TOP 100 PEOPLE 2019

Every year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities. This has been a record year for nominations, reflecting the rich diversity of our local business community. We want to thank our readers, our local business and chamber officials for their input and support. On […]

Pennsylvania’s Nursing Crisis

Staffing, Not Supply, is the Problem

Dangerously low staffing levels among nurses are putting Pennsylvania’s patients at risk every day. According to experts in Pennsylvania’s healthcare industry, the lack of bedside care in local hospitals is not due to a statewide shortage; rather, healthcare workplace issues and leadership challenges are pushing an increasing number of Central Pennsylvania’s nurses out of patient care. There is no lack […]

Elmer C. Laslo

President & CEO 1st Summit Bank Elmer C. Laslo has had a long career in banking and began his career as a bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Since 1977, under his leadership, 1st Summit Bank has grown from $17 million in assets to over $1 billion. In 2016, the Financial Management Consultant Report recognized […]

Fred Imler II

Partner Imler’s Poultry Fred Imler II is a partner of Imler’s Poultry, a family-owned business operating in the fourth, fifth and sixth generations. Imler, the fifth generation, began working for his father, the fourth, at a young age, learning the skills he needed to succeed in the business, and under his leadership, the company and those who work for him […]

James Troha

President Juniata College James Troha is the president of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and says he is extremely lucky to work in his dream job. He says he is blessed to lead an educational community that truly cares about making a difference in the world. As president, his focus is on student success and growth, something he feels Juniata […]

Suzanne T. Stopper

Senior Vice President for Finance/CFO Pennsylvania College of Technology Suzanne Stopper is the senior vice president for finance and CFO for the Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is responsible for the overall planning and administration of all financial matters for the college. A Lycoming College graduate and a certified public accountant, Stopper began her career in public accounting, working in […]

Thomas R Harley, R.A., AIA

President Thomas R Harley Architects, LLC and UpStreet Architects Inc. Thomas R. Harley is the president of Harley Architects, LLC, and UpStreet Architects, Inc. He received his BA from North Dakota State and a Master of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. Harley founded his independent practice in 1984, and later partnered with Karen Welsh to create UpStreet Architects in 1994. […]

Kelly L Blake

Market CEO Select Specialty Hosptial – Johnstown Kelly Blake is the market CEO for the Johnstown and Laurel Highlands Critical Illness Recovery Hospitals. Blake is an RN by professional background and graduated from Conemaugh School of Nursing before obtaining a BS in nursing, an MBA and a doctorate in nursing practice. Her nursing background consists of emergency and pre-hospital, critical […]

Karen L. Welsh, R.A., AIA

President UpStreet Architects, Inc. Karen L. Welsh is one of the founding principals and president of UpStreet Architects, Inc., a registered Women Business Enterprise. UpStreet Architects’ team has been serving the architectural needs of the commonwealth and adjacent states and is celebrating its 25th year in business. In 2017, Welsh made an investment in the local economy by expanding into […]

Joel Myers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer AccuWeather Joel Myers is the founder and CEO of AccuWeather, one of the largest and fastest-growing weather media companies, as well as a global leader in weather-related big data, business and predictive analytics. Myers has been considered by some as the “father of modern commercial meteorology” and the nation’s most respected authority on the business […]