Year after year, it has been Pennsylvania Business Central’s honor to celebrate the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned through failures and successes how to develop both their organizations and communities.

To gain insight into how these industry leaders have learned through experience, we asked each one to name a mistake they have made in the past and how they have learned from it. How each selectee reacted to the mistakes in the past reveals how important real-life experience is to developing both the acumen and wherewithal to make it in business. It is our hope that after reading the profiles, you will realize that people are not defined by their mistakes nearly as much as by their ability to recover and learn from them.

To see how they would like to apply their expertise to their community, we asked each selectee what they believe the hidden potential of their community is and how they will help to realize it. Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working communities and we believe that the Commonwealth will continue to grow with the leadership exemplified in this edition.

Our editorial team once again had hundreds of nominations to select from to form this year’s list. Narrowing the total number of nominees down to 100 proved to be as difficult as ever.

Wehopethatthefinallistrepresents corporations and organizations large and small while also covering every region of our readership. Readers will see that whether you are a small tech company in Centre County or a paper manufacturer in Lewistown, there are always ways to excel in your field and help your community grow.

Now that this latest edition of Top 100 People is finalized, Pennsylvania Business Central is moving on to finalizing the list of Top 100 Organizations, which will be published in February.

January 27, 2017 RSS feed / Top 100 People

Robert J. Eyer

President Wessel & Company More...

Randy L. Frye

Founding Dean of the School of Business  Saint Francis University   More...

Rose Cameron

Director of Innovation Strategy  Penn State University   More...

Jeannine Swisher

President  Swisher Concrete Products   As a high school graduate, Jeannine Swisher never realized that someday she would own her own company in a predominantly male industry.  More...

Greg Smith

President & CEO  PSECU   More...

Amanda J. Lavis, M.B.A., Esq.

Partner Rhoads & Sinon LLP More...

Barry Surma

Director Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center More...

Brad Lawton

President, Agent, CIC  Lawton Insurance Agency Inc.   More...

Robert (Bob) Aleksivich

Co-Owner and VP of Engineering  Vision Quality Components, Inc.   More...

Edward Tubbs

Director of Operations  Hospitality Asset Management Company, Inc.   Edward Tubbs is the director of operations for Hospitality Asset Management Company, Inc. More...

Mike Gaetano

President  The Hartman Group   More...

Steven C. Sliver

President and CEO  Mutual Benefit Group   Steven C. Sliver, president and CEO of Mutual Benefit Group, has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. More...

Kelli Ruiz

Executive Director  United Homeowners of Pennsylvania and PHA Wellness Foundation   More...

Mark Barnhart

Owner and CEO  NPC, Inc.   More...

Michael Grimm

President and CEO  American Eagle Paper Mills   More...

Elizabeth A. Dupuis

Attorney/Shareholder  Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.   More...

Thomas P. Foley

President  Mount Aloysius College   More...

Kenton Stuck

Founder and CEO  In Home Services of Central Pa.   Kenton Stuck founded state-licensed home care agency In Home Services of Central Pa., an agency that serves the needs of senior citizens.  More...

John M. Bonislawski, Jr.

President and CEO  Homeland Manufacturing Services, Inc.   More...

Brian J. Bluth

Partner  McCormick Law Firm   After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Brian Bluth joined McCormick Law Firm in 2001; becoming a partner in 2009.  More...

Claudia Williams

Chief Frientorship Officer and Founder  The Human Zone LLC   More...

Frederick E. Raco, Jr.

President and CEO  RNDT, Inc.   After attending the University of Pittsburgh 1982, Fred Raco Jr. More...

David Feinberg, M.D., MBA

President and CEO  Geisinger Health System   Dr. David T. Feinberg is president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest health services organizations known for reinventing medical care.  More...

Sandra L. Dunkel

Owner and Executive Director  Care At Home   More...

Carmen Germana

Owner  Carmen’s Wholesale Tires   More...

Christine Gildea

Director of Marketing and Community Relations  J.C. Blair Health System   More...

G. Greg Gunn

Managing Partner  Gunn-Mowery, LLC   More...

Daniel J. Weaver

President and Executive Director  PIOGA (Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association)   More...

Philip K. Miles III

Shareholder Attorney  McQuaide Blasko, Inc.   More...

Joseph B. Bower, Jr.

President and CEO  CNB Bank   More...

Edward J. Sheehan, Jr.

President and CEO  Concurrent Technologies Corporation   Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., has been the President of Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) since 2008 and its CEO since 2009. More...

Jennifer A. Roseman

Chief & EVP, Military and Veteran Programs  VetAdvisor/Three Wire Systems, LLC   More...

Jenny Barron Landis

Executive Director  Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau   More...

Judy Loy

CEO and Advisor  Nestlerode & Loy, Inc.   Judy Loy is the CEO and advisor for Nestlerode & Loy, Inc., a title she has held since 2008. She started working at Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. More...

William Polacek

CEO  JWF Industries   More...

Michelle Rassler

CEO  Laurel View Village   More...

Teresa Irvin McCurdy

President and CEO  TD Connections, Inc.   More...

Matt Paonessa

Founder and CEO  JMG Services   More...

Lisa A. Myers

Principal  Boyer & Ritter, LLC.   Lisa A. Myers is a principal at Boyer & Ritter, LLC. More...

Larry Allison Jr.

President  Allison Crane and Rigging   When Larry Allison Jr. became president of Allison Crane and Rigging in 1996 he joined a long family line of leaders in construction.  More...

David Stern

Owner, President and CEO  Paris Companies   More...

Bob Selfridge

Founder and CEO  TMMData   More...

Jerry Murray

President  UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial   Jerry Murray is president at UPMC Altoona and UPMC Bedford Memorial hospitals. More...

David Spigelmyer

President  Marcellus Shale Coalition   David J. Spigelmyer is president of the Pittsburgh based Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), the region’s largest shale development trade association.  More...

Ryan Kieta

Principal  Real Design, Inc.   More...

Donald Chapman

President Nittany Paper Mills After graduating from Elizabethtown College, Don Chapman joined Scott Paper Company as a salesman in New York City. More...

Barbara E. Harer

School Director South Hills School of Business & Technology Lewistown Campus Barb Harer has been a school director at branch campuses of South Hills School of Business and Technology since July 2002. More...

Chuck “C. J.” Betters

CEO C.J. Betters Enterprises, Inc. Chuck Betters is the CEO of C.J. Betters Enterprises Inc., the largest real estate development company in Beaver County. More...

William P. Hayes

Chairman, President and CEO  Kish Bank   William P. Hayes is the chairman, president and CEO of Kish Bank and its parent company, Kish Bancorp, Inc.; he has been with Kish Bank since 1977.  More...

Adam Houseknecht

President Best Line Equipment Prior to his 11 years working at Best Line, Adam Houseknecht began his career gaining valuable equipment industry expertise with several years of experience in sales and marketing at Ingersoll Rand and Bosch Rexroth. More...

Debra Dellaposta

President & CEO  Doing Better Business, Inc.   Debra Dellaposta is the president and CEO of WPS Office Solutions and Doing Better Business, Inc., two local family-owned and operated technology businesses.  More...

Bellamarie Bregar

Executive Director  Acres Project   Bella Bregar grew up in a large Italian Family in Skaneateles, New York. From the time she was eight years old, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. More...

Eric Cummings

Managing Member  The Cummings Law Firm, LLC.   Eric Cummings is the managing member for The Cummings Law Firm, LLC. where he strives every day to provide the best service for his clients.  More...

Richard Wilson

Administratorn  Arbutus Park Retirement Community   More...

Barbara Hauge, RLA, ASLA

Landscape Architect  UpStreet Architects, Inc.   More...

Vincent J. Delie, Jr.

President and CEO  First National Bank Corporation and First National Bank   More...

Leah Spangler

CEO  The Learning Lamp and Ignite Education Solutions   More...

Michael A. Fiore

President and CEO Leonard S. Fiore, Inc. Michael A. Fiore recently took on the role of president and CEO of Leonard S. Fiore, Inc., a family-owned construction company out of Altoona, Pa. He has worked for the company full-time since 1982. More...

Todd Brice

President and CEO  S&T Bancorp, Inc.   Todd Brice is president and CEO of S&T Bancorp, Inc. and serves as a member of their board of directors. More...

Susan Hartman

CEO  HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital   More...

Thomas W. Orr

Manager  Young, Oakes, Brown & CO P.C.   More...

Steven P. Johnson

President  UPMC Susquehanna   Steven P. Johnson has served as president and CEO of UPMC Susquehanna, formerly known as Susquehanna Health, since 2004. More...

Elmer C. Laslo

President and CEO  1st Summit Bank   Under Elmer Laslo’s leadership for the past 39 years, 1st Summit Bank has grown from a $17 million to a $1 billion institution with 16 banking offices located in Cambria, Blair, Somerset, Indiana a More...

Denny Cisney Jr.

President and Co-Owner  Cisney & O’Donnell Builders and Remodelers   Denny Cisney has been a part of his family construction business for over 26 years.  More...

Patricia Husic

President and CEO  Centric Bank and Centric Financial Corp.   More...

Nick Gilson

CEO  Gilson Skis & Boards   More...

Kendra Aucker

President and CEO  Evangelical Community Hospital   Kendra Aucker was appointed president and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital in July 2015 after previously serving the hospital as executive vice president and COO.  More...

Michael Hruska

President and CEO  Problem Solutions, LLC   More...

Daniel Klingerman

Owner  Liberty Group   More...

Ethan Wendle

President and CEO  DiamondBack Truck Covers   More...

George L Sidney, Jr.

President and COO  McLanahan Corporation   More...

Dr. Christopher M. Reber

President  Community College of Beaver County (CCBC)   More...

Nino Vella

President and CEO  New Pig   Nino Vella was appointed president and CEO of New Pig Corporation in 1990. Previously, he served as chief financial officer for four years. More...

Erick Lauber

Faculty/President  IUP/Life Framing Inc.   More...

Evan J Strittmatter

President Indiana Vac LLC More...

Joe DelGrosso

President  DelGrosso Foods   Joe DelGrosso is a lifelong resident of Blair County, and a second- generation member of the DelGrosso Amusement Park and DelGrosso Foods Family, where he began work at a young age. More...

James A. Troha

President  Juniata College   More...

Jem Spectar

President  University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown   More...

Rebecca Matsco

Chairwoman, Board of Supervisors  Potter Township, Beaver County   A Michigan native, Rebecca Matsco has lived in Pennsylvania for nearly 30 years. More...

Julie Kreger

Branch Manager and Officer  Somerset Trust Company   More...

Joanne Ludwikowski

Partner  McCormick Law Firm   Joanne Ludwikowski moved to Williamsport and joined McCormick Law Firm in 1990.  More...

Jane Sheffield

Executive Director  Allegheny Ridge Corporation   More...

Jordan Gwinn

Director of Operations  Disobedient Spirits Craft Distillery   More...

Gregory J. Sipos

Senior Vice President/ Investment Real Estate Group Manager  First Commonwealth Bank   More...

Joel Myers

Founder, Chairman, President  AccuWeather   Dr. Joel N. Myers is the founder, chairman, and president of AccuWeather, headquartered in State College. More...

Stephen McKnight

President and CEO  The Altoona Blair County Development Corporation   More...

Michael J. Bibak

President and CEO  CBT Bank   Michael J. Bibak is the president and CEO of CBT Bank, a position he has held since 2015.  More...

J.D. Fleming

Owner  Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms LLC   J.D. Fleming is a second generation Christmas tree farmer who, along with his wife Cindy, operates Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms in Indiana County, Pa.  More...

Scott Woods

President  West Arete   More...

Gregory F. Krug

President  Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc.   Gregory Krug has guided Lampire Biological Laboratories, Inc.’s growth and development since its inception in 1977. More...

Ann Benzel

President Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc. Ann Benzel currently serves as president of Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc. a fourth generation family business in operation since 1911. More...

Neil Sharkey

Vice President for Research  Penn State   More...

Randy Rosetti

Vice President and COO Paris Healthcare Linen Services, Division of Paris Companies More...

Diane M. Tokarsky

Chair McNees Wallace - The Construction and Procurement Law Group More...

Bryan Wolcott

Head Coach Restek Corporation More...

George “Scoop” Sample

President and CEO Sample News Group More...

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