Dateline Pittsburgh: 9/24/03

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Person of the Week

Anuj Dhanda

Job: Chief information officer, Regional Community Bank and Wholesale Bank, PNC Financial Services
Age: 41
Ambitions: To make a difference at work, home and in the community.
First job: Strategic planning officer, JP Morgan Chase
Hardest job/why?: Resisting desserts
Biggest work challenge ever: Leading the setup of a small business lending operation to be the best in the industry.
Favorite stock/mutual fund: PNC, of course.
Away from work I: Enjoy time with wife Aradhna and sons Kash and Brij.
Dream vacation: One that does not end.
Favorite book: "The Goal" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.
If I won the Lottery, I'd: give a lot of money to the Mattress Factory museum, and so should you!

Celli-Flynn Brennan Turkall hired Rebecca Schwartz as an architect and Ed Williamson as a graphic artist and 3D computer animator.

Associations/ Organizations

Lia Osle was hired as administrative manager for work force education and development with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection and Michele Greenway was promoted to events planning specialist, Pittsburgh Technology Council.

The Downtown Business Connection announced its newest members: Bob Dezort of Innovative Office Environments and Bill Caraway of Hampton Inn/Hawthorn Suites.

The Pittsburgh chapter of The Risk Management Association named the following executives as officers for 2003-04: President: Joseph Toth, Dollar Bank; first vice president, John Fetsko, Sky Bank; second vice president: David Miller, U.S. Small Business Administration; secreary/treasurer: Mark Buchek, Dollar Bank; and immediate past president: John Duggan, PNC Advisors.

Banking, Finance

Citizens Financial Group Inc. has named Francis A. Doyle and George L. Miles Jr. to its board of directors. Doyle is president and CEO of Connell Limited Partnership and Miles is president and CEO of WQED Multimedia.

Communications, Advertising

Kolbrener Inc. hired Angela Sickafoose as senior designer.


Yanni Partners Inc. hired Michael E. Nelson as an investment consulting analyst.

GSP Consulting hired Larry Bertuola as director of the firm's Philadelphia office.


Hammer Design Associates Inc. promoted Teri L. Lattanzio to associate.


Carnegie Mellon University School of Design hired new faculty members: Shelley Evenson, associate professor of Interaction Design, and two junior faculty positions, filled by Stacie Rohrbach and Mark Baskinger.

Health and Medicine

WestArm Therapy Services hired Martin Brea and William L. Siegel as certified athletic trainers. Brea has been assigned to work at the New Kensington-Arnold School District and Siegel at the Freeport Area School District.

Alle-Kiski Medical Center announced the addition of Carolyn A. Chambers, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist, in association with Youssef S. Ragheb, M.D. Her practice group will be titled Alle-Kiski Women's Health.


Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote named shareholders Joseph S. D. Christof II and Steven W. Zoffer to co-chair the newly restructured commercial law and litigation practice group. Christof will continue to chair the environmental law group and Zoffer retains his chairmanship of the technology law practice group.

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis announced that six attorneys have been named partners. Dionna K. Litvin and Anne E. Kane, who practice in the litigation services department, join Andrea Hyatt Callan of the trusts and estates practice group, partners in the Philadelphia office, and Keith E. Whitson and Gregory H. Teufel in Pittsburgh, and Benjamin P. Deutsch in New York, with the firm's litigation services department.


U.S. Steel Corp. announced that Leonard H. Chuderewicz, vice president-diversified businesses, will retire at the end of this month after serving the company for 32 years.


SCORE announced the appointment of David Brakoniecki as a counselor advising small-business owners in the Pittsburgh area.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh appointed Ilene Greenstone director of the Early Childhood Development Center.

Mainstay Life Services named new members to its board: Marvin Gold, an independent fund-raising consultant specializing in capital campaigns, and Susan Highley, a real estate agent with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Professional Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that Robert McCutcheon has been admitted to the firm's partnership. McCutcheon will serve as partner in the assurance and business advisory practice in the Pittsburgh office.


Voest-Alpine Services & Technologies Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau, acquired a majority interest in Steel Related Technology (SRT), Blytheville, Ark. SRT provides long-term caster maintenance services to the North American steel industry.


Underground Solutions Inc. contracted J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. to rehabilitate a section of waterline using its Duraliner System for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. is a certified teaming contractor with Underground Solutions for its patented Duraliner Water Line Replacement System which allows municipalities to completely rehabilitate deteriorated underground water lines with minimal excavation.

World Health Alternatives renewed a staffing contract with McAuley Medical Associates. The one-year contract, estimated at $750,000, has renewal options for several years and is implemented by the company's MedTech medical staffing division, which already has completed $200,000 worth of work.

MTA Long Island Rail Road has awarded a contract to Union Switch & Signal for a microprocessor-based signal system for the New Jamaica Interlocking.

Ragnar Benson Inc. was awarded a $12.5 million design-build contract for a student housing facility for Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va. The project will be a collaborative effort between VOA Architects and RBI. The dormitory is scheduled to open in fall 2004.

Mind Over Media announced that Old Dominion University has chosen its DVD Strategy and Product for extending capital campaign momentum. Mind Over Media will develop a DVD that showcases ODU's capital campaign strategic initiatives.


WesBanco Inc. declared a third-quarter dividend of 24 cents per share on its common stock, payable Oct. 1 to shareholders of record Sept. 5.

H.J. Heinz Co. declared a quarterly dividend of 27 cents per share on its common stock, payable Oct. 10 to shareholders of record Sept. 23.


Apples Mills Inc., 700 Apples Mills Road, West Newton. Chapter 11.

Campbell-Erskin Apothecary Inc. c/o Bernstein Law Firm PC, Suite 2200 Gulf Tower, Pittsburgh. Chapter 11.

Greenbriar Industrial Systems Inc. a k a Greenbriar Plastics, 8475 Middle Road, Fairview, PA, Chapter 11.

Stewart Water Conditioning Inc. fka Culligan Stewart Water Conditioning Inc., 393 Congress St., Bradford. Chapter 11.

Erie Power Technologies Inc. aka Aalborg Industries Inc. aka Aalborg Keystone Inc., 5300 Knowledge Parkway, Erie. Chapter 11.

Batis Development Inc., 9751 Downing Place, North Huntingdon. Chapter 7.

Safe Drive Technologies Inc., 4280 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville. Chapter 7.

Fat Franks Inc., 600 Grant St., US Steel Tower, Concourse Level, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Fat Franks II, Inc. dba Fat Franks, 600 Grant St., US Steel Tower, Concourse Level, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Chrismark Inc., dba Fat Franks, 600 Grant St., US Steel Tower, Concourse Level, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

R&K Electric Co., Inc., 1300 Sherman St., Pittsburgh. Chapter 11.

Property Line Inc., R.D. No. 2 Box 642, Greensburg. Chapter 7.

Openwebs Corporation, 2403 Sydney St., River Park Commons, Pittsburgh. Chapter 7.

Tiger Trucking LP dba Anthony Trucking LP, 210 Washington Ave., Dravosburg. Chapter 7.


The Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital has been awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health to further develop effective therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder among sexually abused children.


John A . Webster, executive mortgage representative, Dollar Bank residential lending, has earned the award as top producer for July and August, based on highest dollar amount and highest unit count of loans closed.

Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir was named Pennsylvania's top environmental law firm by Chambers & Partners Legal Publisher's Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2003-04. Founders Chester R. Babst and Dean A. Calland were named the leading individuals in the environmental law field.

John C. West Jr., electrical engineering project manager and lighting specialist, Tower Engineering, has earned his professional engineer registration.

COMM Group has been ranked No. 50 in the top 100 list of security systems integrators in the country, as published in the July edition of Security Distributing and Marketing, an industry publication.

Erie Insurance Group honored the following agencies during it's Warrendale Branch Annual Dinner Meeting. James Branthoover, principal agent, Branthoover Agency Inc., branch award, Division III Private Passenger Auto Applications; Skip D' Alessio and Laurie Trettel, principal agents, D'Alessio-Trettel Insurance Services Inc., branch award, Division II Life Premium; Steve Day, principal agent, Day Insurance Agency Inc., branch award, Division I Life Volume; Jim Eich, principal agent, James H. Eich Jr. Insurance, branch award, Division III Life Volume; Scott Kerr, principal agent, The Kerr Agency Inc., branch award, Division I Property/Casualty Applications; Richard J. Andrus, principal agent, Willard M. Lewis Co., branch award, Division III Life Premium; Amy McConnell, principal agent, M & M Insurance Group, branch awards, Division II Property/Casualty Applications, Division I Auto Applications and Division I Life Premium; Eric Mark, principal agent, Walter Mark Agency Inc., branch awards, Division III Property/Casualty Applications and Division II Auto Applications; and Bill Ridge, principal agent, Ridge Insurance Agency, branch award, Division II Life Volume. And the Warrendale branch recognized employees Dawn Ballant and Richard Floyd for excellence in services. They were awarded the Robert H. Marrion Employee of the Year Awards.

Robert G. Michaud, assistant vice president, marketing, Irwin Bank and Trust Co., was awarded the certified financial marketing professional designation by the Institute of Certified Bankers.


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