Business people

February 23, 2009

Hagerstown Honda

Paul Ritchie, president of Hagerstown Honda, was nominated for the 2009 TIME Magazine Dealer of the Year award, which recognizes new-car dealers who have demonstrated long-standing commitment to community service.

Ritchie, who was nominated by J. Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, was one of 49 automobile dealers in contention for the 40th annual award.

Ritchie, 57, went to work for Ford Motor Co. in 1977 and continued with the company until 1984. He spent 1986 to 1990 with American Honda, before opening Hagerstown Honda in 1990.

Ritchie has donated time, resources and money to local high school programs and to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Shining Tree Children's Home, Boy Scouts, Lions Club, Exchange Club and the Chamber of Commerce.


George P. Fritze, owner of Red River Motor Co. in Bossier City, La., won the award.

High Rock Studios

High Rock Studios had added three members to its Hagerstown office.

Nick Kline will serve as a Web developer and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) expert. He has worked in SEO and Web development for more than three years and recently managed his own firm.

Patricia Porciuncula will serve as a Web developer. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Shepherd University and an associate degree in graphic design from Kaplan College.

Jo Ann Broadwater will serve as receptionist.

Shepherd University

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. - Randall L. Friend Jr. has been named director of admissions at Shepherd University, where he will be responsible for outreach, marketing and recruitment of undergraduate students.

He joined Shepherd's admissions staff in 2003 as an admissions counselor and has served as senior admissions counselor, associate director of admissions and acting director of admissions.

Friend earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Shepherd, where he is working on a master's degree in business administration.

Colleen Nolan has been named dean of the school of natural sciences and mathematics at Shepherd, where she begins her duties July 1.

She will oversee the departments of biology, chemistry, and computer sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as the Institute of Environmental Studies.

Since 2004, she has served as the chair of the department of biological sciences at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where she has been a faculty member since 1991.

Nolan earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Washington State University, a master's degree in animal science from the University of Idaho and a doctorate in physiology of reproduction and growth from Texas A&M University.

Callas Contractors Inc.

Todd Gess has joined the estimating department of Callas Contractors Inc.

He has 17 years of architectural drafting, design and AutoCAD experience, 13 years of structural drafting and design experience, and 10 years of mechanical/electrical drafting experience.

Sagittarius Salon

Marsha Knicley-Masood and Loree Wesley, master designers and educators at Sagittarius Salon, recently attended Bumble and Bumble's design school in New York.

Both women have become advanced educators for the mid-Atlantic region and assisted in creating the new creative collection for spring 2009.

Fulton Financial Corp.

LANCASTER, Pa. - Julie L. Powell of Waynesboro, Pa., has been promoted to corporate loan review manager in the loan review department of Fulton Financial Corp.

She will be responsible for completing loan reviews for Hagerstown Trust Co. and The Columbia Bank, both subsidiaries of Fulton Financial Corp.

She joined Fulton Financial Corp. in 1993 and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State University.

PNC Bank

FREDERICK, Md. - Gordon M. Cooley has been named regional president of PNC Bank Western Maryland, where he will be responsible for the bank's growth in Frederick, Washington and Allegany counties.

His appointment is effective March 1.

Cooley spent nearly 20 years as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of F&M Bancorp, which was acquired by Mercantile Bankshares Corp. At Mercantile, he was deputy general counsel in the Baltimore headquarters before the bank's 2007 acquisition by PNC. He returned to Frederick in 2007.

He serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley, Heartly House and The Weinberg Center for the Arts. He also serves on the strategic planning committee of The Community Foundation of Frederick County and on Frederick County's pro bono committee, which provides legal services to people with limited economic means.

Hagerstown Rotary Club

Neil Parrott is the newest member of the Hagerstown Rotary Club.

Parrott, who was proposed for membership by Gary Rohrer, is the CEO of Traffic Solutions Inc.

He lives in Hagerstown with his wife April, attends Hagerstown Bible Church, and enjoys swimming and coaching soccer.

Myerly & Lowe Photography

Myerly & Lowe Photography associates Kim Lowe-Lee, Janet Marquiss, Tina Fleetwood and Patrick Detwiler attended the Professional Photographers of America Imaging Expo in Phoenix. They attended classes titled Senior Portraits in 2009: Refuel Your Creativity; Seniors: Define & Design; and Retouching Secrets of the Masters.

Brechbill and Helman Construction Co.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Taylor Davis of Greencastle, Pa., has been named assistant director of marketing for Brechbill and Helman Construction Co.

Davis is a 2008 graduate of Shippensburg University's John L. Grove College of Business with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing.

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