New officers, activities and website for Southpointe CEO Association

This past December, the Southpointe CEO Association launched its redesigned website,

At its final meeting of 2016, the Southpointe CEO Association elected officers who began a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2017. Chairing the organization is David Mariner, director of graduate programs for Waynesburg University at Southpointe. Martin P. Beichner Jr., president and CEO of Accutrex Products, Inc. serves as vice chairman. Elected to the office of secretary was Matthew Thiel, president of Auma-Actuators, Inc. and the treasurer position has been filled by Patrick G. O’Brien, senior executive vice president and COO of Community Bank.

Elected to serve as board members, for a three-year term beginning in January, are Nick Beresh, assistant vice president and branch manager for WesBanco Bank; James McCune, managing member of Bowles Rice; and Betty Rainier, president of Beaconsfield Financial Services. Sarah Barczyk, director of communications, municipal relations and community engagement also joins the board as a member from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Among the duties of the board members are determining the goals and policies of the association, evaluating programs, overseeing its financial management and serving as a link between the association and the member organizations and employees who support it or are served by it.

Association chairman Dave Mariner reminds the local business community that, “The Southpointe CEO Association is designed to include executive leadership as well as employees as various levels of an organization. Our events – educational, social, etc. – are intended for, and can be attended by, all employees of member organizations.”

Southpointe CEO Association activities and events for 2017 have been scheduled through June, and are located on the organization’s website. Educational forums and many activities are focused on three core themes: ethical leadership, wellness and diversity. Executive Health and Wellness, CPR and First Aid Training, and a seminar on business behaviors for new hires are among the spring activities offered. The popular “Walking Wednesday” program will resume in April, and May features an International Cuisine Week at Southpointe. Additionally, the annual Scholarship program for members or dependents will again be offered and has an application deadline of early March. New members and member organizations will be introduced at the annual Winter White Event in February, and the association’s signature event, The World Class CEO event, is set for June. New this year is the addition of the Emerging Leaders Award as part of the World Class CEO evening.

This past December, the Association launched its redesigned website and social media sites. The website,, allows users to join and pay dues online, become a sponsor of association events online, and register and pay for events online. In addition to the website, social media sites have been created to increase awareness of the association and its many events, including a rebranded Facebook page and a Twitter account (@southpointeCEO).

Dr. Stephanie Urchick is CEO/Executive Director of the Southpointe CEO Association, and Owner of Doctors At Work LLC, a leadership, communication, and management consulting company. For more information on the Southpointe CEO Association, benefits of membership, or sponsorship opportunities, visit the Association’s new website at or contact Urchick at or 724-747-5055.

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