Lehigh Valley Business of the Year Award Winners Honored
By Colin McEvoy on December 6, 2017
While attracting new businesses to the Lehigh Valley tends to get the bigger headlines, 70 percent of new jobs created in the region each year come organically from companies already located here.
That is why the accomplishments recognized by the Lehigh Valley Business (LVB) 2017 Business of the Year awards are so vital to continued success of the regional economy, said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).
“We’re fortunate that 30 percent come in new to the market, but the far majority of our new jobs are being created by all of you,” Cunningham said at the awards ceremony, which was held at DeSales University on Dec. 5. “Thank you LVB for hosting this event, and thank you to all the businesses here for what you do.”
More than 250 people attended the sixth annual Business of the Year awards ceremony, for which LVEDC was a major sponsor.
The winners included Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. (Business of the Year, 100+ employees), Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley (Business of the Year, 25-100 employees), PPL Corporation (Corporate Citizen of the Year), and John Weidenhammer of the Weidenhammer company (Executive of the Year).
“I’m truly humbled to receive this recognition when I think of the many other executives who could be standing before you tonight,” said Weidenhammer, whose firm will celebrate 40 years in business next year. He expressed hope that his legacy will be to turn over his firm to his worthy staff members.
“I hope one of them in the future can stand in front of you as executive of the year,” he said.
The ceremony also honored three new inductees into the Lehigh Valley Business Hall of Fame: C.F. Martin IV of C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.; Robert Oster of Concannon Miller & Co. (retired), and Craig E. Poole of DoubleTree by Hilton.
“This is certainly a great honor for me, and very humbling personally,” Oster said.
“I’m honored,” Martin said. “I’ll keep up the good work.”
See below for a full list of all of the nominees in each category:
Business of the Year (1-24 employees)
Cohen, Feeley, Altemose and Rambo
Klunk & Millan Advertising
Sagefrog Marketing Group
The Anderson Group
Business of the Year (24-100 employees)
Beck Packaging Corp
Embassy Bank For The Lehigh Valley
Jerdon Construction Services LLC
Levan Machine & Truck Equipment
Suburban Testing Labs
Business of the Year (101+ employees)
Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.
Fraser Advanced Information Systems
Nazareth Pallet Co. Inc
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Corporate Citizen of the Year
Ideal Concepts, Inc.
Emerging Business of the Year
Fader Plugs, LLC
Good Life Advisors
Ryan Amato Painting
Strunk Media Group
Executive of the Year Award Winner
John Weidenhammer, Weidenhammer
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