TOP 100: Mike Nogay, a partner in the law firm of Sellitti, Nogay & McCune, PLLC has been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association for its Top 100 Trial Lawyers list for 2013. He was previously selected for West Virginia Super Lawyers.
Nogay has practiced law in the state and federal courts of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania for more than 30 years focusing primarily on jury trials, complicated oil and gas-related issues, medical malpractice, serious auto and industrial accidents and felony criminal cases.
Nogay is a graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law in Virginia where he was a Benedum Academic Scholar.
He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, magna cum laude, and was selected for Phi Beta Kappa.
Nogay currently serves as the on-air legal analyst for WTOV-TV, and had been appointed Special Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel for the West Virginia State Bar and has served as a special prosecuting attorney for Ohio County.
Nogay is the author of "Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior," a book on the forts and blockhouses in the Ohio Valley during the Revolutionary War, which the WVU Press called "an extremely valuable history for communities in the region" in an academic review.
Nogay and his wife, Robin, reside in Weirton and have three children, Eddie, Jennifer and Max.
PROMOTED: Tom Needham, a Steubenville native, has been promoted to vice president, digital marketing and strategies for the Inspiration Networks in Indian Land, S.C.
In his new role, Needham oversees digital marketing, product development and communication across all of the company's brands.
These brands include the family-friendly entertainment television network INSP, which is available in more than 75 million U.S. homes; the faith-based network Inspiration TV, which reaches more than 100 million homes in more than 150 countries; and Inspiration TV's parent company, Inspiration Ministries.
Needham's department also provides digital support for the full-service television production company, Media-Comm; and the Spanish language U.S. cable television network LFC La Familia.
Needham is a 1995 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and a 1990 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central. He resides in Fort Mill, S.C., with his wife, Melanie, and their two daughters.
JOINS: Sonia Ciafardone is a member of the Howard Hanna Mortimer Realty agency team in Weirton.
"Sonia brings her background of 30-plus years in sales and service. She previously worked in our office in 1998, and she is very excited to be back," said Robin Viola, broker/owner of the Weirton Howard Hanna office.
Ciafardone completed her real estate education at Northern Real Estate School and Kennen and Kennen Realty in Wheeling, completing the 90-hour program before taking and passing the state licensing exam.
A life-long resident of the area, she is a graduate of Buckeye North High School. She has been a resident of Weirton for several years.
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, which recently acquired Morgan Collins Real Estate, now has 149 offices serving six states Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Veterans honored Monday at Bob Evans
On Monday, Bob Evans Farms will salute those who've served our country with a plate of hotcakes. Veterans and active military personnel who show a valid military ID will receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants in celebration of Veterans Day.
Veterans are a large portion of Bob Evans' consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, 8 percent of residents in Bob Evans' home state of Ohio are veterans.
"These dedicated men and women have served us, now we're proud to serve them a free breakfast on Veterans Day," says Bob Evans President Randy Hicks. "We're grateful for their service to country and a heaping stack of hotcakes is our way of saying thank you."
Guests must provide proof of service, which could be a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, wearing their uniform or showing a Veterans Organization Card.
EGCC offers short-term welding courses
Eastern Gateway Community College is offering more short-term welding courses at the start of 2014 to meet increased demand for welders, especially in the oil and gas industry.
The college will offer short-term training for 10 or 18 weeks, beginning Jan. 6. Basic welding courses include basic shielded metal arc welding, structural welding, basic MIG/TIG welding and introduction to pipe welding. Advanced courses include advanced pipe welding and downhill welding.
The noncredit welding programs at Eastern Gateway provide the skill preparation required for welding industry certifications. Program participants will have the opportunity to qualify for certification in various welding processes.
Classes are held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the Jefferson County campus. The cost for the 10-week training is $5,000 and the 18-week session is $12,500. Ohio and West Virginia Workforce Investment Act funding may be available. To find out about registering, call (740) 264-5591, extension 310.
Engineering firm earns honor
Day & Zimmermann, a century-old, family-owned provider of construction and engineering, staffing and defense solutions for corporations and governments, received two National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee Zero Injury Safety Awards for work performed at the Cardinal and Mountaineer plants in 2012.
"Day & Zimmermann is proud to receive the ZISA awards for its work at Cardinal and Mountaineer," said Gary McKinney, president, Day & Zimmermann NPS. "The safety commitment of AEP and D&Z is evident throughout our work force."
The awards recognize commitment to world-class safety performance and the NMAPC Zero Accident Philosophy demonstrated by D&Z and its client, American Electric Power, officials said. The 13th-annual NMAPC Zero Injury Safety Awards Program dinner took place at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 24.
The awards were given in recognition of D&Z, AEP and Upper Ohio Valley Building Trades Council for 87,000 direct hire craft labor hours without a recordable accident at the Cardinal Plant near Brilliant. D&Z, AEP and Tri-State Building Trades Council were recognized for 56,919 direct hire craft labor hours without a recordable incident at the Mountaineer Plant located outside of New Haven, W.Va.
The NMAPC negotiates and administers the National Maintenance Agreements, a series of collective bargaining agreements used by more than 2,000 industrial contract companies employing members of 14 building trades' international unions. To date, the organization has accounted for more than $300 billion of work and more than two billion work-hours for building trades and contractors.
Verizon launches 4G LTE in area
Verizon Wireless has launched its 4G Long Term Evolution service in the Steubenville and Mingo Junction areas, as well as Weirton, Follansbee, Wellsburg and Bethany.
The 4G LTE service offers speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. The network's growth has fostered development of new and innovative solutions as diverse as LTE-connected cars and remote medical diagnostic options. The company offers a full line of "smart accessories" across the categories of health and fitness, lifestyle and toys that leverage its leading portfolio of mobile devices and networks.
"This is great news, and a win-win for West Virginia," said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. "Building our technology infrastructure and making certain every corner of our state has dependable, advanced wireless service remains one of my top priorities. As chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, I have tried to spur wireless investment in West Virginia and promote greater technology deployments on all fronts. Verizon's expanded service in Weirton will create exciting new opportunities for the area, particularly for local businesses and schools."
The company began offering wireless 4G LTE services in major markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia in December 2010.