Since Bryn works at our local library, it is only fitting for her to answer some book-related questions! Here's what she had to say...
What is the first book you remember reading?
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr.
What are you reading right now?
I usually have several books going at once. Right now I am reading “This Chair Rocks: by Ashton Applewhite, “The God of Lost Words” by A.J. Hackwith, and “Ain’t Burned All the Bright” by Jason Reynolds.
What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?
I’m only guessing, but I believe “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gordon.
What is the longest book you’ve ever read?
“Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkein or “Flashback” by Shannon Messenger
What is your favorite book of all time?
“Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi which I stumbled upon because of an English class while studying for my Masters degree.
What is your all-time favorite genre to read?
I tend to enjoy fantasy/sci-fi over many other genres like mysteries or historical fiction.
Would you rather read a book with terrible writing but a good story OR a book with a terrible story but good writing?
Terrible story but good writing
Would you rather be able to only read the first page of a book OR only read the last page of a book?
Would you rather never read a book again OR never watch a movie ever again?
Never watch a movie ever again
Would you rather bring any one character from a book into our world OR live in a book’s world but never meet your favorite character?
Bring a character into our world
The New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce "Getting to Know..." Each week, we will introduce you to an individual that works for one of our Chamber member businesses or organizations. We hope that this feature will help you get to know some of the great individuals behind the business names you see everyday.
We'd like to introduce you to our first guest, Jacob Lawrence, CRPS, who is a wealth management advisor at Riggle Wealth Group. Without further ado, let's meet Jacob...
I know how this next part probably sounds, but it's the honest truth: I love every part of my workday. I enjoy talking to people and learning about their goals as well as helping them solve challenges so they can sleep better at night. I can't imagine doing anything else or living anywhere else in the world. I'm exactly where I'm meant to be.
One of the projects I'm focused on is helping businesses optimize their 401(K) plans for employees. Selecting the right retirement plan for your business shouldn't be a headache and my goal is to help businesses and their employees maximize this benefit.
You asked me some fun questions earlier so I don't want to forget to answer those before we wrap...
What is your favorite season and why? Fall is my favorite season. Football and hunting are in full swing, and my family is busy with sports and gearing up for the holidays. My daughters play lacrosse, soccer and softball, so you'll find us at practice and games with New Oxford Girls Lacrosse, Hanover Soccer Club, and Brushtown Lady Bombers.
What is your most prized possession and why? My most prized possession...that's tough...it's either my new lawnmower or my family. Just kidding. It's my wife and daughters.
What is the best concert you've ever been to? The best concert I ever went to was back in 2019. I won tickets to see Garth Brooks at a dive bar in New Jersey. Thanks, Froggy 99.9 for the tickets! It was one of those once in lifetime experiences that I'll never forget.
Thanks for the opportunity to get to know one another. Like I said earlier, I can't imagine doing anything else or living anywhere else in the world. I'm exactly where I'm meant to be.
This quarter we are kicking things off with our Chamber treasurer, Christina (Tina) Palermo. Tina has been a member of the New Oxford Chamber board since 2018 and has also served as the organization’s treasurer for four years. She works for M&T Bank and is the branch manager at the Dart Drive location in Hanover.
Q: What is your favorite part of your job at M&T Bank?
A: What I love best about my job are the relationships I make with my clients and coworkers. It is very rewarding to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved with the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce?
A: When I was 16, I came to New Oxford to antique and absolutely fell on love with the town. I joined the Chamber to be part of the town’s future. I love the team of board members we have. Everyone pitches in and helps get the job done. I feel that is because we all feel something special for this town.
Q: Aside from necessities, what could you not go a day without?
Anyone who knows me would tell you I am an animal lover and that the faces of cats and dogs are my stress reliever and put a smile on my face...that and Diet Coke.
Q: What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?
A: On my bucket list, which grows everyday, is to one day visit Sicily where my grandfather immigrated from.
We appreciate Tina being our first interviewee for “Getting to Know” and look forward to introducing our other board members in future issues of “The Circle.”
Bookmark this page for the latest updates, upcoming events and member news! Members who wish to have upcoming events posted on the Chamber’s website should contact Michaela with event details at 717-624-2800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.