News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
As an annual tradition the president of the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley presents awards to members at the end of each year. The awards recognize efforts and contributions of members to the organization. At the annual post-holiday member social in January 2018, Sandy Kuhns, president of the Executive Forum and owner of K&H Custom Window Treatments, presented plaques to be below members:
Jon Black of Morris Black received the Spirit of Participation award.
Sue McCann, Mike Trageser, Kri Rooney of Express Employment Professionals and Rob Baker of Christmas City Studios and also David Pike of Minuteman Press received the Spirit of Development award.
Andy Hall of Klunk and Millan and Jeff Tintle of Thrive Media each received the Spirit of Growth award.
Right Photo (pictured from left to right): Kris, Sandy, Rob, Sue, Mike and John.
Anyone who has driven around Allentown during the holiday season has seen the PPL building in the city skyline, aglow with the spirit of the season. Visitors to Allentown often ask about the building, the design and how it is created. The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley knows who is behind those shades and how it is done. Sandra Kuhns of K&H Custom Window Treatments is a member of the Forum and opens up about the magic behind the PPL light display. Click here to read her interview with LV Business.
The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum, made up of business owners, key executives, and decision makers, hosted a breakfast and networking event Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel. It featured a presentation by J.B. Reilly, president of City Center Investment Corp., the real estate developer behind much of downtown Allentown's amazing revitalization.
Reilly's presentation focused on the recent projects of City Center and how the City of Allentown has changed. He also discussed the desires of local executives, employees and the residents of the Lehigh Valley in how they would like the city to evolve. Reilly also presented several new development projects and offered insights to those in attendence.
Attendees represented a broad spectrum of businesses from throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley and beyond. The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum hosts numerous informative business events during the year, as well as twice-monthly forum meetings that focus on business-related topics and issues.
Members of the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley held an off-site, regular meeting at the National Museum of Industrial History. The meeting was designed to spur networking among members and guests as well as serve as an opportunity to learn more about the Museum. Often the Executive Forum holds meetings out in the community in effort to expose and educate members about cultural institutions, charities and other topics of interest to members.
The museum made its debut in August 2016 with the goal to "forge a connection between America's industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow". The museum has four exhibitions focusing on a different aspect of industrial history that affected both Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. Housed in a former facility of Bethlehem Steel, it holds a collection of artifacts from the textile, steel and iron, and propane gas industries. The museum is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and holds a significant collection of industrial machinery on loan from the Institute's National Museum of American History. The museum also has a large collection of documents, machinery, photographs, and other archival material from Bethlehem Steel.
The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley has always prided itself in having quality members. “The caliber of the businesses who are members in the Executive Forum is really what makes our group so great,” says Sandy Kuhns, president of K&H Custom Window Treatments and also president of the Executive Forum’s board. The business community also thinks that Executive Forum members are special too. Recently, several members won Lehigh Valley Business’s prestigious 40 under 40 award, and now two Executive Forum members have been named to a list of the fastest growing companies in the region for 2017.
Express Employment Professionals and TWG Security were two of the companies comprised the list of 45 organizations “identified as the region's most dynamic that have made significant contributions to the local economy,” according to Lehigh Valley Business.To be eligible, companies had to be for profit-entities based in the Greater Lehigh Valley. They must have had annual revenue of at least $500,000 each of the past three years and an increase in revenue in 2016 when compared to 2014.
Express Employment Professionals, located in Allentown, is a leading staffing provider in the region. TWG Security, based in Emmaus, specializes in the design, installation, & monitoring of HD Surveillance & Analytics Systems.
To view the full list of recognized companies click here.