Ohio Valley Business Briefs

Wheelhouse Creative adds award- winning journalist to its team

WHEELING — Wheelhouse Creative has added award-winning journalist Mitch Vingle to its talented team of creative professionals. Vingle brings more than 38 years of writing experience to the team.

Whether as a beat writer for West Virginia University sports, a sports editor of The Dominion Post and Charleston Gazette or award-winning columnist, his stories have always been factual. His voice has been strong. He most recently won back-to-back 2016 and 2017 West Virginia Press Association awards as the state’s best sports columnist.

Vingle is joining Wheelhouse to assist the firm and its clients with writing, public relations and business development.

“We’re very proud to add Mitch to our talented team,” said Wheelhouse President Jamie Bordas. “His knowledge and love of West Virginia, his vast contacts and years of traversing the state will serve us and the region well. We also very much look forward to his award-winning writing to enhance the first-class service we provide to our clients.”

Vingle, a West Virginia University graduate, lives in Glen Dale, from where he’s been covering the Mountaineers, both home and away, in football and basketball.

In addition to his numerous awards throughout the years from the West Virginia Press Association and Pennsylvania Press Association, Vingle has been serving as the state’s Associated Press Top 25 college football voter. He’s also voted on honors like the Heisman Trophy and Wooden Award.

Vingle served as president and vice-president of the West Virginia Sports Writers’ Association; was a member of the WVU Journalism Alumni Board; and helped with organizations like Make-A-Wish and The Leukemia Society.

CFOAM LLC names new staffers

TRIADELPHIA — CFOAM LLC has named Mark Morse as its chief operating officer, a newly created position located in the Triadelphia facility. He will have responsibility for all day-to-day sales, marketing and manufacturing activities. Morse joins CFOAM from SELEE Corporation where he served for 20-plus years as president.

Eric Provenzano, native and resident of West Virginia, filled a vacant position. He has over 15 years of broad industrial financial experience in large-scale manufacturing industries such as steel, coal and packaging.

Dr. Rudolph Olson assumes the newly created position of technical development director responsible for technology development and technical support for all customers. He brings to CFOAM extensive experience in ceramic research and manufacturing.

Smith joins Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Wheeling

WHEELING — Bernadette M. Smith has joined Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. as a financial adviser. She is joining as a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. at 1206 Chapline St. in Wheeling. Her practice also includes support staff Brenda MacGhee and Tiffany Misenhelder.

Smith has 21 years of wealth management experience, serving over 400 families and businesses in the Ohio Valley. Smith graduated from Sweet Briar College with a bachelor of arts majoring in economics.

As a financial adviser, Smith provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, provided in one-on-one relationships with her clients.

First Choice America workers honored by credit union league

WEIRTON — First Choice America Employees, Debbie Caine and Betty Jo Welch, were honored with the Chapter Leadership Award by the West Virginia Credit Union League. Both ladies are very active in the Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter projects, which include: The International Credit Union Day Coloring Contest, The Halloween Party at Serra Village, The Anti-Bullying Poster Contest, and The Senior Prom at Serra Village. Both women have been active in the Weirton-Wellsburg Chapter for the past 15 years.

Caine is a lifelong resident of New Cumberland. She has worked at First Choice America Credit Union for 43 years. She has one daughter, Stacey, and two grandchildren, Audrey and Alex.

Welch, a resident of Weirton, has worked at First Choice America Credit Union for 18 years. She is married to Tom Welch and has two sons, Thomas and Andrew.

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