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.

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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Christine Gildea

Director of Marketing and Community Relations

J.C. Blair Health System

Christine Gildea has been the director of marketing and community relations at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital for nearly 20 years, directing overall marketing and media relations, community health initiatives, physician recruitment and the volunteer program.

Since 1997, Gildea has helped to facilitate partnerships and other types of collaborations that have enabled J.C. Blair to strengthen its relationship with the community, which she believes is currently on the right path for growth.

“I’ve always said Huntingdon is in the middle of everywhere AND nowhere and, for that, has the best of both worlds! We are within 2-3 hours of several major metropolitan areas and all that they offer, while we enjoy the quality of life a rural community has to offer – beautiful landscapes, little traffic, low cost, low crime, great schools, a small college, amazing outdoor recreation and very interesting people,” she said.

Gildea earned her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration at Penn State and master’s degree in public relations at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.

She is currently the facilitator for Huntingdon County’s Health Communities PartnerSHIP and serves on the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau Board as Secretary and Marketing Committee member, as well as the Huntingdon County Comprehensive Plan steering committee, PEP (Partners in Economic Progress) marketing committee, the Huntingdon Rotary Club & Program committee, the Huntingdon Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee, the United Way Affiliated Agency Committee and the Hospital & Healthcare Association of PA South Central Community Health Needs Assessment Work Group.

Married with four children in Alexandria, Christine enjoys running, knitting and home restoration projects.

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