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July 1, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

AWARD: Irvin Insurance Services of Wintersville has again been named a Senior Partner of Grange Insurance Cos., the highest designation for independent agents based on their experience, professionalism and superior performance, owner Chris Irvin reports.

In addition to the Wintersville location, the agency operates Quattrone-Irvin Agency in Steubenville and City Insurance in Bellaire, serving policyholders in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Grange Insurance, based in Columbus, has more than $2 billion in assets and $1.1 billion in annual revenue while operating in 13 states.

MILESTONE: Nikolas A. Kamarados, a certified financial planner with Prudential, has achieved Million Dollar Round Table status for the eighth consecutive year.

MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. Founded in 1927, it's an international, independent association of more than 35,000 life insurance and financial services professionals. MDRT membership is recognized as the standard of sales excellence in life insurance and financial services products.

Attaining membership in the group is a career milestone achieved by less than 1 percent of the world's life insurance and financial services professionals and requires adherence to a strict code of ethics, a focus on client service and continued professional growth.

Kamarados has offices in Follansbee and East Liverpool.

CHOSEN: Attorney Cynthia Danel, a Weirton resident and partner in Edgar Snyder & Associates, has been named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for the eighth consecutive year, an honor awarded to only the top 5 percent of lawyers statewide.

Based on the results of the 2012 Super Lawyers selection process, Danel also has been named one of the top 50 female attorneys in Pennsylvania, one of the top 100 attorneys in Pennsylvania and one of the top 50 attorneys in Pittsburgh.

Inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers is based on votes from attorneys throughout the state who nominate their peers. An attorney-led research staff reviews the nominees' credentials, licensure and standing with the Bar, assigning points based on defined evaluation criteria. The nominees are divided into areas of practice, and a Blue Ribbon panel of attorneys evaluates nominees in their own practice area.

Danel earned her juris doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University. She was chosen for inclusion in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Best Lawyers in America and was selected as their 2012 Pittsburgh Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

A fellow for the Litigation Counsel of America, she is past president of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is on the board of governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

She also is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice.

Edgar Snyder & Associates, a personal injury law firm, has offices in Pittsburgh, Altoona, Ebensburg, Erie and Johnstown, Pa. Its attorneys also are licensed to practice in Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.

BETHANY: Scott D. Miller, president of Bethany College, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Academic Search Inc., an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions and related organizations.

Miller's selection was announced at the organization's annual meeting.

Jessica S. Kozloff, president of Academic Search Inc., said they were delighted to have Miller chair the board, saying his "grasp of the issues in higher education today will be invaluable, as will his commitment to leadership identification and development."

A native of Pennsylvania, Miller has served as president of Bethany College since 2007. Prior, to that he was president of Wesley College in Delaware (1997-2007) and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee (1991-97).

He serves as a monthly columnist for "College Planning and Management," "The Huffington Post," and "The State Journal," and is also a publisher of "Presidential Perspectives," a higher education thought series for college and university presidents throughout the country.

Miller also has served as a consultant to college presidents and boards for 18 years.

Chosen to be vice chair was Dana L. Gibson, president of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

PROMOTIONS: Security America, a loss prevention company serving the security and safety needs of various types of industry and businesses in a multi-state area, is celebrating its 30th year in business by adding and promoting staff.

Larry K. Stanley has been appointed vice president of service operations. A certified protection professional, he is board-certified in security management through the American Society for Industrial Security; Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Homeland Security (CHS Level III); through the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

Lynn M. Williams is recruiting coordinator, previously having reviewed and trained new officers and addressed security-risk situations at a Charleston area hospital. He also at one time served as a public safety officer for a university in the Charleston area, assisting in development of the university's emergency response plan.

Arnold Jarrell is the new director of field operations. In addition to overseeing all of the company's field managers, he is responsible for quality control in staffing and providing services for all field operations.

Security America is headquartered in Charleston, with regional offices in Madison and Parkersburg, and in Steubenville and Columbus.

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