Business People - Aug. 5

August 05, 2012
  • Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques
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West Virginia University Health Sciences Center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques, dean of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center Eastern Division, retired June 30.

Jacques worked for more than 19 years as a physician and instructor.

Jacques was the only WVU School of Medicine faculty member who served at all three School of Medicine campuses. From 1993-96, he was chairman of the Department of Family Medicine Charleston; from 1996-2004, he was the Department of Family Medicine chairman in Morgantown; and from 2004-12, he was the dean of the School of Medicine Eastern Division.

In addition to his work as dean, Jacques maintained a clinical practice two days a week, saw patients at a local nursing home, provided volunteer medical services at a free clinic every month and was an active member of the WVUH-East board of directors.

Professionals Networking Together

Professionals Networking Together inducted the following new members: Jim Aaron, Tim Ammons, Tammy Crosten, Francesca Della Mea, Neal Glessner, Joshua Hoffman, Bob Houck, John Kastelein, Tonya Leary, Tina Mussolino, Dan Plotner, Thomas Radley, Josh Roberts, Juwuane Sandridge and Annette Varndell.

The networking organization meets every Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Supreme Buffet at 545 Dual Highway in Hagerstown. The group consists of local business professionals who meet weekly to refer clients and build each member’s business. Referrals generated to date this year total $54,524.

For more information, call George Leiby at 301-371-8212 or send an email to

Fulton County Medical Center

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Dr. Sunil K. Soi of Laurel Kidney Specialists, P.C., of Johnstown, Pa., started providing services at Fulton County Medical Center Specialty Services on July 26.

Soi specializes in kidney disease, hypertension and diabetes. His expertise includes daily consultations with kidney specialists; management of high blood pressure; anemia management; intravenous iron therapy; preventive vaccinations; medical management and prevention of kidney stones; diabetic kidney care; management of fluid overload for heart-failure patients; management of salt and potassium abnormalities; chronic kidney disease educational classes; dialysis patient support groups; and management of kidney transplants.

Soi graduated from medical school at the Christian Medical College in Punjab, India. He completed his residency at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown and finished his fellowships in nephrology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and critical care at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Soi is board-certificated in internal medicine, nephrology and critical care.

Edward Jones

Joan Bowers, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Hagerstown, has been appointed as an area female recruiting leader for the firm’s women’s initiative in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Ohio and Maryland.

Bowers will lead a group of Edward Jones financial advisers who will work closely with women in those states who are interested in a career with the global financial-services firm.

Women interested in learning more about this career opportunity can go to

Sperry Van Ness — Miller Commercial Real Estate

SALISBURY, Md. — Syd Machat has joined Sperry Van Ness — Miller Commercial Real Estate.

Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Machat was a director and trainer with the commercial division of a large mid-Atlantic general brokerage firm. While there, he received multiyear top commercial producer awards for the Maryland/D.C./southern Pennsylvania region.

In 2008, Machat was president of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials and was recently selected as a member emeritus of that organization. Machat has earned professional designations as a counselor of real estate, certified commercial investment member and accredited land consultant.

He is a part-time commercial real estate instructor for Hagerstown Community College and several other educational providers.

Machat will be operating a satellite office of Sperry Van Ness — Miller in Washington County. His area of specialization is Hagerstown and the Tri-State area, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Bank of Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — At the May 15 shareholders meeting of Bank of Charles Town and its bank-holding company, Potomac Bancshares Inc., Barbara L. Scott was elected to the board of directors of both companies.

Scott is president of Summit Point Raceway Associates Inc. and BSR Inc. These are the operating entities for the 785-acre Summit Point (W.Va.) Motorsports Park. The complex features four European-style road-racing circuits, and hosts a variety of professional and amateur racing events throughout the year.

BSR Inc. provides specialty and anti-terrorist training for government agencies and the U.S. military. The park includes a 282-acre industrial park that houses a U.S. State Department training facility.

Scott graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in biology and English, and completed postgraduate business studies at Virginia Tech. She began her employment at Summit Point in 1987 with her  husband, William “Bill” Scott IV, who died in 2009 after a long illness.

For more than 25 years, Scott has been involved in all facets of the business, including government contract negotiation and procurement.

Scott lives on a farm in Middleburg, Va., and is a member of the Goose Creek Association Board, the Hill School Alumni Board and Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Va.

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