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letter from the editor
Kermit the Frog, who was
voiced by his creator Jim Henson,
once sang:
"It's not that easy bein' green
Having to spend each day the
color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer
bein' red or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful
like that."
Henson did not live to see
the COVID-19 pandemic that
is currently gripping our nation
and world. But if he had, I think
he would've changed his tune on
it being nicer being red or yellow. The red phase brought our local
economy to a halt. Through no fault of their own, thousands lost their
jobs. Those of us lucky enough to still be employed worked from home
while homeschooling, or in my case, wrangling a three-year-old. The
yellow phase felt much like the red phase. Little seemed to change in
that many businesses were still closed, and the ones that were open
were hindered by limitations and restrictions.
And the green phase, well, here I still sit at home writing this,
so things have not progressed that much. I have ventured out a bit
more - outside dining and to our swimming pool. I've even started
coaching gymnastics again, albeit with a mask and strict sanitation
protocols. I find it hot, stuffy and uncomfortable. Helping kids flip
through the air in those conditions is certainly not ideal, but I gladly
do it to protect myself and others.
All of this made me wonder how our member businesses were handling this new phase. So, I reached out to a few from different industry
sectors about what going green has been like for them. Spoiler alert:
It has not been easy, but each business is continuing to find new and
innovative ways to serve their customers. The businesses are establishing
best practices and pivoting when necessary. Many have upped their
digital presence, which will serve them well even after this pandemic
is just a distant memory.
Also, in this edition, you will learn more about the Rebuild Berks
initiative. GRCA has partnered with the County of Berks to launch a
multifaceted marketing campaign to encourage Berks County residents
to shop local and source local. This initiative includes oodles of FREE
training opportunities and information on current grant programs,
both of which are great tools to help navigate this phase.
It's sure not easy being in the green phase, but I think that even
Henson would agree, it beats being yellow or red.

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Please note: GRCA will use the most current information available to
determine whether events and training will be held virtually or in-person.

Board of Directors

GreaterReading.org

2020 Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Board
Brian Levan, President, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment
Christina L. Weeber, CFO, East Penn Mfg. Co., Inc.
Daniel R. Langdon (Chairman), Retired - President, East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
David C. Roland, Market President, Berks/Schuylkill/Northern Montgomery , BB&T
Ernest J. Choquette, Chairman, President & CEO, Stevens & Lee
Gregg Bogia, President, Bogia Engineering, Inc.
Jamey Maack, President, Industrial Metal Plating
Jeffrey R. Rush (Treasurer), Senior Executive Vice President, Fulton Bank
Jim Gerlach, President & CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
John H. Gallen, Jr., President, EthoSource, LLC
John P. Weidenhammer, President, Weidenhammer Systems, Inc.
Mark Schlott, Executive VP of Operations/Chief Operating Officer, R.M. Palmer Company
Michael Duff Esq. (Secretary), SVP, Government Relations & CCO, Penske Truck Leasing
Michele L. Richards, Director of Treasury Sales, Fulton Bank
Peter Rye, President, Brentwood Industries, Inc.
Richard L. Bashore, Retired - President, Reading Electric Motor Service, Inc.
Sara Kuzma-Stump, Director, Sales & Marketing, Suburban Testing Labs, Inc.
Timothy D. Romig, Market President, Pennsylvania & New Jersey, Customers Bank
Robery F. Firely Jr. (Vice Chair), CAO, CFO, TRIOSE, Inc.

2020 Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce Board
Andrea Funk, Vice President - Finance, Enersys
Andrew Bachert, General Manager, Raser Industries
Becky A. Eshbach, Director-Marketing Programs & Strategy, UGI Utilities, Inc.
Robert Harrop, Vice President - Personnel, East Penn Manufacturing Company
Brian Levan, President, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment
Dawn J. Anuszkiewicz, COO, Reading Hospital
Dr. Jill Hackman, Executive Director, BCIU
Dr. Khalid Mumin, Superintendent, Reading School District
Dr. Rudy Ruth, Executive Director, Holleran Center, Community & Global Engagement
Alvernia University
Gregg Bogia, President, Bogia Engineering, Inc.
Ira Tauber, President, Triose, Inc.
Jennifer C. Rivera, Manager, External Affairs, Met-Ed, A FirstEnergy Company
Jim Gerlach, President & CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, Owner/Manager, Mi Casa Su Casa
John Woodward, President, Third & Spruce Café, Inc
John H. Gallen, Jr., President, EthoSource, LLC
John P. Weidenhammer, President, Weidenhammer Systems, Inc.
Josephina Encarnacion, Director-Latino Business Resource Center & Human Resources
SBDC - Kutztown University
Laura Haffner (Treasurer), Region Bank President, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Lindsay Crist, Director of Community Development, Reading Public Museum
Lucy Cortez, Vice President-Community Lending, Community First Fund
Marilu Rodriguez-Bauer, Owner, RB Legal Counsel, LLC
Mark Schlott, Executive VP of Operations/Chief Operating Officer, R. M. Palmer Company
Michele L. Richards (Vice Chairman), Director of Treasury Sales, Fulton Bank
Peter Rye (Chairman), President, Brentwood Industries, Inc.
Robert F Firely, CAO, CFO, TRIOSE, Inc.
Ryan Redner, President & CEO, Redner's Markets
Sara Kuzma-Stump, Director, Sales & Marketing, Suburban Testing Labs, Inc.
Timothy Dietrich, Managing Partner, Barley Snyder, LLC.
Tracy Hoffmann, CEO, Hoffmann Publishing

2020 Greater Berks Development Fund Board
Bruce G. Smith, Senior Vice President, Fulton Bank
Christina L. Weeber, CFO, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Clint Matthews, President & CEO, Tower Health System
Daniel R. Langdon (Chairman), Retired - President/CEO, East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc
David C. Roland, Market President, Berks/Schuylkill/Northern Montgomery, BB&T
David Shaffer, President, CEO, EnerSys
Edward J. Swoyer, Jr. (President), President, Greater Berks Development Fund
Ernest J. Choquette (Vice Chairman), Chairman, President & CEO, Stevens & Lee
Jim Gerlach, President & CEO, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Jamey Maack, President, Industrial Metal Plating
Jeffrey R. Rush (VP/Treasurer/Secretary), Senior Executive Vice President, Fulton Bank
Joseph Butto, Senior Vice President, Mid-Penn Bank
Joseph J. Sigle, Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Commercial Banking Marketing Head,
Santander Bank
Linda L. Moss, President, MetEd/A FirstEnergy Company
Michael Duff Esq. (Secretary), SVP, Government Relations & CCO, Penske Truck Leasing
P. Michael Ehlerman, Chairman (Retired), Yuasa Battery, Inc
Richard L Bashore, Retired - President, Reading Electric Motor Service, Inc.
Scott Gruber, President & CEO, Tompkins VIST Bank
Susan D. Looney, President Reading Area Community College
Timothy D. Romig, Market President Pennsylvania & New Jersey Market, Customers Bank
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