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LVEDC Concludes Second Series of Executive Video Interviews

By Colin McEvoy on November 12, 2021

LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham interviews Shelly McWilliams, President of Lehigh Valley Plastics, in one of seven videos from the most recent series.

The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) has concluded its second series of video interviews highlighting recently-appointed corporate leaders at some of the largest and most prestigious companies and employers in the Lehigh Valley.

Over the past two months, LVEDC has been releasing new interviews with seven leaders from Lehigh Valley companies, including Mack Trucks, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, PPL Electric Utilities, and Victaulic.

This is the second set of executive video interviews LVEDC has released. Last year, the organization had released 10 interviews from the inaugural series, which was so well-received that LVEDC had decided to produce and release additional videos.

“There has been a record number of new and exciting leaders taking over major employers here in the Lehigh Valley,” said LVEDC President & CEO Don Cunningham, who conducted the interviews.

“We’ve had nothing short of about 18 new leaders take the helm at large employers across the region,” Cunningham said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic still limiting our ability to gather in person, we saw this video series as a way to help safely introduce these new executives to the Lehigh Valley community at large.”

The video series began in September and concluded this month, with new videos released weekly on LVEDC’s Facebook page, and were made available for later viewing on the LVEDC website and YouTube channel.

The series was so well-received that LVEDC is exploring plans to produce a third series of video interviews, Cunningham said. He also expressed his gratitude for the sponsors who supported the executive interview series, without whom the interviews would not have been possible.

Sponsors for the series include presenting sponsor Lehigh Valley Health Network; premier sponsor Capital BlueCross; gold sponsor Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba; event sponsors Boyle Construction, Klunk & Millan Advertising, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, interview sponsor Victaulic, and production sponsor Countess Communications.

The series is being recorded and produced by Countess Communications, a Lehigh Valley video and media firm. There were no in-person audience for the interviews, which adhered to public health and social distancing standards.

The videos from the executive interview series can be viewed below:

Gunnar Brunius, Vice President & General Manager Lehigh Valley Operations of Mack Trucks

Rick Bucher, Chief Executive Officer of Victaulic

Shelly McWilliams, President of Lehigh Valley Plastics

Steph Raymond, President of PPL Electric Utilities

Sarah Santos, President of Cigars International

Julien Sauvagnargues, President of Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Angelo Valetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Interviews from the first series of videos last year can still be viewed on the LVEDC website or YouTube channel. It included executives and new leaders from such companies as B. Braun Medical, BB&T now Truist, Capital BlueCross, Crayola, and PPL Corp., among others.

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