SVN | Imperial Realty
Integrity, diligence and empathy are the most important values to have when conducting business, according to Hawley. She has been a real estate broker for more than 25 years.
“Over the years, the properties that I have sold or leased have resulted in thousands of jobs for people in our region,” she said.
Hawley tries to walk at least 3 miles a day.
“It’s a great way to stay mentally and physically healthy,” she said.
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Hawkinson began his tenure as the 12th president of Kutztown University in 2015.
Since then, he has established 53 initiatives for the institution focusing on areas such as academic excellence, enrollment management and student success and expanding educational opportunity and access.
Hawkinson was provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University. Before that, he served Western Illinois for four years as associate provost and associate vice president for budget, planning and personnel. Previously, he was associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and chair of the department of communication.
Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation
Zukas has worked in the economic development field since January 1979, when he took on the role of industrial commissioner with the Greater Pottsville Industrial Development Corporation (GPIDC) — the predecessor organization to SEDCO.
He also serves as the executive director to the Schuylkill County Industrial Development Authority (SCIDA) and provides marketing support and administrative services to the Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprise (TIDE).
Michael Wayne Hawkins
Founder & CEO
Hawkins strives to ensure that everyone at Netizen, a cybersecurity company, shares a common vision and works consistently towards the strategic goals set across the entire organization.
“I founded Netizen with little else but my personal savings and grew it into one of the nation’s most admired companies,” he said. “It has been named Business of the Year, Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Best Workplace, Fastest Growing and more by renowned regional and national publications. We have also been recognized as an industry leader by government agencies, elected representatives and private organizations around the country.”
Hawkins said the right people accelerate success; the wrong ones smother it.
“Attributes I’ve learned to seek out in others include a commitment to continuous learning; ability to innovate, adapt and overcome challenges; a stable temperament under pressure; the determination to face problems head on by not running away or giving up when the going gets tough; unwavering integrity and a superior work ethic.
Hawkins loves learning-based activities such as travel, history, the outdoors, aerospace, coding and reading. He is currently earning his pilot’s license, a dream he has had since age 14.
President & COO
Concannon Miller & Co. PC
Witman joined Concannon Miller in 2013. His specialties include operations, customer service, sales and marketing, outsourcing, personnel and human resources, finance and business succession and planning.
“Don’t be afraid to change what needs to change – nor to stand firm for what should not change,” he said.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from York College.
He serves on the board of directors for the Lancaster Bible College Corporation. He enjoys spending time with his family.
Spillman Farmer Architects
Harrigan joined Spillman Farmer Architects in 1983 and was named a principal in 1990. He is one of the firm’s lead master planners and has provided management leadership for limited-scope streetscape studies to full-scale campus master plans across the country.
He has also led many of the firm’s award-winning athletic facilities projects including Messiah College’s Sollenberger Sports Center, King’s College Scandlon Gymnasium and Muhlenberg College Life Sports Center.
In college, Harrigan won a bronze medal in swimming in the 1976 Olympics after winning a gold medal at the 1975 Pan-American Games.
He enjoys renovating attics and basements and likes science fiction books and movies.
John P. Weidenhammer
Weidenhammer is proud of having started a business in a challenging industry focused on digital computer experience and having it survive for 43 years. He handles executive management of the firm working on strategy, acquisitions and client experience.
“Remember to say thank you a lot and be truly considerate of the needs of the people you love,” he said.
He enjoys helping nonprofits prosper and succeed in their missions.
Harakal focuses on giving Whitehall Township staff the assets they need to do their jobs to create a healthier, happier and safer community. He has held his post since April 10, 2018. He also served as mayor from 1984 to 1992.
He is most proud of buying the Whitehall Parkway to stop a regional landfill and getting a bonus purchase of the Ironton Rail Trail.
A life lesson he holds dear: “Most people have a good heart. Sometimes you have to help them feel safe enough to let it shine.”
He enjoys spending time with family and friends and ensuring he is always ready to climb a mountain, paddle a canoe or walk on a new path.
John N. Vanarthos
Norris McLaughlin P.A.
Vanarthos concentrates his practice on business law, mergers and acquisitions and international law.
His mergers and acquisitions experience includes several transactions representing both buyers and sellers of flavor and fragrance companies. He also has experience handling deals in the pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, chemical and health care industries.
He advises several high-tech companies in technology licensing, information management and product development.
President & CEO
Tompkins VIST Bank
Gruber has served as president and CEO since 2013.
“I joined VIST with the mission to build a true community bank,” he said. “Thanks to the dedication of our team members, especially in the face of recent challenges, I’m proud that we have built a culture of commitment to that goal.”
The last year has proven to Gruber the importance of looking beyond fear to understand others’ needs.
“By putting ourselves in our customers’ shoes, our staff has become more compassionate, responsive and communicative, which has strengthened our relationships,” he said.
Gruber loves his Harley-Davidson. He enjoys the freedom and camaraderie of riding and seeing the beauty of the country on a bike.
R. Scott Unger
Allentown Economic Development Corporation
Unger has led the Allentown Economic Development Corporation for more than a decade.
Three projects he is proud of include the PPL hockey arena and hotel complex, Bridgeworks Industrial Center and Bridgeworks Enterprise Center.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from West Virginia University.
John F “Jack” Gross
Gross McGinley LLP
Gross counsels businesses of all sizes on general corporate matters, real estate, intellectual property and advertising matters. He has experience in various industries including manufacturing, doctors and medical practices, media and publishing, restaurants and nonprofits.
He teaches as an adjunct instructor in the communications department at Muhlenberg College. He is also a faculty member for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.