Harsco Corp. officers to receive national honors

Diffley, Chadwick selected for women leadership awards
Harsco Corporation announced today that two of its managers are among the honorees of The Manufacturing Institute’s Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers, and represent all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite.
Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley Vice President and General Manager Linda Diffley of Flanders, N.J., above, the first woman to head the business in its 135-year history, will be honored for her leadership of Harsco’s heat transfer products division. Under Diffley’s leadership, the East Stroudsburg-based business has posted record financial results and developed several innovative products for high-efficiency boilers and touchpad controls.
Corporate Enterprise Security & Preparedness Lead Katherine Chadwick of Carlisle, right, will be honored for her leadership in developing Harsco’s Enterprise Risk Management strategy. Chadwick built the function, critical to protecting Harsco’s assets around the world, from the ground up.
“Linda and Kate’s talent and leadership have made invaluable contributions to our company,” said Harsco President and CEO Nick Grasberger. “I am pleased to see their achievements recognized, and extend congratulations to them both on behalf of Harsco.”
Diffley and Chadwick will join 128 other honorees at the STEP Awards gala in Washington, D.C. later this week.

PMC healthcare center’s radiology segment gets national honor
Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The ACR only awards facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence when they have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
“This accreditation demonstrates the commitment we have to our patients and the community to ensure we are consistently providing the most advanced technologies and compassionate care,” notes Elizabeth Wykpisz, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer, Pocono Medical Center.
Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Pocono Medical Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Frailey insurance adds former companies manager to office
Frailey Insurance and Financial Services is proud to announce
Charles Prinzivall, a former district and regional manager for companies in the shoe, video, mattress and insurance industries, has joined the Frailey Insurance and Financial Services team in Stroudsburg as an associate agent and an auto insurance specialist He said he wants to focus on the insurance industry because it enables him to advise and protect people where and when they need it the most.

Leadership development studied at Chamber Women in Business luncheon
Donna Goss and Don Robertson of Northampton Community College will talk about “Mentoring Your Team/Leadership Development” when the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce holds its Women in Business luncheon at noon on April 14 at the Northampton Community College Monroe campus on Route 715 in Tannersville.
Admission is $20 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers, including lunch and must be registered at the chamber at 570-441-4433 by April 10. Monroe County Transit Authority is the sponsor.

Wayne County Builders moves seminar
Due to an increased attendance, Wayne County Builders Association’s lunch seminar will be held at Wayne Bank 717 Main St., Honesdale from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 1.
Ellen Wojtowicz, MBA, director Finance & Business Development for Clemleddy Construction, will present “QuickBooks Techniques: Analyzing Profitability” that will focus on best practices for categorizing and analyzing data to get a better financial picture of individual jobs and your overall business.
Topics covered include track details with subaccounts, examine profit and overhead, implement QuickBooks items, analyze job profitability and review budget versus actual job reports.
The lunch costs $20 per person for members and $35 for nonmembers and reservations must be made by March 30 cby calling 570-226-4941 or going to info@waynecountybuilders.com.


Pocono Chamber of Commerce Expo on March 28 at S-burg H.S.

More than 50 vendors will display their goods and services at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce business/sports/fitness expo that takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Stroudsburg High School gymnasium. The event, in its 28th year, has expanded its theme and moved from East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse where it was held as a two-day event until it was revised to a one-day event last year and moved this year to its new location.

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S-burg homebuilder partners with timber frame company

R.W. Buff an independent builder dealer of Woodhouse products
RW Buff Inc., the Pocono region’s premier custom new home builder is partnering with Woodhouse The Timber Frame Company as an independent builder dealer of the Woodhouse product line, serving as the preferred vendor in Monroe, Carbon, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in New Jersey.
The Woodhouse product line of premium, custom designed post and beam timber frame homes is a perfectly suited addition to the R.W. Buff range of custom new home services. R.W. Buff, located at 50 Storm St. in Stroudsburg, joins a select group of leading new home builders nationwide who serve as independent builder dealers of Woodhouse.
“Woodhouse is a proven leader in the design and construction of luxury, custom timber frame homes,” said Bob Buff, owner of RW Buff. “By utilizing the resources Woodhouse will supply to RW Buff through our independent builder dealer partnership, we look forward to bringing our customers the quality materials, innovative construction and unique design which are hallmarks of a Woodhouse timber frame home.”
The independent builder dealer partnership between R.W. Buff and Woodhouse includes use of the stable of Woodhouse new home designs, access to Woodhouse’s premium home construction materials, joint marketing support, and lead generation through Woodhouse’s internal sales program. In addition to the Woodhouse range of services, RW Buff Inc. will continue to supply its existing custom home building services, including new home construction, remodeling, historic restoration and renovation.
When evaluating the Woodhouse partnership opportunity, RW Buff’s team cites Woodhouse’s ability to serve as an ideal accompaniment to RW Buff’s existing custom home capabilities as a deciding factor in becoming a builder dealer.
“RW Buff’s custom homes are distinguished by our Arts & Crafts design sensibility,” said RW Buff General Manager Joe Holbert. “This is mirrored in the distinctive, luxury mountain-home feel of Woodhouse custom new home styles, which incorporate unique arts & crafts touches. The similarities between our two company styles will allow our R.W. Buff team to seamlessly integrate the Woodhouse offerings into our existing range of services.”
RW Buff Inc.’s team has completed a Woodhouse orientation program and is authorized to offer the full range of Woodhouse services now to customers interested in building a custom timber frame home.
“We are excited about our independent builder dealer partnership with Woodhouse and look forward to providing our customers with the option of choosing one of Woodhouse’s unparalleled timber frame designs for their custom home,” said Buff.
To view a complete portfolio of RW Buff Inc. work, both residential and commercial, in the fields of historic restoration, remodeling, renovation and custom construction, visit rwbuff.com or call 570-476-5437.

Chamber booths available for business/sports/wellness expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has a few booths available for its March 28 business/sports/wellness expo at its new location at the Stroudsburg High School gymnasium. Thhe show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booths cost $450 for members and $600 for nonmembers. Second booths cost $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 or email mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com for details.

PMC healthcare center receives radiology accreditation
Pocono Medical Center’s Bartonsville Healthcare Center has received the full American College of Radiology accreditation in Breast Ultrasound and Guided Biopsies. A breast biopsy is the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders.
“This accreditation demonstrates that we have the most advanced technologies available for Breast Ultrasound and Guided Biopsies in our community,” notes Elizabeth Wykpisz, chief operating officer/chief nursing officer, Pocono Medical Center. “This accomplishment is admired and well respected within the medical community.”
The American College of Radiology is a professional medical society committed to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care, giving the ACR seal of accreditation a representation of the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Pocono Medical Center received a full three-year accreditation based on the hard work of the entire team including ultrasound technologists, ultrasound patient care team members and radiologists.

Realty Executives of the Poconos awarded for achievement
Three Realtors at Realty Executives of the Poconos were recently honored with 100% Club Awards by Realty Executives International: Claire Dembinski, Denise Barker and Anthony Lorie.
“This is a significant achievement,” said Realty Executives’ owner Deirdre Cramer.  “The real estate market has not recovered fully, and many home prices are still undervalued. Also in 2014, overall home sales decreased both nationally and in the Northeast. Yet in spite of these challenges Anthony, Claire, and Denise managed to help 110 buyers and sellers to accomplish their real estate goals. That’s exemplary work.”
Realty Executives has offices in Stroudsburg and in Pocono Pines.

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Pocono Medical Center wins national award

Rated one of the 150 great healthcare places to work
Becker’s Healthcare recently released their 2015 edition of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” and among them is Pocono Medical Center. This is the second year in a row that Pocono Medical Center was recognized and joins Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as one of only two Pennsylvania health systems to achieve this special recognition.
Becker’s 2015 list features hospitals and health systems, medical groups, ambulatory surgery centers, home health providers, consulting firms, technology providers, among others. The actual list is developed through a combination of nominations and editorial research. In fact, the recognized organizations like Pocono Medical Center are chosen for their benefits, wellness programs, commitment to diversity and inclusion, professional development opportunities, employee satisfaction and work-life balance.
“This kind of national recognition reflects the passion, commitment, talent, and hard work of our over 2,000 health system colleagues and Medical Staff, Jeff Snyder, President and CEO, Pocono Medical Center said. “Their daily dedication to healing and caring for our community is unmatched.”
To learn more about Becker’s Healthcare and the 2015 edition, visit beckershospitalreview.com/lists/150-great-places-to-work-in-healthcare-2015.html.
To learn more about employment at Pocono Medical Center, visit poconohealthsystem.org/?id=242&sid=1.

Reitemeyer named
to Million Dollar Round Table

Yvonne L. Reitemeyer of Stroudsburg has been named to the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Reitemeyer is a two-year member of MDRT.
Attaining membership requires adhering to a strict code of ethics, focusing on providing top-notch client service and continuing to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association.
MDRT provides continuing education opportunities, informative and inspirational meetings and encourages members to support community and charitable involvement through the MDRT Foundation.

Wayne County Builders hold home competition
In lieu of the annual Home and Garden Festival, the Wayne County Builders Association will present The First Home Awards Competition. The Home Awards Program creates an opportunity for members to showcase their projects completed during the past five years.
Awards will be presented in various categories such as residential, commercial, multi-family, remodeling, architectural design, interior design, landscaping and specialty work such as carpentry, tile, and marketing. Judging will be done by nonpartisan volunteer professionals out of the Northeast area. Entry packets will be anonymous for fairness with no names or logos appearing on judging materials.
Winning entries will be presented at an awards gala to be held on Tuesday, June 23 at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center.
This program will showcase the outstanding quality and design the building industry in Wayne County has to offer.

Real estate salesman DeLuca earns Century 21 award
Salvatore DeLuca, sales affiliate with the Century 21 Unlimited Real Estate office in Tannersville, recently earned the Century 21 Centurion Producer Award following his 2014 sales success.
The Centurion Producer award honors sales affiliates of the Century 21 System that earn $218,000 in sales production or 67 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
“Sal is a leader and innovator in delivering powerful home buying and selling choices to his clients because he knows the community he serves,” said Fox. “Sal is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the the Pocono community and a major contributor to the overall success of CENTURY 21 Unlimited Real Estate. His dedication to both his clients and his business is a great example.”
DeLuca has 28 years of experience in the real estate industry and has been an independent sales affiliate of the Century 21 System for two years.
“Achieving Centurion Producer status is a great milestone and with a continued effort and focus on my clients, I hope to continue on this path of success,” said DeLuca.

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Pocono Builders Assn. home show set for March 14-15

Vendors on remodeling, suppliers to exhibit at ESU
The Pocono Builders Association has presented its Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show for the past 20 years and this year’s show is all set for March 14-15.
About 85 vendors covering various home and homebuilding needs will again have tables at East Stroudsburg University’s Mattioli Center. It was moved there last year from ESU’s Koehler Fieldhouse where it was held in the past. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Sunday. Admission is $3.
“We got a good response from the beginning,” said PBA Executive Director Nicole Foleno of vendor applications. “It’s been going pretty good. ESU is good to work with.”
Exhibitors include homebuilders and home remodelers, landscapers, kitchen and bathroom remodeling companies, companies selling and installing windows and doors, electricians, plumbers, electricians, appliance companies, sun rooms installers and appliance retailers.
“This show is very helpful. Usually a lot of times the homeowners may have an idea and this gives them the ability to take that and explore it with different home improvements,” Foleno said. “They can talk to home remodelers, landscapers and others. They can take that idea and make it happen right at the show.”
Foleno said her office at 745 Main St. in Stroudsburg also has gotten good feedback from homebuilders that the industry locally is bouncing back from the recession.
“We’re hearing that from builders and suppliers that everything is looking a lot better,” Foleno said.
Check the PBA website at poconobuilders.org or go to the specially designed event website at poconobuidlershomeshow.com for more information.
The home show also will accept donations of nonperishable food items for the Veterans Assisted Living Outreach (VALOR) Foundation and the local facility in the West End for the homeless veterans.

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau receives national award
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, the leading international organization of hospitality marketing professionals, has honored the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau with an Adrian Award for the #TakeONPocono campaign.
The award recognizes creative excellence in advertising, public relations and digital marketing.
This year’s Adrian Awards were presented before an audience of hospitality and tourism industry leaders on February 23 in New York City. Spotlighting exceptional achievements from across the globe, the annual event is the world’s largest advertising, digital marketing and public relations competition in the travel industry.
The #TakeONPocono social media campaign, launched in 2013, was also recognized by the National Park Service at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area when the campaign was presented the Beacon Award from the American Recreation Coalition last summer. The campaign continues to run, encouraging visitors to share their photos on Instagram using the hashtag. Weekly prizes are given out for the best photos. Visit PoconoMountains.com/takeonpocono for more information about monthly prizes.

Wayne County Builders registering for Quickbooks seminar
Wayne County Builders Association will be offering a QuickBooks Lunch Seminar QuickBooks Techniques: Analyzing Profitability on April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This lunch seminar will focus on best practices for categorizing and analyzing data to get a better financial picture of individual jobs and your overall business.
Ellen Wojtowicz, director of Finance & Business Development for Clemleddy Construction, will be the presenter.
Her topics include: track details with subaccounts, examine profit and overhead, implement QuickBooks items, analyze job profitability, categorize customers, jobs, vendors; assess results with QuickBooks classes; review budget versus actual job reports.
The seminar costs $20 per member, including lunch, and $35 for nonmembers. Reservations are due by March 18 at info@waynecountybuilders.com 570.226.4941 Payment required with reservation

Chamber booths available for business/sports/wellness expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has booths available for its March 28 business/sports/wellness expo at its new location at the Stroudsburg High School Gymnasium. Booths cost $450 for members and $600 for nonmembers. Second booths cost $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 or email mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com for details.

Storms named a department director at Belle Reve
Belle Reve Senior Living in Milford has named Danielle Storms of Matamoras the facility’s memory care director. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Daybreak Neighborhood, providing personalized activities for the residents, meeting with families, and providing quality care.
Storms brings 11 years of experience in health care delivery to Belle Reve. Prior to joining Belle Reve, Storms worked at Progressive Health of PA where she was a House Community Service Coordinator. While there, she worked on reaching personal goals for the clients, talking with families, taking clients out into the community for leisure and appointments as well as working hand-in-hand with some of the best brain injury specialists.
She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and holds a certification as a nursing assistant.

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Toll Bros. data reflects national rebound in homebuilding

Revenue, contracts increase significantly from a year ago
Toll Brothers Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes and a major developer of the Poconos region over the years, announced favorable results for its first quarter ended Jan. 31 compared to a year ago at this time.
Toll Brothers’ first quarter net income was $81.3 million, or $0.44 per share, compared to net income of $45.6 million, or $0.25 per share, in the fiscal year 2014 first quarter. Pre-tax income was $124.0 million, compared to pre-tax income of $71.2 million in fiscal year 2014’s first quarter.
Revenues of $853.5 million and home building deliveries of 1,091 units rose 33 percent in dollars and 18 percent in units, compared to fiscal year 2014’s first quarter. The average price of homes delivered was $782,300, compared to $693,600 in fiscal year 2014’s first quarter. Net signed contracts of $873.2 million and 1,063 units rose 24 percent in dollars and 16 percent in units, compared to fiscal year 2014’s first quarter. The average price of net signed contracts was $821,500, compared to $766,100 in fiscal year 2014’s first quarter.
“Momentum continues to build as we begin the spring selling season,” said Toll Brothers CEO Douglas C. Yearley Jr. who said he is “optimistic about earnings growth” for fiscal year 2016 “In our first quarter, we achieved 24 percent growth in the dollar value of signed contracts. Since the start of the second quarter, the number of signed contracts is up 13 percent. We continue to benefit from our ongoing geographic diversification strategy. While we remain the dominant luxury builder in the suburban Washington, DC to Boston corridor, our growth in the West and South and in urban centers has expanded our brand into more locations and product lines.”
Robert I. Toll, executive chairman, said, “We are encouraged by the latest data from the Labor Department indicating strong job and wage
growth momentum and also the Census Bureau’s recent monthly reports showing solid growth in household formations, all of which are good for
housing demand.”
Toll Brothers Inc. was named earlier in February this week as the Most Admired Home Building Company in Fortune magazine’s survey of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 2015. The survey, which began with over 1,400 companies across more than 50 industries, asked over 4,000 executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria.
In addition to receiving the top ranking overall, Toll Brothers ranked No. 1 in Quality of Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Long-Term Investment and People Management.
Toll Brothers also was named 2015 America’s Most Trusted Home Builder by Lifestory Research, an award which was based on a study of 43,200 new home shoppers in the nation’s top 27 housing markets, and was named 2014 Builder of the Year by Builder magazine.

Frantz to speak at Chamber Women in Business luncheon
Mary Frantz of Riley and Company will present “How to Motivate Your Employees” at the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon at noon on March 10 at Peppe’s Bistro in East Stroudsburg. The luncheon seating costs $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by calling the chamber office at 570-421-4433.

Chamber to host Monroe commissioners in business forum
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will hold its Report to Business with Monroe County Comissioners John Moyer, Charles Garris and Suzanne McCool on 8 to 10 a.m. on March 20 at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Tickets for the breakfast buffet are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433.

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Jack Frost National Golf Club ranked

Managed by Bill Casper Golf, it is rated No. 17 out of 2,500 courses by GolfAdvisor
Jack Frost National Golf Club, owned by Blue Ridge Real Estate Company and managed by Billy Casper Golf, recently was named a “Top 50 U.S. Golf Courses in 2014” by GolfAdvisor, the trusted home of more than 200,000 reviews and recommendations for golfers by golfers.
The course is ranked No. 17 of more than 2,500 eligible courses with 4.7 (of five) stars. GolfAdvisor user-based reviews measure overall courses design, conditioning, customer service and affordability.
“Our golfers have spoken and GolfAdvisor agrees: Jack Frost National is one of America’s best courses,” Jack Frost National Golf Club General Manager Keith DeVos said. “Our dedicated team works hard to present immaculate conditions and deliver memorable experiences day in, day out.”
Meandering through mountainous terrain encompassed by a thick oak forest and offering majestic vistas, Jack Frost National quickly became a favorite among locals and visitors upon opening in 2007. Named a “Best New Course” by Golfweek, the 18-hole, par-72, 7,256-yard, Terry LaGree design presents wide fairways, easily identifiable target areas, few uneven lies and no blind shots. Its bite for better players comes from several elevation changes, some severe.
In addition, GolfAdvisor ranked Jack Frost National among the “Top 25 Conditioned Golf Courses in the U.S. in 2014.” Golfers continue to rave about pristine conditions from tee to green, placing it No. 24 on the list of the highest rated courses in America.
A GolfAdvisor reviewer said, “I have the opportunity to play a lot of different golf courses and Jack Frost ranks in my top 5. EVERY single hole is amazing. This course’s layout and landscaping is one of the best in the Northeast for a newly made course … If you are in the Poconos region, this is a course you have to play!”
A renovated practice area features a two-tee short game area, putting green, chipping green with bunker and expansive, all-grass driving range.
More information: jackfrostnational.com, 570-443-2414.

BH&G-Wilkins awards top employees
Rossana Spina, executive secretary to Thomas R. Wilkins. got the Employee of the Year award when Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, NEPA Management Associates and Pennsylvania First Settlement Services hosted its 2014 Awards Brunch at Skytop Lodge and Resort last month.
The Wilkins organization headquartered at 404 Park Ave. in Stroudsburg has offices in Stroudsburg, Bushkill, Mount Pocono and Milford.
Spina, who has been with the company for almost 10 years, works in the corporate office and is the primary secretary to Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO and Christine A. Wilkins, general manager. Spina handles key responsibilities throughout the organization, including title company, management company, personal real estate holdings and partnerships and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates.
The award was presented by Thomas R. Wilkins, in photo.
The Top Team for the year was presented to The Carl Maurer Team, with $29.5 million in sales. The Carl Maurer Team consists of Carl Maurer, Associate Broker and Team Leader; Dennis Farrelly, Realtor; Caryn Centini, Buyer’s Agent; and Donna Sorrentino, Administrative Assistant. In 2013, the Carl Maurer team won numerous awards both statewide and nationally based on volume.
Jennifer-Lynn Amantea, Associate Broker of the Mount Pocono office, received the Top Salesperson of the Year award. Amantea sells homes throughout the greater Pocono region and in addition to that, Amantea sells high-end homes in the Lehigh Valley area as well. She also owns JPA Masonry, one of the largest and most well regarded masonry businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Realtors awarded the Certificate of Achievement included Donna DiBernard (Bushkill office), Julio Bautista (Milford office) and Thomas Waslowski (Stroudsburg office).
Helping Hands award recipients included Nicole Murray (Bushkill office), Blanca Cordero (Stroudsburg office), Donna Casserly (Mount Pocono office), and Samantha Bonnett (Stroudsburg office). The Helping Hands award celebrates the successes of other that benefited through an employee’s unselfishness, concern and genuine assistance to a co-worker.
Rookie of the Year awards were given to Alex Camaerei, (Stroudsburg), Lisa Heaney (Milford) and Karen Sherrill (Mount Pocono). The company had hired more than 20 new Agents in 2014 and expected the sales force to grow to close to 90 Realtors by the end of 2015.

Cenci named ShopRite of Brodheadsville dietician
Rhianna Cenci, RD. has joined ShopRite of Brodheadsville as its new in-store dietitian.
“We are excited to add Rhianna Cenci to our team at the ShopRite of Brodheadsville, as part of our commitment to find new ways to better serve our customers and help them live healthier lives,” said store owner Chris Kinsley. “ShopRite is about families serving families. We are happy to add Rhianna as a valuable resource for our associates and customers, to provide expert advice and support for their nutrition and health needs.”
Cenci received her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University. She completed her dietetic internship at Sodexo Health Care Services.
As the new Retail Dietitian for the ShopRite of Brodheadsville, Cenci can guide customers on a range of issues, from learning how to shop and prepare healthy meals, to proper nutrition for specific health conditions and dietary needs. A schedule of upcoming activities can be found on ShopRite.com under Health Events.
As part of ShopRite’s Retail Dietitian team, Cenci is one of more than 90 Registered Dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland. Together these dietitians offer nutrition advice, meal planning and diet modification for specific medical conditions.
All nutritional services are available to customers free of charge. To make an appointment, customers can call Cenci at 570-402-2746.

Chamber booths available for business/sports/wellness expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has booths available for its March 28 business/sports/wellness expo at its new location at the Stroudsburg High School Gymnasium. Booths cost $450 for members and $600 for nonmembers. Second booths cost $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 or email mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com for details.

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Small businesses get new administrator for 40 counties

ESU grad Kane named SBA eastern Pennsylvania
district’s deputy director

Michael T. Kane is appointed the newest deputy director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office.
In this position, he will help manage delivery of SBA programs and services to small businesses throughout the eastern 40 counties of Pennsylvania.

Kane holds a Master of Management and Leadership in Public Administration degree from East Stroudsburg University, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree from Monmouth University.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Tony Leta said of Kane. “His experience and leadership will serve him well in his new role as he continues to be a great asset to our team and more importantly to our small business community.”
“I’m very excited to take on this greater challenge and I look forward to doing great things for small businesses all across eastern Pennsylvania,” Kane said. “Our district office has a strong history of accomplishment in support of the businesses we serve, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”
Kane first joined SBA in 2007. Along with his role as deputy director, Kane also serves as the Small Business Development Center Project Officer, monitoring and reviewing the SBDC Network throughout Pennsylvania.
Previously, Kane served as SBA’s Harrisburg Branch Manager, covering south central Pennsylvania and as an economic development specialist covering the Lehigh Valley region. He has also served as program manager for the Emerging Leaders Initiative, an established training program for urban businesses in Philadelphia and throughout the nation.
Before joining SBA, Michael held positions as an analyst for the Department of Defense: Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, as a sales representative for Alltel Telecommunications and as branch rental manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
The Eastern Pennsylvania District Office carries out SBA’s mission to assist small businesses start, grow and succeed throughout the 40 counties of eastern Pennsylvania by helping them gain access to capital, counseling and government contracting opportunities. The district office provided technical assistance through its resource partner network and $426.4 million in SBA-backed loans made to small businesses in fiscal year 2014 by its lending partners.

John Sobrinski joins family’s Stroudsburg financial services
Sobrinski Financial Services of Stroudsburg has added John A. Sobrinski Jr. of Nazareth to it financial staff. Sobrinski brings four years of experience in the financial services industry and another five years in the advertising industry to his new position.
He recently earned his Series 6, Series 63, and his Pennsylvania Insurance licenses. He joins Sobrinski Financial Services as a financial representative and director of marketing programs. He will accentuate the company’s focus on client service.
Sobrinski joins his father, John A. Sobrinski Sr., a veteran of 30 years in the industry and both are seen in this photo. Sobrinski Financial Services is a fully Independent Financial Advisory Firm affiliated with Triad Advisors of Norcross, Georgia.

Booths available for chamber’s March 28 expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce has booths available for its March 28 business/sports/wellness expo at its new location at the Stroudsburg High School Gymnasium. Booths cost $450 for members and $600 for nonmembers. Second booths cost $250 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 or email mconway@greaterpoconochamber.com for details.

Visitors Bureau posts 28 live cameras around Poconos
The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau now has 28 live cameras in the four-county region. The cameras are used by seven television stations to enhance weather segments in surrounding media markets of New York, Philadelphia, Allentown and Scranton. The newest cameras include a view from the grounds of Pocono Palace Resort, the biggest snowtubing park in the U.S. at Camelback Mountain and the first indoor camera at Great Wolf Lodge. The cameras can also be viewed in a new, redesigned format on the PMVB’s website.

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Crouhsore named president of PA Association of Realtors

First-ever Realtor appointed to state Housing Finance Agency board
Ron Croushore, owner and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty in Pittsburgh, was installed as the 2015 president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors during a ceremony in Harrisburg on Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors is a trade/professional association that serves more than 30,000 members in the commonwealth.
“Consumers should ask Pennsylvania’s Realtors to learn more about the real estate market in their communities. Realtors are trusted resources in the home buying and selling process and they have the necessary expertise needed to help consumers realize the American dream of homeownership,” Croushore said.
Croushore has been active in the state association, chairing numerous committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee and the Realtor) Political Action Committee (RPAC). He has served as the state association’s treasurer and first vice president.
At the National Association of Realtors, he is a member of the board of directors and serves on several committees.
Croushore has served as president of the West Penn Multi-List, Inc., president of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP), and was named RAMP’s Realtor of the Year.
In 2014, Croushore led his company through a successful brand transition from Prudential Preferred Realty to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty, one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest real estate companies.
His industry accomplishments were recognized by RISMedia in 2011 when Croushore became the first recipient of the Real Estate Leadership Award, an award given to a member of the national real estate community who pursues innovation and exercises resilience. That same year, his national real estate franchisor network of 65,000 members named him Broker of the Year.
Since 2011, Croushore has served as the first-ever Realtor to be appointed by the Pennsylvania Legislature, onto the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Board of Directors.
In addition, Croushore spearheads his company’s fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, raising more than $1.1 million for the organization. He is a graduate of Penn State and a lifetime Pittsburgh area resident, where he is an active member of the community.

Norwood Financial/Wayne Bank announces quarterly results
Norwood Financial Corp and its subsidiary Wayne Bank, announced earnings for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2014 of $1,541,000.
This represents a decrease of $640,000 from the $2,181,000 earned in the comparable period of 2013 due primarily to a $749,000 increase in foreclosed real estate costs. Earnings per share (fully diluted) were $.42 and $.60 for the three-month periods ended Dec. 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
“The past year was extremely challenging, as a continued low interest rate environment and the increased cost of maintaining and disposing of foreclosed properties placed stress on our earnings,” Wayne Bank President and CEO Lewis Critelli said. “Working with borrowers will remain a top priority as we make our way through this difficult economic environment, and we expect that the demands will continue into 2015. In spite of these challenges, we were able to accomplish many of our goals in 2014. Our cash dividend per share increased from $1.16 per share to $1.20 per share, We will remain diligent in controlling and minimizing credit-related costs brought on us by our ailing economy. We believe that we are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities available to us, and we look forward to serving our growing customer base as the local economy in Northeast Pennsylvania rebounds from the extended economic downturn.”
Norwood Financial Corp., through its subsidiary Wayne Bank, operates 15 offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna Counties, Pennsylvania.

Pocono Chamber holds business card exchange
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will hold its next business card exchange 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 at Great Wolf Lodge in Scotrun. Members are free and nonmembers pay $30. Call 570-421-4433 for details.

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Marvin named head of consumer discount company

Sciota resident was longtime manager of Stroudsburg office
John H. Marvin of Sciota has been named President of Kressler, Wolff & Miller Consumer Discount Company, headquartered in Easton. Marvin joined the company in 1973 and has been manager of the Stroudsburg office since 1981.
He was named vice president in 1997.
A well known figure in local business circles, Marvin serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Financial Services Association, is a past board member of the Pocono YMCA and recently retired after 38 years as a PIAA basketball official. Marvin is a past president of the Stroudsburg officials’ chapter. He is a 20-year member of the Order of the Elks.
Kressler, Wolff and Miller Consumer Discount Company has offices in Easton and Stroudsburg.

Leta named SBA administrator for Eastern PA
The U.S. Small Business Administration has appointed Antonio (Tony) Leta as Eastern Pennsylvania Director. In his new role, Leta will manage the delivery of SBA programs and services to small businesses throughout the eastern 40 counties of the commonwealth.
“I look forward to leading the outstanding SBA team in eastern Pennsylvania and working with our resource and lending partners to help small business owners,” Leta said. “Eastern Pennsylvania has an extensive support network for small businesses, and SBA is an important resource within this network. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are critical to our nation’s and Pennsylvania’s economic growth, and SBA provides numerous programs and services that champion small business success.”
Leta has a distinguished career with SBA. He joined SBA’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in April of 2009, attaining his SES certificate in September 2010. During his time with SBA he has held positions at headquarters and in field offices, including acting deputy district director for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office and director in Delaware. Most recently, he served as deputy associate administrator for Capital Access at SBA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Leta replaces previous District Director David Dickson, who retired in September 2014.
“I am pleased Tony is leading SBA’s field operations in eastern Pennsylvania and will carry on the tradition of strong support to small businesses. His leadership skills and management experience, when combined with the talented staff in the district office, will lead to great results for our small business community,” said Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.
The Eastern Pennsylvania District Office carries out SBA’s mission to assist small business to start, grow and succeed throughout the 40 counties of eastern Pennsylvania. Helping small businesses gain access to capital, counseling and government contracting opportunities, the district office provided technical assistance through its resource partner network and $426.4 million in SBA-backed loans were made to small businesses in fiscal year 2014 by its lending partners.
Leta comes to SBA with an extensive background in marketing, sales, and general management in the private sector. Early in his career, he worked for seven years with Kraft/General Foods in Southern California in various capacities in marketing and sales. In 1991, he returned to the Northeast with George Weston Bak¬eries to run their $50 million Upstate New York division.
In 1996, he became vice president of Sales at Weston’s Philadelphia area corporate office, and in 2001 was promoted to Vice President/General Man¬ager responsible for their $750 million bread division (Stroehmann, Arnold, Friehofer brands) with 10 manu¬facturing facilities and over three thousand employ¬ees. After leaving Weston in 2006, he operated a con¬sulting business focusing on small to midsize manu¬facturing firms in the Northeast. He holds a bachelor’s in marketing from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Greater Pocono Chamber changes location, theme for expo
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual expo under a different theme and a new location.
After being held for many years at East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse as a two-day event, the expo will be held on one day — March 28 — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stroudsburg High School Gymnasium.
And it will carry the multiple theme this year of Business/Sports and Wellness.
Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Phillips has said repeatedly that the declining attendance over the last couple of years means that the approach to the annual event that supports local businesses may need to be revised. He has been hoping that the gradual upswing in the business climate in the area may revive public interest.
Phillips said it also enhances the chamber’s mission the last five years of recognizing businesses that promote health for its employees with Healthy Workplace awards.
“We’re not only business but health and fitness. It’s a whole new endeavor for us,” Phillips said. “It seems everyone is into health and fitness these days. I think it’s a good match and a different location on a Saturday. We’re looking forward to this idea and offering more people in their area of expertise beyond just business. We’re getting a lot of good response back. It’s something new and just changing it up an little bit for upcoming years.”
It concentrates largely in the Monroe County businesses but others from surrounding Pike and Northampton counties as well as farther south to the Lehigh Valley also have been represented in the past.
Booth fees are $450 for chamber members, with a second booth costing $250. Nonmembers pay $600 for a booth, with the second one costing $400.
Nonprofit organizations again will be represented and their booths will cost $250.
For more information, contact the chamber from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at 570-421-4433.

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Tourism bureau’s ad campaign in full swing

Commercials airing from four of PMVB’s 10 partners
Pocono Mountain Visitor Bureau winter advertising campaign, began running in December within the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, as well as along their major arteries and the New Jersey Transit system. The campaign features static billboards and interior rail cards and platform posters from the PMVB and 10 leading regional partners, including Blue Mountain Ski Area, Camelback Mountain, Cove Haven Entertainment Resort, Fernwood Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, The Inn at Pocono Manor, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, The PMVB Ski Committee and Woodloch Resort.
Commercials from four partners, Camelback Mountain, Cove Haven Entertainment Resort, Great Wolf Lodge and Kalahari Resorts and Conventions along with live Pocono Mountains Web Cam Feeds are airing on WCBS, WNBC, WPIX and WTXF through the winter. The Live Web Cameras are also available in a new, redesigned format on the PMVB’s website. The new layout allows visitors to see more clearly the locations of the cameras throughout the region.
The campaign is expected to reach and increase visitation to the four-county destination by capturing its energy and natural elements. The public can participate in the bureau’s social media engagement with Twitter (@PoconoTourism) and Facebook (facebook.com/poconotourism) by tweeting and posting photographs of the campaign and sharing their Pocono Mountains photos on Instagram with the hashtag #TakeONPocono.

Pike Chamber to install officers
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Installation Dinner and General Membership Meeting 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Waterwheel Cafe in Milford where it will induct new Directors and install the new slate of Officers for 2015.

Any person or business wishing to attend must call and make a reservation by Jan. 23 at 570-296-8700. The fee for dinner is $31 for Pike Chamber members and $41 for nonmembers and will begin at 5:30 p.m. there will be a cash bar and there is plenty of parking in the west lot near the bar entrance.
The mission of the Pike County Chamber is to accelerate business growth in Pike County by representing business in promoting economic development while preserving and enhancing the community’s quality of life, by providing value-added programs and benefits to promote membership and to help members achieve success and by building partnerships and coalitions for business to effectively work with community, government and educational organizations in shaping public policy.
For details about joining the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, call 570-296-8700, or visit pikechamber.com.

Price Chopper partnering with Aureus Health Services
Price Chopper Supermarkets, which includes a store in Middle Smithfield, is launching its new specialty pharmacy program, which expands pharmacy services in an effort to provide more convenient and personalized solutions for patients living with chronic and complex health conditions. This program is part of a partnership with Aureus Health Services, a specialty pharmacy and health management company based in Pittsburgh with locations in the tri-state area and Missouri
“This partnership between Price Chopper Supermarkets and Aureus Health Services is certain to be a success, given our combined commitment to providing patients with a more convenient and personalized option to treat their chronic and complex health conditions,” said Kathy Bryant, Price Chopper’s Vice President of Pharmacy. “Our patients will reap the benefits of having all of their medication needs managed locally by their neighborhood pharmacist, with whom they have a strong and trusting relationship.”
Price Chopper’s new program will provide patients with access to specialty medications, which can be complex to administer, have a high cost, and/or require special storage or handling, at their local community pharmacy.
Chronic diseases that are typically treated with specialty medications include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, hepatitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease.
Michael Nameth, CEO Aureus Health Services. said, “Price Chopper’s position in the market and local access is perfectly suited for a hands-on approach to specialty pharmacy and we are thrilled to support them with this mission.”
Specialty medications require strict adherence to a treatment plan aimed at successful outcomes, making Price Chopper’s specialty pharmacy services an integral component of a patient’s holistic health care plan. Additional services include providing educational resources, developing an individualized clinical care plan, coordinating insurance benefits, finding financial assistance to help patients afford their medications and ensuring continuous patient care throughout treatment.
In addition to the new specialty pharmacy program, Price Chopper pharmacies offer signature programs such as Diabetes AdvantEdge, immunizations, medication therapy management and medication discounts through the RxAdvantEdge Plan. For more information, visit pricechopper.com.

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