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Business people - May 5

May 05, 2013
  • Jennifer Blackford Fountain
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Christian Caine

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Jennifer Blackford Fountain has been promoted to general manager at Christian Caine in Shepherdstown.

In her new position, Fountain is responsible for overseeing all store operations and staffing. Additionally, she will remain in charge of the gemology department and continue to lead the team in design projects.

Fountain brings more than 20 years of experience in the jewelry business to her new role. She received her graduate gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America in 2004.

For the past 10 years, she has been an integral part of the Christian Caine team. In addition to traveling throughout Europe with the Christian Caine design team, she interacted with Danish jewelers in a Rotary Group Study Exchange program in Denmark.

A lifelong area resident and Jefferson High School graduate, she is the mother of Garrett and Tyler Campbell, and lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., with her husband, Wayne.



Orrstown Bank

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Orrstown Bank recently announced the formation of its commercial real estate lending team, led by Zach Flynn, senior vice president/director of commercial real estate lending.

Flynn has served as a regional senior loan officer for Orrstown Bank, and most recently held the position of special assets group director. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, including 15 years in commercial real estate lending, and has worked extensively in the bank’s market area for more than 20 years.

The group includes Orrstown Bank’s most recent hire, Stephen “Steve” Goodrich, vice president/commercial real estate lender. He will be based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and will be responsible for business development in the West Shore/Harrisburg/York, Pa., areas and in Lancaster, Pa.

Goodrich joins the organization with nearly 10 years of experience, most recently serving as a commercial relationship manager at Susquehanna Bank.

Mike Line will join the group as assistant vice president/commercial real estate lender for the bank’s southern Pennsylvania and Maryland markets, and will continue to work out of the Eastern Boulevard location in Hagerstown.

Line joined Orrstown Bank in December 2009 as a business development officer in the Washington County area, with more than 16 years of experience working in the banking industry in the Hagerstown market.



Edward Jones

Shelby McGinley of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Hagerstown recently achieved the professional designation of chartered retirement plan specialist, or CRPS.

McGinley successfully completed the CRPS professional education program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam, and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the designation.

This advanced training is specifically designed to focus on design, installation and maintenance of retirement plans.



MVB Bank

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Michael Malfregeot has been named vice president, retail/small business development at MVB Bank. He also will oversee the branch operations for the bank in Clarksburg.

With nearly a decade of banking and financial industry experience, Malfregeot also offers perspective to markets in northcentral West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle.

A Harrison County, W.Va., native, Malfregeot is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., where he received his Bachelor of Science in business management.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.



EDC/SBTDC

The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, or EDC, recently entered a partnership with the Western Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center, or SBTDC.

In conjunction with ongoing EDC business outreach initiatives, Sam Devaram, SBTDC consultant, serves as a Washington County small-business community resource, providing one-on-one consulting services and training programs.

His role is to assist business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in growing their business sustainability and profitability, at no cost to them.

Devaram’s expertise includes working with startup and existing businesses; providing assistance with startup logistics and legalities; business planning; financial analysis and projections; business operations and management; pricing; and marketing.

Devaram holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in corporate finance and organizational management. Prior to working in Washington County, Devaram assisted more than 230 small businesses and helped launch more than 48 business ventures as a business specialist with the Missouri SBTDC.

Devaram’s office is in the Hagerstown-Washington County EDC headquarters at 100 W. Washington St., room 103, in Hagerstown. He can be reached by calling 240-313-2282 or sending an email to sdevaram@frostburg.edu.



FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON, Ohio — James A. Sears, director of operations services for Mon Power, recently was promoted to president of Maryland operations for FirstEnergy Corp.

He succeeds James V. Fakult, who was named president of Jersey Central Power & Light. The change will be effective May 13.

Sears began his career with the company as an engineering co-op student at Ohio Edison while attending The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He joined Allegheny Energy in 1989 as a distribution planning engineer for West Penn Power.

In 1992, he returned to Ohio Edison as a distribution design engineer. After holding various operational positions, he advanced to manager of engineering services for Ohio Edison in 2002. In 2008, he was promoted to director or regional operations support.

Following the FirstEnergy merger with Allegheny Energy in February 2011, Sears was named director of operations services for Mon Power.

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