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.

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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

Michael Grimm

President and CEO

American Eagle Paper Mills

Michael Grimm has served as president and CEO of American Eagle Paper Mills since February 2013. He has worked in manufacturing for more than 25 years, primarily in the paper and automotive industries. Grimm attended Penn State during his undergrad, where he obtained a degree in industrial engineering. He went on to complete executive training at Harvard and The Wharton School of Business.

Prior to Grimm’s current role, he served in multiple executive positions. His most recently held role was a position with North American Communication as the executive vice president and general manager. He also served as the vice president and general manager, the vice president of global engineering and the vice president and CIO for Seton Company, an international manufacturer for automotive leather.

A native to Pennsylvania, Grimm was born and raised in Tyrone. He graduated from Tyrone Area High School and is a veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

“Having the opportunity to work for several years in various international roles,” Grimm said. “I have always said that some of the best people I have worked with are from this region. The work ethic and can-do mentality is a consistent trait for every type of employee, from the bottom to the top, that you run into here in Central Pa.”

Grimm currently lives in Duncansville, Pa. with his wife, Ieva, and two sons, Dylan and Jacob.

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