Business people

March 26, 2006

Geo-Technology Associates

FREDERICK, Md. - Jeremy D. Cooper has been promoted to associate with Geo-Technology Associates Inc. (GTA), a mid-Atlantic geotechnical engineering and environmental consulting firm.

Cooper has more than 12 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering industry and is registered as a professional engineer in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He received a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He has a master of science in geotechnical engineering from the University of Maryland.


Swift Systems Inc.

FREDERICK, Md. - Patrick Haley has joined the management team of Swift Systems Inc.

Haley, who joined the company in February as a vice president, has a background in technology and business management. His responsibilities include managing the business development aspects of Swift Systems, which provides network engineering/outsourcing solutions, ISP, and Web hosting services for business.

National Reconnaissance Office

CHANTILLY, Va. - John Negroponte, director of National Intelligence, honored Hagerstown native Richard Ridgley with the first DNI Fellows Award on Feb. 10.

The DNI Fellows Award program recognizes and rewards outstanding technical achievement within the intelligence community.

Ridgley is program manager for Foundational Technologies in the Advanced Technology Group of the National Reconnaissance Office's Advance Systems and Technology directorate. The NRO designs, builds and operates the nation's spy satellites.

Weichert, Realtors

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Broker/manager Machelle Lewis and agents Amber Welch, Jamileth Castillo, Martha Rose and Tamara Markle of Weichert, Realtors - American Realty in Martinsburg completed the required training to earn a Weichert Relocation Certification.

The sessions were held in February in Tampa, Fla.

The franchise organization's relocation training encompasses all aspects of listing and selling homes that are referred by Weichert Relocation Resources Inc.

Tele-Plus Corp.

Tele-Plus Corporation, a regional company with headquarters in Hagerstown, recently recognized six employees for their contributions to the company during the business year ending Dec. 31, 2005.

Receiving the Tele-Plus Award of Excellence were: Paul D. Schmidt of McConnellsburg, Pa., sales; Neal G. Myers of Mercersburg, Pa., sales; Denise A. Cotton of Greencastle, Pa., technical services; Melissa A. Mellott of Keedysville, accounting services; Kimberly A. Kreis of Hagerstown, accounting services; and Justin N. Akers of Chambersburg, Pa., technical services.


Lanny Harris, correctional officer II, was named Employee of the Month for March at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Harris was selected for the award for his involvement in reducing contraband within the prison, according to a prepared release.

Marc Gamerman, D.C.

Marc Gamerman, D.C., of Hagerstown, participated in the annual National Board of Chiropractic Examiners' Part III Test Committee meeting in Greeley, Colo., on Feb. 24-25.

Gamerman, who served as a representative of the Maryland Board of Chiropractic Examiners, was one of 11 participants from across the United States chosen to analyze and select questions for the Part III written examination for fall 2006 and spring 2007.

With headquarters in Greeley, the NBCE is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession.

The Eagle Construction Co.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Nelson Clippinger has joined the support staff of The Eagle Construction Co.

Clippinger is a project manager with 33 years of construction experience. He also has experience as an estimator and holds Uniform Construction Code certifications, is a certified EIFS inspector, a member of the International Code Council, has CDT certification with the Construction Specifications Institute and is enrolled at Harrisburg (Pa) Area Community College in the associate degree program.

AtHome America

Angela Covington of Hagerstown was recognized for having high December team sales for AtHome America.

She has been with the company since March 2004.

Leadership West Virginia

Forty-seven leaders from across West Virginia have accepted invitations to participate in the 16th class of Leadership West Virginia.

Among them is Barry Linger of West Virginia University School of Medicine-Eastern Division, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Candidates were selected from nominations that were submitted in late 2005.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Jean Nuckoles-Guenter has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate with the Hagerstown office.

Nuckoles-Guenter joins The Home Team as the newest agent licensed in Maryland.

Paul C. Mellott Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. - The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association named Paul C. Mellott Jr., chairman and CEO of H.B. Mellott Estate Inc., Warfordsburg, Pa., recipient of the ninth annual Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award, the association's highest individual service award.

He received the award for his dedication to the construction aggregates industry, his family and his community, according to a prepared release.

Mellott is a former chairman of the National Stone Association, a longtime member and former chairman of the Maryland Aggregates Association, board member of the North Carolina Aggregates Association, member of the Pennsylvania Aggregates Association and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance. He is chairman of NSSGA's ROCKPAC and is a member of the board of directors.

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