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    2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Christopher Borton

    2018 President’s Milestone Achievement Award: Martz Group

    2018 Emerging Business of the Year Award: Building at 900 Rutter

    2018 Healthy Workplace Award: Peoples Security Bank & Trust

    2018 Charitable Organization of the Year Award: The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA

    2018 Legacy Business of the Year Award: Times Leader Media Group

    Welcome back to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s blog series, From the Intern Desk. Today, the blog will be featuring the last intern on staff. My name is Ashlee Harry and I am the Communications and Social Media Marketing intern.

    AJ Consultants is a leading executive search firm with the data, experience, and a proven success rate to achieve and sustain success by aligning themselves with the top talent in the industry. AJ Consultants was started in 2009 by co-founders and co-owners Adam Eckels and John Morris, who had years of prior experience in recruiting, specifically in the banking and finance sectors. The company grew quickly and organically, and, within the past five years, AJ Consultants has grown to a staff of ten people

    Welcome back to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s blog series, From the Intern Desk, written by Ashlee Harry. Today, we will be featuring another one of our fall interns. Samantha Midkiff is the Chamber’s Programs and Events intern.

    Welcome back to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s blog series, From the Intern Desk. Today, we will be featuring one of our fall interns. Emelee Toth is one of the Chamber’s Communications and Social Media interns.

    The Wilkes-Barre Connect Intern program will present a discussion panel titled "How to Post and Host a Successful Internship” on Wednesday, October 24th at 8 AM in the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center, located at 7 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. This panel will feature internship coordinators from several of our local universities and colleges to share their expertise on running a successful internship program. It will also be comprised of a representative from a local business currently running a successful

    The next individual at the chamber to be introduced is Ellie Bartoli. Ellie is a work experience student at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and has been for a year.

    Welcome to the first article in a series designed to help ensure you are maximizing your chamber benefits. For the first article, we thought it was fitting to talk about the Member Hub Portal – the point of access to all your online benefits and information. The Member Hub Portal can be accessed at www.wilkes-barre.org/login/.

    I am the final intern to be introduced for the summer blog series. My name is Katherine Lipski and I began thinking about completing an internship at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce back in October of 2017. The spring of 2018 would mark my final semester of college, and I knew I wanted to have real experience in my future field instead of taking classes to only fill up my requirement for credits.

    Our next intern to be introduced for our summer blog series is Alexa Rash. Alexa decided to look into interning with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce after working on a project about Wilkes-Barre’s T.H.I.N.K. Center during a college course.

    Trion Industries is a leading display fixture manufacturer with over 25,000 products and 127 patents worldwide. John Thalenfeld, President and CEO, has been working with Trion since the company’s original manufacturing factory in New York.

    The Tape Art Crew is transforming the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University with a temporary tape mural on the exterior brick wall of the Gallery. Community members can drop by anytime today until this Friday to see the mural evolve and talk to the artists. This Friday at 7:30 PM, be sure to see the completed mural from 5PM to 8PM at the 3rd Friday Art Block and join them for a community celebratory rip-down of the mural at 7:30 PM.

    Jump in the car for a Small Business Christmas in July adventure throughout the Greater Wyoming Valley! We will be making stops in Wilkes-Barre, Edwardsville, Kingston, Plains, and Mountain Top to discover local small businesses offering great deals on July 20th! The 3rd annual event is hosted by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Diamond City Partnership, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, and Art Block Wilkes-Barre.

    We will be kicking off our summer blog series by introducing our interns here at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has three summer interns, including myself, and all offer something new and exciting to the environment at the chamber. The first intern to be introduced is Ashlee Harry.

    Come one, come all to the Downtown Wilkes-Barre locations featured in the Small Business Christmas in July celebration! The 3rd annual event is hosted by The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Diamond City Partnership, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, and Art Block Wilkes-Barre. The Downtown Wilkes-Barre location takes you on an adventure that features great eats and fun creations along the way.

    The Family Business Alliance was developed 20 years ago by regional business owners. It is a member-driven organization that aims to enable local family businesses to maintain and grow a profitable business and successfully transfer management and ownership to the next generation.

    On November 8, 1918, a small group of concerned citizens met in downtown Wilkes-Barre at the request of a young, totally blind woman named Arline Phillips. Her mission was to help other “blind persons help themselves,” and so, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind was born.

    Alison Zurawski is the Community Relations Coordinator for Community Bank, N.A and has been with the bank for over seventeen years. She is responsible for supporting all thirty-two Community Bank, N.A. Pennsylvania branches in the coordination of internal and external initiatives. She also develops community and social outreach activities, while promoting the bank within the six counties in which they serve.

    Will Beekman joined the F.M. Kirby Center in April of 2010 and became Executive Director in January of 2014. As both a venue manager and talent buyer, Will has helped lead the F.M. Kirby Center into uncharted waters. The Wilkes-Barre venue currently ranks #104 on the list of Worldwide

    As Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Director, Kathleen Dunsmuir oversees the client’s team of wealth management professionals, striving to achieve the highest levels of client satisfaction. Her top priority is that the team not only meets, but also exceeds the client’s expectations. Through Dunsmuir’s leadership and commitment, she ensures that clients benefit from a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning, and private banking services to help them achieve their financial goals.

    I am Sabrina Olivo, a Strategic Communications major at the University of Scranton with a concentration in Public Relations. I am a rising senior at the university and the Communications Intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. I have been in delighted to bring our Chamber blog audience the Life of a GWB Chamber Intern series.

    Martz Group is a fifth generation, family owned and run company that began in 1908 as the White Transit company and was made up of just one flatbed truck with four rows of bench seats, driven by founder Frank Martz Sr.

    An innovative partnership between The Wright Center for Primary Care and Children’s Service Center has allowed these organizations to take a national model for integrated health services one step further within Children’s Service Center’s new outpatient clinic building, located at 335 South Franklin Street location in Wilkes-Barre.

    Mariah Curtis is the fourth Wilkes-Barre Connect intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, and the sixth highlight in the Life of a GWB Chamber Intern series. She is currently studying Marketing with an interest in Advertising at Wilkes University’s Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership.

    Fifteen years ago, William E. Vinsko Jr. Esquire started what is now Vinsko and Associates, P.C. in the basement of his home with one paralegal as his only staff member. Vinsko and Associates, P.C. has since grown to have offices in both Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia that are fully staffed, with three attorneys: Attorney William E. Vinsko, Jr., Esquire, Attorney Brian M. Vinsko, and Attorney Catherine Mihalick, Esquire, CTFA. They currently have clients across the Commonwealth of PA, as far west as

    Sara Biller is a senior at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the next highlight in the Life of a GWB Chamber Intern series. Sara is set to graduate this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing. She, like Alexa and Liz, is a Wilkes-Barre Connect Intern at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.

    Our fourth intern highlight features Alexa Webby. Alexa is a senior at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and is ready to graduate this May with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting. Alexa is one of the Wilkes-Barre Connect interns at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.

    Adam Ercolani is a junior at Misericordia University pursuing a Double Major in Business Administration and Management and a minor in English Literature. At the Chamber, Adam works as the Programs and Events/Business Development Intern.

    Our next star in the Life of a GWB Chamber Intern blog series is Elizabeth “Liz” Jensolowsky. Liz is a senior at Wilkes University. She is a Marketing major at the university and interns at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber as a Wilkes-Barre Connect Intern.

    This is the first installment of a new blog series Life of a GWB Chamber Intern, which will bring you into the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber through the eyes of its interns. To learn a little bit more about each of the Chamber’s current interns and their experiences, make sure that you don’t miss out on any posts!

    Since its start as a one office, eight agent company, Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc. has since grown into a market leader with 100 team members at six different offices located in Clarks Summit, Kingston, Mountain Top, Hazle Township, Wilkes-Barre and the Back Mountain.

    The apartments at Lexington Commons were “built to bring a new style of apartments to the Wyoming Valley. Our focus is to offer luxury living with all the conveniences of a home,” says Community Manager Jane Mainolfi.

    Wilkes University has recently become the only school within a two-hour range to offer both a major and a minor in Hospitality Leadership, a program that was developed to support the vibrant hospitality industry in our region.

    The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, in conjunction with Penn State Wilkes-Barre, are proud to present the Wilkes-Barre Connect Student Series: Break the Barre-ier. Made possible by the Invent Penn State Initiative, and developed by Penn State Wilkes-Barre students in their BA 321 class, the new series was designed by students for students, teaching beneficial entrepreneurial skills to emerging business professionals. The event series was the result of a class project challenge, which asked students to design

    While Tech42 has been providing high quality IT services to the NEPA region for the past eight years, their recent shift away from a break/fix model of business to focus on managed IT services has allowed them to better assist in the growth and development of their clients and their businesses.

    The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber would like to welcome seven of our area’s best and brightest students to our intern team! We would like to introduce Adam Ercolani, Alexa Webby, Caroline Jones, Elizabeth Jensolowsky, Mariah Curtis, Sabrina Olivo, and Sara Biller.

    We spoke with featured speaker Donna LaBar to learn more about her upcoming presentation, her areas of expertise, and her wellness journey. Donna LaBar is a certified Integrative Health Coach, author, and public speaker. Donna teaches individuals how to transform their health naturally with new ideas to reverse common health conditions and illnesses by supporting the body’s ability to heal.

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