The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 29, 2012

Business people: Oppitz takes Northwest post

— Dick Oppitz has been named Maryland Region president for Warren-based Northwest Savings Bank.

The region includes banks in Arbutus, Elkridge, Owings Mills and Waverly Park, Md..  

He will be responsible for coordinating the business development efforts of all local commercial lending, business services, retail banking, and investment management and trust personnel.

Prior to his promotion, Oppitz was senior vice president and regional manager for the commercial lending department.

He has more than 40 years of commercial banking experience in the Maryland area, during which he served in a complete range of banking, commercial lending and management positions.

Northwest has served the Baltimore area since 2003, growing through mergers with Leeds Federal Savings and Maryland Permanent Bank and Trust Co.

Retirement marked

Salix native Felicia Probert has retired as deputy director for the Bureau of Land Management’s law enforcement office. Her retirement marks 30 years of service in the federal government.

A graduate of Forest Hills High School and Pitt-Johnstown, Probert previously worked for the National Park Service.

She is a daughter of Harry and Judy Probert of Salix.

FirstEnergy announces promotions

AKRON, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp. has announced several leadership changes in its financial group.

Mark Clark has been named executive vice president for finance and strategy.

James F. Pearson will become senior vice president and chief financial officer, the position now held by Clark.

Pearson is currently senior vice president and treasurer of FirstEnergy.

Steve Staub has been named vice president and treasurer, moving up from his position as executive director and assistant treasurer.

“Mark (Clark) will continue providing strategic input for the direction of the company and will oversee the finance, risk, information technology and supply chain groups,” said Anthony J. Alexander, FirstEnergy president and chief executive officer.

“While he will have high-level involvement in the finance area, Jim, as CFO, will have responsibility for the company’s financial reporting process and interface with investors, analysts and others in the financial community.”

Clark joined the company in 1976 and has been CFO since 2009. He has held positions as treasurer, division manager, director of marketing, vice president of business development and senior vice president of strategic planning and operations.

Pearson has been with the company since 1976 and has served in numerous financial positions. He has been treasurer since 2005.

Staub has been assistant treasurer for FirstEnergy since the 2011 merger with Allegheny Energy. He was assistant treasurer for Allegheny from 2007 to 2011.

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