The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 29, 2012

Business people: Oppitz takes Northwest post

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— 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.

FNB Corp. names two board members

HERMITAGE – Laura E. Ellsworth and John S. Stanik have been named to the board of directors for FNB Corp.

Ellsworth is partner-in-charge for the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day law firm.

Stanik is former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Calgon Carbon Corp.

“Laura (Ellsworth) and John (Stanik) both bring unique expertise and experience to FNB Corporation’s board of directors,” said Vincent J. Delie Jr., FNB president and chief executive officer.

“Laura has extensive experience in a variety of corporate matters, including corporate compliance, and John has demonstrated tremendous success in driving revenue and operating income as a corporate executive of a public company.  Both are also very dedicated community leaders.”

Skills of Central Pa. names executive

Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc. has named Rebecca Aungst to the newly developed position of chief operating officer.

Aungst will work directly with the regional vice presidents to provide oversight of all programs and services provided to the people Skills supports to include community homes, community services, behavior support, mental health services and life sharing.

She also will work directly with the quality improvement and training department to monitor and increase consistency throughout Skills’ 16-county service area.

Aungst has served as regional vice president in Blair County for the past nine years. Bedford County was added to the region two years ago.

 Her 25 years of service with Skills has included roles as residential manager and residential director.

Skills of Central Pennsylvania provides a wide variety of services, primarily focused on supporting individuals with disabilities so they can live self-determined lives.

Varner appointed broker of record

Bob Varner, vice president of real estate for Pennswood Commercial Realty LLC, has been appointed broker of record for the regional commercial real estate company.

Varner’s 25-year career started with Crown American Corp. in 1988 and continued at Zamias Services in Johnstown and the Glimcher Group in Pittsburgh.

In 2008, Varner started Pennswood Commercial Realty LLC, a commercial real estate, brokerage and tenant representation firm, specializing in commercial property leasing and sales as well as real estate development.

Locally, Pennswood Commercial clients include Wal-Mart in the Richland Town Centre; Logan Town Centre in Altoona; and the new Southridge Plaza in State College. Pennswood also is the exclusive tenant representative for Dollar General Corp. and General Nutrition Centers.

Varner is a registered Pennsylvania real estate broker and has been licensed by the state since 1993.

CPA supervisor attends tax conference

Sean Wonderling, CPA supervisor of the Catanese Group, attended the AICPA National Tax Conference held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7 and 8.

The conference was the first to be held after the elections, meaning critical information was discussed regarding how current events will affect the tax process, and essentially the client.

The conference gave tax professionals from across the country unusual access to the profession’s leading tax practitioners, including some of the IRS’s top policy-setting executives.

Throughout the event, issues such as new state revenue initiatives, health care and the status of globalization of U.S. tax and enforcement were discussed. Nationally recognized tax policy analysts were key speakers on the Great Tax Debate.

The Catanese Group is a privately held accounting firm with offices in Johnstown and Pittsburgh, with five partners and about 25 employees between the two offices.

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