News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
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.
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.
The redevelopment of Allentown, led by Executive Forum member City Center Lehigh Valley, was recognized globally by Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence. Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include three located in Asia, two in Europe, and 20 in North America.
“Each of these finalists demonstrates a thoughtful, innovative approach to urban development that is adding to the sustainability and livability of the communities in which they are located,” said Global Awards Jury Chairman Wendy Rowden, president, 42nd Street Development Corp., New York City. “The attention paid to project detail, flexible design, and neighborhood context were among the factors making these entries stand out. They represent the type of development that will withstand the tests of time and change.”
The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley has always prided itself in having quality members. “The caliber of the businesses who are members in the Executive Forum is really what makes our group so great,” says Sandy Kuhns, president of K&H Custom Window Treatments and also president of the Executive Forum’s board. The business community also thinks that Executive Forum members are special too. Recently, several members won Lehigh Valley Business’s prestigious 40 under 40 award, and now two Executive Forum members have been named to a list of the fastest growing companies in the region for 2017.
Express Employment Professionals and TWG Security were two of the companies comprised the list of 45 organizations “identified as the region's most dynamic that have made significant contributions to the local economy,” according to Lehigh Valley Business.To be eligible, companies had to be for profit-entities based in the Greater Lehigh Valley. They must have had annual revenue of at least $500,000 each of the past three years and an increase in revenue in 2016 when compared to 2014.
Express Employment Professionals, located in Allentown, is a leading staffing provider in the region. TWG Security, based in Emmaus, specializes in the design, installation, & monitoring of HD Surveillance & Analytics Systems.
To view the full list of recognized companies click here.
Lehigh Valley Executive Forum member Beck Packaging was recently given an honorable mention for its community involvement.
Beck Packaging Corp. Employers received honorable mention for their community involvement by the Manufacturers and Employers Association. The Northeast Pennsylvania division of MAEA hosts an annual Excellence Awards to the companies and professionals that deserve them most in several categories.
“We strive to put the greatest in our community and will volunteer our time to help in what we can. We are always looking out for opportunities to be involved with our community” states President and CEO Greg Stoudt. Investment in the community is just one of many ways Beck Packaging and their employee owners demonstrate their commitment to be a good corporate citizen.