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

Dr. Christopher M. Reber

President

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC)

Dr. Christopher M. Reber has devoted his entire 37-year career to higher education. He is currently president of the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) in Monaca, Pa., where he has led new initiatives in support of a student-focused learning environment, enrollment management, partnership opportunities and a culture of planning, assessment and improvement. Reber, like the rest of the region, is focused on ensuring that the community realize the potential of the coming Shell plant.

“With the advent of Shell Chemicals decision to proceed with the construction and operation of a $7 billion ethane cracker plant in Monaca, the community has recognized that all of our region’s leadership, talents and assets must be fully aligned and promoted in order to realize the potential for unprecedented outcomes in economic development and quality of life,” Reber said. “Education and workforce development are integral to realizing our region’s vision for a renaissance of opportunity.”

Reber’s career also includes 18 years at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, where he served on the senior management team in Penn State Erie’s equivalent of two vice presidencies: chief development, university relations and alumni relations officer during a successful $50 million capital campaign; and chief student affairs officer during a period of significant college growth.

Reber holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a post- graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Reber lives in Ellwood City, Pa., with his partner, Kerry Stetler.

He is the father of two children: Jonathan, age 20, and Katherine, age 18.

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