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Businesses featured this week: AmericaEast, CoStar Group Inc. , Digital Signage magazine, Mental Health Association of the Capital Region, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll , Real Estate Negotiation Institute, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA, Shared Services and Outsourcing Network, Technology Council of Pennsylvania


Hampden Township-based Renewal by Andersen of Central PA named Wayne McNaughton its 100% Employee of the Year, Josh Crawford its Call Center Rep of the Year, Carl Knouse its Event Rep of the Year, Rodney Kerstetter its Installer of the Year, Joshua Carver its Proximity Marketing Rep of the Year and Shannon Brandt its Sales Rep of the Year. Wayne McNaughton received the Outstanding Service award and Shea Hartman the Exceptional Sales Growth award.


Real Estate Negotiation Institute named Kurt A. Schenck a certified negotiation expert. He is an agent with Manor Township-based Prudential HomeSale Realty's commercial division.


The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll gave Gettysburg College one of its three national 2013 General Community Service Presidential Awards. About 72 percent of Gettysburg students engage in community service, including 22 students who work each week connecting students with community projects. Through the Food Justice in Adams County initiative, students distributed more than 12,000 pounds of food, coordinated donations with local organizations and took shopping trips with families; more than 370 Gettysburg students provided mentoring and tutoring services to K-12 education programs; and the school has numerous projects with the migrant farmworker community, including English as a Second Language classes and the Retratos/Portraits photography project. In addition, Elizabethtown College, Messiah College and Millersville University received the Honor Roll with Distinction award, while Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Lebanon Valley College and Susquehanna University were named to the honor roll. The honor roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.


Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine named ASK Foods Inc. of Palmyra its 2013 Refrigerated Food Processor of the Year in recognition of its having been a pioneer of preservative-free food and to date offering approximately 800 all-natural, preservative-free fresh and frozen meals, entrees and side dishes.


Gov. Tom Corbett named Cassandra Vaughn of Dauphin County, Kathy Humphrey and Denise Williams of Allegheny County, and Ron Jackson and Dr. Deborah Witt of Philadelphia Everyday Heroes in honor of Black History Month. Vaughn is director of community-based services with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, where she supervises enrollment and match mentoring for nearly 700 adults and kids. Previously, as a treatment supervisor with the Cornell Abraxas Alternative Education Program, she developed programs for more than 200 students. Humphrey is vice provost and dean of students with the University of Pittsburgh and is active in numerous community organizations, including the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Leadership Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Adoption Council. Williams is executive director of Mount Ararat Community Activity Center Inc., which provides services to Pittsburgh's East End community. Jackson is dean of students with the Community College of Philadelphia and creator of The Center for Male Engagement, a student support-services program for African American males. Witt is an assistant professor with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and actively involved in community organizations, including Glory Unlimited Evangelistic Ministries International, where, as chief financial officer and medical director, she has organized volunteer medical teams to provide medical services to impoverished communities overseas.

Shared Services and Outsourcing Network gave the Pennsylvania Office of Administration a 2013 Excellence in Improvement and Innovation Award for launching an online orientation process that allows new hires to read and acknowledge workplace policies, set up direct deposit, enter emergency contact information and enroll in medical benefits before their first day of work. It will save an estimated $1 million each year,


Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and AmericaEast gave the following Digital Quality awards: Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal was named first in best sales or marketing campaigns and second in best community website; Erie Times-News was named second in best overall website and best website design; Lancaster Farming was named first in best use of technology, best interaction with readers and best overall use of social media and second in best multimedia; Washington's Observer-Reporter was named second in best interaction with readers; Philadelphia Neighborhoods was named first in best multimedia and third in best overall use of social media; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was named first in best overall website and best website design, and second in best homepage; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review was named second in best overall use of social media and third in best mobile version or app; Carlisle's The Sentinel was named first in best homepage and best community website, second in best mobile version or app, third in best overall website and best website design; Wilkes-Barre's The Times Leader was named first in best mobile version or app and third in best use of technology; York Daily Record/Sunday News was named second in best use of technology and third in best homepage, best interaction with readers and best community website; and The York Dispatch was named third in best multimedia.


Washington, D.C.-based CoStar Group Inc. named Binswanger, CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, KW Commercial, Landmark Commercial Realty Inc./Oncor International, Metro Commercial Real Estate Inc., NAI Geis Realty Group Inc., NAI CIR, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Rock Commercial Real Estate, SSH Real Estate, Studley and The Flynn Co. the top commercial leasing companies in the Philadelphia market, which includes the midstate. Binswanger, CBRE, Colliers International, Cushman & Wakefield Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, Marcus & Millichap, NAI Keystone Commercial & Industrial, NAI CIR, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and The Flynn Co. were named the top sales firms. Joseph A. Bedard of NAI CIR; David L. Bode of Rock Commercial; John T. Cognetti of Hinerfeld Commercial Real Estate; Steve Cousart, Stephen J. Kriz and Paul Touhey of CBRE; Jim A. Egan of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Paul G. Garvey and William J. Hirschfeld of Cushman & Wakefield; Drew McGowan and Mike Morrone of Jones Lang LaSalle; Patrick McGrath, Tim Monahan, Cathy Pullen, Matthew Sall, Hether Smith and Greg Soffian of Studley; G. Kevin Smith of Corporate Realty Partners & Co. Inc. and Evan Zweben of Colliers International were named top office-leasing brokers. Brent Barbehenn, Dan Brickner, Joseph Dougherty, Donna M. Drew, Steven H. Gartner, Brian Goodwin, Michael Gorman, Tom Londres, Glenn Marvin, Michael Murray, Pete Nicholson and Stephen Niggeman of Metro Commercial Real Estate Inc.; Brad Rohrbaugh and Chad Stine of Bennett Williams Realty Inc.; and Todd Sussman of Colliers International were named top retail-leasing brokers. Leah Balerno, Gerry J. Blinebury, Adam D. Campbell and Patrick McBride of Cushman & Wakefield; Sean Bleiler, Joseph B. McDermott and Vincent Ranalli of CBRE; Michael Capobianco, Richard S. Gorodesky, Marc Isdaner, Andrew S. McGhee and Michael Zerbe of Colliers International; Brian S. Knowles, John A. Van Buskirk and Jason Webb of Jones Lang LaSalle and Jack L. Shepley of NAI/CIR were named top industrial leasing brokers. Robert J. Fahey, Jerome E. Kranzel, John J. McFadden and Lizann McGowan of CBRE; Gary Gabriel of Cushman & Wakefield Inc.; Joseph Hill of The Flynn Co., Brad Nathanson, Mark Taylor, Andrew Townsend and Dean S. Zang of Marcus & Millichap were named top sales brokers.


The Mental Health Association of the Capital Region gave Jonathan Vipond III its I'm the Evidence award in recognition of his tireless commitment to helping people with disabilities become valued and contributing members of the community. He is co-managing shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC's Harrisburg office and has been part of the Governor's Advisory Committee for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He chaired the commission that helped to close the infamous Philadelphia State Hospital and has been counsel for many private psychiatric hospitals.


Harrisburg-based Technology Council of Pennsylvania gave 2013 PA Tech awards to a number of individuals and organizations around the state. Ken Moscone Sr. was named Technology Leader of the Year in recognition of his having demonstrated a prolonged, strong commitment to advancing the growth and development of the technology industry in Pennsylvania. He is CEO of Centre County-based QBC Diagnostics and The Drucker Co. Carlisle-based WebPageFX was named Technology Company of the Year in recognition of achieving significant success in the marketplace during the past year, as well as 338 percent growth over the past three years. David Zinn of Penn Township-based South Western School District was named K-12 Technology Educator of the Year, and Chuck Davis, a member of the corporate faculty of Harrisburg University, was named Post-Secondary Technology Educator of the Year in recognition of their having inspired students to pursue careers in technology. Davis teaches classes that include ethical hacking and computer forensics. Cambria County-based Concurrent Technologies Corp. was named Technology Provider of the Year in recognition of work for the U.S. Navy and Naval Air Systems Command PMA-299 to identify the root causes of maintenance damage, improve aircraft readiness and reduce associated costs. It also engineered a set of tools and worked with Pennsylvania manufacturers to prototype a tooling solution for improved maintenance on the Navy MH-60R helicopter. United Kingdom-based GL Noble Denton, which has an office in Silver Spring Township, was named Innovation Company of the Year in recognition of its work with the San Diego (California) Water Department to manage water resources in a more effective manner through network analysis software. Red Privet LLC was named Start-Up Company of the Year. It focuses on online product interfaces, mobile applications and social media. Between January 2010 and January 2012, number of employees grew 800 percent, while 2011 revenue doubled that of 2010. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry was named Public Service Innovator of the Year in recognition of its job-matching initiative, which designed and implemented in under five months a JobGateway portal that provides improved job searching and job activity tracking, as well as a simplified registration process for Unemployment Compensation claimants.

NewBay Media's Digital Signage magazine gave ConnectedSign of Lancaster a Best Deployment: Integration of Digital Signage and Cell Phone Technology award for the digital Riddle Quest scoreboard it created for Compass Mark of Lancaster. During Compass Mark's Riddle Quest scavenger hunt, score keepers were able to use smartphones to update statistics and photos as teams went around Lancaster, with processes that people could use for free on their phones, including the use of Google Docs to update data and scores and Dropbox to save pictures to a public folder.

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