CHARLES CASSETTA of Hampstead has been recognized as a world leader among professionals who assess personal potential and direct it toward corporate success.
Two weeks ago, Cassetta was chosen from 2,500 candidates for the International Trainer of the Year Award.
This is the top achievement granted by Target Training International, a company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that oversees professional distributors of training materials in 40 countries.
Cassetta's award was based on frequent letters of appreciation the home office has received from people affected by the book and videotapes he has written.
"I'm still floating on air," Cassetta said at home after receiving the award.
Last year, Cassetta wrote "Continuous Lifelong Learning," a self-study book, and co-wrote the story line and scripts for two videotapes illustrating his "success discovery process."
The annual Winter Winners Conference, held this month at the company's headquarters in Arizona, was attended by the top 500 trainers.
In addition to the United States, trainers came from Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Germany, England, Ireland and Canada.
Cassetta was a conference speaker. However, well before his speech, attendees were looking for -- and finding him -- easily.
"The people knew me by my voice, because they have my tapes," he said. "They would say, 'It's been so easy, it's so well-explained.' It gave me a marvelous appreciation."
Cassetta specializes in executive business coaching, which he usually does by telephone, establishing a three-month schedule with a client and monthly follow-ups as needed.
He also created a behavioral assessment process that identifies eight behavioral styles in the workplace.
"I'm a people-problem-solver, and I teach people to understand their behavioral differences, and how to respect them," Cassetta said.
He has a doctorate in theology and master's degrees in philosophy and religious education.
He lived in Rome for 13 years while working at the Vatican, is fluent in four languages, and was a Roman Catholic priest for 15 years.
Cassetta lives with his wife, Angie, in Hampstead, where two of his eight grandchildren attend school, and teaches at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church.
He is a member of the Hampstead Business Association.
Cassetta will be featured on Prestige Cable Channel 3 at 7: 30 a.m. Feb. 5 and 19.
Craft fair seeks vendors
The annual Country Craft Fair at St. George's Episcopal Church is seeking crafts people.
The fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 15 at the church, 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead.
The fair benefits the church. Spaces are available for $15 and $25, and vendors provide their display materials.
Crafts usually pertain to a country theme.
As in the past, the fair will include refreshments, children's activities, baked goods, a free drawing and a silent auction.
Attention, blood donors
Donors may register for the Manchester community blood drive, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Manchester Fire Company Activities Building on York Street.
Registration ensures that the blood donation proceeds with little waiting.
Information and appointments: 800-GIVE BLOOD or Terri Leatherwood at 410-374-9791.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 1/20/99