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Prudential hires several at Peters Township office

Prudential Preferred Realty hired Debbie Brisky, Kathy Filippelli, Debi Getzik, Patricia Beharry, Martha Beharry, Pat Lorenzi, Cheryl Dalton and Melissa Brancho in the company's Peters Township office at Waterdam Plaza.

Brisky of North Strabane Township has closed more than $2 million in real estate sales. Filippelli and Getzek, who work as a team, have more than $1 million in sales while Patricia and Martha Beharry have produced almost $500,000 in sales. Lorenzi also has nearly half a million dollars in sales.

Northwood Realty Co./Better Homes & Gardens added Dee Leicher, a 12-year Pittsburgh resident, to the sales staff at the company's North Hills office.

Also at Northwood, Joan Akanowicz, associate broker and co-manager of the company's Airport West Suburban and Sewickley offices, earned the senior marketing master designation from GMAC Real Estate. This is GMAC's most prestigious designation.

Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh's North Hills office hired Nancy Bruce of Franklin Park, Ruth Kavanagh of Wexford and Nancy Zabrowski of McCandless as sales associates. All three worked for Prudential Preferred Realty.

Bruce has been a consistent multimillion dollar producer for the past 10 years. Kavanagh has 11 years' real estate industry experience and is a former accountant. Kavanagh and Zabrowski both received the Million Dollar Club designation each year.

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services named Patricia A. Merdian as south region senior management consultant. She is a former Coldwell Banker employee who has 32 years of real estate experience. She has been a consistent multimillion dollar sales agent and has won numerous awards for her work.

Howard Hanna Shippen Realty sales associate John Brinich was appointed district vice president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

Brinich has 30 years' sales experience and has been with Howard Hanna for two years. He served as president of the Clearfield-Jefferson Association of Realtors from 1996-98 and was named Realtor of the Year in 1998.

Robert B. Epps
of Choice Homes, Realtors in Pittsburgh was awarded the certified international property specialist designation which recognizes members with training and experience in working with international clients and property.

He received the designation in November and joined 850 real estate professionals throughout the world who have the designation.

P.J. Dick Inc. hired Charles B. Porter and Tony E. Herwald as project managers.

Porter has more than 27 years' experience in construction project management and will serve as senior project manager for the Peterson Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh's Oakland section.

Herwald has more than 20 years' construction experience and will be the on-site project manager for the new Alcoa building on the North Side.

Richard De Young, senior principal and chief operating officer at WTW Architects, was chosen as second vice president of AIA Pittsburgh and named chairman of financial development for the western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

De Young, of South Fayette Township, joined WTW in 1976, became senior principal in the firm in 1992 and chief operating officer four years ago.

O'Hara Townhship-based Massaro Co. promoted Joseph G. Tavella from senior estimator to director of pre-construction services; Roger A. Pivirotto from senior estimator to director of estimating; Christopher L. Fink from project engineer to project manager; and James W. Saxon from project engineer to senior project estimator.

Tavella and Fink have been with Massaro since 1997 and Pivirotto and Saxon since 1996.

Recently named to the executive committee for the North Suburban Builders Association were: Michael G. Minnock, president; Frank J. Spagnolo , vice president; Sally J. Jack, treasurer; Jeff A. Martin, secretary; Charles J. Rouda , associate vice president; Ronald F. Resch , immediate past president, and Lawrence A. Cunningham , second past president.

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