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September 23, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

HIRED: Pamela Merritt has joined the staff at the Mullenbach Funeral Home, Follansbee.

Funeral director and owner Joseph M. Mullenbach said Merritt, who worked as benefits administrator in the human resources department at Wheeling-Nisshin Inc. for more than 25 years, will primarily assist families with pre-arrangement and aftercare services, though she also will assist with the newsletter and occasionally provide informational programs and seminars as a public service.

"We see ourselves as a community resource and have wanted to offer enhanced services for some time," Mullenbach said. "Since our funeral home has continued to grow each year, we felt it was a good time to offer more services and support to families we serve."

A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, she passed the state insurance license exam, paving the way for her to sell pre-need funeral contracts in the Mountain State. She then spent the spring and summer in training at the funeral home.

Mullenbach Funeral Home provides a full range of services, including traditional funeral services, funeral merchandise, cremation services and faithful friends (pet) services.

ACHIEVERS: SteelOaks Allocator Pro I Investment Strategy once again achieved "Top Gun" status within Informa Investment Solution's PSN database for the quarter ending June 30.

SteelOaks Investment Advisers is located at 3205 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

The PSN database is one of the largest investment manager databases in the country, including more than 1,400 investment management firms and more than 20,000 investment products.

SteelOaks Allocator Pro I Investment Strategy was chosen as the top 5 best performing investment strategies maintaining a return greater than their style benchmark's for the latest three-year rolling periods. The top five returns for the latest three-year period then become the Top Guns.

The firm's investment strategies had to meet specific quantitative criteria measured against the style benchmarks for the most recent five-year period.

KUDOS: Two partners at Wheeling-based Bordas and Bordas have been named to the West Virginia Best Lawyers list as top attorneys in West Virginia for 2012.

Honored were the firm's founder, Jim Bordas, recognized as the best lawyer of the year 2012 for personal injury litigation, and Scott Blass as one of the best lawyers for 2012.

Bordas has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years. A graduate of West Virginia University College of Law, he has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, trucking accidents, chemical exposure and product liability.

Blass is president of the West Virginia Association for Justice, where he has served as an officer and executive committee member for the past several years. Since joining Bordas and Bordas in 1992, he has obtained seven figure verdicts on behalf of his clients in diverse areas of the law, including auto accidents, insurance bad faith and medical malpractice.

Best Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 135 practice areas.

Based in Wheeling, the firm has an additional office in St. Clairsville. The firm was established in 1985 and is licensed to serve clients in the Tri-State Area.

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