Business People - April 1

April 01, 2012
  • Officer Jesse Duffey
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Hagerstown Police Department

Officer Jesse Duffey was selected as the Hagerstown Police Department’s Officer of the Month for February.

He was nominated for his quick, alert actions in apprehending an alleged armed robber. On Feb. 22, at approximately 6:56 a.m., Duffey was in the area of Wayne’s Country Store at 1020 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, assisting other officers in looking for a stolen vehicle. As he drove by the store, Duffey observed a male exit the store acting suspiciously.

By the time Duffey turned to pull into the parking lot to investigate the male, the male disappeared. As Duffey drove by the store, he observed the clerk locking the store doors and knew that the store had just been robbed, which was confirmed via police radio.

Other officers arrived on scene quickly to assist. As he was checking the area, Duffey observed the male that he had seen exiting the store attempting to flag down a passing vehicle on West Washington Street. Duffey took the suspect into custody without incident. The suspect Duffey apprehended was positively identified as the individual who robbed the store.

Duffey has been employed by the City of Hagerstown for nine years and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division’s Baker Platoon.

Cinetic Landis Corp.

Steve Thiry has been named executive vice president for the machinery group of Cinetic Landis Corp. at the company’s headquarters in Hagerstown.

Thiry’s functional business experiences are in the areas of strategy formulation, sales management, product and market development, merger and acquisitions, and employee development. He was most recently chief executive officer at WisConn Investments LLC and White Cap Real Estate LLC.

Thiry has also held executive positions at the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Crane Co. and Ingersoll Rand.

Cinetic Landis Corp. operates as part of the global Fives Cinetic group, which works in advanced manufacturing technology.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA’s Waynesboro office recognized Paul Gunder, Kim Mills and Kurt Wetzel for excellent performance in February based on new listings, sales and referrals.

Gunder has been a licensed Realtor since 1979, and holds licenses for Pennsylvania and Maryland. He was among the top 1 percent of NRT’s sales professionals based on gross commission income reported in the fourth quarter of 2011. He specializes in residential and developments.

Mills also is licensed in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has earned the designations of accredited buyer representative, Cartus Network affinity specialist and seniors real estate specialist.

Wetzel earned his Realtor designation in October. He earned rookie of the month, a category for agents in the business for less than five years.

lia sophia

Amy Metz of Hagerstown and Linda Brown of Williamsport were recently honored as part of lia sophia’s Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for sales accomplishments and professionalism.

Having just joined the fashion jewelry business, they earned the accomplishment in their first 15 weeks by attaining certain sales levels and by sharing lia sophia with other new advisers.

Metz can be contacted at Brown can be contacted at

Cushwa Wealth Managers LLC

David K. Cushwa, president and wealth manager of Cushwa Wealth Managers LLC, earned the designation of chartered retirement planning counselor from the College of Financial Planning in Denver.

Earning the designation requires a rigorous course of study in advanced retirement planning, including an exam.

In addition to the designation, Cushwa holds a Masters in Business Administration, is an accredited investment fiduciary and chartered portfolio manager. He has been an active member of the local business community for more than 35 years, serving on various corporate, banking and nonprofit boards.

Cushwa is registered with Spire Securities LLC and Spire Wealth Management LLC. The firm works with individuals, small-business owners/professionals and institutions in various wealth-planning and retirement-planning capacities.

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