Three promoted by Red Cross
American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Region Blood Services, recently promoted three donor recruitment employees to managerial roles.
Joanna Martyak of Windber has been appointed donor resources director. She will supervise recruitment activities in the 100-county region’s six zones. Previously, Martyak was a business development consultant with SunStone Consulting LLC of Harrisburg. She worked on numerous national accounts dealing with health care reimbursement. She also worked in sales and sales management positions at Bayer Healthcare, Schering Pharmaceuticals and Sepracor Pharmaceuticals.
Autumn Marie Moore of Johnstown has been appointed donor resources manager for the north central zone, comprising Cambria, Somerset Bedford, Blair and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania; Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland; and Mineral County in West Virginia.
Moore joined the Red Cross as a donor recruitment representative for Fayette and Somerset counties in February. She previously was the student services coordinator at WyoTech, Blairsville, and also held leadership positions at Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley.
Jennifer Cafasso of Windber has been appointed donor resources manager for the northwest zone, comprising Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania; and portions of Columbiana and Jefferson counties in Ohio.
Cafasso joined the Red Cross in November 2010 and was named donor recruitment representative for Indiana and eastern Westmoreland counties in March 2011. She previously worked at Digital Solutions Inc. in Altoona and held management positions at American Eagle Outfitters and Bon Ton in Johnstown.
Finance professional attends conference
Bill Rice, owner of Laurel Highlands Financial Services in Somerset, recently attended a national educational conference for independent financial advisors. Hosted by Commonwealth Financial Network, the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer, the sold-out event drew more than 781 financial professionals from across the nation.
Rice has been in the financial business since 1995. His office is located at 109 W. Main St, Suite 103. For more information, go to www.roadtofinancialsuccess.com.
Physical therapist gains advanced degree
Alan Hessler, owner of Pinnacle Rehabilitation Systems in Ebensburg, recently achieved the title of certified orthopedic manual therapist. He is one of 540 physical therapists in the U.S. with the advanced degree, which allows him to specialize in the application of manual therapy treatments for musculoskeletal disorders. Hessler also is working toward his fellowship through American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.
He has more than 16 years of experience in his field.
N.Y. Life lauds principal of firm
Joseph P. Ponchione, principal of Ponchione Financial Group, has been named a member of the 2012 President’s Council of New York Life. Council members are among the top 8 percent of New York Life’s sales force of 12,250 agents.
Ponchione has been a New York Life agent since 2003, and is associated with New York Life’s Pittsburgh/Johnstown general office in Johnstown.
He is the recipient of NYL’s Life Foundation Award in 2004 and an eight-year qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Ponchione has a degree from Pitt-Johnstown. He is a member of the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, past president of the East Hills Business Association, vice board chairman of the American Red Cross Keystone Chapter, volunteer with Cambria County Special Olympics and a founding member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance.
Ponchione Financial Group is not owned or operated by New York Life Insurance Co. or any of its affiliates.
Three promoted by Red Cross
THOMAS YOUNG | Death tax explained
Recently, Thomas Seitz, of Wessel & Co., brought us up to date on the present estate tax rules. I will discuss the Pennsylvania death tax, called an Inheritance Tax, and describe some of the differences between the two.
BUSINESS PEOPLE | Puchko associates attend seminar
Puchko associates attend seminar
Doug Puchko and Kayla M. Puchko recently attended the Disability Income Insurance seminar conducted by Ohio National Financial Services.
REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS 5-19-13
The following are real estate transactions for $10,000 or more:
James L. Volocko from Carol A. Sabo, property in Lower Yoder Township, $14,000.
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Financial advice for married couples abounds, but you may be hard-pressed to find comparable information if you are single. Keeping your status in mind, here are five practical suggestions.
THOMAS YOUNG | Statutes keep trains on track
I never cease being amazed at the amount of legislation the lawmakers in Harrisburg can manufacture.
Business people: Design manager receives award
Lisa Kirschman, daughter of James and Kathy Kirshman of Salix, has received the VMSD’s Designer Dozen Award.
The award is given to 12 of the brightest designers in the country under the age of 35 by Virtual Merchandising and Store Design magazine.
Five steps to ward off business fraud
Business fraud is everywhere. It can range from employees pilfering small items from the office to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. And crimes may be committed by anyone from the lowest-paid clerk to a longtime officer. All too often, business owners are oblivious to wrongdoings, or they simply refuse to acknowledge the possibilities – until it’s too late.
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MICHAEL MacDOWELL | GM makes it big second time around
In April 2010, General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre announced that GM would pay back $8.1 billion in government loans. It was greeted by cheers from employees and no doubt from U.S. treasury officers as well. Of course, much of the $52 billion loaned to General Motors by the federal government – and the $1.4 billion loaned to General Motors by the Canadian government – has been converted to stock, which you and I as taxpayers own. This may be a good investment, for it appears that General Motors has learned its lesson.
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