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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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.

Mack Trucks Hosts the Executive Forum

mackOn Wednesday morning August 1st, almost 50 members of the Lehigh Valley Executive Forum gathered at the Mack Trucks’ Museum in Allentown. The group was hosted by the general manager of the Mack Customer Center who provided a brief history and overview of the facility. The Mack Museum was born as a non-profit corporation in 1984 and commemorates Mack history through photos, memorabilia and a collection of vintage Mack truck models. In addition to being the authority on all things Mack, the Mack Trucks Historical Museum also restores and preserves vintage Mack Trucks and memorabilia for all to enjoy.

Members were given the opportunity to tour the museum as well as experience the state-of-the-art customer facility typically reserved for use by clients when selecting their truck(s).

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Executive Forum Visits the Fab Lab

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Written by Jennifer Schimmel with photo from Gary Gower, Jr.

Wow! What an incredible meeting we had at the Northampton Community College’s Fowler Center. Their Center for Business and Industry is centrally located at 511 E. Third Street Bethlehem PA 18015. You need to check this place out!

Jeffrey Sheck one of the developers for The Center for Business and Industry graciously explained how CBI came into existence. He explained their mission, vision and long term goals for this renovated 8,000 square foot Bethlehem Steel building. Not only is there extensive history within this building but so much educational wealth to be discovered.

Their vision is simply to offer diversification, flexibility, affordability and powerful skills and tools to every single person in our community.

Remember that old saying? “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink?”

The fowler center has made it incredibly simple for students, entrepreneurs, employees, business owners, anyone to grow as person, a community, or a business. Giving them access to everything! This includes OSHA training, Safety Training, Technical, Healthcare, Hospitality, Computer Training, Leadership Training, Adult Literacy Training, English, Math, and non credit courses. They will even customize a training class for your or your employees to meet your needs.

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“State of the Forum” Members Only Meeting Overview

IMG 1732On June 20th, Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley members convened at the Sands Conference Center in Bethlehem for the second quarter “members only” meeting, which provided a refresher for members on strategic goals. Members also received complimentary, professional headshots from Christmas City Studios.

The membership analyzed performance on key objectives year-to-date, assessed the strategy for the remaining year and reviewed its purpose, mission and core values. Every Forum meeting has the members’ best interest in mind with ideas on how to grow together. The Forum’s unofficial mottos are “You need to be engaged,” "It is not what you get but what you give."

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