Josh Koepsel and John Loyd were the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for September.
Koepsel is the manager of Life Tite Metal Products in the Belington Industrial Park. Loyd is president of the Barbour County Fair Association and a retired extension agent of the WVU Extension Service.
Koepsel is a native of Elkview and a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and West Virginia State University, where he majored in Business Management and Criminal Justice.
He was employed in customer service by Grainger Industrial in Charleston for four years before joining Life Tite Metal Products in Kenna in sales in 2009. He is a member of the Barbour County Economic Development Authority and was selected for Leadership Barbour County.
Life Tite opened its Belington plant in the fall of 2009 where the company offers metal in 17 colors, with a paint finish warranty which guarantees the most durable and best quality roof on the market, Koepsel said.
Loyd is a Braxton County native and graduate of Sutton High School and West Virginia University with a degree in Dairy Service. He attended Cornell, George Washington University, and the University of Maine before completing the M.S. Degree in Extension Education from WVU. He became a 4-H Club Agent in 1956 and retired as extension professor emeritus in 1993 following 37 years of service. He was a 4-H Extension Agent in Barbour and Taylor counties and an extension agent in Barbour County.
Loyd was the Barbour Chamber's Man of the Year in 1996 and received the West Virginia Association of Fairs & Festivals Hall of Fame Award. He received awards of distinction from the WVU College of Agriculture and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. He was president of the United Methodist Men at Crim Memorial Church.