DuBOIS — An unsuspecting Arthur Keith Smith, known for his service to the DuBois Continuum of Care Inc. and the Haven House Shelter, was presented the 2020 DuBois Area Jaycees Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday’s Greater DuBois Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s Business Bash and Awards Ceremony at the DuBois Country Club.
“It’s quite a surprise to me,” said Smith, accepting the award. “I’m honored. My contributions were minor compared to some of the things you awarded here today but this is really, really special. Everywhere I went, there were good people, keeping me sane and safe, and making it worthwhile to keep going.”
“If I had known this was coming, I would have prepared a statement,” said Smith. “I was shocked about halfway through the presentation when I realized that I’m the only one that it fit.”
“Each year, the initial responsibility of the newly inducted chapter president is to present the Distinguished Service Award for an individual whose commitment and service to the community would humble the most egotistical person in the room,” said Jaycees President Sheri Price. “I suppose that’s the Jaycee way of reminding ourselves of the final point of our Creed, ‘that service to humanity is the best work of life.’”
Price said the award is designed to recognize an individual who lives life with three key distinctive features: Success in their chosen vocation, community involvement, and service to his or her faith.
Smith was born in a small rural home in the Beechwoods area where he lived with his parents and six siblings. He graduated from the Reynoldsville High School in 1952. Upon graduation, he attended Penn State University where he earned a degree in accounting in 1956. A lifelong fan of Penn State Football, he continued attending games through 2018.
Smith worked as an accountant for U.S. Steel and Brockway Glass. Prior to Brockway Glass’s merger with Owens-Illinois, he was promoted to the Risk Management Department. He worked the rest of his career as an insurance agent for Swift Kennedy.
“In the words of the nominator,” Price said, “He has always been soft spoken and well liked in his community, and has tried to make his community stronger and better in ways that matter.” He has done this through membership in the Jaycees, as a JCI Senator, and a Mason in Garfield Lodge #559. He has dedicated his faith through membership in the First United Presbyterian Church of DuBois since 1963.
Smith became a board member for the DuBois Nursing Home in March 1997 and served as president from 2003 to 2004. During his presidency, the DuBois Nursing Home and DuBois Village were merged to form the DuBois Continuum of Care Inc. Additionally during his term, the DuBois Continuum of Care Community Foundation was created, which he served as founding president. In his 23 years of service to the Continuum, he has been actively involved in each stage of strategic planning and development of the campus. He remains active in this role as secretary/treasurer of the Continuum board and active member of the foundation board.
He married his wife in November 1955. They would nearly have celebrated their 51st anniversary when she died in 2006. He continues to show his dedication to her by finalizing her passion project and serving as president of the board of Haven House Shelter since its inception in 2006.
DuBOIS — The 2019 Small Business of the Year Award was presented to KMA Remarking at Saturday’s Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Business Bash and Awards ceremony at the DuBois Country Club.
The small business award is given based on the criteria of staying power, growth, involvement in the community and contributions. Award winners must also be locally-owned, privately held businesses with no more than 50 employees.
“We are honored, we are humbled, and we are blessed to receive this award,” said KMA Remarketing President and CEO Dana Smith, who noted he was speaking on behalf KMA’s entire staff, the original founding partners, Bill and Betsy Boyle, and the co-owners of KMA Remarketing, Ken Allshouse and Smith’s wife, Carol Smith.
KMA Remarketing, which specializes in the purchase, sale, service, appraisal and liquidation of pre-owned medical equipment, was started in 1993 as KMA Enterprises; in 1996, it was incorporated as KMA Remarketing.
“The business started with the concept that we would buy something at an auction and sell it for more money than we purchased it for,” said Smith. “We took off from there and we eventually settled on a type of auction called a ‘DRMO’ or ‘DRMS,’ Defense Reutilization Marketing Office, that was the military, and at the time, Desert Storm one, thank God, did not have the amount of casualties that was expected.”
“So all of this equipment started coming back, and that’s when we rapidly realized that there was a lot of medical equipment,” said Smith. “We started buying medical equipment, and eventually we started reaching out to the hospitals. And primarily in the beginning, we mostly did overseas, probably 90 percent overseas to 10 percent domestic. And now we’re probably 90 percent domestic and 10 percent overseas.”
The company has grown to approximately 30 employees, with five warehouses and an office building, said Smith. KMA is currently under contract with UPMC, Allegheny Health Network and Lehigh Valley Hospital Group and does business with Penn Highlands Healthcare and approximately 200 facilities in the greater Chicago and Indiana area.
“We are exceptionally busy, and we’re very blessed that we are that busy,” said Smith. “We would not have gotten to where we are today, however, we had to have a lot of help, and we continue to expand with that help,” said Smith.
DuBOIS — Atlas Pressed Metals President Jude Pfingstler told those at Saturday’s Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce’s Business Bash that he was “honored” to accept the 2019 Community Cup Award on behalf of the company.
The Community Cup is given to a business, civic group, or non-profit organization which has shown positive and effective performance in community service.
“It’s absolutely a privilege to be a part of Atlas Pressed Metals, to work with such a great team of people who are dedicated to our company but also the community,” said Pfingstler. “They really are a special group. Unfortunately, my brother, Dick Pfingstler, who was our leader for the last 40 years is out of town this evening, but I really wish he could have been here ... to see the pride in his face, the recognition from the community that he absolutely loves and wants to see and help.”
Pfingstler said his father and grandfather purchased Atlas in 1980.
“Prior to that, my dad had a developing career at a large firm in Cleveland Ohio,” he said. “As he was moving up the ladder at the firm, he had experienced firsthand some of the negative internal politics that kept some deserving people from progressing within the organization. Those instances motivated him to do something where he could control his own destiny, but also build a company that reflected his own selfless values.”
At the time his family purchased Atlas, Pfingstler said it was “a seed of a company” located in a lumber shed on Hoover Avenue across from Mansell Stadium.
“Over the years, the company fortunately, has been able to survive through all the economic ups and downs,” said Pfingstler. “I’ve said numerous times to my two uncles, Tom and Joe, who have been with Atlas since 1982 and 1984, how awesome, and how much pride they must have to have been there and helped build a company from the beginning ... and see what it has grown to be now. The main goal of the company has never changed. We’d never sought to be the largest company in the industry, but rather, a company that recognizes and values all the stakeholders by providing a good product for our customers, a good living for our employees, and a culture where people can enjoy coming to work, and giving back to the community. Without our customers, our employees, and thriving community, there would be no Atlas Pressed Metals. And that’s a fact.”
Pfingstler thanked those who nominated and voted for Atlas to receive the award, in addition to the employees for everything that they do to make Atlas what it is.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Weather Discovery Center crowned the 2020 Little Mr. and Miss Groundhog Saturday, with some of those participating having a history of local royalty in their families.
Nolan Martino and Maelee Conrad were crowned Little Mr. and Miss Goundhog. Both are kindergarten students at the Punxsutawney Area Elementary School.
“The board and staff of the Weather Discovery Center wish to thank the many family and friends of our contestants who voted and contributed to our educational mission,” Marlene Lellock said, director of the center. “The funds will suport our many educational programs and events.”
Nolan is the son of Todd and Holli Martino. Holli Martino was groundhog royalty herself, crowned the Groundhog Queen in her senior year of high school.
She said Nolan was excited to run for Little Mr. Groundhog, and was participating with many of his friends from school.
Maelee Conrad is the daughter of Matt and Tonya Conrad, and, similarly, has Punxsutawney royalty in her family as well. Her older sister, Emalyn, won Little Miss Groundhog three years ago. She even wore her tiara to Maelee’s crowning so they could match. Maelee is excited to have her own crown, and not have to share her sister’s anymore.
As the new Mr. and Miss Groundhog, the two will get to ride in the Firemen’s parade and the Home for the Holidays parade.
The crowning was done by Tom Dunkel and Butch Prushnok of the Groundhog Club. The tiara was donated by Beatty Jewelers.