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Dateline Pittsburgh: A look at who's who and what's what

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

By Natalie Hill

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Accounting

David Roussos has joined Jefferson Wells International as tax director.

Advertising, Marketing

Integra Marketing Group said Linda Mathesius has joined the firm's project managerial staff.

 
    Profile of the week

LINDA ACHESON POOL

Job: Chief operating officer, Tucker Arensberg P.C.

Age: 46

Ambitions: To successfully define and succeed in my position as COO, which is a new management position at Tucker Arensberg, and to write a highly acclaimed novel.

First Job: Selling Creamsicles and hot dogs at the Brentwood Park refreshment stand for 75 cents an hour.

Worst Job/Why?: My mother wisely insisted that I learn how to type, which meant I was spared ever having to do the really tough jobs like waiting tables. All of my office jobs have provided wonderful experience for what I'm doing now.

Biggest Work Challenge Ever: Transitioning out of my legal practice to full-time law firm management.

Favorite Stock/Mutual Fund: Does anyone really have a "favorite" right now?

Away from Work I: Read anything and everything; spend quality time with the World's Greatest Dog, our Golden Retriever, Lucy; try to see our far-flung children as much as possible; and support my husband's model train habit!

Dream Vacation: Turkey and the Greek Islands.

Favorite Book: There are so many books I've loved and that have made an impact on me, I wouldn't know how to identify only one of them as my true favorite.

If I won the Lottery, I'd: I admit that I would quit working. I would buy our dream waterfront house, devote more time to the nonprofit groups I'm involved with, and go back to school for a degree in English Literature.

 
 

Advisory

Cornerstone Capital Advisors Ltd. said Charles F. O'Hanlon III, previously a senior vice president with National City Bank, has joined as managing director.

Architecture

Sergei Matveiev has joined Perfido Weiskopf Architects.

Arts and Entertainment

Carl L. Ray has joined the City Theatre staff as technical director. He comes to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles, where he was shop foreman for UC Irvine Theater Department.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has hired Sara Jane Lowry as its director of external relations.

Associations/Organizations

James R. Foutz was elected 2001-02 president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance appointed two members to its management team. Kurt Foreman has accepted the newly created position of senior vice president, existing business and work force development, and Pamela Golden has joined as senior vice president, marketing and communications.

Banking, Finance

JoAnn Honick of CitiFinancial Mortgage Inc. has been named a top loan officer nationally, having developed more than $4.8 million in mortgage home equity business her first year.

BankPittsburgh appointed Jeffrey A. Martin senior vice president and chief lending officer.

Clubs

Traffic Club of Pittsburgh elected officers and board members for 2001-02. Daniel J. Stuthers, president; and Jerry O'Rouke, first vice president. The members of the board of governors are: Katherine A. Beedle, David W. Fleming, Annie Laurie Faust, Margaret A. Hawkins, Leon G. Locasto, Daniel J. Mazzarini Jr., James W. McDonnell, Larry S. Nowakowski, John A. Power, J.S. Sebbens and John I. Anglin.

Consulting

Access Data Corp. named John M. Belive to the role of regional managing director. He will be responsible for overseeing Access Data's business development and implementation activities in the Northeast area as well as managing the company's Boston office.

Education

Wayne Figurelle has joined Penn State's Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program as e-business solutions manager for PENNTAP's new e-business Technical Assistance Program.

Point Park College elected Garland H. McAdoo Jr. shareholder, Tucker Arensberg P.C., and J. Kevin McMahon, president, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, to its board of trustees.

Energy

Consol Energy Inc. expanded its government affairs department by adding three positions: Gary E. Slagel becomes director, government affairs; Sheirl Fletcher, manager, regulatory affairs; and Scott Rotruck, director, government affairs.

Engineering

DMJM+Harris announced new hires: Thomas A. McHugh, senior structural engineer and project manager in its Pittsburgh office; Kevin M. O'Connor, senior structural engineer; William J. Bury, project manager; and Eric Ozimok joined the structures group.

Health and Medicine

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute at UPMC Passavant said Kiran Mehta, M.D., joined as medical director of radiation oncology.

St. Clair Hospital named Christopher Kowalsky vice president and chief information officer.

Investments

Federated Investors Inc. said Richard J. Tito has joined the firm as senior vice president and head of fixed-income trading. He succeeds Sandy McInerney, who will retire in December.

Law

Tiffany F. Turner has been named an associate at Dickie McCamey & Chilcote. She will concentrate in the areas of education law, employment law, environmental law and insurance law litigation.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced new hires: W. Ryan Davis, associate in the business and finance practice group; Abhijat Parikh, patent associate in the intellectual property-patent practice group; and Jennifer E. Schlagle, associate in the litigation practice group.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC said 18 lawyers joined the firm's offices in Pittsburgh; Harrisburg; Philadelphia; Morgantown, W.Va.; Washington, D.C.; and Boston. Katherine Brewer has joined the Pittsburgh office as a member practicing in the labor and employment law group. Nine other lawyers have joined the Pittsburgh office. In the labor and employment group the new associates are: Allan W. Brown, Vivian M. Luna and Thomas Shumaker; in general civil litigation, Gary A. Butler, Jennifer Cairns, Wendy W. Weinstein and William T. Polaski; in corporate law and insurance, Patricia A. Schultz; and Gerard H. Hickel in the environmental and corporate departments. Separately, Stacy A. Martin has joined the firm's new Morgantown office, where she will specialize in civil litigation.

Manufacturing

NuRelm E-Business Software Inc. said L. Michael Yandura joined as office manager.

Philippe Baudon was named vice president, commercial at J&L Specialty Steel Inc.

Zack Products Corp. said Erica Gregoritch joined its sales team and will focus on the area of medical group practices.

David G. Fox was named president at Marcegaglia-USA Inc.

Verimetra Inc. named William C. Hulley to its board. Hulley is a co-founder of Adams Capital Management, a national venture capital firm based in Pittsburgh.

Nonprofit

William Vandivier was named director of Nazareth Housing Services, Mt. Nazareth Center Inc.

The Society for Contemporary Craft announced the appointment of Robert Shooer as a new manager for its retail operation known as The Store.

Professional Services

Callos Companies said William Wolfe joined as vice president of outplacement services.

Restaurants

Daniel Mosedale has been named executive chef for The Original Fish Market.

Technology

Jennifer Wuenschell has been named first vice president of Software Management Inc.

Lucas System Inc. hired Marcy Elway as administrative coordinator.

BUSINESS NOTES

Integral Technologies announces its new Proposal Management Service. The service helps companies that are preparing to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to ensure that they consider all relevant factors, including clarification of the language of their terms and conditions, in order to avoid additional expenses and potential risks.

Gustine Co. of Pittsburgh, an affiliate of the Armstrong Group of Companies, and AG Development Group Inc. of Tampa, Fla., announced a joint venture to form AG Armstrong Development LLC, which will provide development and real estate services to a variety of retail and commercial clients.

CommuniTech, a high-tech marketing firm, and NuRelm E-Business Software Inc., a manufacturer of Web enabling software, have combined forces through NuRelm's Alliance Marketing Partner program. Through the partnership, CommuniTech offers customers its Web site development services, which include design and content development, while NuRelm provides e-business modules that enable customers to maintain their own Web site content after it has been developed by CommuniTech.

Pittsburgh Tech News, or www.pittechnews.com, launched a free e-mail newsletter that focuses on local high-tech happenings.

Jenmar Corp. announced the expansion of the Pounding Mill, Va., manufacturing facility. The $1 million expansion will include a complete stamping operation and completely automated national forging equipment, increasing capabilities of 40,000 bolts daily.

Microsoft Corp. recently named Allin Corp. to the Microsoft Project Partner Program. Microsoft created the Microsoft Project Partner Program to provide customers a set of worldwide partners who are qualified to develop and deploy effective project management solutions. Of the partners selected to date, Allin is the sole solution provider named to this program in Pittsburgh.

NEW BUSINESS/ NEW OFFICES

Precision-Marshall Steel Co. opened a new warehouse in Hartford, Conn., its second on the East Coast and fifth regional outlet for its line of tool steel products.

Heller Financial Inc. opened offices at Key Center, Suite 3020, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, and at Fifth Avenue Place, Suite 2960, 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown.

Productivity Point International, the market leader in blended learning, has relocated its technical training center to One Oxford Centre, Suite 1200, 301 Grant St.

Blattner Brunner Inc. relocated to 11 Stanwix St.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro opened last week in The Waterfront at 148 W. Bridge St.

Ubics Inc. has completed construction on a technology facility in Bangalore, India.

T.J. Maxx will open a store in Homestead on Sunday in The Waterfront at East Waterfront Drive.

CONTRACTS

Keystone Dedicated Logistics signed a contract with High Tech Design to provide transportation services for its domestic and international operations.

Repal Construction Co. has been awarded the contract for a 6,000-square-foot Panera Bread Store at the South Park Shops.

PWCampbell has been awarded the design/builder contract by Erie General Electric Employees Federal Credit Union in Erie.

Don's Glass & Mirror Inc. has been awarded the glass and glazing contracts for Sencca Valley Middle School with Marisco Corp. and Lexus Dealership with Ravin Inc.

Bayside Automation was awarded a $2.1 million contract with Hanwha, a Korean manufacturer, to design, build and install a semiautomated manufacturing line.

The Pittsburgh office of URS Construction Services has been selected by Region 3 of the General Services Administration to provide construction management services for the $55 million renovation of the William S. Moorhead Federal Building, Downtown.

DIVIDENDS

Skibo Financial Corp. declared a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, payable Oct. 15 to stockholders of record this Friday.

First Commonwealth Financial Corp. declared a third-quarter dividend of 14 1/2 cents per share payable, Oct. 15 to shareholders of record this Friday.

Mylan Laboratories Inc. declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 4 cents per share, payable Oct. 15 to shareholders of record Sept. 30.

ESB Financial Corp. declared a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share on its common stock, payable Oct. 25 to stockholders of record this Friday.

Advance Financial Bancorp declared a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per common share, payable Oct. 15 to holders of record Sunday.

Parkvale Financial Corp. declared a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share, payable Oct. 24 to stockholders of record this Friday.

First Bell Bancorp Inc. declared a regular quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, payable Oct. 19 to stockholders of record Sunday.

BANKRUPTCIES

Baggaley Volunteer Fire Department, 1102 Manor Ave., Latrobe. Chapter 7: assets, $196,600; debts, $244,982.

Alan J. Murajda dba David Anthony Jeweler, 1722 Greensburg Pike, North Versailles. Chapter 7: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

Naboh Inc. dba Sawyer School, 310 Queensberry Circle, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

AWARDS/HONORS

The International Economic Development Council has named Robert E. Eberly of Uniontown the recipient of the prestigious IEDC 2001 Annual Economic Development Citizen Leadership Award. The IEDC is the world's largest association serving economic and community development professionals and partnering business practitioners. Eberly founded Fay-Penn Economic Development Council and serves as the president and chairman of the board. He also is the president and treasurer of the Eberly Foundation.

Hellie Banky, a senior manager at Ernst & Young, has been recognized as a finalist for the firm's Rosemarie Meschi Award, an honor that recognizes the people who foster a supportive work environment for women at Ernst & Young.

Michele Fabrizi, president and chief executive officer of Marc USA/Pittsburgh, was awarded the 2001 Athena Award by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Fabrizi, who has been with Marc for more than 19 years, has been recognized as one of the outstanding women in the advertising industry. Fabrizi is chair of the board of directors for both the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the March of Dimes and Family Health Council. The Athena award recognizes women in our community who contribute in significant ways to the achievements of women.

Corporate Board Member magazine ranked Jones Day Reavis & Pogue as No. 4 on its list of top 20 law firms. Jones Day is the only firm on the national list that has an office in Pittsburgh.

Mailing Services of Pittsburgh inc. announced that it has taken first place in two categories of Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association's Award for Excellence 2001 contest. They were: Mailing Industry Ingenuity Award and the Ed Sisk Excellence in Education Award.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants recognized Harold Wintner, CPA, of McKeesport as an honorary member of its organization to salute his 50-year membership.

The Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau received two national awards for its e-commerce Web site, www.visitpittsburgh.com. The honor was given by the Communicator Awards, a national awards organization that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. The Web site earned the "Crystal Award of Excellence," which is presented to entrants "whose ability to communicate elevates them above the best in the field" in the Web site/overall site category.The site also garnered the "Award of Distinction" in the Web site/graphics category, recognizing projects that exceed industry standards in communicating a message or idea.

Sharon McDaniel, founder and CEO of A Second Chance Inc., has been nominated for a $100,000 international honor for those who devote their energies to children. McDaniel was nominated for the 2001 Kellogg's Hannah Neil World of Child Award for her work with children in Kinship Care.

All-Pak Inc. has been named the recipient of a prestigious National Association of Container Distributors Silver Award at the organization's 38th Annual Awards Competition.

Arne Sten, of The Mony Group, has qualified for membership in the industry's Million Dollar Table for 2001.

Gorell Windows & Doors was awarded the 2001 Crystal Achievement Award for Most Innovative Window. Gorell received the award from Window & Door, a leading magazine in the window and door industry.

PPL Electric Utilities has earned top ranking in the eastern United States for customer satisfaction in a recent nationwide study by J.D. Power and Associates.


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