Co.

Jim Thomas and Richard Belisle have retired from The Herald-Mail Co., effective Dec. 30. Thomas spent nearly all of his 35 years at The Herald-Mail in the company's Mailroom. Belisle, a reporter, joined The Herald-Mail in 1974, and spent the majority of his career working out of the company's various bureau offices. The company recognized both employees with retirement parties and watches in December.

Jennifer Fitch and Rob Snyder have been hired as bureau reporters and will begin work Jan. 3.

Fitch, a graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, will take over the company's Waynesboro bureau. She most recently worked for the Waynesboro Record Herald.

Snyder, a graduate of the University of Maryland, has worked for The (Martinsburg) Journal, the Community College of Baltimore, and The (Baltimore) Sun, among others. He will work in the company's Martinsburg bureau.

In Advertising, Jennifer Iseminger has been hired as an outside sales representative and Penny Goldstein has joined the staff as a part-time special sections assistant.


A graduate of Frostburg State University, Iseminger previously served as corporate sales manager with the Clarion Hotel in Hagerstown, and as the director of Sales and Marketing with the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Milwaukee.

Goldstein, a graduate of the University of Michigan, has worked as a communications consultant and publications editor for various companies during her career. She's also served as a freelance writer, with articles and photographs appearing on, and in the Mid-Atlantic Antiques Magazine and the Readers' Digest New Choices publication, among others.

In addition, the company has promoted Brian Taylor to the position of Information Technology manager. Taylor has been with The Herald-Mail since 1997, serving in a number of IT capacities, most recently as team leader. He's a graduate of Shepherd College.

Elsewhere, part-time Marketing Assistant Deb Lanzendorfer and part-time Packaging and Distribution Machinist Mike Bowman, have been promoted to full-time positions in their departments.

Celebrating milestone anniversaries with the company in January are: Terry Headlee, executive editor, 20 years; and Pepper Ballard, police reporter, 5 years.

Sovereign Bank

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Sovereign Bank has appointed Donna L. Staggers as a mortgage loan officer.Staggers, whose office is at 140 Paul Smith Blvd. in Hagers-town, will be responsible for developing and securing mortgage loan originations.

Staggers, of Hagerstown, has more than 20 years of mortgage loan experience. She attended Hagerstown Community College and participated in mortgage financing instruction courses for Realtor pre-licensure at the school. She has conducted mortgage-financing seminars for Realtors and the general public.

The First National Bank of Greencastle

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Gloria Kimmel, an employee of The First National Bank of Greencastle, was recognized by the bank and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) for serving 40 years in the banking industry

She joined First National in March 1965. In 1973, she was promoted to the position of assistant branch manager and was promoted to branch manager of the Shady Grove, Pa., office in 1976. She retired in 1995 but works for the bank as a part-time teller.

CoxHollida LLP

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Brent Yost has been named the Plus Award Winner for the third trimester at CoxHollida LLP in Martinsburg. The award recognizes those who have exceeded the expectations of clients, other firm members or the firm as a whole. It is given each trimester to a firm member who displays extra effort.

Tastefully Simple

Tastefully Simple consultant Nicole Row earned $500 for consistently meeting the direct-selling gourmet food company's monthly sales goals. The bonus is one of Tastefully Simple's rewards offered as incentives to its independent consultants.

Partners In Pediatrics

Emeka Obidi, M.D., a board-eligible pediatrician, has joined Partners In Pediatrics, located near Hagerstow City Park.

Obidi completed his pediatric residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Hospital and is a professional member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Washington County Hospital Association.

Jack GaughenRealtor ERA

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA's Waynesboro office has recognized two sales professionals for their performaces in November.

Jean Rosenberger and Julianne Lesniak were recognized based on the number of new listings sales and referrals, attendance at real estate meetings and workshops and customer satisfaction reports.

Weber Business Services

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Liz Weber, president of Weber Business Services LLC, 41 S. Antrim Way, Greencastle, was awarded the designation of certified management consultant by The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC-USA).

The CMC designation is recognized as a sign of excellence in management consulting. It represents Weber's adherence to the IMC's Code of Professional Ethics and its requirement for solid client project fulfillments and continuing education to ensure clients are presented with current and effective business strategies, according to a release.

The firm specialilzes in strategic and succession planning, and marketing and media outreach services.

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