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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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Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent pre-term birth to give more babies a healthy start in life. Wilkes-Barre business professionals, Jerry Palmaioli and Tracey Palmaioli, have taken on the role of March for Babies Event co-chairs. Mr. Palmaioli is an Allstate agent for Stolarcyk Insurance Agency and Ms. Palmaioli is from Maternal and Family Health Services. As March for Babies co-chairs, they will raise awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of the March of Dimes efforts to prevent pre-term birth and birth defects.



Pennsylvania Builders Association


Kevin Coutts, president of Forest Homes of Lake Wallenpaupack Inc., has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association. PBA is the voice of the home building industry in Pennsylvania. In this role, Coutts will serve on PBA’s board of directors and will be responsible for overseeing the association’s activities on both state and national levels. As president, he will serve as the liaison to all coalitions and task forces on which PBA is a member. Coutts is a member of the Wayne County Builders Association, for which he has served as president and board member.



Phoenix Bancorp Inc.


Noble ‘Bud’ Quandel was named vice chairman of Phoenix Bancorp Inc. by the members of the Phoenix Bancorp Inc. board of directors at the January board meeting. He has served as a member of the Phoenix Bancorp Inc. board since 2005 and is the president and chief executive officer of Quandel Enterprises Inc. Also at the January meeting, Ronald Derenzo was named secretary of Phoenix Bancorp Inc. He has served as a member of theboard since 2007 and is an attorney at Derenzo Zerbe. The Miners Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix Bancorp Inc. Miners Bank serves communities throughout Schuylkill and southern Luzerne County.



Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania


Dairy farmer Tony Brubaker began his second term as president of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) on Jan. 1 after being unanimously elected by the board of directors. He is a partner with his father and brother at Brubaker Farms, an 830-cow dairy farm in Lancaster County. Joining Brubaker as officers of the dairy producer led organization for 2014 are Vice President Walt Moore from Walmoore Holsteins Inc. in Chester County; Secretary Glenn Gorrell from Gorrell Dairy in Bradford County; and Treasurer Joel Krall, partner at Furnace Hill Holsteins, Lebanon County.





On Jan. 17, the board of directors for TecBridge named Shawn Mera, New Horizons Learning Centers and John Iona, Radius 40 as co-chairs for the 2014 Business Plan Competition. Mr. Mera has more than 23 years experience in the technology industry and as an entrepreneur. As the owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-Allentown-Reading, located in Pittston, Mr. Mera has brought the world’s largest IT training company to northeastern Pennsylvania. Along with a medical IT company, he has invested in other start-up ventures. His seat on the New Horizons Franchise Advisory council allows a look at the challenges and opportunities of today’s global economy. Mr. Iona is the CEO of Universal Publishing; one of the nation’s foremost independent publishers of specialty educational materials. Mr. Iona is also president of i-Consilium; a regionally-focused boutique strategic business advisory founded in Philadelphia and now based in Hawley, as well as co-founder and senior managing partner of The Peritus Group; a business turnaround consultancy headquartered in New York. Mr. Iona also serves as the chairman of The Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group’s (GPSEG’s) CEO Roundtable.



University Economic Development Association


Mary Frances Postupack, the vice president for economic development and research support at East Stroudsburg University, was recently named president of the board of directors of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA). UEDA is a national organization representing higher education, private sector and community economic development stakeholders. UEDA’s mission is to serve its members by enhancing members’ abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education. UEDA assists universities nationwide to promote economic development; showcase best practices for university-based economic development; and to expand economic opportunities. At ESU, Postupack manages the division of research and economic development (RED), which includes an award-winning business accelerator program. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, business, community and economic development.


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