News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
On April 18, 2018 Penn State Lehigh Valley hosted approximately 45 members of the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley at their facility in Center Valley. On hand were the Chancellor Tina Q. Richardson, faculty, staff and over 20 current students. The Chancellor addressed the audience praising the Executive Forum for their work in the community, their value in training young professionals and some history about Penn State Lehigh Valley. Penn State’s faculty also spoke about their undergraduate programs as well as the Launchbox program. Students also had the opportunity to speak and introduce themselves. Students pursuing numerous career paths were represented from logistics management, accounting, technology, business administration, and many more degree programs.
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.
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.
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.