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Businesses featured this week: Country Meadows Retirement Communities, Gannett Fleming, Holy Spirit Hospital, Lancaster Score, Pa. Department of State, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania Bar Association, United Concordia Dental, Wells Fargo Bank

ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING

American Society of Highway Engineers gave its 2013 Robert E. Pearson Person of the Year award to Richard Stees, vice president with the Harrisburg-area office of New York-based Erdman Anthony and national leader of its transportation core business. He has been with the company for more than 45 years and is affiliated with a number of engineering associations. He also was on the Marysville Borough Planning Commission for more than 27 years, 17 of them as its chairman. In addition, he is active with the Marysville Fire Company, his church, the Boy Scouts of America, veterans groups and several conservation organizations.

BANKING AND FINANCE

U.S. Small Business Administration named Wells Fargo Bank, which has more than 30 branches in our region, its Large 7(a) Loan Lender of the Year. Nationally, the bank made more than $1.24 billion in loans and supported more than 37,000 jobs during fiscal year 2012. The Lancaster Score chapter was named the National Score Chapter of the Year for 2013. Over the last five years, the chapter has demonstrated significant growth, showing a 67 percent increase in total services provided and more than doubling its number of workshop and roundtable attendees.

DESIGNATIONS

The Pennsylvania Department of State named Dan Nadolny a licensed professional engineer. He is a project development engineer with Harrisburg-based Reynolds Energy Services.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association named Thomas Lang a certified workers' compensation specialist. He is a personal injury lawyer with Dale E. Anstine PC and has 20 years of experience, as well as a law degree from Temple University.

Wisconsin-based International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans named Deidra Foore a compensation management specialist. She is director of human resources with Harrisburg-based Reynolds companies.

Alexandria, Va.-based American Institute of Constructors named Mike Cline a certified professional constructor. He is an on-site construction manager with Harrisburg-based Reynolds companies.

BenchmarkPortal of Santa Barbara, Calif., named East Pennsboro Township-based United Concordia Dental's government business call center a certified center of excellence. BenchmarkPortal also named United Concordia Cos. No. 1 among medium-size centers with 100 to 249 agents in its 2013 Top 100 Call Center competition. The award was given in recognition of superior cost and quality performance, as well as by meeting or exceeding call center indicators such as average speed of answer, calls per agent per hour and caller satisfaction.

EDUCATION

Gannett Fleming of East Pennsboro Township gave $2,000 scholarships to Caroline Cecka and Evan Savage. The scholarship program was created to recognize employee children and grandchildren who show exceptional leadership and character. Winners were chosen by a panel of nonpartisan judges based on answers to essay questions, most recent school transcripts, community involvement, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. Cecka is the daughter of GF engineer Vladimir Cecka. She graduated from Trinity High School and will attend the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., where she plans to study pre-pharmacy. Savage is the son of employee Ken Savage. He graduated from Cedar Cliff High School and plans to attend Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering.

HEALTH CARE

Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review named Holy Spirit Hospital and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to its list of 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare. Holy Spirit was recognized as a nonprofit Catholic community hospital that takes pride in keeping up with the latest technology and improvements for the staff. Though work-life balance can be difficult to maintain in the health care industry, Holy Spirit's work-life committee eases work-related stress and ensures employees maintain a healthy balance. Penn State Hershey was recognized for its commitment to keeping its employees well, including its Blueprints for Wellness employee wellness program that educates about healthy behaviors and encourages participants to promote healthful practices. In addition, employees, spouses and dependent children can receive up to a 75 percent discount on tuition at Penn State.

MEDIA

CableFax magazine named Jim Samaha to its 2013 list of Cable's Top 100 Power Players in recognition of his leadership, which was crucial in bringing a new division call center that will assist customers from Maine to Virginia, and its 425 jobs, to the Harrisburg area. He is senior vice president of Comcast's Keystone region and has a BS in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in marketing from New York University.

SENIOR CARE

Alexandria, Va.-based Assisted Living Federation of America gave Derry Township-based Country Meadows Retirement Communities a 2013 Best of the Best award for the resident-based Celebrating Independence conference it held in July 2012. The free, day-long, wellness conference allowed nearly 200 residents and prospective residents to participate in workshops on nutrition, fitness, health management, technology and government policies affecting seniors.

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