News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
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."
The Forum does not just consist of 40 members but 40 leaders with the values of providing encouragement, dedication, accountability, and being a solid resource to one another. Forum meetings are intended to be concise, informative and resourceful.
The Executive Forum is seeking to continue its growth, methodically adding high quality members. Forum leadership has always espoused the “quality over quantity” philosophy. When Forum members encounter potential future Forum members these considerations should be kept in mind:
• Focus on speaking to the decision maker for the business.
• Invite prospect to a meeting which is held at the Sands.
• Direct them to our website.
• Reach out to someone on the Membership Committee to let them know who you are inviting.
• Send the potential candidate the application.
• The membership committee will meet and discuss the new candidate, schedule a meeting with them and have an approval or denial within a month.
Members are reminded to check the website for upcoming events, and they have the ability to pay dues online. Also, there will be some changes with our LinkedIn page and the addition of a discussion group to help make it easier for members to communicate between meetings about pressing issues. Lastly, this year’s opening election in September are for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and member at large.
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.
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.
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.
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.