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

Philip K. Miles III

Shareholder Attorney

McQuaide Blasko, Inc.

Philip K. Miles III is a full-time attorney and shareholder with McQuaide Blasko. He practices in the firm’s litigation and labor and employment law practice groups. As an employment lawyer, he assists in all types of employment litigation cases ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment compensation. He also helps employers in drafting employee handbooks, confirming compliance with existing laws and regulations and avoiding litigation.

From arguing in public court hearings and presenting legal seminars to teaching classes in front of 80-plus students as a professor of undergraduate and graduate employment law at Penn State, Miles is a well-seasoned public speaker. This crucial skill hasn’t always been easy for him, though, and is something he struggled with early on in his career.

“When I was younger, I avoided public speaking like the plague. Even speaking in school was terrifying for me,” said Miles. “The only way to improve and conquer my fear was to just get out there and do it.”

Miles went on to embrace speaking opportunities throughout law school and is now a confident public speaker. Not only is he comfortable speaking in public but is also the author of Lawffice Space, an employment law blog that the ABA Journal recognized as one of the top 100 law blogs in the country.

In his spare time, Miles enjoys serving his community. As a member and former president of the State College Sunrise Rotary Club, he exemplifies Rotary’s motto “service above self.” He strives to match the talents of the people in his community to the needs of local service organizations through “increased networking and communication.” He also serves on the board of directors for both Leadership Centre County and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

Philip currently resides in State College with his wife, Sharon, and two young children, Cosette and Philip.

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