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

Wednesday, November 13, 2002



Ron Partel has joined Sobol Bosco & Associates as an associate accountant in its Pittsburgh office.

Associations/ Organizations

Ronnie L. Bryant, president and chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, has been elected vice chair, communications, of the International Economic Development Council board.

Profile of the week


dot.gif JOB: Executive vice president, DHR International

dot.gif AGE: 57

dot.gif AMBITIONS: To continue to support and love my family, become spiritually grounded and become a model citizen for young people who have aspirations to help build a better community.

dot.gif FIRST JOB: Paperboy

dot.gif WORST JOB/WHY?: Never had a worst job; each one contributed to my success today.

dot.gif BIGGEST WORK CHALLENGE EVER: Getting companies to understand the value of executive searches and to locate the best talent at the senior management level.


dot.gif AWAY FROM WORK I: Love spending time with my family, exercise quite frequently, and my wife and I have a Bible class every Wednesday in my home.

dot.gif DREAM VACATION: Spending time in the mountains of Arizona with my family.

dot.gif FAVORITE BOOK: The Bible

dot.gif IF I WON THE LOTTERY, I'D: Create a foundation teaching people about debt reduction, empowering themselves economically and creating generational wealth.


Professional Development Network named Richard Yanke, senior vice president of Sky Bank, to its board.

Banking, Finance

Citizens Bank hired Patrick J. McCarthy as vice president and relationship manager in its government banking division.

John D. Ivory has been promoted to associate vice president, investments, at Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc.

James G. Graham has been promoted to division executive of the Treasury Management division of PNC Bank N.A., a member of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

First National Bank said Scott Batt joined the commercial lending area as vice president and commercial loan officer. He is responsible for the development of business relationships in the Uniontown and Morgantown, W.Va., markets.

Susan Matanin has been named director of pharmacy at Alle-Kiski Medical Center.

Raymond G. Suchta has been appointed chief financial officer at IBT Bancorp.

Construction, Contracting

Gerard T. Schreiber has joined Stevens Painton Corp. as vice president and general manager, Midwest operations.


Yanni Partners Inc. hired G. David Underwood as senior consultant.

Communications, Marketing

Quest Fore named Justin Mastrangelo multimedia developer; Mike Evan, graphic designer; Patricia Mattern and Vicki Penn, quality manager/design coordinators, and Mary Primrose, administrative coordinator.

Environmental Services/ Engineering

Andrew Maul has joined Jeff Zell Consultants.

Health and Medicine

Suburban General Hospital named Diana McAllister director of finance.


Kevin S. Batik has joined the McGuireWoods' Pittsburgh office as an associate in the commercial litigation department.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott said attorneys Paula J. Allan and Jason K. Willis joined as associates in the firm's Pittsburgh office. Allan practices general civil litigation; and Willis practices in the litigation division.

Emily J. Hicks has joined Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon as an associate member of the commercial litigation practice group.


Infinity Technology Services Inc. said Anna Marie Caulkins has been hired as manager of business development.


Armstrong World Industries promoted Donald F. Martin to vice president and chief information officer. He succeeds Robert V. Richards, who recently retired.

Alcoa Building Products Inc. named Graeme Bottger vice president of sales.

Bico Inc. said Konny Light Sylvester has been appointed acting chief operating officer and general counsel for Bico and its subsidiaries.


The Woodlands Foundation has appointed Ray Carter, vice president and general manager of WPXI-TV, to its board.

Michael A. Wessell, a member in the corporate practice group of DKW Law Group, was named general counsel to the board of the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter. Wessell also recently began serving as president-elect of ProArts, a nonprofit arts service organization, and will begin serving a two-year term as president of the ProArts board in July.

Appointed to the board of the Neurofibromatosis Clinics Association were: Mehran Arbab, associate director, PPG Industries, flat glass new products group; Cheryl Bender, board president, senior graphic designer, BD&E; George Hill, CEO, George Hill & Co.; Lorna Irvin, NFCA executive vice president; Patrick Kane, manager, investor relations, Equitable Resources; Jeffrey Kramer, assistant vice president, dealer financial services, Citizens Bank; Tinsy Lipchak, executive director, office of cultural tourism, Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau; Kris Martinez, partner, BD&E; Joyce Trew, retired project manager, U.S. Steel; Renu Zaretsky, assistant director of communications, Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

The Extra Mile Education Foundation appointed Suzanne M. Vertosick director of programs.

Professional Services

The Pittsburgh office of Deloitte & Touche LLP promoted the following to senior managers: David Martin, Linda Bond and Mark Kasmerski, solutions; Kristopher Winningham, Michael Osborn and Robert Mendoza, tax services; and Tom Evans, financial advisory services. Promoted to managers: Candace Nestor, Colin Powell, Dale Jekov, Dan Tanweer, John McKay, Julie Proctor, Matthew Ankrum and Ty Baird, assurance & advisory; Angela Weaver, tax services; Prisilla Heeter, solutions; and Scott Shavel, financial advisory services.


Airheads Balloon Art Inc. acquired Balloons Over Pittsburgh, the city's oldest balloon company. In addition to balloon deliveries, event decor and balloon twister entertainment, Airheads Balloon Art now offers custom imprinting, helium tank rentals and promotional balloons and blimps.

CREW-Western Pennsylvania has become the 44th Chapter of the Network of Commercial Real Estate Women. The CREW Network, formerly known as NNCREW, was established in 1989 and comprises more than 5,000 commercial real estate professionals in the United States and Canada.


Graham Realty Co. said H&R Block is relocating to the McKnight Siebert Shopping Center from Northway Mall, after signing a lease for 3,029 square feet.


Kolbrener Inc., a Downtown marketing communications and graphic design firm, has been chosen to produce the 2002 annual report for Arch Coal Inc.

MSA PASS is providing scrapyard loading and management software for CitiSteel USA Inc.'s steel production facility in Claymont, Del.

Keystone Dedicated Logistics has contracted with Schaffner Manufacturing to provide third-party logistics services.

Parkhurst Dining Services was named dining services provider by Cedar Crest College.

DYNAMiX Technologies, a business intelligence software vendor, has partnered with computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University to win a contract from the intelligence community. The contract falls under a program titled Novel Intelligence from Massive Data and will be used to develop software that can search in real time over several massive, dynamic databases to assist in finding strategic surprises -- unanticipated events critical to national security.


West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. declared a dividend of 20 cents per share, payable Feb. 5 to shareholders of record Jan. 22.


USA Clean -- Carman, L.L.C., 56 Sexton Road, McKees Rocks. Chapter 7: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

Lushen Greenhouses Inc. f/d/b/a Lushen Greenhouse, f/d/b/a Frank Lushen Greenhouse, 242 Brookwood Road, Venetia. Chapter 7: assets, $18,050; liabilities, $235,834.

Ilge Inc., Tri-Waters Warehouse, 19 35th St., Pittsburgh. Chapter 7: assets, n/a; liabilities, n/a.

Yung-Hsiung Shu, Peking Restaurant, 30 South Fourteenth St., Indiana. Chapter 7: assets, $112,525; liabilities, $377,338.


The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development said the city of Pittsburgh will receive a $1.5 million grant and $4.5 million in loan guarantee assistance to help construct a parking garage in support of a coming retail, restaurant and entertainment complex known as the South Side Works project.


James D. White, Leo E. Marsh, Gary M. Albert, Scott A. Kraynak and Kurt A. Scheer of LLI Technologies Inc., a Downtown design, construction management and information technology company, have earned the Leader in Energy and Environmental Design 2.0 Professional Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Lori Miller, director of marketing for Perkins Eastman's Pittsburgh office, earned the designation of certified professional services marketer from The Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Lydia Lockhart, an instructor in business administration at Penn State McKeesport, is a 2002 recipient of a Black Achiever's Medallion by Black Opinion magazine. The distinction is in recognition of her outstanding career and community service record that includes volunteer work as a court-appointed special advocate for foster children with Allegheny County. Lockhart, an ordained minister, also works with Lydia's Place, a Christian ministry for incarcerated women. She earned her doctorate from Penn State University.

Camille Downing of Downing Communications won an award of honor for feature writing from the Golden Triangle Awards. Downing's winning article was titled "Fit for Life" and was about a 91-year-old woman, Ruth Lawson, who conducted exercise classes at The Village at St. Barnabas. The article was printed in Faith & Work, a 30,000-circulation, four-color magazine published quarterly by St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation. Downing serves as writer and editor of Faith & Work and is a communications consultant for several other organizations in the Pittsburgh area.

Three employees from the Pittsburgh region received PNC's highest honor bestowed upon its employees, the PNC 2002 Performance Award, which, in its 10th year, recognizes PNC employees who demonstrate a pattern of significant achievement and deliver a consistent level of extraordinary performance. This year's local winners include: Debra King, vice president and service manager, Regional Community Bank; Robert McIntyre, vice president, sales and loan closing division, National Financial Services Center, PNC's call center; and David Witter, assistant vice president and project leader, technology & processing services division.

Fitting Group was honored with two Golden Triangle Awards in the 23rd annual competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Fitting Group won an award of honor in the Publication Design/Annual Reports category for Holy Family Institute's 2001 annual report, and an award of honor in the Publication Design/Special Publications category for a capabilities brochure created for Fitting Group.

Equitable Gas received the Energy Association of Pennsylvania's 2002 Safety Achievement and Safety Improvement Awards.

Jim Dowdell, founder and chief executive of SafedriveTechnologies Inc., has earned a Governor's Highway Safety Award from Gov. Mark Schweiker.

John Carlen, project manager with the FBO AvCenter, was presented with the prestigious Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce Jenny Award at the Chamber's Annual Gala. The annual award is a token of appreciation and recognition to a member who has worked diligently to help the chamber achieve its objectives.

Respironics employees Carol Ann Barnett, a purchasing agent, and Dianne Johnston, a senior planner/buyer, have completed the necessary requirements to earn the title Certified Purchasing Manager from the Institute of Supply Management. Shelley Sims, a senior sourcing agent, Dominion Resources Services Inc., has completed the necessary requirements to earn the title Certified Purchasing Manager from the institute.

The American Chemistry Council, an association of the nation's leading chemical companies, said Bayer was selected to receive its Responsible Care Leadership Award for 2002.

Marc USA was named Vendor of the Year 2002 by Checkers Drive-in Restaurants Inc. and has won the Eat & Ear Award for Excellence in Television Advertising from Nation's Restaurant News.

Dick Corp. earned the maximum $1 million bonus from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the early substantial completion of a highway reconstruction project in southeastern Pennsylvania. The $90 million project featured the reconstruction of a 4.7-mile section of SR30 near Lancaster. The roadway, which opened to unrestricted traffic Oct. 6, was completed nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Three projects from Agnew Moyer Smith Inc., a communication planning and design firm, will be featured in Creativity 32, honoring outstanding work in advertising and design. Entries submitted this year came from 40 states and 31 countries. The following winning AMS projects will appear in the annual: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2002/03 season subscription mailer (Direct Mail, Single Piece category); Westinghouse Electric Co's Web site (Web Site Design category); University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Health Plan Annual Report 2001 (Annual Reports category)

Innovate E-Commerce Inc. has been named one of America's fastest-growing privately held companies by Inc magazine.

The 700 Park Regency Condominium in Atlanta received one of America's Ten Project Achievement Awards for 2002 from the Construction Management Association and Building Design and Construction Magazine in the category of private projects less than $100 million. Park Regency is the latest addition to Burt Hill's award-winning portfolio of multifamily residential projects.

BillingZone LLC was named Best of the Web in Forbes' annual ranking of business-to-business leaders.

An independent customer and marketing research firm recently honored Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh with a 2002 Top Performer Award for the hospital's high marks on a national survey of hospitals measuring patient satisfaction. Children's received the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Providing Quality Care to Pediatric Patients" from Professional Research Consultants, Omaha, Neb. The award was bestowed on Children's based on the high percentage of "excellent" responses the hospital received in PRC's patient satisfaction research.

Mirage Advertising Inc. is the recipient of the two 2002 Telly Awards for the production of Vangura Surfacing Products' in-store Kiosk Video and the "Reversing Heart Disease" video for Lifestyle Advantage and the Dr. Dean Ornish program.

The American Institute of Steel Construction recognized two structures that were built using Centria products. The Utah Olympic Oval and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field received Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel Awards at the 2002 AIA National Convention and Expo.


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