Business People - April 3

April 03, 2011
  • Charlie Held is the February employee of the month for Volvo Powertrain North America.
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Volvo Powertrain North America

Charlie Held, case manager, customer satisfaction, is the February employee of the month for Volvo Powertrain North America.

Held has worked for the company for 39 years, working to improve product quality. He continues to head the US10 Quality Action Group, effectively reducing lead time to identify and resolve quality issues.


Joseph Dahms, Ph.D., is the new chairman of the board of directors for Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, Boonsboro.

The board also added two members, Lerry Fogle and Donna Ritchey Martin, to replace two whose terms expired.

Dahms, of Frederick, Md., was named to the board in 2009. He has been an economics professor at Hood College in Frederick since 1978 and served as chairman of the Economics and Business Department from 2004-07.

Fogle, also of Frederick, is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren. He was planner and director of the denomination’s annual conference from 2002-09, and served as associate pastor of the Frederick church before that. He is author of the book “Revelation Explained.”

Ritchey Martin, of Myersville, Md., is pastor of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, along with her husband, Tim. She is author of the book “Ephesians: Reconciled in Christ.”

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dr. McRae C. “Mac” Banks II, a 1968 graduate of South Hagerstown High School and professor of entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the new dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

He will succeed Dr. James K. “Jim” Weeks, who has been dean of UNCG’s largest academic school since 1990.

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Mass., Banks served from 1995 to the present as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the WPI School of Business. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial-engineering programs.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

Peggy Hays and Todd Crawford with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA recently were recognized as agents of the month for February in the Greencastle, Pa., office. The award is given based on the number of listings taken, sales made, closed sales, attendance at Realtor functions and continuing-education classes completed.

Hays was recognized for five years and more in the business category. Crawford was recognized for five years and fewer in the business category.

Hays is licensed in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has been selling real estate for 26 years and resides in the State Line, Pa., area with her husband, Jack.

Crawford has more than 20 years of business and sales experience. He is licensed to sell all types of real estate in Pennsylvania.

• The Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA, Waynesboro, Pa., office recognized Paul Gunder, Karen Stewart and Joan Sidoli for excellent performance in February. The decision was based on the number of new listings, sales and referrals, attendance at real estate meetings and workshops, and customer satisfaction reports.

Gunder has been a licensed Realtor since 1979. He is among the top 2 percent of NRT’s sales professionals, based on gross income. He specializes in residential and developments.

Stewart and Sidoli are known as the Stewart/Sidoli team. Their primary service areas are Franklin and Adams counties.

All three are members of the multilist services Metropolitan Regional Information System and Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties. They are licensed in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Joy El Ministries

Joy El Ministries recently hired Patrick Sims to serve as food service coordinator for Camp Joy El.

Sims comes to Joy El with considerable experience in food service. Having received his love of cooking from his father, he has continued in food service for more than 20 years. When he’s not busy cooking and overseeing the Camp Joy El kitchen, Sims enjoys teaching Sunday school and a men’s group at his church, playing video games with his children, reading and Bible study. He and his family attend New Life Christian Church in Hagerstown.

Sims has lived in Clear Spring for 11 years with his wife, Mary. They have two sons, Michael and William, and are raising a nephew, Darian.

Tastefully Simple

Cassie Johns of Hagerstown has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.

As an independent business owner, Johns offers food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun.

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