John Eltringham from HMK Insurance How to combat Worker's Compensation Abuse!

John Eltringham gave an insightful presentation on combating Workers Compensation Abuse.

Here are some Key Takeaways:

1. Develop policies to get the employee back to work as soon as possible in a light duty role.

2. Do your due diligence when hiring new employees, ask about workplace safety and injuries at prior jobs.

3. Install security cameras for review of workplace safety violations and opportunities for improvement.


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Executive Forum of The Lehigh Valley Appoints New Executive Board Members

February 2021 (Bethlehem PA) -The Executive forum of the Lehigh Valley (EFLV) announces the appointment of new executive board members in a unanimous vote.

jon blackScott Gingold will serve as President and will Chair the Executive Board and preside at all business meetings. Scott is the President and Chief Visionary Officer of Lehigh Valley Technology. Amongst his support of many charitable organizations, Scott is a volunteer for the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC).

jon blackDenise Grothouse will serve as Vice-President, acting as President in his absence, overseeing committees, expand public outreach and support the goals of the President. Denise is the Founder of Perfect Six Marketing, Director of Public Relations for the HeroPlex Foundation and is an active supporter of many charitable organizations in her community. Perfect Six has received numerous awards from the American Advertising Association and Denise was awarded the Women of Influence Award from Lehigh Valley Business.

jon blackDawn Davis will serve as Treasurer, responsible for financial reporting and all funds and disbursement of the EFLV. Dawn is the co-owner of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall, a woman owned company that earned an Excellence in Business award from the Chamber of Commerce, Dawn was additionally honored with Lehigh Valley Business, Women of Influence Award.

jon blackJon Black will continue to serve as Secretary, supervising the custody of records for the Forum. Jon Black is the General Manager of Morris Black & Sons, Inc, since 1908 Morris Black and Sons has grown into a diverse family business supplying specialty building products to businesses and homeowners in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. John serves on the board of SkillsUSA, and on the Board of Trustees for Alpha-Iota Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

jon blackKris Rooney will serve as the Member at Large, providing the voice of the members to the Executive Board. Kris is Operations Manager and Co-Franchisee of the Allentown Express Employment Professionals office. Express has received Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction award for six consecutive years and was recently named a Diamond Award winner.

About the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley:
The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley is a group of executives, entrepreneurs, and innovative leaders who share a commitment to quality, and an ethical environment in which to conduct business in Lehigh County and the surrounding region. Our members are experts in managing their industry, and the group provides a supportive framework for each business leader. Our structure improves members business perspective through peer advisory and company tours of local businesses. Our forum provides support each of each member with advice, business and employee referrals, and expert speakers on relevant topics. Each member retains a protected business category and is encouraged to participate in committees to improve the forum, the member experience, and community that surrounds us.

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Member Spotlight: Jeff Aster of Personal Security Solutions

Jeffrey P. Aster, began his law enforcement career just after graduating Basic and Advanced Training, enlisting in the US Army reserves, as a Combat Engineer. He attended the Police Academy in Philadelphia PA and was hired before graduation. He conducted patrol duties and criminal investigations until 1990, then was appointed to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and was assigned as a field agent in the narcotics bureau, initiating and conducting undercover drug investigations. In 1992 he was chosen to represent the Attorney Generals Office as a liaison, instructor, and squad leader for an elite school titled PA. Top Gun, an intense 60 plus hour in-depth drug investigation school that was adopted from New Jersey and made available to PA Law Enforcement officers. During his tenure at Top Gun, the staff guided and taught over 1,600 officers through that program, including, undercover operations, ethical use of confidential sources, and tactical entry techniques and procedures. 

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Creating a Captivating Presentation

steel clu executive forumThe Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley met again both in-person and virtually on November 18th, 2020 at the Steel Club in Hellertown over breakfast beginning at 7:30 am.

Julie Breter from Lutron Electronics presented on the do's and don'ts of creating a captivating presentation. She included best practices and tips to capture an audience's attention and shared real-life examples of good and bad presentations.


Election Implications on the Economy, Markets, and Investments Discussed

Coming off a wild election night with no certainty as to the clear winner of the U.S. Presidential race, Ken MacKenzie of Stifel presented a video on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, about the implications of the two potential outcomes. Ken introduced the below video which the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley watched and later discussed.

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