2012 Foremost Under 40Pennsylvania Business Central is proudto present our 2012 Foremost Under 40!We sought nominations from across our20-county coverage area for up-and-coming professionals, under the age of40, who have made an impact, not only intheir business but also in theircommunity. The result-30 impressiveyoung professionals who are makingcentral Pennsylvania a better place.Congratulations to all our honorees!
Todd BanksTodd L. Banks, P.E.Clearfield CountyStiffler McGrawCorporate Secretary/Senior Project EngineerWhile personally serving eight municipalities and authorities in Pennsylvania as seniorproject engineer for Stiffler McGraw, Todd Banks is still taking on responsibilities within thecompany and community.Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, Banks became a shareholder ofStiffler McGraw in 2007 and is currently the corporate secretary. Recently he became themanger of the Municipal Division as well, making him responsible for staffing andscheduling nearly half of the company’s workload.In order to meet the needs of his clients, Banks always maintains professionalism and iscommitted to completing projects in a timely and cost effective manner.Banks has served as Clearfield Borough’s Engineer of Record since 2004. The borough hasundergone $40 million worth of infrastructure upgrade construction during his reign.“[Banks’] youth, along with his high level of intelligence and energy, has provided Clearfieldwith an enthusiasm to support our community with the best system possible for ourresidents,” said his nominators. “His reliability and commitment to our community shinesthrough all of his projects as well as our daily dealings.”
Derek ‘Bo’ BorderDerek ‘Bo’ BorderHuntingdon CountyClearfield Bank & TrustFinancial ConsultantDerek ‘Bo’ Border is a top-producing financial consultant at Clearfield Bank & Trust. As aconsultant, Border helps people deal with all types of investments, includingCD’s, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities.“I help prepare people for retirement, plan for their lifetime goals and pass on their wealth,” hesaid.In college Border wasn’t sure what he wanted to do but he knew he wanted to work with peopleone-on-one and to help them solve problems. So, financial consulting was a natural fit.“Everyone has different needs and each problem is different,” he said. “That’s the beauty of my job.No two problems are the same.”After graduating from Saint Francis University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Border landedhis first job with Edward Jones financial firm in St. Louis. He began working at Clearfield Bank &Trust in 2009. Border was born and raised in Huntingdon and he is happy to be back, making a livingin his hometown.“Moving to St. Louis for those two years was one of the best things I ever did. I learned a lotprofessionally and personally. When you are away from home, you learn what and who is importantto you,” he said.For the past several months, Border has been ranked in the top 15 investment representatives withSorrento Pacific Financial LLC, the San Diego-based broker-dealer that is partnered with CBTFinancial and Trust Management, a division of Clearfield Bank & Trust.“Thanks to Bo and other investment representatives, CBT Financial and Trust Management ranksfourth in the nation with Sorrento investment programs,” said Harold B. Baker, AVP/FinancialServices Program Manager at CB&T.For the future, Border would like to stay in the finance industry and continue to maintain asuccessful practice and to help people achieve their goals have successful retirements.Outside of work, Border enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf and spending time with his family. Heand his wife, Mary, have a 19-month-old daughter and are eagerly expecting another.
Christopher BullingtonChristopher BullingtonBedford CountyCentral PA Real Estate ServicesBroker of RecordChristopher Bullington got started in the broker business in October of 2004, while he wasattending undergraduate classes at Penn State.He switched his major from biochemistry to finance and earned his broker’s license before hegraduated in 2008. He began managing the Central PA Real Estate Services office before hegraduated and has continued to build the business ever since. As office manager, Bullingtonmanages eight real estate agents and handles properties in Bedford, Blair and parts of CambriaCounty.Bullington was encouraged by his mother to get involved in the family business. Their business is aone-stop shop for real estate, title services and mortgages. The company is divided into threesections, Central PA Real Estate Services, Central PA Settlement Services and Cross CountryMortgage. All are run out of the same facility.It was partly this business model that inspired Bullington to forgo a promising career inbiochemistry and join the company.“Especially in a small town, this type of model has proved to be extremely successful. It allows theclients the convenience of having all their needs handled by one company,” he said.Bullington lists and sells real estate, facilitates other people’s listings and sales, advertises for thefirm, and is a licensed title agent, as well as a licensed health insurance agent.For Bullington, the best part of the job is selling to first-time buyers.“I love seeing the happiness on the faces of young couples when they get to fulfill their dream ofhomeownership. I also love that I get to do this with my family,” he said.Since November 2010, Bullington has been an active member of the Multiple Listing Servicecommittee for the Allegheny Highlands.Outside of work, Bullington enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and singing as a tenor in variousensembles. He is a member of the Bedford Elks, the American Legion and the Bedford PresbyterianChurch.
Matthew BullingtonMatthew BullingtonBedford CountyCross Country Mortgage, LLCProcessor and Loan OfficerMatthew Bullington graduated from Penn State in 2009 and has already established himselfas a diversified businessman. Bullington began working in the mortgage industry in2007, while attending his undergraduate classes. He was inspired by his family to join theirbusiness.His family’s business is a one-stop shop for real estate, title services and mortgages. Thecompany is divided into three sections, Central PA Real Estate Services, Central PASettlement Services and Cross Country Mortgage. All are run out of the same facility.Bullington does four different jobs. First, he is a processor and loan officer for Cross CountryMortgage, LLC. Cross Country Mortgage is a direct lender that underwrites all loans in-house and offers a full range of mortgage products.Since 2010, Bullington has been a licensed realtor at Central PA Real Estate Servicessince, where his brother, Christopher, serves as his boss.“Matt is incredibly brilliant, detail-oriented, very organized and able to get stuff done thatothers can’t. I’m glad he decided to join the business because he is definitely an asset,”Christopher said.Bullington also works at an office manager for the business. He also conducts inspectionsand evaluations for companies who are foreclosing on properties.Bullington likes to stay actively involved in his home community. He is a member of theBedford Elks Lodge, the Bedford Progressives and the Bedford Sunrise Rotary. He also ranfor Bedford County Commissioner in 2011.He has a strong interest in the humanities, especially linguistics. He is currently completinggraduate work on the subject. His interests include real estate and golf. He helps coach theBedford High School golf team.
Brandon CarsonBrandon CarsonBlair CountySouthern Alleghenies Planning and DevelopmentCommissionDirector, Planning and Community DevelopmentBrandon Carson joined the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commissionstaff in November 2006 and has quickly risen as a team leader for the organization.In his role as director of the Planning and Community Development Division, Carsonmanages his staff to administer a variety of economic and communitydevelopment, municipal assistance and transportation planning programs in the six countiesof the Southern Alleghenies.He is also responsible for the oversight and management of approximately $1 million dollarsin annual state and federal funding. Carson has secured grants for a variety of projectsthroughout the region, including infrastructure development projects, health careimprovement projects, and energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. He alsocoordinated the Pennsylvania Energy Partnership, to help reduce energy operating costsand consumption.Carson says he has always had a strong interest in government and after taking governmentand economic classes in college, he decided that it was something he wanted to pursue acareer in.“The best part of my job is having the opportunity to meet new people and being able towork on a wide-variety of different projects and initiatives,” he said.Outside of work, Carson serves as the public sector co-chair for the PA Chapter of theEnergy Services Coalition. When he’s not working, Carson enjoys spending time with hisfamily and being outdoors.
John ClabaughJohn C. Clabaugh, P.EBlair CountyStiffler McGrawSenior Project Engineer/ShareholderHaving a growing family at home hasn’t stopped John Clabaugh from being extremelysuccessful at work and being active in his community.Clabaugh began his career the day he interviewed with Stiffler McGraw, a full serviceengineering consulting firm, after graduating from Penn State in 2003. In 2010 he became ashareholder of the company and now manages the Municipal Water/WastewaterTreatment Division and is the senior project engineer for eight municipalities andauthorities throughout the state.Clabaugh possesses a unique ability to clearly explain complex and advanced treatmentsolutions by explaining pros and cons based on his client’s needs and budgets, which allowshim to excel at his job and achieve client satisfaction. He is well respected by his clients andcoworkers.Since 2005, Clabaugh has served as Williamsburg Borough’s Engineer of Record. He is alsoactive in the Northern Blair County Relay Life, and enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoorsports in his free time.
Amy FazioAmy FazioAllegheny CountyAffordable Comfort, Inc.Chief Executive OfficerIn the traditionally male-populated home performance industry, Amy Fazio stands out as astrong woman with the commitment to building a strong, cooperative community throughleadership and community involvement.As chief executive officer at Affordable Comfort, Inc., Fazio is dedicated to making homesmore energy efficient, healthy and comfortable. Her job is to provide educationalresources, networking opportunities and partnerships for members of the private andweatherization sectors.Fazio’s ability to think strategically and achieve meaningful goals has allowed the companyto grow, publicly recognizing the home performance industry as an essential voice in publicpolicy.With a strong desire to advance women in business, Fazio helped create ACI’s Women inHome Performance Initiative, which connects women through education, mentoring andnetworking opportunities that support business development.Fazio is a board member of Parents in Toto Autism Resource Center and a member of SocialEnterprise Alliance. She also teaches a sustainability issues course at the Community Collegeof Beaver County.
Jennifer FleckJennifer FleckMifflin CountyPenn State College of Agricultural Sciences4H Extension EducatorIn addition to being a mother of three extremely active children, Jennifer Fleckworks as the 4H extension educator at the Penn State College of AgriculturalSciences, helping children grow into the leaders of tomorrow.For the past 13 years with Penn State Extension, Fleck has helped the 4H programgrow. Under her guidance, the program continues to educate and train children onhow to take on leadership roles.In 2012, there have more than 350 youths participating in the 4H program, which issupervised by over 100 adult volunteers. Community outreach programs such asKindergarten Animal Awareness, 3rd Grade Agricultural Tour and 2nd & 3rd GradeFarm City programs reach out to more than 2,000 children.Fleck has also played a large role in organizing a campaign to raise and borrow fundsto construct a new dining hall at the Penn Roosevelt 4H Camp in Centre County.
Mike FleckMichael FleckHuntingdon CountyCommonwealth of PennsylvaniaState Representative, 81st DistrictMichael Fleck has been giving back to his native county for the past seven years by taking onthe role as state representative for Pennsylvania’s 81st legislative district as well as playingan active role in his community.Fleck is a strong advocate of better educational opportunities for all and fights for taxreform and economic development. His goal is to make Pennsylvania a better place to liveand work, by promoting the district’s two biggest industries: agriculture and tourism.According to his nominators, Fleck “listens to and addresses the concerns of his constituentsand works diligently to improve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”Fleck is also very active in the community. He has served as president of the HuntingdonLibrary System Board of Trustees, vice president of the Southern Huntingdon County SchoolDistrict Board of Education and vice president of the Huntingdon Rotary Club.Throughout his years serving his community, Fleck has received many awards. He waspresented with the first Huntingdon County Preservation Award in 1995 for his role in therestoration of the Heritage Baptist Church in Springfield Township. Most recently he hasreceived the Tom Zuber Award for patient safety in 2012, and the Richard Crawford Awardin 2011 for his commitment to small businesses in central Pennsylvania.
Jason FloydJason Floyd, P.G.Blair CountyMountain Research, LLCVice President/Chief HydrogeologistWorking with the company since 2005, Jason Floyd has made it to one of the top positionsat Mountain Research, LLC, an employee-owned environmental, engineering and laboratorycorporation.Beginning in mid-level management and being promoted to chief hydrogeologist only threeyears later, Floyd continued to strive to improve upon Mountain Research’s success andeventually earned the title of vice president.Floyd’s knowledge of geology and his incredible leadership earned him the reputation ofbeing able to get things done. He’s able to coordinate relationships betweenclients, regulatory agencies and staff to close large and small environmental sites.To further his role as an effective leader, Floyd enrolled in a “One of a Kind” leadershipdevelopment program designed for leaders in an employee owned environment.According to his nominators, Floyd “looks to develop the ‘owner’ culture and empower theemployees to recognize the exceptional opportunity of working in [an employee owned]atmosphere.”Floyd is also an active member in numerous local environmental groups and volunteers atlocal schools to share his experiences.
Jennifer Grossman-LeopardJennifer Grossman LeopardCentre CountyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityProgram Director, Student OrganizationsHaving a young daughter at home doesn’t stop Jennifer Leopard from her duties as astudent organizations program director for Penn State University.According to her nominators, Leopard “is a wonderful role model for young college-agedwomen.” Her dedication to the school and her goal of “developing young leaders isinspiring.”Leopard works directly with Penn State students going to their late-night meetings andattending their events on the weekends. She gives advice, while still allowing students tomake their own decisions and learn for themselves. She is extremely supportive and anadvocate of women who are pursuing leadership roles.One of Leopard’s nominators said, “[Leopard] has challenged me to pursue leadershipopportunities on campus” and she is a “support system for my development. She is alwaysaround to offer advice or just a space to vent frustrations.”While still continuing her education through her pursuit of a PhD, Leopard also furthers herlearning through reading, conversations and professional development.
Crystal HenryCrystal Little-HenryCentre CountyHome Instead Senior CareMarketing, Community Outreach CoordinatorPeople are living longer today than ever before. For that reason, our community needsmore people like Crystal Little-Henry.Henry handles marketing and community outreach for Home Instead Senior Care. Herduties include marketing and advertising, and meeting with case managers, nurses andfamilies to promote the services Home Instead has to offer. But for Henry, helping seniorsand promoting her company’s services are more than just a job description — they are herpassion. A few years ago, her grandmother suffered a stroke. Because of the knowledge she hadgained from working in the health care industry, Henry was able to help her family makethe best care decisions, which have allowed her grandmother to remain at her home today.Helping her grandmother has inspired Henry to do what she can to help other seniorscontinue to live in their homes.Henry’s passion for enhancing the quality of life for seniors in her community extendsbeyond work.She serves as vice president for the Geriatric Interest of Centre County, is on the CentreCounty Senior Center committee for fundraising and she helps and mentors students withtheir annual Alzheimer’s fundraiser.Henry is also an active member of Center County’s business community, being named as theChamber of Business & Industry of Centre County’s 2012 Ambassador of the Year.In the future, Henry hopes to remain in the health care industry and eventually move into amanagerial position.“I love being a part of the health care industry because at the end of the day, you knowyou’ve made a difference in people’s lives.”.
Michael HruskaMike HruskaCambria CountyProblem SolutionsPresident/CEOMike Hruska is an entrepreneur, a musician, a scientist and the successful president and CEO ofProblem Solutions.Problem Solutions is a Johnstown-based firm that delivers software and technology solutions tovarious agencies, particularly in the defense industry. Hruska has worked with diverse groupsfrom government, commercial and NPOs to find creative solutions, through technology. Hisexperiences span across emerging technologies, standards, learning, high performance teamsand science.Hruska became president and CEO of Problem Solutions in 2005, after nearly five years as aresearch associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Hruska has alwaysbeen passionate about science and technology.“I am passionate about the way that technology can transform our learning, our business andour lives,” he said.Problem Solutions has had a solid growth rate of 30 percent for the last two years and recentlyannounced a $200,000 contract with the U.S. Army Research Lab.Hruska is passionate about getting young people interested in technology and about makingsure they have opportunities to learn and to train in the field. A proud alumnus, Hrusk maintainsa strong relationship with his alma mater, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He offers aninternship program for students, starting their sophomore year, and often hires qualifiedgraduates.Hruska is an active member of the Johnstown community. He is a board member of the UnitedWay of the Laurel Highlands, Young Professionals of the Alleghenies, University of Pittsburgh atJohnstown Alumni Association, Johnstown Business District Development Corporation and theVenue of Merging Arts.
Megan Seese-LivingstonMegan Seese-LivingstonCambria CountyHighmark, Inc.Senior Instructional DesignerMegan Seese-Livingston’s passions for technology and for education have been marriedtogether in her current role as senior instructional designer for Highmark, Inc.At Highmark, Livingston designs and develops training materials, particularly for distance andonline learning programs. Living and working in her hometown also allows her to focus on herother passion, helping the youth of Johnstown.About five years ago, Livingston helped launch Young Professionals of the Alleghenies andcurrently serves as community outreach chair. She is also the founder and coordinator of theCinderella Project, which provides gently used prom attire for girls who can’t afford all theexpenses of the prom, the YWCA’s Rise & Shine Girl’s Mentoring Program and is a churchyouth leader.“The best way to help make Johnstown a better place is to start with the youth,” she said.Livingston has shared her love of volunteering by helping to develop a volunteer registry thatwill make it easier for people to get motivated and to get involved.“Volunteering has given me a lot of opportunities to have a voice in the community,” she said.“Through volunteering, I can identify problems and work with others to solve them.”Livingston said that it is important to take a look around and see what the needs are in yourown community.“You don’t know where you are going until you understand where you came from,” she said.Livingston is passionate about making Johnstown a better place and has been involved in manydifferent community organizations and has received numerous awards for her volunteer work.
Jennifer MisnerJennifer MisnerBlair CountyHoliday Inn ExpressDirector of Sales and MarketingAs director of sales and marketing for Holiday Inn Express, Jennifer Misner goes above and beyond her job descriptionto promote not only the Holiday Inn Express but the entire business community of Blair County.“Our Holiday Inn is different because it’s community-owned, so we really try to make it a part of the community,”Misner said.Through various community events and by reaching out to local businesses, Misner has taken the hotel chain to the topof the market in central Pennsylvania.Misner put herself through college at Penn State by working for a marketing firm. She has held various marketingpositions ever since.“Marketing is in my blood,” she said Misner has run several high-profile marketing campaigns and has appeared on The View, CNN and has commentatedfor several radio and television shows. But now, she is happy to be back in Blair County, helping out her local businesscommunity.“Blair County is my home. Anything I can do to help and benefit the community is where my interests lie,” she said.Misner is an active member in the business community and serves on numerous advisory committees, including theBlair County Chamber of Commerce, the Southpointe and Marcellus Shale Chambers of Commerce, the YoungProfessionals Steering Committee and a special AdHoc Committee for the Allegheny Mountain Convention and VisitorsBureau that is focused on the rebranding of Blair County.As an active chamber member, Misner has conceived of and hosted many fun and creative networking events at thehotel. Her legendary events include a shipwreck theme, where she had the hotel staff dress up like shipwreckvictims, and a Los Vegas casino night. These events also serve as fundraisers for local charities.This year, she was recognized by the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association as one of three people for guestrelations, and again for community service.“It’s nice to know that in the short time that I’ve been in hospitality, I’ve been able to make an impact,” she said.Misner is also passionate about mentoring young professionals. Much of her mentoring is done through the YoungProfessionals group but she also makes an effort to talk to the young professionals she sees coming through the hotel.“I was that age once and I know what mistakes I made,” she said. “A little guidance can go a long way.”
Jill NadorlikJill NadorlikCambria CountyNadorlik & Co.OwnerJohnstown native Jill Nadorlik is the founder and owner of Nadorlik & Co., a full servicemarketing and advertising firm whose philosophy is to communicate a unified messageacross all marketing mediums and throughout the stages of the sales cycle.After graduating from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in public relations andadvertising, Nadorlik landed her first job as the director of marketing for CamTran, whereshe helped change the public’s negative perception of public transit. After holding variousother marketing positions, she established Nadorlik & Co. in Johnstown.Her clientele consists not only of Johnstown-based companies but of businesses across thecountry and even one in Australia.“It is nice to be able to bring money from outside Johnstown into the region,” she said.Nadorlik is an active member of the Johnstown community. In 2011, she was the youngestpresident of the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies. As president, she deployed hermarketing expertise to target young professionals through the use of social media. Shecurrently serves as president of the Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership. Throughthe partnership, Nadorlik combines her passion for marketing with her passion for hercommunity by promoting downtown Johnstown to attract newcustomers, businesses, residents and investors to the area.In the future, Nadorlik hopes to continue to grow her business and the entire businesscommunity of downtown Johnstown.“I am a person who likes to enact change” she said. “Marketing is all about enactingchange.”
Robert OkonakRobert G. Okonak Jr.Blair CountyCiocca, Benton & Okonak, PCCertified Public Accountant/OwnerWorking his way up from the bottom, Robert Okonak went from a simple accountant to theowner of his firm by the time he was 30 years old.After graduating from Susquehanna University in 2004, Okonak took a job withCiocca, Benton & Company as a certified public accountant. Under the mentorship of FredCiocca, Okonak became part owner of the company, changing the name of the firm toCiocca, Benton & Okonak, PC.According to his nominators, Okonak does more for his clients than a typical accountant. Hehelps his clients with other business deals, takes a look at their investments and will even“roll up his sleeves to help get the work done.”Okonak plays a role in his community by serving on the Home Nursing Board and theAltoona Hospital Foundation Board.At home, Okonak is a very active husband and the father of three children.According to his nominators,“[Okonak] is passionate in all aspects of his life and cares abouthis community and helping to make it better.”
Adam PfingstlAdam PfingstlHuntingdon CountyHuntingdon County PRIDEDevelopment CoordinatorAdam Pfingstl is an integral part of Huntingdon County PRIDE team, who works hard to ensurethat all PRIDE funded agencies have operating funds.As the development coordinator, Pfingstl deals mainly with fundraising and administrative work.Pfingstl coordinates and runs many of PRIDE’s unique fundraising activities, including the chilicook off, PRIDE Olympix, and is instrumental in coordinating donations and helping differentgroups fundraise for the ever-popular PRIDE telethon. Apart from PRIDE, Pfingstl heads a socialrecreation program for intellectually disabled adults, and is active in a volunteer program forsenior citizensGrowing up with a beloved cousin who had a mental disability, Pfingstl knew he wanted to helppeople just like her. He got his start in PRIDE as a contracted aide. He would visit people withmental and physical disabilities and take them to the movies, baseball games and help them withanything else they needed. One time, when it was close to the telethon, he asked if they coulduse extra help around the office and quickly became a full-time employee.Pfingstl is actively involved in the community.“One thing that I have learned while working at PRIDE is that Huntingdon County is a very givingcommunity. Even when we had one of the highest unemployment rates, we still surpassed theprevious year’s total for the telethon. This community inspires me to give back,” he said.He serves as treasurer of the Huntingdon County Art Council, chairperson of the River ArtsFestival, is the current past-chairman of the Huntingdon County Human Services Council, helps tomanage the Huntingdon County Special Needs Athletic Association, is on the Jo Award counciland helped develop the Huntingdon Young Professionals Organization.
Megan PfleegorMegan PfleegorLycoming CountyFish Commercial Real EstateCommercial Real Estate AgentMegan Pfleegor is said to be a rising star in the north central Pennsylvania commercial realestate market.Pfleegor began working for Fish Commercial Real Estate in 2011 after leaving her job inhigher education. In her short time there, she has been able to help develop the companyinto a recognizable brand in Lycoming County.With a master’s degree in business from Lindenwood University in addition to her natural“business savvy,” Pfleegor has developed the commercial real estate in and aroundWilliamsport. She also attributes some of her success to her partner Michael Bradley.“I would have never gained the knowledge or experience to do my job well had it not beenfor [him],” she said. “He has been an incredible mentor.”Committed to bringing new businesses to the area, Pfleegor endeavors to promote thegrowth of the existing industries.According to her nominators, Pfleegor excels in helping business owners find properties thatfit their specific needs and “practices quality services with every client.”“I like knowing that I am in control of how well I do,” said Pfleegor. “My success depends onhow hard I’m willing to work for it.”
Conor QuinlanConor QuinlanUnion CountyMePush, Inc.Founder/CEOInspired by his love of people, Conor Quinlan, a poetry major, decided to build a business.“I wanted to build a company that provided a service that nobody else was providing and at the sametime, would be a place where people are happy and like going to work,” Quinlan said.And so began MePush Technology Solutions.MePush provides “fast, friendly and fanatical” computer repair, support, recycling, sales and AppleSupport. Since MePush opened its doors in 2004, Quinlan has grown the company from a single room inhis home, with him as the only employee, to two offices with more than 10 IT specialists.Besides being a successful entrepreneur and family man, Quinlan never has the needs of his communityfar from his mind. MePush has been fixing-up and recycling unwanted computers, cell phones and othertechnology for almost as long as it has been around. Quinlan said that they try to give away at least onecomputer a week.“Just because someone can afford a computer, doesn’t mean they can afford to replace it when thatone breaks,” Quinlan said. “The need is definitely there.”In 2012, MePush launched MeGive, a not-for profit project to redeploy and recycle computers andother technology and equipment to families, non-profits and business throughout the centralPennsylvania region. The organization is currently on the search for a webcam to complete a donationto a soldier headed to Afghanistan for a year who wants to Skype with his 3-year-old son.This year, around Christmas time, Quinlan plans to give away 100 computers to under-privileged kids inthe community. For the past three years, he has rented out a movie theatre and held a Christmas partyfor clients. At this year’s party, he plans to present recycled computers to the children.“I really love seeing the kids’ faces light up when they receive a computer. I hope we can grow thisevent and make it an annual occurrence,” he said.As for the future, Quinlan is excited to continue to do what he loves and to spend time with his family.“I want to continue to build technology solutions and a business where people can have good jobs andprovide excellent service,” he said. “But my major aspirations are to continue to be there for my family
Sherri RaeSherri RaeCambia CountyUniversity of Pittsburgh at JohnstownDirector of Student LifeWhen Sherri Rae was in college, she was involved in so many student activities andorganizations that one of her friends joked, “You should major in student activities.”Now, Rae is continuing her passion as director of Student Life at the University of Pittsburghat Johnstown.As director, she works directly with student organizations as a teacher and adviser to helpthem establish and grow their organizations, set up events and learn new skills that can helpthem develop a career. She is directly involved in helping the students set up large eventssuch as freshman orientation, homecoming and the spring concerts.“The best part about my job is seeing the ideas in the students’ heads become realities,” shesaid.For the spring concert, she helps students go through 20 page contracts and teaches themhow to negotiate.“It’s amazing to watch when they finally get to shake hands with that big-name artist theybrought to campus,” Rae saidAs director, she also manages the RealWorld Action Program. The program empowersstudents to develop an action plan to achieve their individual goals and to develop as agentsof positive change in the community and world.“This is an overarching component of my job because anything the students do outside theclassroom feeds into that,” she said.Rae is actively involved in her community. She serves as president of the YoungProfessionals of the Alleghenies, works with Goodwill as part of their GoodGuide mentoringprogram, works with children at the YWCA’s Rise and Shine mentoring program, is on thecommittee for the Special Olympics winter games and is on the board for RichlandCommunity Days.
Krista & Michael RagerKrista and Michael RagerCambria CountyPara-Coat Technologies, Inc.President/Owner, VP of OperationsIn 2009, Michael Rager was working for a local company, applying conformal coating, when he noticed that theykept sending customers out of the area.“I thought, ‘instead of sending work out of the area, we should try to keep jobs here in Johnstown,’” he said. And so, together with his wife, Krista, he established Para-Coat Technologies, Inc. With Mike’s technicalexpertise and Krista’s marketing experience, the Ragers have built and maintained a successful business that isconstantly growing and innovating. The company started out providing Parylene conformal coating to a fewdefense contractors, then they branched out into different coatings, including Acrylic, Silicone and Urethane.They now serve the military, aerospace, automotive and medical industries.Parylene conformal coating is a nano technology that protects the substrate frommoisture, dust, corrosion, fungus and other extreme conditions. It is deposited as a gas in a vacuumchamber, which gets into every nook and cranny to cover the entire substrate.The Ragers both love to be outdoors. Recently, while fly fishing, Krista dropped her phone into the water and itwas ruined.“There has to be a way to waterproof this,” she said.And so they began to look into waterproof coating technology. They have since developed Vapor Armor by Para-Coat Technologies, Inc. Vapor Armor is a proprietary process that coats the electrical device-including cellphones, iPods etc. from the inside out to completely protect the device from moisture. They have been in contactwith various manufacturers about including the waterproof coating into the manufacturing process and theyhope to hit the market with the product soon and to be able to distribute the product to the general public.“We are always looking to get into different aspects of industry. We are not going to stop here,” she said.Besides making exciting industry strides and potentially delivering the next big thing to hit the electronicsmarket, the Ragers are also expecting their first baby in April.“I’m very grateful to have found somebody I love to go into business with. We build each other up and we feedoff each other’s energy,” Krista said.
Rene RhineRene RhineLycoming CountyChartwell HotelsSales ManagerWith hard work and integrity, Rene Rhine has established a strongreputation in Lycoming County in her work and volunteering throughoutthe community.Rhine is the sales manager for Chartwell Hotels and is currently workingwith Williamsport’s new TownePlace Suites by Marriot. Committed tocustomer service and quality management, she ensures that her workconsistently exceeds expectations.Having previously been an employee of the Williamsport Chamber ofCommerce, Rhine continues to volunteer her time there. Being acommunity advocate, she also volunteers at several other locationsthroughout the community. These organizations include the AmericanCancer Society, Lycoming County United Way and Williamsport Rotary.“Rhine is a shining star in the local community,” said her nominators.“[She] will continue to make her mark in Lycoming County.”
Cameron SimonCameron SimonLycoming CountyStallion Oilfield Services, Inc.Regional Operations ManagerOpening the first Marcellus based division of Stallion Oilfield Services, Regional OperationsManager Cameron Simon is committed to furthering the natural gas industry and serving asan active volunteer in his community.Since beginning work with the company in 2009, operations have expanded and Simon hashelped open a second Marcellus office in Washington County.According to his nominators, “Simon is a true visionary, continuing to develop and integratenew products within his operation and adapting his business model to meet the changingbusiness climate.”Simon serves his community as a member of the Business Energy Roundtable. He is also onthe IPC board for the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce, secretary for the local chapter ofAmerican Association of Drilling Engineers and a volunteer for Lycoming County UnitedWay.Simon is a strong believer of the Marcellus community. His work continues to promoteservices and the natural gas industry in the northern tier region.
Kendall SimonKendall SimonLycoming CountyStallion Oilfield Services, Inc.Office ManagerWith a strong belief that the natural gas industry can continue to make a positive impactwithin the Marcellus Region, Kendall Simon has been able to expand Stallion OilfieldServices’ brand throughout Lycoming County.Since moving to Williamsport in 2009, Simon has been extremely important in thedevelopment of the local Stallion field office. As office manager, she oversees all back officeprocedures and polices and is in charge of all accounts payable and recievable.Along with making her mark in the energy industry, Simon has made an impact as a strongcommunity advocate. She volunteers her time with organizations including the WilliamsportChamber of Commerce, YWCA Northcentral PA, the Williamsport Junior League andLycoming County United Way.According to her nominators, “Simon believes that investing in her community will bring abetter future for all.”Simon is also a volunteer for the American Association of Drilling Engineers, an organizationpromoting charitable giving to other local and national organizations.
Brett SoboleskiBrett SoboleskiBlair CountyDunbar ArmoredOperations ManagerWith the dangers of the armored service industry working against him, Brett Soboleski hasbeen able to lead affectively and securely while still expanding his company’s footprint inthe market.Operations manager at Dunbar Armored, Soboleski faces challenges every day. Hisresponsibilities include maintaining security protocols, staff training, customer relations anda fleet of vehicles.“Making sure your crews are going home to their families safe is the first priority,” saidSoboleski. “This is a driving factor to push through tough times.”When the company expanded two years ago, Soboleski took over the Blair County branch.Since then, he has been able to build a strong reputation for reliability, trust and qualityservice with his customers.Soboleski is also given the task of controlling the safety and security of his branch, staff andgeneral community. The security of this branch of his company relies on him.“Dunbar is a name that is trusted in the armored car industry,” said Soboleski,” and I willcontinue to uphold that trust.”
Rick SteeleRick SteeleNorthumberland CountyEpic Construction Services, LLCPartnerRick Steele is a hard working father of two. After being honorably discharged from the U.S.Navy, Steele entered the construction industry as an apprentice for the United BrotherhoodCarpenters. His hard work and his willingness to learn earned him a role in constructionmanagement for a Harrisburg-based general contractor. Steele quickly moved through theranks to become the firm’s director of operations.In that role, he aided in the completion of many notable commercial and residentialconstruction projects, including the Hershey Links Country Club, Hershey MedicalCenter, Troegs Brewery, Pennsylvania Department of Banking and the PA State Associationof Township Supervisors.In April 2012, Steele, along with his business partner, Matt Girardi, established EpicConstruction Company. Steele’s corporate construction knowledge and experience and hismarketing and management skills that he has learned throughout his previous jobs havehelped their business get off to a promising start.In that short time, Epic has created eight full-time positions and has revenue projects morethan $1.2 million. Epic is currently working on projects within a 70-mile radius of theirElysburg-based office.“We are above all a service organization. What we are trying to do is nothingunique, however our commitment to caring, accommodation and fair play is best expressedthrough a high level of intensity and elimination of mediocrity,” he said.Steele is actively involved with the community. He is currently in the process of developinga county Home Extreme Makeover project. He also enjoys being an assistant coach for hissons’ football teams.
Adrienne WertzAdrienne WertzLycoming CountyLycoming County United WayDirector of Funds Distribution & Community BuildingHaving been somewhat recently appointed as the director of fundsdistribution and community building with the Lycoming UnitedWay, Adrienne Wertz has made a big impact in a short amount of time.Wertz is committed to improving Lycoming County by promoting UnitedWay programs as well as the organization itself.According to her nominators, Wertz has a “great energy that translatesinto her work.”Wertz is responsible for directing the organization’s annual allocationprocess, distributing funds to county human serviceorganizations, assisting the annual campaign and several other areas ofwork. She also serves as the liaison with the 43 program parts thatoperate under the United Way.
Mallory WeymerMallory WeymerLycoming CountyPennsylvania College of TechnologyAdmissions RepresentativeNewly established recruiter Mallory Weymer has already begun making a statement in thecollege fair circuit.With an engaging message and an intensive fire and spirit, Weymer is able to use creativemeasures to attract potential students to further consider the Pennsylvania College ofTechnology.According to her nominators, “Weymer is a charismatic woman with a fierce spirit. She isgoing places in the next few years.”Weymer is also active in her community, striving to better it through her services. Shevolunteers as the marketing chair with the Williamsport Junior League as well as with theLycoming County United Way.With a passion for graphic design, Weymer also aids YWCA Northcentral PA with theirmarketing needs. The YWCA is a group dedicated to eliminate racism and empower women.With her help, the YWCA continues to be a recognizable brand in the community.