The West Shore Chamber of Commerce gives away awards at three annual events throughout the year. Our Annual Meeting held in December, Annual Luminary Awards held in August, and our Business & Industry Night held in October. The specific award information and qualifications are listed below for each event.
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Luncheon is a meeting where the Chamber recognizes its volunteers, elects incoming directors and celebrates another year of promoting economic development on the West Shore. Nominations are sent out annually every October for the following awards.
The George C. Hoopy Award
In memory of the late Mr. George C. Hoopy, this award is presented to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce member who has demonstrated a commitment to the organization through committee activity, attendance at Chamber functions and promotion of the Chamber. Mr. Hoopy was a founding member of the West Shore Businessmen’s Association, later incorporated into the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. He served as Chamber Chairman in 1963 and remained an active member of the Legislative and Nominating Committees until his passing on July 12, 2007.
Former Award Recipients:
2016 – Janet Bartelme, Legal Shield
2015 – Lita Heckler, Edible Arrangements
2014 – Don Gay, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union
2013 – Sam Jones, Lamar Advertising
2012 – Tom McKee, Buehler Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
2011 – Jennifer L. Buehler, Buehler Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
2010 – Andrea Dietz, Urology of Central PA
2009 – Charles “Chick” Zoll, Don Jacobs Insurance Services Inc.
2008 – Kerwin Stetler,Pyramid Construction Services. Inc.
2007 – William H. DeVore, Jr., (Retired) integra Print & Image
2006 – Gary Nalbandian, Metro Bank and NAI/CIR
2005 – H. Larry Roberts, (Retired) West Shore EMS
2004 – David S. Bihl, CFP, Blue Ridge Planning Services
The Les Ginanni Business & Community Connection Award
The recipient of the Les Ginanni Business & Community Connection Award is the West Shore Chamber member who has continuously contributed to the community through his or her business and on a personal level. First presented to the late Mr. Les Ginanni, president of Shaull Equipment and Supply Company, the award was named in his memory as a tribute to his exemplary community service throughout central Pennsylvania. Mr. Ginanni was Chairman of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce from 1982-83,1987-88, and 1988-89. A vigilant community advocate, he was active in the YMCA, the United Way, Goodwill, Boy Scouts of America and hospital drives. As Chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Dinner of Champions, he raised over three million dollars.
Former Award Recipients:
2016 – Jennifer Buehler, Wells Fargo Advsors
2015 – Andrea Dietz, Urology of Central Pennsylvania
2014 – Paula Kostick, Classic Drycleaners and Laundromats
2013 – Holly Laufer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
2012 – Melissa Konhaus, Konhaus Marketing & Communications
2011 – Judith A. Walter, Zimmerman’s Automotive Service, Inc.
2010 – Larry Bashore, Edwin L. Heim Company
2009 – Donna Davidson, Special Olympics Area M
2008 – Frederick Lovelace, The VitalLink Consulting Agency
2007 – Leighann Moll and Joseph Maurer, Momentum Fitness Center
2006 – R. Furman “Buff” Hawley, (Deceased) PNC Bank
2005 – Leonard W. Sorenson, (Deceased) Highland Gardens
2004 – Susan D. Staub, Pennsylvanians for Right to Work
Edward M. Messner Inspiring Business Award
The Edward M. Messner Inspiring Business Award was created from the Chamber’s Marketing & Public Relations Committee’s desire to recognize Chamber members that live the Chamber’s brand – Inspiring Business. The Board of Directors approved the addition of this prestigious Chamber award in 2005. The award was recently renamed in 2013 after Edward M. Messner, former President & CEO of the West Shore Chamber for over 40 years. The award winner is a Chamber member who provides active and continuous inspiration for business interaction and growth, who freely shares opinions about business issues, who creates effective relationships and partnerships, achieves personal and organizational growth through Chamber partnerships and is a catalyst for a new generation of business and business professionals.
Former Award Recipients:
2016 – Chelsea Wurster, Quality Digital Office Technology
2015 – Steve Lubart, Smith Elliot Kearns & Company LLC
2014 – Lynn Stickler, Central Penn Business Journal
2013 – Charles “Chick” Zoll, Don Jacobs Insurance Services Inc.
2012 – Jason Holland, Travel Simplicity
2011 – Chris Frampton, Frampton Kimmel Group
2010 – Omar Shute, Cumberland County Economic Development
2009 – Robert Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRworks Inc.
2008 – William H. DeVore, (Retired) integra Print & Image
2007 – Rhonda Hebbard, Hooplas Etc.
2006 – Eve, Maeva Design
2005 – Desiree Woof, Sass Salon & Day Spa
Business Achievement Award
The Business Achievement Award is given to an individual or individuals who, through creativity, perseverance, and education has: developed a successful enterprise; whose efforts has created jobs, products and opportunities; whose high moral and ethical values has set a standard of excellence in the marketplace; and whose dynamic leadership has thrust central Pennsylvania into economic prominence.
Former Award Recipients:
2016 – Robert Marquette, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
2015 – RJ Harris, WHP580
2014 – Tracey Jones, Tremendous Life Books
2013 – Larry Bashore, Edwin L. Heim Company
2012 – Mark Butler, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet
2011 – Salvatore Fazzolari, Harsco
2009 – Klare Sunderland, Sun Motor Cars Automotive Group
2008 – Robert Ortenzio, Select Medical Corporation
2007 – Mary Sammons, Rite Aid Corp.
2001 – Dale High, High Associates, Ltd.
2000 – Ed Arnold, Arnold Logistics
The Annual Luminary Awards Luncheon highlights all nominees and awards two business women nominated by their peers. A donation will be made to a Chamber nonprofit member of the award recipients’ choice in their honor.
The two highly respected award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding character, commitment, professional achievement, stellar performance, and attitude. Nominations are sent out every year in April for the following two awards.
Visionary Luminary Award
Holds an executive leadership position
Demonstrated community leadership
Contributes to the success of women of any age
Facilitates team building through her vision and leadership
Shining Star Luminary Award
Holds a non-executive position
Volunteers within the community
Seeks to continually improve themselves both professionally and personally
Strong team player
Business & Industry Night is the Chamber’s largest event of the year, and is the area’s longest-running themed trade show. This event is an excellent guide to exploring the latest offerings of area businesses. Designed to showcase West Shore Chamber members’ products and services in a fun atmosphere, Business & Industry Night provides area businesses maximum exposure to the region’s business community. The following awards are given out the evening of the event.
Best Sales Approach
A panel of secret judges will select the booth whose staff best captivates attendees with superb sales techniques.
Best Use of Theme
A panel of secret judges will select the booth that best incorporates each year’s theme into their booth.
Best in Show
All attendees will vote for their favorite booth. Votes will be turned in and tallied at the West Shore Chamber booth.