Chamber Recognizes 2017 Hanover Business Awards

The Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Business Awards Ceremony on Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017 at Bay City Restaurant. The event was presented by APPI Energy.

Dr. John Sygielski and Shannon Harvey, HACC, pose with Dr. Chris Esgar, recipient of the Chamber Educator of the Year Award, along with Gary Laird, Chamber President.

In addition to naming Educators of the Year, Positive Action Award, Small Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year, the Chamber recognized Drew Derreth of the Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church as Past Chair of the Board; Dr. Barbara Rupp, past Superintendent of South Western School District, with the Community Leader Award; Dr. Chris Esgar, professor at HACC, with the Chamber Educator of the Year Award; Bert Elsner II of Elsner Engineering with the Chairman’s Award; and Dr. Maureen Thiec, past principal of Delone Catholic High School, for her many years of service to the community.

Bert Elsner II, Elsner Engineering Works, is presented with the Chairman’s Award by Gary Laird, President, Hanover Chamber.

Competitors from Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., winners of the 2016 Corporate Challenge, were again presented with the trophy for winning the 2017 competition in the competitive track. Clarks Americas took home the recreational track trophy for the second year in a row.

The Chamber recognized Member Anniversaries including:

5 years: Shultis Law, LLC; Sprint; LMS Commercial Real Estate; Wide Open Communications; William F. Ault Asphalt Paving & Sealing. LLC; Rotary Club of Hanover, PA; Hanover Apartments; WellSpan Health; Hanover Area Management Association; F & S Orthodontics and Periodontics; Buffalo Wild Wings; Pennsylvania Theatrical Arts by Brittany Stevens, LLC; Hanover Area Young Professionals; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; C & I Maintenance Solutions, LLC; Hospice & Community Care.

10 years: Washington Township; Big Mike’s Crab House & Grill; Holtz Family Chiropractic, LLC; Spring Grove Area School District; Furs by Susan; New Age Associates, Inc.; Czapp & Griffith Plumbing & Heating; Dutch Country Restaurant; Stronghold Floors; C. E. Williams Sons, Inc.; Riggle & Associates Wealth Management; York Adams Community Tennis Assoc.; Great Clips; Aloha Animal Hospital, LLC; DL3 Systems, LLC; Shippensburg University.

15 years: ROCK Commercial Real Estate; Organization Development & Training; Holiday Inn Express; Rumbaugh Insurance; The May Eye Care Center & Associates; W.C. Manufacturing Co., LLC; and EZToUse.Com.

25 years: Hanover Capital Management, Inc.; Roller Printing Co, LLC; Choice Health Care; Lester J. Sell Agency; CBY Systems; Smith Brothers, Inc.; Threefold Janitorial Services, Inc.; ASJ Emergency Restoration & Cleaning; C.S. Davidson, Inc.; PathStone Corporation.

50 years: ACNB Bank; Andrew R. Crooks, CPA; Hanover Hall Nursing and Rehab Center; Bell Insurance, Inc.; Menchey Music Service, Inc.; Miller Chemical & Fertilizer Corp.; SKF USA Inc.

60 years: CenturyLINK.

70 years: TAW Distribution; CAM Innovation, Inc.; C.A. Weber Agency, Inc.

80 years: Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc.; Swam Electric Co., Inc.; Elsner Engineering Works, Inc.

The 2017 Educators of the Year included Tyler Sieg, South Western School District; Marie Smith, Hanover Public School District; Candy Sneeringer, Delone Catholic High School; Nicole Harlacher, Spring Grove Area School District; David Bowman, Conewago Valley School District.

Andy Seebold, WellSpan Health (pictured right) presents the Positive Action Award to the Memory Care Ministry at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community.

Award sponsor Andy Seebold, Senior Director of Business Services for WellSpan Health, presented the Positive Action Award to the Memory Care Ministry at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community.  The Positive Action Award is given to an organization or business that positively contributes to meeting the needs of the Hanover region and works together with community members toward a cooperative vision that suggests ways to manage growth.

The Memory Care ministry at Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community enhances the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or another related disorder, as well as the lives of their families and caregivers within and outside the Cross Keys Village community.

Anyone can take advantage of the scope of guidance provided by the dedicated and knowledgeable Memory Care team, and there are no other organizations providing the Memory Care support to the community like Cross Keys Village.

Cross Keys Village along with Hanover Hospital (2016) and the Adams County Area Agency on Aging (2017) collaborated to offer the Early Stage Dementia Support Group. This 8-week support group is for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or another related dementia and their Care Partners, where they will connect with others who understand how they are feeling and are facing similar experiences. The Memory Care program also offers a handful of monthly support groups and social clubs for individuals who care for a loved one with dementia.

Julia Flynn, Northwest Bank, (pictured right) presents the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Keith D. Smith of Keith Smith Concrete Contractors.

Award sponsor Julia Flynn, Regional Vice President for Northwest Bank, presented the Entrepreneur of the Year award to Keith D. Smith, owner of Keith Smith Concrete Contractor, Inc.

The Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a member of the Hanover Chamber whose business has been locally established for at least two years.  The nominee’s business must be reputable, visible and show the effects of entrepreneurial skill in exemplary management and growth, and the nominee must be the individual responsible for the reputation that distinguishes the business among its competitors.

Keith Smith started his concrete construction business in 1994 with what few resources he could pull together from around him. Since then, Smith’s company has grown to 50 employees, with jobs ranging from small back patios to 1.2 million sq. ft. warehouses.

For Smith, the true profit of his business is always evolving, as is his influence among others.   Smith has very traditional values, and he projects those values onto his employees who he treats like family. He often opens his home to his employees, recognizes them and each of their successes, and involves them in opportunities they otherwise would never have. Aside from being their boss, Smith is their educator in work and in life.

Outside of his business, Smith is surely a friend of the community. He is involved in the Hanover Area and often helps his neighbors in whatever way he can. He is an individual who does his best to volunteer time and resources to people—and businesses—who are not as fortunate.

The Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Penn National Insurance, is presented to Brittany Stevens, owner of PA Theatrical Arts by Brittany Stevens.

Finally, Justine Trucksess, manager of Main Street Hanover, presented the Small Business of the Year award to Pennsylvania Theatrical Arts by Brittany Stevens on behalf of Penn National Insurance.

Small businesses, classified as those with no more than 40 full-time employees, play a crucial part in the economy and welfare of the Hanover community.  The Small Business of the Year is awarded to the business that best exemplifies sound principles of business success, personnel management, and community leadership and service.

Founded in 2011, Pennsylvania Theatrical Arts by Brittany Stevens (PATABS) has continually adapted and evolved to the needs of children in the arts within the Hanover community. With a family atmosphere and creative environment, PATABS provides programs that aim to develop children as a whole.

Brittany Stevens, owner and artistic director of PATABS, works hard to teach her students commitment and dedication to help them grow as artists and performers. Her studio has undergone significant growth and changes year after year, and she has consistently risen to the occasion of managing her increasing number of students and productions.

Stevens and her team at PATABS want every student to succeed. Because of this, PATABS and The Vault Theater Company, a downtown non-profit community theater program, offers free programs. They understand that everyone has a budget, but they don’t want that to hold students back from reaching their full potential through the arts. The students that participate in these free programs are exposed to professional work settings, professional performance settings, responsibility and dedication—all of which promote self-growth.

The Hanover Chamber would like to thank event sponsor, APPI Energy, and award sponsors: Penn National Insurance, WellSpan Health, Northwest Bank, and KLK School of Welding and Theory. Many thanks to Kevin Strack, Remembrances by Kevin, for event photography.

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