ESSA Bank has named James P. Ferry, Vice President, Retail Sales Manager.
Ferry will oversee retail branch sales and service throughout ESSA’s branch network.
Most recently, Ferry was a Retail and Small Business Sales and Service Leader at BB&T where he was responsible for a 22-branch network in Lehigh and Berks counties.
Ferry will be located in ESSA Bank’s new business center in the Tower Six building, Allentown, and report to Pete Gray, Chief Banking Officer.
After a one-month uptick in closed sales for Lehigh Valley houses following six months of declines, sales of houses in the Valley decreased by nearly double digits in September.
Closed sales dropped 9.7 percent in September to 651 houses sold, down from 721 houses sold in September 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) September report, released Oct. 15.
For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is down slightly, by 1.5 percent, with 6,267 houses sold, compared to 6,360 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.
ESSA Bank & Trust has announced the appointment of William L. Vitalos, Senior Vice President, Director of Consumer Lending, in the bank’s Consumer Lending and Retail Branch Administration teams.
He will oversee the consumer and residential mortgage lending operations at ESSA, along with product development, pricing, and vendor management. He will work at the bank’s corporate headquarters in Stroudsburg and report to Chuck Hangen, Chief Operating Officer.
Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.
That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.
The Butz family, which has donated $2 million to arts organizations during the past 10 years, called on other area businesses to follow their lead as they accepted the Arts Ovation Legacy Award from Allentown Arts Commission.
The Commission’s 30th anniversary Ovation Award ceremony in Allentown’s center city Radisson Hotel ballroom Sept. 27 also honored six other recipients who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community.
Closed sales rebounded at the conclusion of the house sales summer season, increasing 4.7 percent in August, the first increase in closed sales in 2018 since January.
Houses were only on the market, on average, for one month in August.
According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) latest report, released Sept. 14, the percentage of closed sales increased in August, reversing a sixth-straight-month decline, up 4.7 percent to 907, compared to 866 closed sales in August 2017.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) has named Sean A. Boyle, president of Boyle Construction, Inc., as the 2018 recipient of the Collegiate Award of Distinction, which is determined each year by the college’s Board of Trustees.
The award was presented to Boyle, honorary chair of the 25th annual LCCC Foundation Golf Classic, at Lehigh Country Club during the golf classic’s dinner Aug. 27.
There’s a new medical helicopter in the skies above the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities.
Geisinger’s Life Flight program is providing air ambulance transportation services for the St. Luke’s system.
The collaboration features Life Flight 6, a medical helicopter owned by St. Luke’s and leased to Geisinger, that is based at Jack Arner Airport near Lehighton, Carbon County. This is the same base utilized by previous air ambulances serving the St. Luke’s system.
The topsy-turvy Lehigh Valley house sales market continued in July with closed sales and new listings down by double digits and median sales price and average sales price up by double digits. A key factor is the decline in inventory by more than one-third of houses for sale.
And the “B-Word” is being mentioned, as in real estate bubble when the bubble of increasing house prices could burst as it did a decade ago in the Great Recession of 2007-2008, which was attributed in large part to the nationwide collapse of the residential real estate market.