News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
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.
On 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."
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.
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.