The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 13, 2012

Business in brief: Bank collects $412 for scholarship fund

The Tribune-Democrat

— C&G Savings Bank and employees recently collected $412 for the Ralph Fabbri Art Scholarship Fund, in memory of Lance Cpl Ralph J. Fabbri, who was killed in 2010 during a combat mission in Afghanistan.  

Fabbri was a 2008 graduate of Penn Cambria High School and loved the arts.

Employees participated in a weight-loss contest and donated proceeds to the scholarship. The bank matched the donation.

Accounting firm holds business breakfast

Wessel & Co. recently held a breakfast at the downtown Holiday Inn in Johnstown.

Guest speaker was Melissa Menie, president of Advanced Shipping Technologies of Ebensburg. Menie spoke about supply chain management and its impact on the bottom line.

Patrick Bearjar, a Wessel CPA and partner, appreciated the information that Menie presented.

 “Delivering information on the issues confronting these business leaders as they strategic plan for the success of their respective companies is very important to us,” Bearjar said.

Wessel CPA Christopher Weir presented information on health-care reform. Wessel CPA Jared Mishler spoke on the International Financial Reporting Standards, which are important for compatability among companies doing business around the world.

Wessel & Co. is a full-service certified public accounting and business consulting firm.

CTC again lauded for annual report

Concurrent Technologies Corp.’s corporate communications and marketing department won three national awards for publication excellence for its fiscal year annual report. CTC won its second consecutive Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals’ Gold Hermes Creative Award, a Gold MarCom Award and an APEX Award for Publication Excellence.

“This is the seventh consecutive year that the annual report has been recognized nationally,” said Mary Bevan, CTC director of corporate communications and marketing. “We are proud to consistently earn this level of recognition while competing against well-known organizations.”

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FNB contributes to diocesan scholarships

First National Bank of Pennsylvania has contributed more than $50,000 to the Second Century Scholarship Fund of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

The fund accepts contributions through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, which allows a business to redirect a portion of its tax dollars to support families in local communities.

“By providing these funds to the Diocese of Altoona-Johns­town, First National Bank is able to invest in the lives of students in Johnstown, Ebensburg, Altoona and State College – four communities (we serve),” said Greg Winger, a bank executive.

Tax credits are still available for eligible businesses. Contact the diocesan development office at 695-5577 for details.

Wessel participates in leadership program

Michael Lamb, CPA and a manager at Wessel & Co., recently participated in a leadership program sponsored by CPA Associates International Inc. in Chicago.

The associates, of which Wessel is a member, includes independent CPAs and chartered accounting firms from around the globe.

The two-day program was for supervisors or managers with a minimum of five years in public accounting who wanted to improve their leadership, management and development skills. Eleven firms from the U.S. and Canada participated.

“Developing future leaders is part of our firm vision,” said Bob Eyer, CPA and managing partner at Wessel & Co.

Wessel & Co. is a full service certified public accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Johnstown and Ebensburg.

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