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RKL LLP

RKL LLP, which has an office in Spring Township, has announced that current chief financial officer (CFO) Michael De Stefano has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) and joins the firm’s partnership effective April 1. .

In the new role, De Stefano will oversee the finance, IT, human resources, administrative support, and property and asset management functions of the business. CEO Ed Monborne will continue to focus on executing RKL’s strategic goals and shaping the future of the business through new service development, innovation, M&A opportunities and the leadership pipeline. .

De Stefano’s background includes a mix of accounting expertise and private sector experience. He started his career at RKL and rose to a position as an audit manager before joining a Central PA-based transportation and logistics company as controller, then chief financial officer and vice president of finance. He will continue to oversee RKL’s finance function as Chief Operating Officer and the company’s current Corporate Controller and Financial Controller will assume day-to-day management of the finance department.

De Stefano is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University.

Tompkins Community Bank

Keiffer Pannebaker joined Tompkins Community Bank as a residential mortgage originator. His role will be to provide clients with a seamless mortgage experience and guide them through the home buying process.

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Pannebaker has experience in branch banking and customer service. He previously worked for Jonestown Bank & Trust Co. He studied business management at the Lebanese campus of Harrisburg Area Community College. He has taken additional training in mortgages, credit counseling as well as creating efficiencies while building client relationships.

friendship community

Mary Ellen Farber has been hired as the new Executive Director of Friendship Community, effective March 22. Farber replaced Gwen Schuit, who retired at the end of November 2021.

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MARY ELLEN FARBER

Farber holds an MBA as well as a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She is also a Certified Personal Care Administrator, Assisted Living Administrator and Nursing Home Administrator. Farber most recently served as CEO for more than 12 years at another faith-based nonprofit whose mission is to serve people with developmental disabilities.

CF Martin & Co.

Matthew Kennedy was elected to the board of directors of CF Martin & Co. Nephew of Chris and Diane Martin, Kennedy has been a full-time employee of Martin for nearly a decade and has served on the board of the Martin Guitar Foundation charity since December 2020.

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MATTHEW KENNEDY

Currently a project manager, Kennedy began his journey with Martin on the manufacturing floor and has held various positions within the organization. It is through this ongoing immersive experience that he hopes to bring the voice of every employee to the boardroom.

Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University with a double major in computer science and philosophy. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Project Management at DeSales University.

Rhoads Energy

John Ratchford has been hired as sales manager for the Rhoads Energy family of companies. In this role, Ratchford will manage and train the company’s sales team, identify opportunities for revenue growth and integrate new offerings into the company’s portfolio. He will also establish the overall sales strategy for the growing organization.

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JOHN RATCHFORD

Most recently, Ratchford worked as a sales management consultant, educating sales teams for clients in HVAC and other industries. Previously, he held sales management positions in companies specializing in heating and cooling.

Manufacturers Resource Center

Four new members of the Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) Board of Directors were introduced at the March 24 board meeting. The MRC Board of Directors is currently made up of a mix of 21 industry leaders, educators and community partners. New members include three manufacturers and one community partner.

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JOHN PERETE

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JEFFREY SNYDER
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RICK SEIBERT
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JUSTIN SPANNUTH

The new members are: Jeffrey Snyder, president, American Polarizers Inc.; Justin Spannuth, VP/COO, Unique Snacks; John Perate, senior vice president of M&T Bank, which serves the Berks and Lehigh Valley markets; and Rick Seibert, senior vice president of technology and business development at Sharp Corp.

The Manufacturers Resource Center is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the US Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks counties in eastern Pennsylvania. MRC helps small and medium manufacturers improve productivity and quality, reduce costs and improve competitiveness.

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