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

Jeannine Swisher


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.

Swisher Concrete is one of the few concrete block manufacturing companies owned by a women in Pennsylvania and is celebrating 27-years in business.

“I have strived to help other women through my experiences and encourage them to step outside of the box. The career I have at this point in my life has been very satisfying as I currently have 16 full time employees. In essence my workers to me have become an extended family,” she said.

Swisher is active in growing her area’s potential through community work.

“Our community like many others, grows through the people and their ideas to make this community prosper economically and culturally. My involvement in programs like “Habitat for Humanity” keeps me in touch with many community leaders giving me the knowledge of the continuing vision for our area,” she said.

Outside of work, Swisher loves being a mom and has been actively involved with her church and church family for over 30 years. Swisher finds peace in visiting her family in the southwestern part of the country, specifically northern Arizona.

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