Frequently asked questions of Lehigh Valley Executive Forum
Who qualifies for membership in Executive Forum?
Lehigh Valley Executive Forum is a group of business owners and key decision-makers. Members of the Executive Forum are individuals who make things happen in their company and who get things done. They are leaders in the business community as well as in their own company. Membership is exclusive to one business in a category so your competitors will not be present.
What are the requirements for being a member of the Forum?
Our two rules of membership are (a) Pay membership dues (currently $205 per quarter) and (b) Attend 75% of our regularly-scheduled meetings. Our meetings are the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 am. The cost of your breakfast at the meetings is included in your membership dues, so you will not be paying anything additional throughout the year unless we have a unique event. In order to gain the greatest benefit from your membership, we expect you to get involved and become a resource for the group by providing content for a meeting, advice on a business issue, or by sharing your contacts with someone looking for a connection.
What can I expect to get out of a meeting?
Our meetings vary greatly. They often include presentations by members with a small info session on what their business does and valuable information they have gained over the years. Topics range from customer service to marketing to employee retention. We also tour local non-member businesses for a behind-the-scenes look at their facilities and hear about their processes. Local business leaders are invited to speak and update us on what’s happening in the Lehigh Valley. In the past, we have heard from Representative Charlie Dent, Mayor Sal Panto, and LVEDC President Don Cunningham. We also hear from local colleges and educational facilities (LV Charter School for Performing Arts, BAVTS, Kutztown University) to discover their expertise and the contribution they are making to the business environment. One of the most valuable parts of our bi-monthly meetings is that you get to see the members twice a month to exchange ideas, pass along contacts, and request assistance for situations in your business.
What distinguishes Executive Forum from other business groups?
The Executive Forum has a unique atmosphere of camaraderie and cooperation — simply having each other’s back. We like to call it our "business support group." The fact that we enjoy each other’s company is evident at the meetings. But we know when it is time to get down to business and we enjoy working together on projects. We know that we can count on a forum member to get the job done, whether it is for us or one of our clients.