Robert Markwell Jr. has been named an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He was awarded the associateship designation after successfully completing seven examinations that are administered by the CAS. Markwell is an actuarial analyst at Westfield Insurance. He graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Case Wester Reserve University.


Patty Helmick has received a national sales award from the Real Living Volpini Realty Group corporate office. Real Living Real Estate Sales Performance Awards are given to the top 100 agents nationally and internationally. Out of more than 10,000 agents, Helmick earned the 17th best spot for units sold in 2013.

Helmick, who works at the Trumbull County office of Real Living Volpini, has been licensed since 1988 and consistently has had sales in the millions of dollars every year.


Talmer Bank and Trust announced the hire of Sharon DeFrances to its wealth- management team as a private banker for the Mahoning Valley. She will be working directly with Talmer’s existing high-net-worth client base to bring them specialized financial products and services.

Her duties also will include developing new business relationships in the private-client-services segment.


Ankle & Foot Care Centers announced the addition of Dr. Johnny Alayon to its staff of podiatric physicians and surgeons. Dr. Alayon is accepting new patients in the group’s Niles office.With the addition of Dr. Alayon, Ankle & Foot Care Centers now has 17 podiatric physicians serving patients in 20 locations in the Mahoning Valley and western Pennsylvania. Dr. Alayon’s practice includes general podiatry, diabetic foot care and other lower extremity ailments.

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