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

Randy L. Frye

Founding Dean of the School of Business

Saint Francis University

Dr. Randy L. Frye is the founding dean of the school of business, director of the graduate school of business and human resource management and professor of management at Saint Francis University. He received a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MA in human resource management and industrial relations from Saint Francis University and an Ed.D in administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

As a professor, Frye has won several major teaching awards including the prestigious Dr. John Green Excellence in Business Education award granted by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in 2013. This award recognizes the top business educator among its 250 member colleges scattered throughout the world.

When he is not teaching, Frye serves on the board of directors for three large nonprofit organizations. He writes and presents on customer service, strategic marketing, human resource management, business program review and accreditation, leadership, and educational outcomes assessment.

In his spare time, Frye enjoys reading, traveling, racquetball, basketball, swimming and golf.

Randy and his wife, Barbara, reside with their youngest child and dog in Johnstown. They also have two adult sons.

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