Businesses featured this week: Waddell & Reed Inc., Pa. Department of State, Walz Deihm Geisenberger Bucklen and Tennis PC, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges,Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association, Bon Ton Stores Inc., World Cup Ski and Cycle, Cabela’s, Goodwill Keystone Area, West York Police Department, Fastsigns International, Oil & Gas Awards Ltd., ARM Group Inc., Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates LLP
Kansas-based Waddell & Reed Inc. named LeRoy J. Jones Jr. to its 2013 President’s Council, recognizing him as one of the firm’s top financial advisors nationwide based on investment, insurance and financial planning sales. He is with the office in Hampden Township. He has 25 years of experience, a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Pa. Department of State named Kevin VanPelt a licensed certified public accountant. He is a staff accountant with Walz Deihm Geisenberger Bucklen and Tennis PC and a graduate of James Madison University.
Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honor society, and Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, named 45 community college students from around the state to the 2013 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. Among the winners are Equilla Burns, Adam Fitzgerald, Christine Harrison-Mahrer, Katie Lippy, Shannon Love, Teresa Rennecker, Caleb Roth and Allison Stark from Harrisburg Area Community College. HACC had more students named than did any other of the state’s 14 community colleges.
Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association named Springettsbury Township-based Bon Ton Stores Inc. Retailer of the Year and Lower Allen Township-based World Cup Ski and Cycle Independent Retailer of the Year. Cabela’s near Hamburg, Berks County, received a Best Customer Service award; Harrisburg-based Goodwill Keystone Area received a Best Community Service Initiative award; and the West York Police Department was named the Best Loss Prevention Partner.
Carrollton, Texas-based Fastsigns International gave Pinnacle Club awards to Ryan Bowman and Brad Bruner, owners of Fastsigns of Mechanicsburg, and Jon Toy, owner of Fastsigns of York, in recognition of their stores ranking among the top 125 franchises in the country based on 2012 sales volume. Al and Marie Hall of Fastsigns of Lancaster received a CEO Circle award in recognition of being one of the top 25 centers in the U.S. based on sales, as well a Highest Volume Center Sales Achievement award for being among the top five centers nationally.
United Kingdom-based Oil & Gas Awards Ltd. named Derry Township-based ARM Group Inc. Consultancy of the Year as part of its Northeast 2012 Oil & Gas Awards in recognition of its leadership in the key areas of the environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates LLP, which also has lawyers who focus on oil and gas in its Harrisburg office, was named Law Firm of the Year.