Business People

May 13, 2007

Frostburg State University

Sudhir Singh, a professor of finance in the Frostburg State University Department of Marketing and Finance, was honored at the spring meeting of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents with the Regents' Faculty Award for Public Service.

Singh is a leader and guiding force in fostering FSU's regional economic development efforts. His most significant achievement was in his joint work with one of his colleagues, Keramat Poorsoltan of the Department of Management, on "The Trident Initiative: Pathways to Entrepreneurship Education." Through this project, the university serves as a catalyst for promoting interaction among regional agencies and small businesses in an effort to make the business climate in Western Maryland more hospitable to attracting and sustaining new businesses in the region, and to build awareness of the economic possibilities in Western Maryland.

Singh also won grant support from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support feasibility studies for the creation of centers for the arts in the local community.


Longmeadow Animal Hospital

Dr. Dawn Gleason has joined the staff at Longmeadow Animal Hospital.

Gleason is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she received a dual major in zoology/physiology and Russian. She went on to veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in May 2004.

Following her graduation from veterinary school, Gleason joined one of Las Vegas' busiest clinics as an associate veterinarian. In February 2005, Gleason moved into a lead doctor position at a Banfield Clinic in Las Vegas.

Gleason's efforts have been recognized with several awards, including the Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award awarded by Congress, as well as an award for volunteering numerous hours in Las Vegas spaying and neutering numerous stray animals prior to adoption. Also, while in veterinary school, Gleason had her work published in "Bovine Veterinarian."

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ed Brown recently joined the staff of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA's Waynesboro office as a sales professional.

Brown received his real estate training at the Institute of Real Estate Studies. He currently is attending Jack Gaughen's AccelERAtion training program, an intensive five-week course designed to give new agents a head start in the real estate business.

Brown is a member of the Pen Mar Regional Association of Realtors, Metropolitan Regional Information System and the National Association of Realtors. He is licensed to list and sell all types of real estate in Pennsylvania.

Building Specs Property Inspections

Home inspector Jerry Smith, of Building Specs Property Inspections in Hagerstown, joined inspectors from across the country at a continuing education seminar and workshop sponsored by the National Association of Home Inspectors Inc. in Las Vegas.

During the seminar, Smith became certified by Home Energy Tune-up to help home owners and buyers improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Smith also is certified to test for radon gas, perform mold inspections, sample water, inspect septic systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and test for lead-based paint in Maryland.

The seminar focused on the latest technical, legal, marketing and business management components pertaining to being a professional home inspector.

Robert Zisa

Robert Zisa of Hagerstown has passed the Uniform CPA Examination in Maryland, according to Hays, Gibson LLC of Columbia, Md.

Zisa is a 2004 graduate of Frostburg State University in Hagerstown.

Sagittarius Salon

Codie Calvert and Kelly Cauffman of Sagittarius Salon recently attended The Bumble and Bumble University in New York City to enhance their strengths in razor techniques, including short, long, conservative and classic styles.

J.P. Trucking Inc.

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - J.P. Trucking Inc. held its quarterly safety breakfast on April 23 at Independent Order of Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84 in Williamsport.

Those honored for safe driving were:

- Eric Andrews, honored for seven years of safe driving.

- Kenny Nelson, honored for two years of safe driving.

- Roger Rhinaman, honored for one year of safe driving.

- Ken Johnson was honored for driving 500,000 miles without an accident.

- In addition, Carl Johnson and Eddie Smith were welcomed to the company.

Long & Foster

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Sue Brownsmith, SherryLynn Donaldson, Mary Ellen Mahoney and Kathy Skinner were honored as Top Producers by the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors at its annual awards banquet on March 8 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bridge Insurance & Financial Services

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jon Barnett and John Hose, co-founders of Bridge Insurance & Financial Services LLC of Greencastle, recently were recognized for their outstanding performance with Asset Marketing Systems Insurance Services LLC (AMS) of San Diego.

Barnett and Hose attended the annual AMS Top Producers Conference at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, where AMS honored its top 150 producers. Special guest speakers included Newt Gingrich and retired Gen. Anthony C. Zinni.

With a combined 65 years of experience, Barnett and Hose established Bridge Insurance & Financial Services LLC in March 2006 and have been associated with AMS for the past four years. They provide a variety of services, including retirement planning, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, and long-term care.

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