Business People - July 29

July 29, 2012
  • Tom L. Peterson
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Dot Foods

WILLIAMSPORT — Three local employees of Dot Foods placed in the seventh annual forklift rodeo, a national competition held June 21 in Mount Sterling, Ill.

Rob Cuddy, a 2009 champion, placed fifth in the forklift competition.

• Twelve-year Dot veteran Dave Dingzon came in third in narrow aisle.

• Russian transplant Andrey Kidd came in fifth on the mule, otherwise known as the electric pallet jack.

Before the national event, the Williamsport office of Dot Foods invited its employees to test their warehouse skills in the narrow aisle, sitdown lift truck and the mule. Contestants had to maneuver their equipment carrying a stack of pallets through a two-loop obstacle course.

Dingzon took the top local prize in narrow aisle; Cuddy took the top spot in sitdown lift truck; and Pete Bishop was the champion on the mule.

Their victories qualified them to travel to the company’s headquarters in Illinois to take on the winners from Dot Foods’ other seven distribution centers.

CNB Bank Inc.

Tom L. Peterson recently joined CNB Bank Inc. as vice president and investment and trust services officer.

With more than 23 years of financial services experience, Peterson will work with individual and business customers throughout the Tri-State area to help with retirement planning, college savings, estate planning, wealth transfer techniques and insurance products.

Peterson spent the first 12 years of his career in financial services in various management positions with Prudential, for whom he worked out of the Camp Hill, Pa., Bel Air, Md., Towson, Md., and Hagerstown offices. The past 11 years of his financial services career were spent as vice president and market manager of a community bank in the Chambersburg, Pa., area.

Peterson graduated from Cedarville (Ohio) University in Cedarville with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

He lives with his wife of 26 years, Renee, in Boonsboro. Peterson is an avid outdoorsman, and has completed the JFK 50 Mile twice, as well as numerous marathons, including the New York City Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown Community College recently announced that these faculty members received promotions:

Joan Bontempo was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of art appreciation and art history. She was also granted tenure.

Joan Johnson was promoted from associate professor to professor of English composition.

David Maruszewski was promoted from instructor to assistant professor of simulation and digital entertainment.

In addition, Richard Campbell, assistant professor of developmental mathematics; Ardyce Ketterling, assistant professor of developmental composition; Sonja Kirchner, assistant professor of nursing; and Jennifer Szczesniak, assistant professor of mathematics, were granted tenure.


Robert Platt, material handler for Hagerstown’s engine assembly line, was named employee of the month for May at the Volvo Group trucks operations powertrain production site.

Platt was recognized based on his record of sequencing thousands of parts per month with no errors, his keen eye for issues with quality in the components he handles and his effective use of chain of command to communicate potential problems expeditiously.

Oak Hill Interior Design

Sheree Fristoe has joined Oak Hill Interior Design as an interior designer.

Fristoe, a Hagerstown native, attended Hagerstown Community College, Frostburg University and the New York School of Interior Design. She has more than 20 years of experience in residential interior design.

Fristoe has worked in the Tri-State area, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia area.

F&M Trust

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Barbara L. Peltzer joined F&M Trust as a vice president — commercial services relationship manager.  

Peltzer has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience. She began her banking career at First Union Bank in Philadelphia through the credit training program for commercial relationship managers. She has served as a commercial loan underwriting officer, commercial loan officer and most recently as vice president — commercial relationship manager at Cape Bank in Cape May Court House, N.J.

At F&M Trust, Peltzer will be responsible for pursuing new lending opportunities, as well as developing commercial banking relationships with new and existing businesses in Cumberland County. Her office will be in the bank’s new Mechanicsburg (Pa.) office at Silver Creek Plaza when it opens later this year.

She will also meet with commercial customers at the bank’s community banking offices, as well as at customers’ places of business.

Peltzer earned a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in business administration from La Salle University. She has completed various banking and financial service courses at the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School in association with the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking hosted at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas.

Edward Jones

Benito Vattelana, Lisa Taylor and Valerie Walters of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Hagerstown recently received the firm’s Client Service Excellence award for being the No. 1 client service providers in their region and in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country.

The honor was bestowed upon the team based on the results of a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Scott Palmer and Wendy Main, with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA, were recognized as agents of the month for May in the Greencastle office.

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

Palmer was recognized for five years or more in the business.

Main was recognized for five years or less in the business.

Palmer has been selling real estate for 26 years and is an associate broker. He lives in Greencastle with his wife, Dawn, and daughter.

Main has been with Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA since 2010, and is licensed to sell all types of real estate in Pennsylvania. She lives in Greencastle with her husband, Doug.

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