20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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DEEDS COLUMBIA COUNTY Charles E and Sandra O Kitzmiller. Property Location: Pine Township. Seller: The Here E. and Dixie R. Moyer Primary Residence Protector Trust and The Jere E. and Dixie R. Moyer Gas Protector Trust. Price: $700.000. Secretary of Housi (read more)

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Personnel File: Education

EDUCATION KEYSTONE COLLEGE Keystone College recently accepted a donation of $70,000 on behalf of the late Pennsylvania Governor William W.Scranton and Mary L. Scranton in honor of Keystone President Emeritus Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. The donation was prese (read more)

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GREATER SCRANTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The 2016 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence), which honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation was announced at The Chamber Gala on Nov. 9 at The Theater at Nort (read more)

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Personnel: Banking

BANKING THE DIME BANK The Dime Bank is proud to be a part of the Wayne County Walk of Honor by donating $1,500 to the Wayne County Business and Professional Women (WCBPW) who are building a memorial on land granted for the conditional use of the memorial (read more)

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Clelebrating Women Entrepreneurs: Terry Wise

By Claire Marangelli Terry Wise, officer at Wise Solutions Inc., provides a specialized contract engineering service to manufacturers. This industrial automation engineering company is based in Northeast Pennsylvania and provides automating, programming, (read more)

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Small Business Spotlight: LUX Personal Training

Clarks Summit, 570-586-3260luxpersonaltraining.comMember since 2016 LUX Personal Training owner Jose Briceno has built his business’ platform entirely on helping clients change their lifestyles for the better. With private, semi-private and small group tr (read more)

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The year in Review

By Dave Gardner Business leaders offered the Business Journal their insight on the most important and interesting stories for 2016. A headline with a national flavor was cited by Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Ind (read more)

Gov. pledges early childhood education plan

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By Jeffrey Sheridan On Nov. 2, Gov. Tom Wolf joined U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Rep. Dwight Evans and other early childhood education advocates to discuss his fight for funding to ensure children have access t (read more)

Support for higher ed offers opportunity for students

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By Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D. The election of 2016 is over and U.S. Congress will now turn to evaluating — and perhaps implementing — promises made during the campaign. Moreover, our federal representatives can now begin to proactively and affirmatively ini (read more)

MIsericordia dedicates Moffat House, expands Bourger Women with Children Program

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently by Misericordia University, the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program, the Robert Y. Moffat Family Charitable Trust and friends of the university, to officially dedicate the Moffat House. The new hom (read more)

Gov. Wolf signs bills to battle heroin and opioid crisis

On Nov. 2, Gov. Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. Reports from the office of the governor say the legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be pre (read more)

Regional Business Strategies

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By Howard Grossman, AICP There are many business strategies, but not all are regional in scale. There is a need to separate those that can fit clearly into a region such as the Pocono-Northeast and those that are designed for smaller geographic settings. (read more)

Heritage Tourism, Holidays and Heritage: A natural fit in the Lackawanna Valley

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By Natalie Gelb Our region’s rich heritage shines brightly during the holiday season. Generosity of spirit prevails in communities that care for neighbors in need, families share stories of the past and nostalgia unites us, at family gatherings and at uni (read more)

With appliances gone, GE deftly shifts its brand position toward future

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By Dave Taylor If ever there were an example of a far-flung enterprise, General Electric would be it. Still best known for its consumer appliances, GE is a diversified company that is a leader in locomotives, medical devices, aerospace and finance, among (read more)

The Art of Mastery

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By Jon Craighead Mastery is defined as comprehensive knowledge, accomplishment, a skillful expertise or proficiency. Almost everyone wants to be recognized as masterful at something, such as work, sports or intellect. Most would gladly choose such definit (read more)

Call from the hall

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By Jeff Blackman. J.D. Almost 12 years ago, former Chicago Cub second baseman, Ryne Sandberg got the call he had been waiting for. It was from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Sandberg learned he’d be inducted into the “Hall” in the summer of 2005 in C (read more)

Regional manufacturing leader weighs in on industry importance

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By Eric Joseph Esoda Agreements — if we could only have more agreements. As the presidential election came to an end, Americans became numb to the constant barrage of insults, accusations, scandals and rhetoric of the Decision 2016 season. Our airways, ma (read more)

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Misericordia adding two new programs

Misericordia University in Dallas is introducing a bachelor of science degree program and minor in statistics beginning with the fall 2017 semester in response to rapid advances in technology, the growing reliance on quantitative research, and demand in t (read more)