Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Addresses the Forum

DrRoyEducation and the setbacks through the eyes of Bethlehem Area School District; a presentation by Joseph J. Roy, Ed.D

Have you seen the changes BASD has made? Do you want to be a part of it? You may or may not have seen their new logo, if not go to and check it out!

Bethlehem school district employs 1,900 people, and there are 22 schools that make up the district. Their current enrollment is currently close to 14,000 students. Our schools build our community and are a crucial impact to our future, locally as well as statewide. There are challenges that students face everyday that are direct barriers to their education. Most of the barriers many students face with every age group are lack of food in the household, poverty, unsafe housing, domestic violence, racial bias, social insecurities and frequent changes in residences. These issues impact a child’s willingness to learn, time in the classroom and the support that they need. BASD partners with united way, non profits and valley youth house to help knock down those barriers so all kids can access their education.

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American Red Cross Speaks to the Forum

The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley met on September 9, 2018 in the Berks County meeting room within the Sands Bethlehem Casino.

Jim Ebersole with American Red Cross Training Services explained what the American Red Cross is about and the services they offer to individuals and businesses.

American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter over the past year has been responsible for responding to and providing assistance for 115 local disasters, and assisting 631 people. They installed 1,209 free lifesaving smoke alarms, collected 17,654 blood donations, provided 932 services for military members, veterans and their families. First Aid Training has been provided for 15,234 people. The pillowcase project has trained 319 students in disaster preparedness.

Don't wait until you need it! Take advantage of The America Red Cross workplace safety, ECC updates, training courses with live simulation, online portal, digital certification, AED training, employee training, lifeguard and babysitter training!

There are 1,200,000 people here to help in their Lehigh, Northampton and Bucks county chapter. This is a local service that can help you in so many ways, don't just bypass it.

There are 40 million injuries reported each year and 300,000 cardiac arrest incidents each year. Those numbers could be lowered with The American Red Cross training.

Check out these statistics. Are you at risk? Do you want to be part of a solution?

  • 33% said lives have been saved at home and at the workplace as a result of First Aid, CPR and AED training provided at work.
  • 75% said injuries or medical conditions have been treated in the workplace with this training.
  • 36% at OSHA-regulated businesses felt it would be valuable to offer training more frequently than every 2 years.
  • 55% cannot get First Aid or CPR or AED training from their employer and even if employers do offer this training, it's often either one or the other.
  • 50% of all US workers cannot locate the AED at work.
  • You do not need to invest that much time in training. When it comes down to learning how to save a life, you can also build camaraderie at the same time! The American Red Cross has reduced their training time by 40% with their simulation training. There are different levels of training to fit your needs. You also have the opportunity to become an instructor or trainer.

Are you prepared to help? Schedule your training today!

Member Netizen Named Veteran Owned Business of the Year

netizenThe Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley congradulates member Netizen.

Netizen Corporation, an ISO 27001:2013 certified and award-winning provider of cyber security and related solutions for defense, government and commercial markets, has been named by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as the area’s “Veteran-Owned Business of the Year” for 2018. This inaugural award will be presented on Thursday, September 13th at the “Doing Business with the PA National Guard” event hosted by the Chamber. Netizen has been verified as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, over 60% of Netizen’s employees are military veterans representing every branch of service.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the area’s Veteran Owned Business of the Year because Netizen truly espouses the military values of dedication to duty, honor, integrity, and attention to detail which has contributed to our astounding growth rate. We also have a high level of camaraderie within our team that has made us a great place to work, learn, and grow a career while also winning awards and recognition from customers for the superior service we provide,” said Rocco Zegalia, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Netizen’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He added that both of Netizen’s owners, Michael Hawkins (Chief Executive Officer) and Max Harris (Chief of Business Development), are veterans of the U.S. Army.


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Three New Members Join Executive Forum

Recently, three new members applied and were approved for membership in the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley recently. They include:

Meisner Services; a heating, cooling and electric services company based in Allentown.

Sandler Training; a sales training organization with offices in Allentown.

Imperial Realty; a commercial real estate sales & leasing company in Allentown.

The board and membership extends a warm welcome to the new members.

Eleven Executive Forum Members Recognized as Industry Leaders

In the 2018 Reader Rankings, Lehigh Valley Business readers voted for eleven companies who hold membership in the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley. Congratulations to those on the list! They include:

Best Restoration Contractors Servpro Easton Bethlehem Whitehall

Best Residential Real Estate Kelly Williams

Best College and Universities Moravian College

Best Accounting Firm Buckno Lisicky & Company

Best Bank Embassy Bank

Best Benefits Consulting HMK Insurance

Best Insurance Agency HMK Insurance

Best Mergers & Acquisitions Specialist Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba

Best Executive Recruiters Express Employment Professionals

Best Hotels Sands Casino Resort

Best Law Firms Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba

Best Management & Coaching Consultants Pinnacle 7

To read the full report of LVB's 2018 Reader Rankings click here.