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FAQs

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 $225 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 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.

What are the Dues?

The dues for 2021 are $900 if you make a one-time payment. This is a 5.9% increase versus the dues in 2020. The dues for quarterly payments will be $225.00. If you pay via PayPal, whether annually or quarterly, there is a convenience charge of 3% charged to you.

How do I order a name tag?

Approved members can receive their first name tag by clicking on this link and filling out the online form.  This form can also be utilized by member to replace lost or damaged cards.

Member Resource

nestle exec forumMembership in The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley puts you and your company in front of one of the most effective total business resources in the area. Since our founding in 2001, we have worked hard to bring on owners and executives of some of the most recognizable and successful businesses the Valley has to offer.

Our member companies range in size from small to thousand employees. Our members must be owners of or executives within their company, and must be willing to discuss the challenges, successes, and strategies that we all encounter in running our businesses on a daily basis. Many of our meetings are held off-site at business locations, which can be an effective way to profile your business.

While membership is strictly held to an invitation-only basis, we encourage you to reach out to an existing member whom you may already know, or our membership Chairperson. They are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding our bi-weekly meetings. Once we have had the chance to discuss your business, as well as vet any potential overlap with an existing member, we can discuss attending one of our meetings as a guest.

Existing Executive Forum members who want to remit dues or payment for an event, please click here.

Our Mission and Board

Our Mission

181219 ExecutiveForumLV ZachJaindl JK065The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum is a dedicated group of business owners and decision-makers who share a commitment to quality and an ethical environment in which to conduct business in Lehigh and Northampton counties and the surrounding region.

We recognize that the value of networking is dependent on people's willingness to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences. To encourage honesty and openness, membership is open to non-competing business leaders who share our strong commitment to responsible growth and economic development.

The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum meets for breakfast on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Steel Club in Hellertown.

  

Our Board

 

President l Scott Gingold - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice President l Denise Grothouse - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer l Dawn Davis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Secretary l Jonathan Black - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Member at Large l Kris Rooney - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past President l Rob Baker - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Standing Committees

Membership Committee
Chairperson: Ken MacKenzie I This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Committee Members: Joe Lennert, Steve Davis, Jon Black, Jill Wheeler, Ken Mackenzie

Marketing Committee
Chairperson: Jennifer Schimmel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Committee Members: Gary Gower, Rob Baker, Chad, Clauser, Denise Grothouse, Bryan Lobach, Jennifer Schimmel

Events Committee
Chairperson: Bruce Eames I This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Committee Members: John Eltringham, Dawn Davis, Kris Rooney, Donna Braden & Beverley Kahler

Long Term Strategy Committee
Chairperson: Todd Kurz