Quick Takes

TOP PRODUCER: Suzanne Kresser, a licensed representative with Tri-State Financial Services, again has been recognized as the leading producer of fixed annuity product with the Slovene National Benefit Society, which has its national headquarters in Imperial, Pa., and was founded in 1904.

This is the third consecutive year Kresser has led the 200 agents affiliated with SNPJ in deposits to fixed annuity products. Brian Ferris, SNPJ sales director, remarked, “Suzanne continues to be at the top of the industry and an advocate for her clients. It is a pleasure working with her.”

Tri-State Financial is a full-service insurance and investment firm formed in 1985 and located at 255 N. Third St., Steubenville. The firm can be reached at (740) 264-4466 or (800) 264-6381.

HELPING BASEBALL: Modern Woodman members in Richmond helped raise money for the Brilliant-Wintersville American Legion Baseball team. The night at the races held Jan. 28 raised $5,000, including $2,500 from Modern Woodman through its matching fund program. The money will be used for equipment.

“The community truly came together to support a local need,” said Tim Conrad, local Modern Woodman volunteer leader. “That support it what it’s all about.”

For information about the matching fund program, contact Conrad at (740) 598-6034.

CAREER FAIR: Wheeling Hospital will host a career fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in Conference Rooms C and D.

Full-time, part-time and casual positions are being offered at the hospital. To see a list of openings, go to www.wheelinghospital.org and click on career opportunities. Candidates are encouraged to apply for positions online before the job fair and to bring a copy of their updated resume to the event. For information, call (304) 243-3213.

VP DYNTEK: Weirton native Dan Minella recently was appointed as vice president, western region, of DynTek Inc.

In his new role, Minella will direct sales, technical delivery and partner development for the company’s West Region, which includes offices in Las Vegas, Nev.; Newport Beach, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Sacramento, Calif. He has more than 16 years of experience in the IT industry.

He previously worked as the company’s district sales manager for the Las Vegas region.

DynTek provides professional technology services to mid-market companies, as well as state and local governments, educational institutions and commercial entities.

Minella, who holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, resides in Las Vegas.

CEREAL JOB KILLER: Kellogg is closing a distribution center in upstate New York as part of a nationwide plan to remodel its business.

The distribution center in Cicero joins 38 other facilities across the country that are closing as the cereal and snack producer moves toward a warehouse system.

Officials from Kellogg say the reorganization is a response to new consumer shopping patterns and a push to optimize production. Now, stores will have to place their own orders and deliveries as Kellogg will only deliver to wholesalers.

Kellogg did not announce how many workers will lose their jobs at the Cicero location. Kellogg spokeswoman Kris Charles says each distribution site has about 30 full-time employees on average.

DOING BETTER AT YUM Yum Brands reported a higher than expected profit for the fourth quarter as stronger sales at KFC and Taco Bell in the U.S. offset ongoing struggles at Pizza Hut.

The company said U.S. sales at KFC rose 4 percent at established locations, while Taco Bell’s sales rose 3 percent. Pizza Hut, which has been trying to revamp its image and menu, saw U.S. sales fall 4 percent. The chain has faltered as rival Domino’s has steadily grown sales by making ordering a pizza easier with new technologies.