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

Wednesday, May 08, 2002



CelliFlynnBrennan Architects said Kevin T. Turkall joined as a principal and Jan Brimmeier as a design architect and project manager. Joseph W. Nagy Jr. has rejoined WTW Architects.

Banking, Finance

Northside Bank promoted Jeffrey R. Uselman to senior vice president in addition to his duties as chief technology officer and head of operations, and Beverly A. Stulen to administrative officer and assistant corporate secretary.

Andrew J. Morrison has joined Merrill Lynch's Pittsburgh office as a financial adviser.

SFSB Holding Co. said Timothy R. Maier and Mary Lois Loftus were elected directors, each for a four-year term.


Magent Communications promoted Ellen Wein to vice president and Susan English and Courtney Haines to senior account executives.


Stephanie Mayger has joined Nello Construction as a senior estimator.

Flynn Construction said Lew Heifner has joined its estimating team.


Duquesne University named the Rev. James P. McCloskey vice president for university relations.


DMJM+Harris Inc. promoted Thomas J. Dougan to vice president and Lewis P. Cornell, associate vice president.

Environmental Consulting

Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. appointed Thomas Delsandro to the position of program development manager for its Cranberry Township, PA office.


Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport said Alan Kubler was named executive chef and Christopher Garcia will manage sales and marketing.

Health and Medicine

Kerri Jack has joined Bentz & Grob Family Practice, a division of Genesis Medical Associates Inc. as a physician assistant.

Dr. Rajeshwar Kapoor has returned full time to his internal medicine practice at UPMC Passavant.

Carolyn A. Capozza has been named director of the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) sponsored by Centerville Clinics in Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.


James D. Stuncard was hired as vice president/affinity and association program manger for First Commonwealth Insurance Agency.


Pepper Hamilton said Richard I. Thomas, who focuses his practice on representing management in labor, employment and occupational safety and health law, has joined the firm as a partner in its Pittsburgh office. Also joining is Thomas' son, James P. Thomas, as an associate. He concentrates his practice on labor and employment law, and commercial and construction litigation.

Christopher T. Hildebrandt has been named an associate at Dickie McCamey & Chilcote. He concentrates his practice in the area of Insurance defense, with a particular emphasis in insurance bad faith litigation.


Jaime Lang joins MailingSystemsPA, Three Rivers division, as a sales representative in the Downtown Area.

Title Insurance

LandAmerica Financial Group Inc. named Steve Emery Western Pennsylvania Area counsel in the Pittsburgh office.


Pittsburgh native Brian Davis was appointed vice president of industrial refrigeration, with responsibility for business in North America at Danfoss Inc., Baltimore.

Centex Rooney Construction Co., Plantation, Fla., said Hal E. Martin has joined as controller. Martin, a Green Tree native, had been director of finance and administration for the Western Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters.


Black Box Corp. announced a new technical service targeted at the home networking market -- Black Box Home Networking Technical Support. The new service will be test-marketed in the greater Pittsburgh area. Based upon the results of this pilot program, Black Box will roll out home networking technical services throughout the United States.

Dan Volitich

dot.gifJob: President and founder, John Daniel Associates Inc.

dot.gifAge: 40

dot.gifAmbitions: To continue to successfully build our organization with a positive work culture while making customers successful, and balancing that with a quality family life.

dot.gifFirst job: Cook at Long John Silver's.

dot.gifWorst job/why?: I've never had a "worst" job; I always try to find the win for being somewhere.

dot.gifBiggest work challenge ever: Developing employees into more than they believe they can be.

dot.gifFavorite stock/mutual fund: I dabble in the stock market, but can't say I have a favorite.

dot.gifAway from work I: Right now that is weekends only, and I spend them with my family.

dot.gifDream vacation: Two weeks in Hawaii with my wife, Joni.

dot.gifFavorite book: "The Way Things Ought to Be" by Rush Limbaugh

dot.gifIf I won the Lottery, I'd: Spend more time with family and friends while learning to operate my Kamatsu Crawler/Excavator.



A Black Box Home Network will enhance homeowners' high-speed Internet service by allowing shared, simultaneous access in multiple locations within their home without the need for costly multiple service lines.

The Baum Group/Dr. Rae and Associates said that through its Web site, yourstressmatters.com, they are offering a free online life goal workshop that focuses on change. The Baum Group is an association of professional consultants/business and relationship coaches who help businesses, families and individuals who are facing change.

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a partnership to put Western Pennsylvania's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, issued a request for proposal to contract with one or more companies to deliver, outfit and manage the PLSG Bioscience Incubator facility and program. The PLSG Biosciences incubator is intended to be a facility to house very early stage and relocated early stage firms in one or few locations. In addition to offering cost-effective wet lab and other specialized space, the Incubator will provide tenants support services and infrastructure (e.g., legal services, accounting services, consulting) designed to accelerate a new firm's growth. Interested parties can obtain the RFP via the Web site http://www.pittsburghlifesciences.com. All RFP responses must be received by May 31.


Techint Technologies received a contract from Midrex for the design and supply of a 44-foot-diameter rotary hearth furnace. The furnace will be a part of the Mesabi Nugget ironmaking pilot demonstration plant in Silver Bay, Minn.

CelliFlynnBrennan has completed the concept design for a New Science Building at Elizabethtown College and just participated in the groundbreaking for the Mercy Smart Health Center in Bethel Park. CFB is completing renovation of a major shopping center in Chillicothe, Ohio, and eagerly awaits the grand opening of the Washington Ballpark, home of the Wildcats Minor League Baseball Team.

Marconi announced a multimillion-dollar contract to significantly upgrade security at Miami International Airport with a new multiservice communications network, master systems integration and maintenance services provided to Miami-Dade Aviation Department, which operates the airport.

Teradactyl LLC current contracts include two with Carnegie Mellon University. The company's cost-effective software is helping to manage backup for the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and its School of Computer Science.

CommuniTech will provide its new Marketing Foundations program to Digital Briefing Inc., a Pittsburgh-based high-tech company that develops lease and loan administration software and support services. CommuniTech's Marketing Foundations program provides upstart tech firms, such as Digital Briefing, with solid foundational marketing initiatives required to establish and maintain a definitive marketing presence.


Dominion declared a quarterly dividend of 64.5 cents per share on its common stock, payable June 20 to holders of record May 31.

SFSB Holding Co. declared a cash dividend of 50 cents per share, payable May 15 to holders of record May 1.


Lynrose Inc./Baldonieri's Taproom & Restaurant, Latrobe 30 Plaza, Latrobe. Chapter 7: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

FGR Automation & Control Systems Inc., Penn Center Suite 127, Pittsburgh. Chapter 11: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

Running Computers Inc., 12875 Route 30, North Huntingdon. Chapter 7: assets, $4,118; liabilities, $362,769.


The Lutheran Service Society of Western PA has received two grants in support of the agency's award-winning Nutrition Assessment Program. NAP provides in-home nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy for at-risk Meals On Wheels consumers. The program is the honored recipient of a Community Enhancement Award from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging. The Birmingham Foundation awarded a $62,000 grant, payable over a two-year period, to support the expansion of NAP services to homebound elderly and disabled people who reside in the south Pittsburgh region. The Charles Morris Charitable Trust provided a one-year grant of $25,000 for operating support.


The Allegheny County Big Brothers/Big Sisters named Gregory C. Fajt "Big Brother of the Year."

Dollar Bank said Maria E. Chick, executive mortgage representative, has earned the award as top producer for the month of March 2002, based on highest unit count of loans closed; and Frank T. Druzisky, executive mortgage representative, earned the award as top producer for the month of March 2002, based on highest dollar amount of loans closed.

The Small Business Awards Luncheon and Networking Trade Exhibit sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network was held May 3 at the Westin Convention Center. Honored were: James Fox, founder and president of Fox's Pizza Den Inc., was named Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year; Lalit Chordia, president and founder of Thar Technologies Inc., was named Exporter of the Year. In the Mid-Atlantic region category, Jeffrey Druzak, president and founder of Druzak Medical Inc., won for entrepreneurial success; Brian Svetz, founder and president of Svetz Orthotics & Prosthetics, won the young entrepreneur category; and Renee De Michiei-Farrow, president of the National Association of Women Business Owners and owner of Decorating Details LLC, won the women in business advocate category; Eric Wallace, partner Carbis Walker & Associates LLP, won the accountant advocate category; and Doris Carson Williams, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce won the minority advocate category.

Also honored were Patrick F. Nagle, vice president of First Commonwealth t/a Central Bank, Pennsylvania Financial Services Advocate; State Sen. Jane Orie, Pennsylvania Veteran Advocate; Scott F. Kennedy, of Dodaro Kennedy & Cambest, Western Pennsylvania and District Small Business Legal Advocate; Ray Marano, Small Business Network Magazine, Western Pennsylvania and District Journalist Advocate; John Buchanan, Western Pennsylvania and District SCORE Volunteer of the Year. State Sen. Jack Wagner won the McDonough Public Service Award.

UPMC Passavant physicians obtained board recertifications: Drs. Richard A. Jennings of ALPHA cardiology and Sundar R. Rao of North Hills Cardiology Associates received their recertification certificates in the field of cardiology and Thomas L. Schauble of Pulmonary Partners Ltd. received his recertification certificate in the field of pulmonary medicine.

Jennifer Forrest, of Punxsutawney and owner of Small Town Life Magazine, has been named the "Co-Young Careerist of the Year" by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women.

Bill Hunt, president chief executive officer of The Elmhurst Group, has received the "outstanding leadership of a chapter president" award from the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties.

Window System Inc. received a reconstruction award from "Building Design & Construction" magazine for the work of supplying and installing the new windows in the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

Mellon Financial Corp. has ranked second overall in its category of U.S. financial institutions in Fortune Magazine's 20th annual survey of America's Most Admired Companies.


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