West Shore Chamber of Commerce

Nominate an Individual Today!

Our Annual Meeting & Dinner is a little over two months away and we are looking to you, our membership, for nominations for the four awards that are given out that night! Every year at this event we recognize our volunteers, elect incoming directors and celebrate another year of promoting economic development in Central PA. We are looking for nominations 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:
2018 – Scott P. Schultz, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
2017 – Jessica Hughes, Viscul Creative
2016 – Janet Bartelme, Legal Shield
2015 – Lita Heckler, Edible Arrangements
2014 – Don Gay, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union

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:
2018 – Tim Langletz, PA Landscape Group, Inc.
2017 – Kristel Zaring, Gift CPAs
2016 – Jennifer Buehler, Wells Fargo Advisors
2015 – Andrea Dietz, Urology of Central Pennsylvania
2014 – Paula Kostick, Classic Drycleaners and Laundromats

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:
2018 – Sarah Barr, Konhaus Print & Marketing
2017 – Jim Murdoch, James B. Murdoch Insurance Group Inc.
2016 – Chelsea Wurster, Quality Digital Office Technology
2015 – Steve Lubart, Smith Elliot Kearns & Company LLC
2014 – Lynn Stickler, Central Penn Business Journal

Business Achievement Award
The Business Achievement Award is given to an individual 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:
2018 – Art Campbell, Campbell Commercial Real Estate
2017 – Don Carter, Duke’s Bar & Grille Restaurant
2016 – Robert Marquette, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
2015 – RJ Harris, WHP580
2014 – Tracey Jones, Tremendous Life Books

Please send your nominations to wschamber@wschamber.org with the award you are nominating them for, their name and company. A survey will also be going out in the next couple of weeks asking for Nominations so keep an eye out for it! Questions? Contact the Chamber office at (717) 761-0702.