Business

Keep calm in chaotic situations

In 1997, my brother Jack and I were in transit to San Jose, Costa Rica, when the plane was abruptly redirected to Panama City, Panama. After the plane landed in Panama City, the airport and ground transportation were not ready for 208 people arriving unexpectedly. It took about an hour to ...

Leaders learn to be flexible in all circumstances

My family moved to Malaga in 1961. The old farm house only had three bedrooms so sleeping arrangements were cramped at times. Mom and Dad claimed one bedroom upstairs and Joe and I had separate beds in the other upstairs bedroom. Sylvia and Jack slept in the downstairs bedroom. Jack was 5 and ...

Good leadership requires an ability to incite the desire to learn

A number of years ago, my nephew, Adin, expressed an interest in learning how to make an arrowhead from my brother Jack. Jack learned how to make stone tools (flintknapping) 40 years ago. In the late 1970s, there were not a whole lot of people who knew how to flintknap. My brothers and I had ...

Leaders must rely on their problem-solving skills

The barn is the hub of activity for any farm. I spent my share of time there playing with the cats. Twice a day at milking time they all gathered around the feet of the cows and begged for some milk, which they always got. The young ones soon learned to sit although impatiently until I directed ...

Leaders must pass their values on to their workers

When I was a boy, the air of early August days were filled with the screams of the cicada and the wail of the katydids. Around football practices, our days were consumed with harvesting and selling sweet corn. Dad and we boys planted and cultivated about five acres of sweet corn. Several times ...

Threats from a leader indicate failed leadership

While a production foreman in an underground coal mine, I had to mediate a conflict between two crew members. I had two roof bolting machines on my section. The scoop car man, who supplied the bolting machines, and the roof bolter operators were aggravated with each other because the scoop car ...

Marietta Main Street seeking new director

Marietta Main Street announced today that Executive Director Cristie Thomas has accepted a new position, with her final departure coming mid-September. “I absolutely love Main Street and am proud of our board, our committee volunteers, and our collaborative partners for the work we’ve ...

Leaders must encourage open, honest communication

Coal mining throughout most of the 1970s was filled with various types of strikes. Wildcat strikes were the most unpredictable. The actual signal to strike or not to strike often occurred at the elevator doors. A strike leader would emerge who had the confidence of the union members. This ...

Briefcase

Board certified in addiction medicine Raymond Bruce Henthorn, M.D., was recently awarded board certification in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The newly recognized Board of Addiction Medicine began physician board certification process in 2017 and Dr. ...

Business summit in Piketon

The Workforce & Business Development Program, a division of the Community Action Committee of Pike County and OhioMeansJobs-Pike County are partnering with the OSU Endeavor Center, the Small Business Development Center, and the OSU Extension Agency to offer a one-day business summit, ...

Good leaders must display hawk-like tendencies

One morning a couple of weeks ago, as my wife, Carol, was walking out the door for work, I heard a thump on the sliding glass door. I jumped up and saw a female cardinal lying on the deck. This accident is not uncommon and nine out of 10 of the birds that fly into the glass doors survive to fly ...

New WVU-P president Gilmer is settling in

PARKERSBURG - The new president at West Virginia University at Parkersburg understands the value community colleges have as he got his start at one. President Chris Gilmer has been on the job for a few weeks. He succeeds former President Fletcher Lamkin, who left last fall, and interim ...

Service anniversaries at Solvay

From local reports Solvay Specialty Polymers employees celebrate service anniversaries: - Tracey Courson recently completed five years of employment with Solvay Specialty Polymers. Courson joined Solvay in 2013 as a deputy site HR manager. She resides in Beverly with her husband, ...

Briefcase

Klingensmith earns CPRIA certificate Peoples Bank announces that David Klingensmith, insurance advisor, received the Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA) Certificate, completing an intensive, 18-month program designed to enhance the knowledge of professionals who serve high ...

Good leaders focus on the good of the team

One of the indications of authority for about a century in the coal mine in Ohio was the “buglight.” The proper name of the instrument is the Koehler flame safety lantern. This lantern replaced the cannery as the primary tool for detecting deficiency of oxygen in the 1890s. Around 1970, ...

Gray completes ‘Head Shape Matters’ class in Boston, Mass.

Anne Gray, a hairstylist at Serenity Now Hair Salon, is using mathematical formulations to create haircuts customized to her clients’ head shapes. Gray successfully completed a five-day hands on “Head Shape Matters” class in June in Boston, Mass. She also completed a seven-week online ...

Woodcraft names new president/COO

From local reports PARKERSBURG — Jody Garrett, Woodcraft president and chief executive officer, has announced the promotion of Jack Bigger to president and chief operating officer, effective July 1. Bigger has served as vice president of sales and marketing at Woodcraft since his promotion ...

Ribbon cutting at First Mutual

First Mutual Holding Co. announces the launch of First Mutual Bank, a result of a merger between Doolin Security Savings Bank, FSB and Belpre Savings Bank. Belpre Area Chamber Board of Directors, City of Belpre, and First Mutual Bank staff and guests formally marked the union of Belpre ...

Chemours donates to WVU-P

From local reports PARKERSBURG — The Chemours Company made a donation to West Virginia University at Parkersburg, providing upgrades to the college’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) program. The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation accepted the gift on behalf of the college as part of ...

Professional Women’s Roundtable

The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Professional Women’s Roundtable with the next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, at the Marietta College campus from noon to 1 p.m., registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The topic for the month is “Quick, Healthy Meals” with ...