Peoples Bank

makes promotion

Peoples Bank, National Association (Peoples Bank) has promoted Tyler J. Wilcox to senior vice president – director of human resources. In this position, Wilcox is responsible for the management of HR functions at Peoples, including recruiting, professional development, management succession, compensation, benefits, employment and benefits regulations, etc.

Wilcox joined Peoples in the legal department in 2008 as associate counsel. It was there he began working with management and the HR team on employment related issues. In 2011, he joined the HR team as director of compensation and benefits, and he was appointed director of HR in 2012.

Wilcox earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and is a member of the Ohio Banker’s League Human Resources Advisory Group and Ohio State Bar Association Employment Law Council. He and his wife, Holly, reside in Marietta with their two children.

Local man earns industry recognition

CHICAGO – The Wallcovering Association (WA) has awarded the industry’s highest honor, the Justin P. Allman Award, to Jerry Mason at its 2013 Annual Meeting held at the SandPearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

The WA bestows the award to an individual in the industry who has made lasting contributions to the industry over a significant period of time.

Mason, a graduate of Marshall University, resides in Williamstown with his wife, Mary Lou. Mason. At the time of his retirement with RJF International Corp., was vice president of technology.

Mason’s contributions have reached beyond his accomplishments with BF Goodrich and RJF. He has built relationships throughout the industry by his leadership and participation with the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, Society of Plastics Engineers, ASTM, NSF, and the WA.

“Jerry has played a critical role in helping expand the performance, versatility and safety of wallcovering products” said Chris Mudschenk, Wash. executive director, “We are pleased to see Jerry honored for his technical expertise, leadership, and dedication to the advancement of the industry.”

Rea & Associates adds to staff

Rea & Associates, a regional accounting and business consulting firm, has announced that Emily Buck has joined the firm as a staff accountant.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our professional team,” said Jim Hensler, CPA, office manager for Rea’s Marietta office. “She’s off to a great start and ready to tackle her first tax season with the firm.”

Buck holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from West Virginia University – Parkersburg graduating cum laude. She lives in Marietta with her daughter, Kassandra.


Pickering employee earns PMP credential

Pickering Associates announces that electrical engineer, Zac Campbell, has earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the project management profession’s most globally recognized and respected certification credential. Successful organizations today recognize project management competency as key to achieving business results. Recognized across 182 countries PMI Project Management Professional – PMP Certification is a globally recognized, rigorous, education, and professional experience and examination-based professional credentialing program.

Campbell also plans to complete his master’s degree in engineering management which he is currently pursuing through Marshall University, and then move on to obtain his professional engineering license.

Pickering Associates is a full-service, multi-disciplinary, engineering and architectural firm with offices in Parkersburg, Marietta, and Athens. Campbell has been an employee of the company since 2008. He currently resides in Parkersburg with his wife, Tara.

Community Bank adds branch manager

Community Bank announces the addition of Diane M. Carte as branch manager of the South Parkersburg Office at 1620 Blizzard Drive in Parkersburg.

Carte joins Community Bank with more than 15 years of lending and retail banking experience.

A welcome open house will be held at the South Parkersburg Branch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22.

Two longtime Kraton employees retire

Kraton Polymers in Belpre announce employee retirements.

– Roger McPherson retired from Kraton Polymers on Feb. 1, after more than 32 years of service. He was a control system inspector for the technical services department.

McPherson plans to remain in the area after retirement. His retirement plans include enjoying life, being active in his church and spending time with family. He lives with his wife, Deborah, in Waverly, W.Va.

– Patrick Morrissey retired from Kraton Polymers on Feb. 1, after more than 40 years of service. He was senior pressure vessel inspector for the maintenance and reliability department.

Morrissey plans to remain in the area after retirement. He lives in Coolville with his wife, Nancy.

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Copper Leaf joins Home Builders

Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio, 710 Lancaster St., Marietta, announces that the studio was recently granted membership in the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This association of professional building industry representatives seeks to ensure the growth and integrity of the industry through leadership, innovations, and education. These goals are accomplished through collaboration between Association members, clients and local communities.

Copper Leaf will be showcasing its services and products for the public at the Great American Home Show in Parkersburg this weekend.

The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association, and can be found at Park Center Drive in Parkersburg, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Former area resident develops natural skin care products

Tina Henning Payne, formerly of New Matamoras and a graduate of Frontier High School, has developed a line of natural skin care products.

Payne, daughter of George and Helen Henning of Marietta, now resides in Alpharetta, Ga. She became interested in skin care after suffering a severe skin reaction to an antibiotic. Using her chemical engineering background, she has researched and formulated these new products. Payne says plants heal our bodies as their essences heal our souls, thus the name

PowerFlowers. The ingredients are derived from flowers, nuts, and seeds. These products are available at

Payne has advanced degrees from Ohio University in chemical engineering and business.

Gray Television names general

sales manager

Ken Long has been named general sales manager for Gray Television, Inc.’s Mid-Ohio Valley broadcast operations.

Long, a native of Paden City, W.Va., who spent most of his broadcasting career in the Clarksburg-Weston area, joined WTAP-TV in April 2009 as local sales manager.

Since then, WTAP has added two new Low Power TV stations, WOVA and WIYE, and also added a CBS affiliate.

Long and his wife, Michele, reside in Vienna, W.Va. They are the parents of two daughters and two grandchildren.

OVU?dean named

to education board

VIENNA, W.Va. – Ohio Valley University Dean of the College of Education, Jo Pennington, was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Educator Preparation Program Review Board (EPPRB).

She was nominated by Ben Exley, executive director of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities (WVICU), and appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE).

“I am happy to serve West Virginia’s Board of Education, P-12 schools, and teacher preparation programs in this way,” said Pennington. “Working with the EPPRB is a unique professional activity.”

According to Lisa D. Hedrick, executive director of the Office of Professional Preparation, “The major function of the EPPRB is to review all proposed and revised educator preparation programs and to make a recommendation to the WVBE.

Representatives from both public schools and higher education institutions serve on the EPPRB, as it makes decisions which pertain to both levels of education.”

“We deeply appreciate Dean Pennington’s dedication to OVU and to the advancement of education in West Virginia,” said Dr. Harold Shank, OVU president.


WSCC trustees name new chairman of the board

Washington State Community College board of trustees announces it has elected Larry E. Holdren as chair and Davis K. Powers as vice chair.

At the board of trustees monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, Larry E. Holdren was elected to succeed Kenneth J. Schilling who has served as chairman of the board for two years. Holdren served as board vice chair. He is senior vice president – Business Development & Community Relations of Peoples Bank. A graduate of Kent State University with a BBA in Human Resources, Holdren also taught business education in the Belpre City School system for three years.

Davis K. Powers elected to become vice chair has been a trustee since 2011. Powers moved to Ohio in 1997 to work in the family business at Skuttle IAQ Products, Marietta. After working in numerous positions to gain experience he became president/CEO. In 2006 he was inducted to Rotary International and serves as a board of director for the Colony Theater, Marietta.

“I have enjoyed working with Mr. Holdren while he has served as vice chair and I am certain he will be an excellent chairperson. I enjoy the working relationship I have with both Larry Holdren and Davis Powers,” said Washington State Community College’s President Bradley J. Ebersole.

Champion Industries announces loss

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Champion Industries, Inc. (OTCQB/CHMP) recently announced a net loss from continuing operations of $(23.5) million or $(2.09) per share on a basic and diluted basis for the year ended Oct. 31, 2012, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $4.2 million or 41 cents per share on a basic and diluted basis for the year ended Oct. 31, 2011. The company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $1.4 million for the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2012 compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $5.5 million for the quarter ended Oct. 31, 2011.

Job search network starting new series

Washington State Community College’s free employment search group, Network Alliance, teaches the skills necessary to improve career opportunities in the Mid-Ohio Valley. It’s open to the entire community, free of charge, and will begin a new eight-week series starting on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Network Alliance is a free weekly gathering to assist and support individuals as they job hunt in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Meetings are held every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at the Washington State Community College campus, room H202 of the main building (second floor in the Health Sciences Wing).

The complete series comprises of eight weeks and those interested can attend any number of sessions and join in on any week. The session topics and dates are as listed below.

Week 1 (Feb. 7): Introduction / Labor Market Information

Week 2 (Feb. 14): Resumes / Applications

Week 3 (Feb. 21): Electronic Media

Week 4 (Feb. 28): Generations

Week 5 (March 7): Hiring from a Human Resource Perspective

Week 6 (March 14): Interview Techniques

Week 7 (March 21): What do Temporary Agencies have to offer?

Week 8 (March 28): Mock Interviews

Network Alliance is a community collaboration with Washington-Morgan Community Action, The Career Center – Adult Technical Training, and Washington State Community College.

For more information: Karen Pawloski at Washington-Morgan Community Action at 373-3745, ext. 321, or contact Marty Clark at The Career Center – Adult Technical Training at 373-6283.

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