Dateline Pittsburgh: 9/1/04

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
   
Profile of the Week

DEBRA FLINNER
Job: Vice president/relationship manager of business banking, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania
Age: That's a secret.
Ambitions: I love my job and would be very happy to continue making business loans for a very long time. Then I want to retire and move to Hilton Head.
First job: Moraine State Park concession stand, flipping burgers and hot dogs in 90-degree heat.
Hardest job/why?: Substitute elementary school teacher -- every day was different and I never knew where I would be or what grade I would have for the day in 24 schools.
Biggest work challenge ever: A department manager charged with developing and implementing policies and procedures when proper resources were severely lacking. Through perseverance very positive results were achieved.
Favorite stock/mutual fund: I closely follow the local community banks and watch the Fortune 500s.
Away from work I: Spend at least one week every year on a beach vacation; read, walk my two dogs, golf, aerobic exercise, visit favorite restaurants with friends.
Dream vacation: Australia and Fiji Islands
Favorite book: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.
If I won the Lottery, I'd: Pay off my mortgage, pay the college tuitions of my nephew and niece, contribute to various homeless and animal shelters, and donate to my church.

   
Accounting

Herbein + Co. Inc. hired Mara Lynn Bradford as an audit and accounting manager in the Greensburg office and Brian D. Jamnik as a senior accountant in the audit and accounting department.

Associations/Organizations

Lanesha T. Anderson, attorney, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, was appointed to the National Urban League's board of trustees. Anderson is an associate in Kirkpatrick's Pittsburgh office.

Banking, Finance

Carmen J. Bauccio was promoted to assistant vice president at Parkvale Bank.

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said Kevin Jansma was named vice president and team leader, business banking staff; Elizabeth Satina joined as a vice president and business adviser; and Nicholas Marquis Jr. and Robert Klasnick were promoted to business advisers.

Commercial National Financial Corp., parent of Commercial Bank of Pennsylvania and Highview Trust Co., appointed Michael A. Schmidt executive vice president/chief operating officer of Commercial Bank of Pennsylvania.

PNC Advisors, a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, hired Patrick Maley as a client adviser for the Pittsburgh region.

Engineering

National Survey & Engineering, a division of R.A. Smith & Associates Inc., hired Mark Michelini as senior project engineer at its Pittsburgh office.

Foundations

Lawyer Steve Engel, a member of Blumling & Gusky's construction & surety practice, was appointed president of the newly established Yevgeny Girel Orphans Foundation, which raises money for Russian orphanages.

Health and Medicine

Forbes Regional Hospital appointed John D. Finnegan chairman of its board.

Claudia Roth, who has a doctorate in public health administration and clinical psychology, has been appointed president of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and vice president of behavioral health, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Insurance

Marsh USA Inc. promoted to senior vice presidents Lisa Adamsky, casualty; Stan Tofil, client executive in insurance benefit services; and Laura Dugan, property. Mindy Berta and Ann Deibert, property, were promoted to client advisers.

Law

McGuireWoods said Daniel L. Fassio joined as a partner in the labor and employment department; he will focus on labor and employment law, collective bargaining and employee benefit matters. David J. Hornyak joined as an associate in the corporate services department; he will focus on corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Melissa L. Irr joined as an associate in the commercial litigation department, focusing on insurance issues, employment law and federal jurisdiction. Scott E. Westwood joined as a partner in the corporate services department, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation, contracts and business ventures. Michael J. Roeschenthaler joined as an associate in the financial services department, focusing on bankruptcy matters.

Manufacturing

United States Steel Corp. appointed Charles L. Rice general manager-public affairs. He succeeds Craig D. Mallick, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary, who will focus on corporate governance and related legal responsibilities. Bernard J. Fedak, managing director of engineering, will retire after 19 years.

Marketing

Steve Shane was named account executive at Quest Fore Inc.

Public Agencies

The Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau promoted Domenic Fusca to senior advertising sales manager.

Business Notes

Lynk Systems Inc. reached an agreement to be acquired by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC for $525 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary regulatory review. The Royal Bank of Scotland in parent of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.

Workers involved in the construction at St. Paul Homes, Greenville, Mercer County, will be safer because of a new partnership formed between the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mistick Construction. OSHA and Mistick formalized the partnership July 26. Founded in 1867, St. Paul Homes is a continuing care retirement community in Greenville that offers cottages and apartments for independent living, assisted living apartments and the Health Center, which offers nursing care, rehabilitation and Alzheimer's care. The St. Paul Homes expansion project involves construction of a 192-bed health center and renovation of the existing health center into apartments for independent living.

Name Changes

Karen Coffield, president, Southeast Dental Care of America Inc., said its new name was Avia Dental Plan, based in Pittsburgh. Avia offers a discount prescription plan and vision care plan at no added cost. Visit the Web site www.aviadental.com.

Ascot Stationers Co. changed its name to Ascot Office Supplies.

Contracts

Voest Alpine Industrieanlagenbau, a subsidiary of VA Technologie, was awarded a contract for the supply of a one-strand wide slab caster for Tianjin Iron & Steel Co, located in Tianjin, China. The new wide slab caster will produce slabs with thicknesses 180, 200 and 250 mm and widths ranging from 1320 to 2100 mm at an annual capacity of up to 1.3 million tons.

The Center for Fiduciary Studies was selected by The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to provide training on investment fiduciary responsibility to the board's directors. The agency administers the retirement contributions of 3.2 million federal employees, including members of Congress and of the uniformed services. Assets in the retirement plan currently total more than $135 billion, which makes the plan the largest daily-valued, defined contribution plan in the world.

Carl Walker Construction won a $4.3 million contract with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort to build a three-level parking structure that will contain about 261 spaces to accommodate those visiting Falling Rock, the new upscale clubhouse and 41-room hotel and resort at the 18th hole of Mystic Rock Golf Course. The project also includes occupied space at the upper level to accommodate media events and conference space for the hotel.

Bankruptcies

Budget Bar & Restaurants Equipment Co. Inc., 423 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Vendors Outlet LLC, 1802 Ridge Drive, Jefferson Hills. Chapter 7.

Mothers Cleaners Inc., 1860 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Axicon Technologies Inc., 2857 Banksville Road., Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Lock 6 Landings Inc. dba Lock 6 Landing Restaurant Lounge and Marina, 610 Midland Beaver Road, Beaver. Chapter 11.

Grants/loans

Tickets for Kids Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. The grant supports Tickets for Kids' efforts to enrich the lives of some of the most forgotten children and families in our area by including them in cultural, recreational and educational events they would otherwise not be able to attend.

Awards/Honors

Michael Balandiat, outpatient supervisor, occupational therapy, UPMC St. Margaret, has renewed the distinguished Certified Hand Therapist designation after completing all requirements in May.

Terri Sokoloff of Specialty Bar and Restaurant Brokers was featured in the national publication Real Estate Business. The article titled "Broker to the Taverns" in the June/July issue, cites the advantages of developing a niche market. Sokoloff obtained her Certified Business Intermediary designation, furthering her expertise in evaluating businesses.

Stan Stetina is the recipient of the 2003-2004 Ray Durisin Memorial Award from the board of Westmoreland County's chapter of the Pennsylvania Professional Employment Network. Stetina is branch sales manager, American Skyline Insurance Co. and Project Leader for American Skyline of New Jersey.

The Pittsburgh Business Times named Bryan Ward, president/executive creative director, Giant Ideas, to the elite 50 of the region's front-runners. The Fast Trackers are 50 area professionals under the age of 45 who make a difference in business and the community.

Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Associates was ranked 26th as a LEED Accredited Professional Firm by Building Design & Construction Magazine. A LEED Accredited Firm uses sustainable design skills that save energy and provide environmentally healthy buildings. And Burt Hill was awarded the Award of Excellence -- Best Building Visualization, for its design ideas relating to the University of Connecticut Information and Technology Building. The award was accepted by Craig Ashbaugh of the Butler office.

The American Advertising Federation awarded Brady Communications a Silver Addy at the 2003/2004 National Addy Award Competition held in Dallas for its work on the 2002 Greater Pittsburgh Council Boy Scouts of America Annual Report.

The PNC Financial Services Group was recognized by International Data Group's CIO magazine as a recipient of its 2004 CIO 100 award for exemplifying the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

Latika Davis-Jones, program coordinator of Tadiso Inc., and Errika Fearbry Jones, gang free schools director, Pittsburgh Board of Education, have been chosen as 2004 recipients of Pittsburgh Magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" Award. The award was created in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project in 1999 to honor people under 40 living in the Pittsburgh region who have made a positive and lasting impact on the area.

Alexander M. Minno was named a 2004 Honorary Alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Making a Difference/Doing Good

DAD'S Pet Care was chosen to receive a 2004 Category Colonel Award for Pet Supplies from PL Buyer magazine, a monthly trade publication that serves the private label industry. The award recognizes private label suppliers who work closely with their retail customers, taking the concept of partnership to new levels.

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