Business Briefs - Dec. 16

December 16, 2012


WASHINGTON — Four Tri-State area residents were among 45 winners from the Washington, D.C., area in the “VIP of My Chick-fil-A” election contest following election results parties on Nov. 5. Every super fan “VIP,” or grand prize recipient, received a free, one-day trip to Atlanta with a guest of their choosing.

On Dec. 4, the Chick-fil-A franchise operators, “VIPs” and their guests flew to Atlanta for a one-day tour of the Chick-fil-A corporate headquarters and historical company landmarks.

To participate in the contest, guests submitted a written story via Facebook explaining why they should be elected “VIP” of their local Chick-fil-A restaurant. Each restaurant selected up to five “candidates,” and customers and friends voted for their favorite finalists.

Election results parties were held to celebrate the five candidates and “VIP of My Chick-fil-A” contest winners at each restaurant.

The local winners were:

• Amber Adeshina, Chick-fil-A of Hagerstown

• Christopher Edler, Chick-fil-A in Frederick, Md.

• Paul Yurish, Chick-fil-A on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg, W.Va.

• Michael Palmer, Chick-fil-A of Ranson, W.Va.

F&M Trust

LANCASTER, Pa. — F&M Trust was named the No. 11 Best Place to Work in Pa. in the large-sized company category at a recent awards ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster.

This is the ninth time in the past 10 years that the local bank was named to the list.

The Best Places to Work in Pa. survey and award program is made up of 100 companies split into two groups: medium-sized companies (25 to 250 employees) and large-sized companies (more than 250 employees). The award program, created in 2000, is the first of its kind offered by a state in the country.

The program is a public/private partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 best places to work in Pennsylvania. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics.

The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

More than 450,000 Pennsylvania employees filled out the survey this year.

Trilogy Professional Center

The Trilogy Professional Center, built in Hagerstown in October 2011, recently received two building awards from Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter.

The Trilogy Building won first place in the Excellence in Construction category A-2 for commercial construction. The award was presented to Warner Construction.

Capital Women’s Care took first place in the Excellence in Construction category G-1 for interior renovation or restoration.  The award was presented to Warner Interiors.

The office building, represented by Prudential Bowen Realty in Hagerstown, is at 1165 Imperial Drive, just off Eastern Boulevard. Capital Women’s Care occupies the entire third floor.

Sandy Spring Bank

OLNEY, Md. — Sandy Spring Bank recently was named a Top Workplace in 2012 by The Baltimore Sun.

The Olney-based bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services in 49 community offices throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Sandy Spring Bank prides itself on providing a competitive benefits package, which includes a tuition-assistance program, skills and wellness coaching, pet insurance and college savings plans, according to a news release. Employee awards such as Teller Appreciation Day and the promotion of a diverse work environment are an integral part of the bank’s culture.

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