President’s Message for August

“Celebrate Your Business!”

We’ve just celebrated our 150th anniversary, now it is time to celebrate YOU—our members!

It’s August, which means that the dog days of summer are upon us… a great time to sit back and relax, unless you’re part of the volunteer and staff team involved in our annual SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence). The teams are preparing to launch SAGE Applications next month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your application now!

Our SAGE Awards seek to capture some of the great stories behind our members’ accomplishments over the past year. Indeed, the most important aspect of this in my eyes is not the competition, but rather the chance to shine a light on all of the great things that are happening within our business community in Lackawanna County and throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

Judging is done by your fellow Chamber members, which really underscores the fact that this a community initiative. We’re always looking for volunteer judges, so please let us know if you’d like to participate!

Between outdoor picnics, dips in the pool, or rounds of golf – give some thought to promoting your business success this year and start thinking of your application!

Sheetz Breaks Ground at Mount Pleasant Corporate Center

From left: Cassandra Coleman, Governor’s Office; Kristin Magnotta, Senator Bob Casey’s Office; Bob Durkin, president, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Marianne Gilmartin, SLIBCO Board President; David Smith, Sheetz; William Courtright, Mayor of Scranton; Jerry Notarianni, Lackawanna County Commissioner; Brent Brubaker, Sheetz; Sam Marranca, RandMar Development ; Rose Randazzo, RandMar Development; and Larry West, Senator John Blake’s Office.

Randmar Development LLC, developer for Sheetz, broke ground on a 1.76-acre parcel of land at the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center, where it will join other tenants located in two medical office buildings owned by Geisinger

This parcel will be used for the construction of a brand-new, state-of-the-art Sheetz Convenience Store. Randmar purchased the parcel from SLIBCO, the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, the Chamber’s industrial development arm, for $900,000.

“The Chamber and SLIBCO leadership are pleased that Sheetz – a recognized leader in the commercial arena, has decided to grow their brand with the addition of a store in the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center within the heart of Scranton’s central business district,” said Chamber President Bob Durkin.

“This development will not only add to the appeal of the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center but will contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Scranton,” he continued. “We expect that these continued efforts will work in getting additional businesses, developers and investors to consider Scranton in their site selection processes.”

Leadership Lackawanna Hosts Celebration of Leadership

From left, front row: Eugene Munley, Alicia Wang, April Guse, Amanda Marchegiani, Logan Hansman, Amy Hnat, Amy Kelley and Allie Marroquin. Middle row: Linda Tregea, Christopher Krape, Michael Stremski, Christine Gabello, Sarah Mann, Robert Krukovitz, Jeff Cavanaugh, Jannette Moran, Kevin Brislin and Kim Fanning. Back row: Tara Priest Rhodes, Gary Howell, Carlyle Hicks, John Dean, Mark Barbernitz, Kim Rollman, Lisa Browning, Matthew Horvath, Elizabeth McGill, Terilynn Bretchel, Sara Dellecave, Mileise Sabbatini and Julie Bialkowski.

Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership development organization, recently hosted its Celebration of Leadership at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Celebration of Leadership paid tribute to Leadership Lackawanna’s history of visionary leadership success in northeastern Pennsylvania.  It also highlighted achievements from the past year and honored the participants in the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2018, as well as participants in the Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2018 is as follows:

Mark Barbernitz          Boys Scouts of America NEPA Council

Julie Bialkowski          Penn State Scranton

Mark Bonfiglio             NOTE Fragrances

Terilynn Brechtel         United Neighborhood Centers

Kevin Brislin                Lightspeed Technologies

Lisa Browning             Community Bank, NA

Jeff Cavanaugh          Office of State Sen. John Blake

John Dean                  AllOne Health Resources

Sara Dellecave           Penn Foster Career School

Kim Fanning                Sordoni Construction Services

Christine Gabello        Keystone Community Resources

Kayla Guilford             Lackawanna College

April Guse                   Bedrock Technology

Logan Hansman         Fidelity Bank

Carlyle Hicks              Keystone College

Amy Hnat                    Electric City Escape

Matthew Horvath        Tobyhanna Army Depot

Gary Howell                Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Amy Kelley                  FNCB Bank

Christopher Krape      Weiler Corporation

Rob Krukovitz             Benco Dental Co.

Sarah Mann                Barry Callebaut

Amanda Marchegiani Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Allie Marroquin            Lackawanna Susquehanna BH/ID/EI Program

Elizabeth McGill          Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Jannette Moran           Wells Fargo Bank

Gene Munley              Prudential Retirement

Matt Nied                    Penn State Scranton

Tara Priest Rhodes

Kim Rollman               TMG Health, A Cognizant Company

Bill Ruddy                   Tobyhanna Army Depot

Mileise Sabbatini         NET Credit Union

Mike Stremski             Reuther+Bowen

Linda Tregea               Benco Dental Co.

Alicia Wang                 Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

July 2018 President’s Message: Leaving a Legacy

To the more than 500 members who attended the Chamber’s 150th Anniversary Celebration last month, I thank you for your support and hope you enjoyed the extravaganza.

The program offered an overview of our history, current efforts and what is to come, all wrapped in unique and wonderful musical and dance performances that offered something for every taste.

For those of you who couldn’t make the event, this issue of Momentum will try to give you some highlights. (To be honest, it would be impossible to match the energy and excitement of that night.)

Another key aspect of the event was the incredible support we received from our sponsors. More than 70 members contributed in recognition of this milestone and their contributions will be used as investments in a special legacy. Proceeds from the event will be used to increase small business Internships, the “Educator in the Workplace” initiative and promotion of creative school-based programs designed to connect schools (secondary and higher education) to business and business to the schools. These efforts, to be coordinated through Skills in Scranton, seek to strengthen career pathways for students, address the workforce needs of our members, and enhance the opportunities for future generations to establish the Lackawanna Valley as the place to begin their professional careers.

Many thanks to all – volunteers, sponsors, performers, vendors and staff for making our 150th Anniversary a special experience.

Marie Beggin Joins Penn East Federal Credit Union

Marie Beggin has been hired as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Penn East Federal Credit Union. She has more than 25 years of commercial loan experience and most recently worked at Fidelity Bank in Dunmore as their Senior Risk Officer.

Brian Hillard Joins Sustainable Energy Fund


Brian Hillard has joined the team at Sustainable Energy Fund as a technical specialist. He will provide technical assistance to Sustainable Energy Fund’s finance team, which uses commercial loans, energy savings agreements and power purchase agreements to help energy users implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.