S-burg attorney named to national elite group

Fitzgerald accepted to National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys

Stroudsburg attorney Barbara J. Fitzgerald, of Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan P.C., was accepted to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
NAELA is a professional association of more than 4,500 attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.
Fitzgerald has been practicing Estate and Special Needs Law since 2013, is a long term resident of the area and is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. She joined the firm of Cramer, Swetz, McManus & Jordan, P.C., one of Monroe County’s largest law firms, in order to provide more comprehensive services to the people of Monroe County and beyond. Previously, she was an Assistant District Attorney.
Fitzgerald focuses on estate planning, estate administration and elder and special needs law with a focus primarily in Monroe County and surrounding areas.

Riegel of Stroudsburg firm joins Super Lawyers list
Attorney Brett J. Riegel, founding member of Anders, Riegel & Masington LLC. In Stroudsburg, for the second year in a row is on Philadelphia Magazine’s annual June 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list, which features the top five percent of all attorneys in the state.
Riegel was chosen by his peers as one of the state’s best criminal defense lawyers.
Law & Politics Media conducts the research and surveys. The selection process for this status starts with balloting by 36,000 experienced Pennsylvania lawyers asked to identify the best among their colleagues whom they personally have observed.
The balloting results are researched and the candidates are ranked based on defined evaluation criteria. Following that, a blue ribbon panel is assembled to review each nominee in his or her area of practice.
Finally, point totals from the survey, the research process and the panel review are calculated for the candidates and the selection is made.
Riegel, a Berwick native, is cum laude graduate of Dickinson College and a 1995 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law.
He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars and tries cases in both state and federal courts.

Vigon’s Somers named national entrepreneur award finalist
Stephen Somers, president of Vigon International Inc. in East Stroudsburg is Greater Philadelphia region, is finalist in the EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year award, celebrating its 30th year.
The program recognizes some of area’s most innovative, financially savvy and committed business entrepreneurs to their business and communitities. This year, EY is presenting its Lifetime Achievement Award to John C. Bogle, Founder and William McNabb, CEO of the The Vanguard Group.
The award recipients, selected by an independent panel of judges, will be announced on June 9 at a gala event at Terrace Ballroom, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Winners will be selected in a variety of categories and will then be eligible for awards in several national categories as well as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Overall National Award in Palm Springs in November.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Geisinger CEO to address chamber’s health and wellness forum
Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg will speak about “Caring. It is Such an Old Idea It Almost Seems Brand New” 8 to 11 a.m. May 26 during the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Wellness Forum at the Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg.
Admission is free with a continental breakfast but reservations are required because seating is limited. To make reservations or for more information, contact the chamber at 570-421-4433.
The chamber’s Education Committee will hold its annual Youth Appreciation Day, sponsored by PPL, at noon on May 24 at the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased by May 20. Call the chamber at 570-421-4433 to get tickets.
The chamber also is accepting entries for its Aug. 15 golf outing at Great Bear. There will be a four-man scramble at $130 per person with a noontime shotgun start. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Burnley Employment & Rehabilitation Services. Registration deadline is Aug.l 8. Contact the chamber for details.

Small business owners tech support group forming
Helping small business owners by sharing useful information to get the most from today’s technological tools, the first meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on 1863 West Main St. will cover ways to help speed up your computer, backing up data, wireless networking, anti-virus and other security measures and answering questions from participants. For those who plan to attend, contact Michael Kuczek 570-350-1971.

Champi to succeed Tokach as FNCB president, CEO
First National Community Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Dunmore-based First National Community Bank (on May 18 announced that Steven R. Tokach, President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors will retire on June 30 after a 48-year career in the banking industry.
The board has appointed Chief Operating Officer Gerard A. Champi, to be the new President/CEO of the company and the bank, effective July 1. Champi also will become a director of both the company and bank and will replace Tokach as a Class A director for the company with a term expiring in 2017. Champi joined the bank in 1991 and has more than 30 years banking experience. He is a 1982 graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He received his MBA in finance and accounting from Wilkes University in 1989.
When Tokach joined FNCB in November 2011, FNCB was facing significant regulatory and financial challenges. Under his leadership, the bank was fully released from the Consent Order entered into with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; the company was fully released from the Written Agreement entered into with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; the company’s stock initiated trading on the OTCQX marketplace; the company reported four consecutive years of profitability including record earnings in 2015; quarterly dividends for shareholders resumed; and book value per share increased 115 percent.

 

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