Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley Selects New President

RBakerThe Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley, a local executive resource group, selected a new president. Rob Baker, President & CEO of Christmas City Studio, was voted to head the business group for the next two years. “I am excited to lead the Executive Forum because I believe in our mission and that what we are creating is truly a unique, mutually beneficial relationship for all of our members,” says Baker.

Baker, like most Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley members, has enjoyed membership in the group. Originally joining the group in 2012, Christmas City Studio management team has benefited from networking with peers as well as the education and resource that the organization provides. In 2015, Rob Baker and his partner Matt Newman purchased Christmas City Studio from Rob’s father George Baker. They now lead Christmas City Studio into their 42nd year in business. Rob Baker credits the Executive Forum with providing him a network of trusted professionals and business insight as he ascended to the helm of Christmas City Studio. Baker shares that he still relies on the Executive Forum to solve new challenges, but he is also happy to give back to the organization that helped him.

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Two Members Earn Business of the Year Honors

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The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum has always prided itself in the quality of its members. "The businesses who comprise the membership of the Executive Forum are civic-minded and well-managed by local executives who want to make the Lehigh Valley a great place to live and do business," says LVEF President Rob Baker. Fortunately, it is not just the Executive Forum that has a high view of its members, but also the business community at large feels the same way. LVEF member Netizen Corporation won the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year award for 2018.

Similarly, Fitzpatrick, Lentz, and Bubba, PC won the Business of the Year Award for the category of 25 - 100 employees. The honors were given by Lehigh Valley Business. Congratulations to both organizations! Award images were taken from LVB.com.

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Meeting Forum Member Jennifer Schimmel

Who is Jennifer Schimmel?

At the October 17th meeting at the Sands Conference Center, new member in 2019 Jennifer Schimmel presented to the group. Her topic was Jennifer Schimmel. She is a full-time Realtor, Associate Broker & Owner of Keller Williams Real Estate located in Bethlehem Township.

Jennifer has 18 years experience in her field as a Real Estate expert. Her team of 7 adopts the same principles and values of honesty, integrity and to always do the right thing. The Jennifer Schimmel team is a direct reflection of the extensive training and support within Keller Williams Real Estate, Their independent knowledge and experience of the real estate market shines beyond their welcoming smile and personalities.

No bogus fees or sales tactics!

The numbers speak for themselves. Out of 500 agents in the Lehigh Valley Realtor database, The Jennifer Schimmel Team ranks within the top 13! Also maintaining a top 1% of real estate agents position consecutively each year. Keller Williams Bethlehem has also been the Number #1 office in the Lehigh Valley every year!

Year to date our office closed 376 more homes than our closest competitor in the Lehigh Valley! On average our sales price is about $240,000!

Our local real estate market is still very strong!

When considering a Real Estate agent for your most valuable asset, consider speaking with Jennifer Schimmel! Check out her website at JennySoldMine.com for impressive home videos and testimonials!

Executive Forum Members Share Business Advice with One Another

Image 2The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum is about helping others achieve continued success in their field. We are a connection to qualified business owners and are a continued resource for our membership group. At the October 31st meeting at the Sands Conference Center, Executive Forum members took the time to share business tips with each other. Each member was tasked with the goal of bringing one business tip that they felt worthwhile to share with the entire group. Below are the tips that were shared:

Sandy (K&H) – make sure the appearance of your facility reflects the message you want to send to customers, visitors It needs to matches your brand and identity.


Barry (Your Neighborhood Drycleaner) – consider using text message reminders to customers to remind of appointments and communicate with your customers.

Todd (Sandler Training) - don’t sell features and benefits (your competitors will be selling them). Instead, fix dysfunctions for your customer. You can say these are the typical problems I come across – how can I help you with them. It enables you to differentiate yourself.

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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 https://www.beth.k12.pa.us/ 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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