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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.