Mt. Pocono based non-wovens company taps Technical Sales Mgr.

Seasoned professional Abelli named to post at Monadnock
Dino Abelli has joined Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC as Technical Sales Manager covering industrial air and liquid filtration markets.
Abelli comes to Monadnock, based in Mount Pocono, with more than 35 years of experience in a variety of non-wovens, filtration and related technical fabrics industries. He has held positions in R&D, Product Development, Sales Management, Account Management and Business Development previously working with International Paper/Veratec, Snow Filtration, Hollingsworth & Vose and PGI/Fiberweb.
“Dino is a seasoned professional with broad experience in the nonwovens industry, and we are glad to have him join our fast growing team,” said Keith Hayward, managing director for Monadnock Non-Wovens. “His past success, energy, enthusiasm and polished approach to sales will be very beneficial as we continue to grow our product portfolio in new technical and specialty markets.”
Abelli will concentrate his efforts in expanding Monadnock’s meltblown and composite presence into new markets while helping secure and strengthen its position with existing customers.
Monadnock Non-Wovens, a subsidiary of Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. of Bennington, NH, was established in 1999 to manufacture non-woven material for the fast growing filtration, facemask, healthcare, consumer and homeland security markets. It supplies non-woven roll goods media to converters around the world using advanced fiber technology to meet Global standards.

Wayne Bank quarterly earnings rise 3.9 percent from prior year’s quarter
Norwood Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank, announced earnings of $2,041,000 for the three months ended March 31, which represents an increase of 3.9 percent from the $1,964,000 recorded during the same three-month period of last year.
Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis were $.55 in the first quarter of this year compared to $.54 in the first quarter of 2014. The annualized return on average assets was 1.15 percent in the first quarter of 2015 and the annualized return on average equity was 8.22 percent.
Total assets were $734.4 million as of March 31,  an increase of $31.2 million, or 4.4 percent, compared to the prior year total. Total loans increased $22.9 million compared to March 31, consisting of a $16.6 million increase in commercial lending and $6.3 million of growth in retail loans. Commercial financing increased $17.8 million, installment loans grew $5.2 million and residential mortgage loan balances increased $1.1 million during the first quarter, while construction loans decreased $1.2 million.
“Our first quarter results provide a good start for 2015,” said President and CEO Lewis Critelli. “Net interest income improved over the prior quarter and the same period of last year due to a significant amount of loan growth, while operating expenses remain well controlled. Working with borrowers experiencing cash flow pressure will remain a top priority as we make our way through this difficult economic environment. We expect that stress on loan quality will continue into 2015.”
Norwood Financial Corp. is the parent company of Wayne Bank which operates from 15 offices throughout Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties. The company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “NWFL”.

Pocono Chamber to honor students
Each year the Education Committee of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce honors students in the community who have overcome adversity in their life and still manage to succeed. The luncheon will honor 10 students on May 19 at Wolf Hollow at Water Gap Country Club in Delaware Water Gap. For more information, call Pat Metzgar at the Chamber at 570-421-4433.

Chamber taking Bizzy Awards entries
The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for its 10th annual Bizzy Awards that takes place in September. There will be 14 categories awarded this year. Call Pat Metzgar at 570-41-4433 for details.

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Mt. Airy again earns AAA Diamond Rating

Casino resort the first in PA for designation
Mount Airy Casino Resort for the fourth straight year has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond Rating. Mount Airy Casino Resort was the first casino resort in Pennsylvania to reach the list in which only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA achieve. It has more than 1,800 slot machines and 80 table games.
The Lodge at Woodloch also received the designation.
The AAA Four Diamond Rating is assigned to lodgings that feature an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail. Restaurants at this level offer a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high quality ingredients, creative presentation and attentive service. Only 4.8 percent of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list.
“It is such an honor to have achieved this award for the fourth consecutive year,” stated John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager of Mount Airy Casino Resort. “We are truly committed to providing the highest quality of dining, gaming and luxury accommodations to our guests, and this award highlights that commitment and the work that we have done and will continue to do.”
At the award reception in photo are, from left, Glenn Smith, president and CEO of AAA North Penn; Vincent Jordan, vice president of Marketing and Player Development; Matthew Magda, vice president of Resort Operations; Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee; Nina Waskevich, director of Marketing and Public Relations; John Culetsu, executive vice president and general manager.
“Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said Nina Waskevich, AAA North Penn Director of Marketing/PR. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler — the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.”
AAA inspectors visit more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants over the course of the year, allowing them to identify emerging trends in the industry. Inspectors have observed hotels increasingly using technology to complement the white glove service guests expect at the ultra-luxury level, allowing options such as mobile check-in and touch screen access to concierge services. Similarly, at restaurants they have observed the emergence of tablet-based digital menus, with electronic ordering and tableside payment features.

Frailey Insurance again wins Nationwide President’s Award
Michael J. Frailey has dedicated his career to counseling customers on their insurance and financial services needs as an insurance agent for 25 years and a lifelong Monroe County resident.
The CEO of Frailey Insurance and Financial Services at 1286 N. 9th St. and his team’s dedication have led to success and the President’s Award for the second straight year from Nationwide Insurance. This award, the company’s highest award, is for attaining excellence in sales of automobile, homeowners and other property and casualty insurance products, as well as life insurance and other financial services products.

Wayne Bank adds second Technology Demo Center
Wayne Bank has added a second Technology Demo Center at the Honesdale office located downtown at 717 Main St.. The Demo Centers are space dedicated to providing customer support with interactive hands-on equipment for online, tablet and mobile banking.
The first Demo Center was created in October 2014 at the 216 Adams Ave. downtown Scranton office. Many customers have taken advantage of the center to sign up for Internet Banking or learn more about technologies the bank has available.
“Wayne Bank is committed to continually improving the technology we offer and to creating resources such as the demo center. The goal is to provide personal, knowledgeable service that helps customers benefit from online and mobile banking.” said Lewis Critelli, Wayne Bank president and CEO. “Adoption of all forms of online and mobile banking continue to grow, and as they do, Wayne Bank wants to provide a setting where customers are at ease discovering the capabilities and convenience of their devices.”
The Technology Demo Centers are open during business hours at both locations.
Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with 15 community Offices in Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Lackawanna counties.

Paramount Business Development relocates in S-burg
Paramount Business Development, an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries, has moved its downtown Stroudsburg office to a new location in downtown Stroudsburg: 745 Main St., Suite 205. All other contact information including phone numbers remain the same.
Founded in December of 2005 by Rick Munson and Bill Skinner, Paramount Business Development is an advisory/coaching firm that works with business leaders in many industries to improve business results, develop better teams, develop executives to enhance leadership skills, and guide companies through succession.

PMC earns national gold award for heart/stroke care
Pocono Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations and means that expert stroke care is available right here in the community.
Pocono Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on Jan. 30, of its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Pocono Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend Pocono Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
Nancy Brown, CEO, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, said, “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Pocono Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
In 2014, Pocono Medical Center joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and offers patients access to the resources of Jefferson’s comprehensive stroke center through the use of telemedicine.  Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Pocono Chamber to host Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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MegaPhase appoints exec

Logothetis named director of Advanced Technology of S’burg office
Jim Logothetis has joined MegaPhase, a leading provider of RF and microwave interconnects in Stroudsburg as director of Advanced Technology. Logothetis has spent the last three decades developing and bringing to market RF and Microwave signal processing components and subsystems for applications in satellite, terrestrial and wireless communications and electronic warfare.
In Logothetis’ prior role as director of Technology for Crane Electronics, he led a team of technical staff in the design of products utilizing various technologies, including multilayer stripline, microstrip, coplanar waveguide, suspended substrate and lumped element. Logothetis, a resident of North Caldwell, N.J. who earned his master’s in electrical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, has a collection of publications and holds nine U.S. patents.
As telecom and global security systems demand more bandwidth, the performance of cables, connectors, and signal processing components increase in complexity.
“Jim brings substantial expertise and new capabilities to MegaPhase in microwave signal transmission and a wide variety of components,” said MegaPhase CEO Bill Pote. “He is a hands-on engineer and has worked with OEMs, suppliers and expert software applications.” With the addition of Logothetis, MegaPhase continues to position itself to be at the forefront of not just interconnects but also signal processing components.
Founded in 1998, MegaPhase is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of RF and microwave interconnect and signal processing products through 110 GHz. The Company offers a wide range of products serving commercial telecom and Military markets, including air-, ground- and sea-based electronic warfare systems.

Seminar advises ways to work with difficult personalities
In the workplace, there could be challenges with many different and sometimes difficult personalities as heavy workloads, fast-paced environments or even a very bureaucratic culture sometimes make survival feel difficult. Dennis Gilbert of Appreciative Strategies in Stroudsburg offers a three-hour seminar on four different dates and locations next month titled Working with Difficult Personalities that examines several personality challenges and utilizes thought provoking, change accelerating activity, theory, video, and self-assessment to enable participants examine new ways to better manage personal interactions in the office with others.
Attending this seminar will provide relief from trapped overwhelming workplace relationships; renewed energy and less stress from toxic people; control gaining; negativity reducing options to recharge and better performance by getting unstuck from draining personalities as well as positive expectations instead of harmful, negative emotional replays.
This seminar that runs from 9 a.m. to noon will be held May 11 in Williamsport, May 12 in Wilkes-Barre, May 13 in Denville, New Jersey and May 14 in New York City.
For more information visit: http://DennisEGilbert.com or call 646-546-5553

Bartonsville home repair company expanding
Honey Do Service Inc. on 3450 Route 611 in Bartonsville continues to grow, reports Barbara Leesha, owner of the local franchise, who says the local home repair and refurbishing company is handling large jobs as well as small ones. Many customers, she says, do not realize the scope of work by the company.
“They think we only do things like gutter cleaning, which we also do,” Leesha said. “We have done several repair jobs for interior water damage this winter, roof repairs, window replacements, bathroom remodels, electrical and plumbing repairs, painting, basement finishing, flooring and room remodels (sheetrock, insulation, electrical, plumbing, flooring, etc).”
Call 570-620-9999 for details.

Pocono Chamber to hold Save Our Planet Awards
Leading eco-friendly businesses will be recognized in the annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Save Our Planet awards that takes place 8 a.m. on April 24 at the Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event costs $20 per person and reservations can be made by contacting the chamber at 570-421-4433. Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority and Brodhead Creek Regional Authority are sponsors.

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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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