Business People

March 01, 2009

The Herald-Mail Co.

Mike Peck has been promoted to night facilities manager at The Herald-Mail Co. Peck will manage all aspects of the packaging and distribution department, and oversee the activities of the nightside employees in the building department. Peck, The Herald-Mail's 2008 Employee of the Year, has been with the company since 2004, beginning as a machinist in the packaging and distribution department, then serving as night foreman and, most recently, interim foreman in packaging. A graduate of South Hagers-town High School, he previously worked as a supervisor for the TrueValue distribution center in Hagerstown and for D.M. Bowman Inc. in Williamsport.

In the newsroom, Richard Belisle has been rehired as a part-time reporter in West Virginia, primarily concentrating on Jefferson County news. Belisle worked for The Herald-Mail as a reporter from 1974 through his retirement in 2005, then returned briefly in 2006 to assist with a temporary reporting opening in Pennsylvania.


In circulation, Jesse Gutekunst has been hired as a part-time assistant in the company's Hagerstown distribution center. Guntekunst is a graduate of South Hagers-town High School, where he twice led the Rebels to appearances in the Maryland state high school basketball tournament. He is a fifth-year senior at Hood College, where he has a successful basketball career. He has worked for FedEx and Avalon Manor in Hagerstown.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

Scott Palmer and James Stoneham were recognized as agents of the month for January in the Greencastle office of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA.

The award is based on number of listings taken, sales made and closed sales, as well as attendance at Realtor functions and completion of continuing education classes.

Palmer, an associate broker, has been selling real estate for 23 years.

Stoneham, who recently joined the agency, is licensed to sell real estate in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Paul Gunder and Matt Gunder of the Waynesboro office were recognized for excellent performance in January.

The honor is based on number of new listings, sales and referrals, attendance at real estate meetings and workshops, and customer satisfaction reports.

Paul Gunder, a licensed Realtor since 1979, is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, and specializes in residential and developments.

Matt Gunder also is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, and focuses on residential sales.

O'Neill Physical Therapy Services

Dr. Lorraine O'Neill, physical therapist and owner of O'Neill Physical Therapy Services in Hagerstown, recently completed a continuing education course in pediatric orthopedics.

O'Neill has worked with children with orthopedic and/or neurological problems since 1979. She also has completed coursework in neuro-developmental training.

The First National Bank of Mercersburg

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Christopher D. Grimm has been named senior loan officer at The First National Bank of Mercersburg, where he will direct the bank's commercial, mortgage and consumer lending activities.

Grimm, who has worked for the bank for the past 10 years, serves on the Greencastle Borough Council and is active with the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

The First National Bank of Mercersburg is an independent community bank with offices throughout Franklin County.

Washington County Arts Council

Tara Horst and James G. Piern have joined the board of directors of the Washington County Arts Council.

Horst is an assistant professor at the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. She is a graduate of Leadership Washington County Class XXI, a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation, and a member of Pennsylvania Business Education Association, National Business Education Association and International Society for Business Education.

Piern is chairman of the board of Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, vice president and group executive for Susquehanna Bancshares Inc and chairman and CEO of Susquehanna Bank. He has served on the boards of the YMCA, Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Bankers Association, Greater Hagerstown Committee, United Way of Washington County, Trinity Lutheran Church and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Action Products Inc.

Dane Briddell has joined Action Products Inc. in Hagerstown as a mechanical engineer.

The recent graduate of Cornell University will work in the company's medical products group and will focus on new product development for the operating room.

Action Products Inc. specializes in medical products that reduce pressure and shear, dampen shock and vibration, and distribute heat and weight evenly.

Cumberland Valley Orthopaedic Associates

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Dr. Richard S. Richards II has joined the practice of Cumberland Valley Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Summit Health.

Richards, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Maryland Medical System.

He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Duke University Medical Center and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

He has worked with athletes at the University of Maryland and treated Baltimore Ravens players.

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