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Business People - April 7

April 07, 2013
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JLG

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — Dwight Gates, a production supervisor at JLG’s Bedford Weber Lane facility, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award in January at the JLG Mid-Atlantic Reconditioning & Service Center in Bedford, Pa.

The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the guardsmen or reservist employees who nominate them. The award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Gates has nearly 17 years of experience at JLG. He began his career as a welder and was later promoted to group leader before transferring to the Service Plus (formerly Equipment Services) facility in McConnellsburg in an assembly/teardown position. There, he was named group leader before being promoted to supervisor and moving back to the Weber Lane site.

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Gates was nominated for the award by Daniel Weist, who also works in Bedford. During his six years as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army, Weist completed two tours of duty overseas, first in Iraq as part of Operation Freedom and later in South Korea. When he left for Afghanistan in December, he deployed as a sergeant in the 1104th Mobilization Support Battalion of the Army Reserve.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything special at the time,” Gates said in a news release. “I made schedule changes so that Daniel could go home and get the rest he required to perform his military duties the following day. Leading up to his deployment, there were times he needed to be out to take care of things in preparation for his departure, so I made sure he got any time he needed to do that and be with his family. And I took the time to talk with him, asking him about things he had going on in his personal and military life, and where he might need some assistance.

“But I was really stunned to receive the award,” he said. “Now, I’m also honored. It’s very special to me and something I was happy to take home and share with my wife and two daughters, demonstrating to them the good things you can do in life, sometimes without even knowing it.”

South Mountain Realty & Auction Co. Inc.

Julia James recently joined the staff of Realtors at South Mountain Realty & Auction Co. Inc. in the southern end of Washington County.

James, who specializes in residential sales, has lived in the southern part of the county for 13 years.

James is a member of Pen Mar Regional Association of Realtors and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has a passion for rescuing animals, gardening, design and construction.

American Medical Association

RANSON, W.Va. — The American Medical Association recently honored Dr. Vettivelu Maheswaran, known as Dr. Mahe, for his 50-year anniversary of graduation from medical school.

“The AMA congratulates Dr. Mahe on 50 years of dedication to the medical profession,” said Dr. James L. Madara, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AMA. “Dr. Mahe has seen many changes in medicine in the last 50 years. We sincerely thank him for his commitment to this great profession.”

Mahe, an OB/GYN, was born in Sri Lanka and graduated from the University of Poona in Poona, India, and from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, in 1963. He was trained in the United Kingdom and in the United States at Saint Joseph Hospital in Loraine, Ohio, and the Lewis-Gale Clinic in Roanoke, Va.

He has practiced in Jefferson County, W.Va., for 36 years, was associated with Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Family Medicine and was the co-founder and first director of the Jefferson Maternity Center. He has delivered more than 4,000 babies in Jefferson County. 

Mahe was a member of the West Virginia Board of Medicine from 2002-10 and received the distinguished Mountaineer award for lifetime achievement by former Gov. Joe Manchin in 2010. He has been a volunteer at the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic for more than five years.

Prudential Insurance Co.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Gary Guell, a financial planner with the Prudential Insurance Co. of America’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Agency in Martinsburg, recently qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, one of the life insurance industry’s most prestigious organizations.

Membership is based on excellence in customer sales and service, and only a small percentage of life insurance and financial services professionals qualify for it each year.

Guell, a resident of Martinsburg, can be reached by sending an email to gary.guell@prudential.com or by calling 304-260-9000. His office is at 134 1/2 S. Queen St.

Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA

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

The award is given based on listings taken, listings sold and sales made.

Palmer has been selling real estate for 27 years and is an associate broker. He lives in Greencastle with his wife, Dawn, and daughter.

Hays is licensed in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She has been selling real estate for 28 years and lives in the State Line, Pa., area with her husband, Jack.

Main is licensed in Pennsylvania. She has been licensed since 2010, and lives in Greencastle with her husband, Doug.

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