News and notes from Pennsylvania business leaders People Early this year, global engineering and infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming named two company veterans to top leadership positions. Robert M. Scaer, PE, is chairman of the board and chief executive officer; and Paul D. Nowicki, PE, is president and chief operating officer. Scaer (who is also a member of the PA Chamber’s Board of Directors) is the eighth person in the 100-year history of Gannett Fleming to serve as chairman and CEO. In this role, he is responsible for formulating and implementing the strategic action plan that guides the direction of the firm and drives the company’s continued growth and expansion into new markets. Scaer served as president and COO from 2009 through 2016, transforming the day-to-day operations, as well as the business and strategic planning firm-wide. He led the firm through a reorganization in 2016 that advanced the company’s collaboration, profitability and growth, ensuring the company’s agility and ability to deliver value to its clients in the years ahead. He also was the chief information officer from 2004 to 2013, and served as president of GeoDecisions, Gannett Fleming’s geospatial and IT solutions division, from 2002 to 2009. Paul Nowicki succeeds Scaer in the role of president and COO. He is responsible for establishing Gannett Fleming’s comprehensive goals for performance, leading the day-to-day direction and operations, and overseeing the overall performance of the company. He also oversees the daily operations of more than 60 offices worldwide. McNees Wallace & Nurick attorney Jim DeAngelo received the “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” award in recognition of his timeless commitment to serving individuals who cannot afford legal counsel. The award was presented to DeAngelo at the Dauphin County Bar Association Annual Membership Meeting at the Hilton Harrisburg on January 25, 2017. Pro bono People work is a deep passion for DeAngelo, who has served as chair of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Public Service Committee since 1997. He is also a leader in three civil legal aid programs: Community Justice Project, MidPenn Legal Services and Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. A 1988 magna cum laude graduate from Temple University, DeAngelo received his J. D. in 1991 from The Dickinson School of Law. The firm also recently announced the installment of Mark Stanley as president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County. Stanley will serve a one-year term as president of the BIA. Formed in 1956, the BIA promotes a balanced smart-growth approach to development in Lancaster County. As a longtime member of the BIA, Stanley has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as the Government Affairs Committee. He was the recipient of the BIA President’s Award in 2012 and 2013. A member of McNees’ Real Estate Practice Group, Stanley counsels commercial, residential, industrial and mixed use development clients on all aspects of the land development entitlement process. He regularly appears before municipal planning commissioners, governing bodies, zoning hearing boards and state agencies. He also advises development clients on Department of Transportation and Highway Occupancy permit issues. Stanley is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Dayton School of Law. RETTEW recently hired Steven G. Rowley in its Lancaster office. A senior program manager, Rowley is part of the firm’s business development and program management team. He is responsible for providing technical expertise and project management oversight of environmental health and safety (EHS) services, including compliance system development and implementation, training for program development and regulatory system auditing. This hire continues to expand RETTEW’s national presence, where Rowley assists industrial clients with improving their EHS performance and achieving their strategic business objectives. Rowley has 30 years of experience in engineering consulting, providing expertise to a variety of industries throughout the country and conducting audits to ensure compliance with international EHS standards. Rowley is the former vice president and director of environmental management and compliance at Gannett Fleming, based in Camp Hill. He has a bachelor’s degree in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg University, as well as a Master’s degree in environmental science and management from Duquesne University. Pennsylvania American Water recently announced the promotion of Melanie Horvath to director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. In her role, Horvath expands and enhances the company’s statewide advocacy network and works closely with legislators and municipal officials and their staff members on policy matters that impact the company. Horvath joined Pennsylvania American Water in 2012 as manager of Government Relations. She also serves as a liaison between legislators and municipal officials and Pennsylvania American Water’s Operations team to address customers’ questions and concerns. In addition, she oversees Pennsylvania American Water’s political action committee. Horvath previously held public issues and policy roles for several non-profit and trade organizations in the state. She started her career in the Communications Office of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and later served as a press secretary for the Corbett Administration and as special assistant within the Ridge Administration. Horvath holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy from the Pennsylvania State University. Armstrong Flooring, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative flooring solutions, has hired Brent Flaharty as vice president, Residential Sales. Flaharty has overall sales responsibilities for the residential business and all residential channels, including distribution, builder, property management, national accounts and retail strategic accounts. Most recently, Flaharty worked as chief revenue officer for Maglite, with responsibility for strategic planning, account management and marketing; before that, he worked for Masonite International as vice president and retail business leader for North America. Flaharty graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. Eckert Seamans welcomed David B. Gornish as a member (partner) of the firm’s Philadelphia office and Intellectual Property Group. Gornish is a patent attorney with significant experience in domestic and worldwide patent procurement and portfolio management. He has drafted patent applications directed to many different technologies, and been intimately involved in Several high stakes patent cases, primarily in the pharmaceutical field. Having the unique perspective of both a patent litigator and patent prosecutor, Gornish drafts and prosecutes patents with foresight concerning potential disputes arising in the future. His technical background is in mechanical engineering and he worked in product development for a large medical device company prior to his legal career. He has served as the sole in-house patent counsel for a drug delivery and pharmaceutical packaging company. In that position, he managed a worldwide portfolio of hundreds of applications and patents. He also routinely handled contract matters and advised company executives on legal implications of their business decisions. Gornish earned his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 2004 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 2001. Mowery, an industry-leading construction company based in Mechanicsburg, PA, recently announced the addition of Jared Rohrbaugh as a project leader in the Special Projects Group. In his role, Rohrbaugh is responsible for the routine oversight of select job personnel and tradesmen, implementation of all company safety practices and policies, and performing and inspecting completed work at the highest levels of quality while adhering to budget parameters. Rohrbaugh has more than 20 years of experience in the building and construction industry and holds a certificate from the Construction Infection Control Training Institute. He has led projects from decorative concrete installation to Remodeling; and from new construction to running his own business. In the Special Projects Group, he focuses on projects typically in the magnitude of $1 million and less. Barley Snyder Managing Partner Jeffrey D. Lobach has been elevated to chairman of the board for York County-based WellSpan Heath’s York Health Foundation. The York Health Foundation is a community-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of the local community by supporting the York area entities of WellSpan Health. The York facilities include WellSpan York Hospital, WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital and WellSpan VNA Home Care. The foundation recently completed raising $3 million toward the construction of a new emergency department at WellSpan York Hospital and is considering options for its next fundraising campaign. Lobach has a long history of service with WellSpan, including being a founding director of the York Health Foundation and time spent as the chair of the board of directors of WellSpan Health. He had been the vice chair of the York Health Foundation before being elevated to chair at the start of the year. The Board of Directors of Concurrent Technologies Corporation elected two new board members, who have a combined 80+ years of government, military and industry leadership experience. Jeffrey K. Harris, who has also been named to the recently established Concurrent Technologies Corporation Technical Advisory Board, and U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) Joseph Yakovac have joined the Board of Directors. Harris has contributed to U.S. national security in both government and industry for 40 years, where he has fostered new technologies and programs that have contributed significantly to U. S. national capabilities. He served as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Space, director of the National Reconnaissance Office and associate executive director of the Intelligence Community. He is retired from Lockheed Martin, where he served as president of LM Missiles and Space Division and president of LM Special Programs Division. He holds a B. S. in Photographic Science and Instrumentation from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Yakovac has 41 years of experience in tactical, operational and strategic guidance of Army tactical units; Department of Defense research, development, production, and total package fielding activities; and currently, the defense industry. He held leadership positions for a number of major Army programs, including Program Executive Officer Ground Combat Systems. Gen. Yakovac earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado. Recognition The new Sustainability and Innovation Hub at Montgomery County Community College’s Pottstown West Campus that was designed by Murray Associates Architects, P.C., was selected by the Montgomery County Planning Commission for the “Award for Excellence in Planning and Design” for its significant and sustained contributions to advancing or promoting planning in Montgomery County. The project was selected due to its land development, revitalization, open space preservation, transportation, design, process and community impact. The building was an Adaptive Reuse Project of a former PECO building built in 1911. This project was a true collaboration between the College and all the Design professionals. The new facility’s design aesthetic maximized the industrial “bones of the building” to keep it’s unique integrity alive. Murray Associates Architects is the oldest design firm in Harrisburg, PA and has been providing award winning design services in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1935. For more information, visit www.murrayassoc.com. Wohlsen Construction’s recent project, the Baltimore Visitor Center, was awarded early this year with the national “Best of the Best Small Project” by Engineering News-Record. The contest began at the regional level where the Baltimore Visitor Center was selected ENR Mid- Atlantic’s “Best Regional Small Project”. From here, the submission advanced to the national competition along with the winners from ENR’s nine other regions. It was then selected as the best of the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality. Exemplary of the spirit of small projects, the renovation was recognized for its seemingly sizeable scope despite the project’s tight budget and schedule. Ayers Saint Gross designed the renovations to increase the functionality of the space. Moveable displays and interactive LED touchscreens create a scenic and interactive informational center for the Inner Harbor’s 11 million annual tourists. Through a quick conversion process, the space transforms into a state-of-the-art event venue with a controllable LED lighting system, illuminating the striking steel and glass sculpture suspended from the ceiling. Lautrec restaurant at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has been honored with Five-Star status in the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide listing of star rating winners. This is Lautrec’s ninth consecutive Five-Star rating in the prestigious Forbes guide. The restaurant’s first Five-Star honor came in 2009. Since that time, Lautrec has solidified itself as one of the world’s top dining establishments. This year’s list includes just 62 Five-Star restaurants worldwide and only three in Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of executive chef and Pennsylvania native Kristin Butterworth, Lautrec has redefined European- American cuisine. Butterworth is known for presenting an innovative yet approachable menu. “It’s about simplicity, finding the best quality food we can find and making it completely recognizable and completely enjoyable,” said Butterworth. By again receiving the highest ranking from Forbes, Lautrec is in a select group of only 29 restaurants in the world to hold both the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award and the coveted AAA Five-Diamond award. For more information or to make dining reservations, please contact a Resort Sales Specialist at 866-399-6957 or visit nemacolin.com. Industry publication Accounting Today has ranked RKL LLP 65th on its “2017 Top 100 Firms” list, continuing the firm’s rise among the nation’s leading CPA firms. RKL claimed the 65th spot due to its 9.12 percent growth, which also helped the firm retain its ranking as the 14th largest in the Mid-Atlantic region. RKL launched its 2020 Strategic Plan in early 2016 to outline the firm’s roadmap for continued growth and relevance, setting the tone for another year of innovation and expansion for RKL. The firm emerged as a leading provider of risk management services for financial institutions, credit unions and businesses in the Mid-Atlantic with the October 2016 acquisition of Radnor, PA-based GTM Risk Management, which now operates as RKL Risk Management LLC. 2016 also saw the continued expansion and development of RKL’s advisory services lineup, uniquely positioning the firm to assist clients with complex challenges related to workforce management, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations for financial reporting and performance improvement. The firm also delivers business software, IT support and networking solutions to clients through its IT subsidiary, RKL eSolutions, which most recently expanded its nationwide footprint with the acquisition of Boston-based Sage reseller Baesis, Inc. Noteworthy Barley Snyder LLP has moved its Malvern office to a new location that allows the office to continue its growth in the Chester County and Main Line markets. As of Feb. 3, 2017, the new, physical address of the office is: 2 Great Valley Parkway Suite 110, Malvern, PA 19355 The phone numbers of the office are unchanged. Barley Snyder is asking all clients to please update their records of the new address. Barley Snyder is a law firm based in central Pennsylvania with more than 70 attorneys practicing from offices located in Lancaster, York, Reading, Malvern and Hanover, PA; and Hunt Valley, MD. The firm serves businesses, individuals and organizations in all major areas of civil law. Wohlsen Construction Company and Franklin & Marshall College recently teamed up to preserve historical materials relating to the local area as well as Wohlsen Construction’s history. Wohlsen Construction was founded in Lancaster in 1890 and recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. The project came about by the donation of Company historical materials dating back to its founding. The majority of the materials date from 1890 to the mid-1960s, and include hand-written ledgers, project photo albums and individual photos, as well as project files including thousands of blueprints for numerous construction projects located throughout Lancaster County and beyond. In addition to scanning, archiving and cataloging the Wohlsen Construction Company materials, the large-format digitization equipment has been utilized by several local community-based institutions including Millersville University, the Lancaster Theological Seminary and Franklin & Marshall. NewAge Industries is expanding and renovating 40,000 square feet of space for more clean room suites, inspection areas and warehousing. The company is using an existing area at its headquarters and manufacturing facility located just north of Philadelphia. The need to expand arose primarily from the success of NewAge’s AdvantaPure product line. AdvantaPure’s tubing, hose and molded components are manufactured for high purity, Single-Use biopharm and pharmaceutical applications such as vaccine production and cell culture media transfer for harvest, filtration, fermentation, sampling and storage. NewAge will invest $9.5 million into the project. The space will consist of 20,000 square feet of ISO Class 7 clean rooms and an equal amount of area for warehousing. Demolition of existing structures within the expanse was completed last fall, and then followed by painting, utility work and other preparations. In business since 1954, NewAge Industries manufactures plastic and rubber tubing in reinforced and unreinforced styles. The company offers an overall product quality rating of 99.8 percent, provides custom extrusion and fabrication capabilities, and services customers worldwide. RETTEW and project partners the University Area Joint Authority and Pace Energy have solidified a plan to install a solar array at the Authority’s site in State College, PA. The array will provide more than 2.6 megawatts of power, installed on about nine acres of property. Financed and owned by New York-based Pace, a renewable energy investment firm, the $7 million array will be among the 10 largest in Pennsylvania. The authority will use the energy generated to power about 25 percent of its daily advanced wastewater treatment operations, which provides wastewater treatment and reuse water to the majority of the State College region. The solar project enables the authority to completely offset its water reuse operations (a portion of the whole facility) with renewable energy. RETTEW is providing engineering designs for the project, including an energy storage battery system to regulate the regional power frequency. The project will break ground this spring, with an estimated completion date of mid-summer. Kathy Pape was recently named American Water’s senior vice president of regulatory policy and business development. Pape had previously served as president of the company’s Pennsylvania subsidiary, Derry Township-based Pennsylvania American Water Co., since 2007. Pennsylvania American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. Pape has more than three decades of industry experience, serving as regional counsel and manager of finance for American Water from 1994 to 1999; and as senior vice president, treasurer and rate counsel for Aqua America Inc., before returning to American Water in 2007 as leader of Pennsylvania American Water. She also worked as vice president and corporate counsel for General Waterworks Management and Service Company in Pennsylvania, as assistant counsel to the state’s Public Utility Commission, and as an assistant consumer advocate for the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate. Pape received her undergraduate degree from Edinboro University, a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, and her master's degree in taxation from Villanova University School of Law. In conjunction with Pape’s promotion, Jeffrey McIntyre was named senior vice president of the company’s Mid-Atlantic Division, encompassing Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Effective March 1, he also became president of Pennsylvania American Water. RKL LLP has named four partners to service line leadership positions. Steven E. Fisher, CPA, was named Audit Services Group Leader; Robert M. Gratalo, CPA, MST, was named Tax Services Group Leader; Bethany A. Novis, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFE was named Business Consulting Services Group Leader; and James H. Ostrowski, CPA, was named Small Business Services Group Leader. In their newly defined roles, Fisher, Gratalo, Novis and Ostrowski are responsible for the leadership, growth and management of their respective service lines. Working in collaboration with partners from across the firm, RKL’s industry group leaders and firm management, each service line leader is driving efforts related to service offerings, client satisfaction, workforce development and quality control. The Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a significant milestone — its 210th anniversary. The occassion was commemorated with a reception for its nearly 500 members at its offices. “It’s vital to be a part of the community,” Executive Director Christa Lundy told the Meadville Tribune. “We’re a member-based organization that likes to promote what we have to offer as a place to live, work and play.” The local chamber is considered one of the 10 oldest in the country, and can trace its roots to Feb. 5, 1807, when Meadville’s fledgling business community formed the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Manufactures and the Useful Arts — the forerunner to today’s chamber. The chamber’s office is at the site of the first meeting where the society was formed. Today, the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber promotes Meadville and the region at various events throughout the year, and offers seminars and roundtables on a number of business-related issues. It also runs Leadership Meadville, a local leadership development program now in its seventh year, and the Meadville Chamber Education Foundation, which provides business education in the classroom to local students. The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County held its third annual Membership Recognition Night event on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Sponsored by Comcast Spotlight, the event served as a celebration of Chamber members, specifically recognizing three individuals who went above and beyond in their support of the CBICC in 2016. Nearly 200 business, community and government leaders were on hand as the CBICC honored the following: 2016 CBICC Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Stachowski, Community Outreach Director, South Hills School of Business & Technology 2016 CBICC Friend of the Chamber: Mark Bamat, GB Accounting Services 2016 CBICC Ambassador of the Year: Joy Vincent-Killian, Catering Sales Manager, Penn State Hospitality Services The Chamber also recognized individuals that participated in the inaugural mentorship program of CBICC Connect, the CBICC’s young professionals group. Mentors and mentees received certificates of completion from mentorship program coordinator and CBICC Connect member Heidi Wrights, Financial Center Community Manager, PSECU. In addition to Comcast Spotlight, sponsors included Graphics & Design; PSECU; Keystone Payroll and Lion Country Lodging.
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