Lisa Kirschman, daughter of James and Kathy Kirshman of Salix, has received the VMSD’s Designer Dozen Award.
The award is given to 12 of the brightest designers in the country under the age of 35 by Virtual Merchandising and Store Design magazine.
Kirschman is employed as a design manager by Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle.
The recognition is a result of her work as a project designer at McDonald’s USA in Oakbrook, Ill.
Kirschman is a 2003 graduate of Forest Hills High School, Sidman. She received a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie and earned a master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Hastings resident receives promotion
Anna Marie Minemyer of Hastings has been promoted to assistant vice president from branch manager of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Northern Cambria office.
Minemyer will manage branch operations and sales efforts, including the development of new business and customer service efforts.
She served in a variety of capacities at Laurel Bank in Barnesboro and Hastings from 1980 until 2002 when it was acquired by First National Bank. She then served as manager of First National Bank’s Hastings
office until assuming her current role as manager of the Northern Cambria office in 2012.
Minemyer is a member of the Northern Cambria Rotary Club, the Hastings Area Industrial Development Association (HAIDA), human services
secretary for the Salvation Army's Patton Service Unit and a member of the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance.
Mentor day panel included Wessel CPA
Patti Hudson, CPA and a principal at Wessel & Co., has recently participated on a panel for mentor day, sponsored by the Small Business Administration at the Small Business Development Center on the campus of St. Francis University-DiSepio Institute.
Hudson leads the business division at Wessel & Co., and has provided guidance to many entrepreneurs throughout her career.
Cemetery association elects trustees
The 128th annual meeting of the Board of Corporators of Citizens Cemetery Association was held at Grandview Cemetery. The following were elected to the board of trustees: John M. R. Ayres, Charles S. Price III, Gerald W. Swatsworth, Glenn Brougher Jr., Michael B. Wolfe, William T. Black and John W. Reed III.
First Commonwealth names vice president
Ronald L. Byers has been hired as vice president/business banking portfolio area manager at First Commonwealth Bank.
In his new role, he will hold the responsibility for directing all portfolio management activities, including annual review functions, renewals, modifications and collections of all commercial loans housed in the Business Banking Portfolio. In addition, he will lead the bank’s efforts to effectively achieve the credit quality goals of the portfolio. He will work closely with FCB’s business banking team and office managers to provide guidance, as needed, on loan structuring, collateral issues, credit quality and other matters relating to business loans, underwriting and portfolio management.
Byers has 30 years of banking experience with a high level of expertise in business banking and small business lending.
He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in finance. He also is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he received honors from the Central Atlantic School of Retail Banking.
Byers resides in Hunker, Westmoreland County, with his wife, Diane. His office will be located in FCB’s Bair Building in Greensburg.
Former bank exec on board of directors
James C. Barone of Indiana has been elected to the board of directors at First Commonwealth Financial Corp.
Barone is a former bank executive with more than 30 years of extensive financial experience. He previously served as executive vice president, secretary and treasurer for S&T Bancorp Inc., as well as president of S&T Investment Co., a subsidiary of S&T Bancorp. In these roles, Barone was responsible for the bank’s investment portfolio, asset/
liability management, funding and investor relations activities.
During the course of his career, he led the corporate investment activities at Integra Financial Corp. and Union National Corp., both in Pittsburgh. He also served as an investment officer and a security analyst.
In addition to having been a chartered financial analyst, Barone completed the American Bankers Association (ABA) National School of Bank Investments, the ABA Graduate School of Financial and Funds Management and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Trust School. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Financial Analysts, the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, the Pittsburgh Bond Club and the Pittsburgh Security Traders Association.
Barone received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College in Meadville. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University Graduate School of Management.