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LV home sales up 17.7 percent in July

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Closed home sales increased 17.7 percent to 677 last month, compared to 575 in July 2012, according to the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR).

Pending home sales increased 25.2 percent, rising to 700, from July 2012 to last month. Pending sales indicate a count of the properties on which offers have been accepted, but the transaction has not yet been closed.

The average sales price was recorded at $211,889, up 6.9 percent over the previous year.

The median...

WDIY chief named

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Wagner Previato has been named Executive Director of WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio.

Previato, who began work Aug. 19, will advance strategic direction and oversee programming, marketing, fundraising and technology. He replaces Dr. Bill Dautremont-Smith, who retires this month.

Previato was Director of Marketing and Communications for Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. He was Director of Marketing and Membership for WLRN, the Miami NPR-PBS member station, for...

LV auto dealers add to employment rolls

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association (GLVADA) has announced results of its 2012 Economic Impact Report.

GLVADA Executive Director Tom Kwiatek and Dan Rothrock, chair of GLVADA's marketing committee, shared key insights from the latest report solicited by the association, which provides information about the dealerships impact on the region.

Among key findings:

Total indirect and direct jobs attributed to GLVADA member dealerships totaled 4,190 in 2012, up...

Burns & McDonnell hires project aide

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Burns & McDonnell has hired Taylor Johnson of Macungie as an Assistant Project Manager, working out of the firm's offices in Allentown and Dunmore, Lackawanna County.

Johnson has more four years of industry experience, most recently as a Project Engineer for Encore Electric Inc., Denver.

Burns & McDonnell is providing program management services for the PPL Electric Utilities' (PPL) portion of the Susquehanna-Roseland Transmission Project, an electric infrastructure...

ESSA Bank & Trust names CRA officer

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

ESSA Bank & Trust has announced the addition of Sharon Griffith as CRA Officer and Mortgage Loan Origination Manager.

She is responsible for identifying opportunities and needs within the bank's Community Reinvestment Act assessment areas as well as overseeing the mortgage loan origination staff in the Pocono and Lehigh Valley regions.

Griffith has more than 30 years of financial experience with a background in overseeing consumer and commercial loans, developing deposit...

Embassy Bank promotes two

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley has announced two promotions.

The bank promoted Gina Franco to assistant treasurer. She has 12 years of community banking experience, nine of which have been with Embassy as a consumer loan specialist. Gina is a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Allentown and Bethlehem.

The bank promoted Tracy L. McCarthy to vice president, loan operations. She has 24 years in community banking, the most recent nine years with Embassy Bank as a manager...

Butz achieves LEED status for two Allentown schools

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Alvin H. Butz, Inc. has completed two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified buildings for the Allentown School District, Allentown.

Ramos Elementary School, adjacent to Jackson Elementary School, is a new 85,000-square-foot facility for 750 students. It is organized into three distinct masses, with each mass composed of multiple "learning communities" for each grade level. It is the third facility in the Allentown School District to achieve LEED Gold...

June LV home sales up 9.2 %

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Closed sales of homes during June 2013 increased 9.2 percent over the same time last year in the Lehigh Valley. The total number of closed sales was calculated at 654.

The information is the result of data collected through the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR) Multiple Listing Service.

"LVAR's June housing market research reflects the current economic recovery," said Ryan Conrad, CEO of LVAR. "Positive indicators include the increase in closed and pending sales and...

Embassy Bank promotes 4

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley has announced four promotions.

The bank promoted Brandi Stefanov to vice president, customer satisfaction manager. She has 20 years of community banking experience, the most recent seven years with Embassy as assistant vice president, branch administration. She attended Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The bank promoted Cynthia Morley to assistant vice president of commercial lending. She has 30 years of community banking experience, most...

Team Capital promotes three

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

Team Capital Bank has announced the following personnel changes:

Kathleen Betz, of Whitehall, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and IT Manager. Betz, one of the bank's first employees, joined Team Capital in 2005 and oversees the bank's technology infrastructure.

MeganMarie Gaspar has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Human Resource Officer. MeganMarie joined Team Capital Bank in 2009 to lead the Human Resources department. She is a resident of Whitehall....