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The official newsletter of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce

"We Mean Business"

2012

Filling up Fast! Register Now For Expo At Clearview Mall INSIDE
President’s Message Page 2 Member News Page 3 Chair’s Message Page 3 Board of Directors Page 4 & 7 Calendar Pages 5-6 Holiday Gathering Page 8 Leadership 2012 Page 9
oin us for the 10th Annual ‘Health, Wealth, Wellness & More’ Business Expo on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Clearview Mall, Center Court. This event, brought to you by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Clearview Mall, is open to area businesses and organizations. The event begins on Friday from Noon to 6:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors receive one 8-foot covered table and two chairs and electricity is available (limited access) upon request. Butler Armco Employees Credit Union, Butler County Family YMCA, Butler Eagle and Butler Health System are generously sponsoring this year’s event. Scheduled before Valentine’s Day, this expo is very popular with the local business community. Vendors experience great business-to-business networking as well as the opportunity to take advantage of the Clearview Mall’s already built-in ‘shopper traffic’. Plus, as an added bonus, all vendors are permitted to sell merchandise during the event! To register, simply complete and send back the registration flyer included in this month’s issue of The Leading Edge, or contact the Chamber office directly at 724.283.2222.

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he Board of Directors of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce would like to remind you of two “members only” benefits through Affiliated Power Purchasers International and Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance. Affiliated Power Purchasers International, LLC (APPI Energy) is pleased to offer members the Energy Savings Program, a chamber benefit that reduces and manages energy and utility expenses. Affiliated Power Purchasers International, LLC, an independent energy and utility consulting firm, provides consulting services to thousands of businesses around the country. Companies benefit by using APPI Energy’s energy procurement expertise and utility audit experience to reduce operating expenses immediately and over the long-term. To learn more, visit APPI’s website at www.appienergy.com or contact them at 800.520.6685. With rising healthcare costs, the Chamber’s Board of Directors has examined our current insurance program and has decided to sign on with Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance (PCI). PCI is committed to providing members of the Butler County Chamber with a full menu of solutions to choose the best medical program for their business. For more detailed information on PCI, call 800.755.3021. Both APPI Energy and PCI are programs that have been in operation and endorsed by the PA Chamber and other Chambers of Commerce in Pennsylvania for many years.

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Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE BOARD Joe Taylor Armstrong Tammy Schuey Butler Eagle Brian McCafferty KENMAC Rental & Sales Aubrey Hulings Farmers National Bank Board Chair 1st Vice Chair 2
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be. ~ Jack Welch his January I want to remember what we have accomplished together as the best business organization not only in Butler County, but also in the region.

The leadership of an innovative and active Board of Directors has been the impetus for our growth and stature in the community. Involvement by interested and generous members has been the medium for our achieving our goals and for initiating new events and programs beneficial to all of us. Our first necessity is financial stability, and this we attain through sponsorships, contributions and efficient fiscal management. We then establish and strengthen our image, positioning ourselves as the first resource for Butler County businesses. We need to be the place to contact, the group to network with and the organization that has the answers and the connections. An aggressive agenda of networking events such as the Meet-N- Move Luncheons, Friday Morning Coffee Club, joint regional mixers and a wide variety of social events accomplish this. Recognizing that an informed and educated business community will be stronger and more effective, our Board continues an aggressive schedule of educational seminars and professional skills training. By providing first class avenues for knowledge and business skills, we elevate our organization to new heights. Through our numerous partnership activities with Butler County Community College and Slippery Rock University, we have expanded member benefits to new heights. Our Legislative Action Committee has became the “go to” group for business opinion on numerous issues. A new rapport exists with local, state and federal legislators providing an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperative interaction. Collaboration has been one of our main accomplishments, as our Chamber realizes that we do not exist in an isolated bubble. Our activities intertwine with numerous other organizations, and our expertise is not only respected, but can serve as a valuable resource to accomplish regional goals. Our affiliate program is the mainstay of this belief, as we continue to administer and assist Leadership Butler County, Butler Downtown, New Visions for Butler and the Slippery Rock Business Association. Our affiliation with the Butler Human Resource Association has provided unique opportunity to our membership. Collaboration on another level has been achieved through our efforts both legislatively and community based in partnership with the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Community Development Corporation of Butler County and the United Way of Butler County. As a member of the PA Chamber of Business & Industry and the Allegheny Conference, we are kept in numerous “loops” to inform and involve our membership. We recognized that the new generation of leaders still does not feel completely integrated into the business community. To remedy this need, we promote and support the Butler County Young Professionals as an affiliate organization, and their strength is now not only in numbers but also in activity and recognition. Quickly becoming the group to know, associate with and contact, the hard working board maintains an agenda full of fun, information and volunteering. Stability has always been one of our major assets, having been established in 1896 and offering uninterrupted service to the Butler County business community through diverse times. Our Celebrate Business Annual Dinner has become the showcase for business recognition and networking. Activities such as our Golf Outings, Expo at the Clearview Mall and Employee Appreciation Luncheon are mainstay events for the business community and have become an integral part of their business “lives”. Our alliance with the Penn State Master Gardeners of Butler County has proven to be an advantage to both organizations as we coordinate the Spring Garden Market & Home Show. Many milestones have passed, and our longevity is evidence of our accomplishments and stature in the community. We continue to expand our partnerships regionally, giving our membership the opportunity to network and “mix” with a very broad base of area businesses. I encourage you to stay involved and to encourage those who are not to become involved. Your ideas, comments and input are invaluable and as any successful business knows, we need to continue to grow - more team members, more players, more expertise, more discipline and more hard work. As the leading business organization in Butler County, our job continues to be to look into the future. Let’s never settle for being what we are, but continue to work towards making ourselves what we should be. Thank you for continuing your trust and investment in our Chamber and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Dr. Nicholas Neupauer Past Chair Butler County Community College BOARD OF DIRECTORS Karen Brackett NexTier Bank Dr. Edward Bucha Slippery Rock University Cecelia Buechele Foster Community Health Clinic of Butler County Dino Capestrani Concordia Visiting Nurses Elisabeth Howard Sommers C.W. Howard Insurance Agency Robi Lombardo First Energy Corporation Brett Ligo Ligo Architects Janice Pakozdi-Luffy Bear Metallurgical Co. Ken Raybuck CDC of Butler County Stephanie Roskovski Butler Health System Lyric Schnur Hefron-Tillotson, Inc. Daniel Swartz ESB Bank Dean Weiland Friedman’s Freshmarkets Jen Whitmoyer Sandler Training Affilate Organizations: Butler County Young Professionals Mike Lysakowski Butler Downtown Butler Human Resources Association Friday Morning Coffee Club Leadership Butler County New Visions for Butler Slippery Rock Business Association

professional staff
Stan Kosciuszko ..............................Ext. 23
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Jennifer Monaco..............................Ext. 21
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A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR – JOE TAylOR
Happy New Year to All! It is with humble pride I accept the Chair of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. I have resided in Butler County for about 10 years, and have quickly learned the value of Chamber membership. The Butler County Chamber is a “can do” organization with superior professional leadership. In my role with Armstrong I come in daily contact with Chamber members. The enthusiastic efforts of 0ur Chamber is known throughout the County and beyond. We should all take pride in Butler County’s recent designation as the 6th fastest growing county in employment. This recent report from the US Bureau of Labor is one recognition of our vibrant business community. Butler County means many things to many people—our slogan “We Mean Business” could not better exemplify our Chamber. Whether educational seminars, our business and wellness Seminars, Leadership Butler County or social gatherings—the energy of our Chamber is apparent. Upon any new adventure, a plan or roadmap needs to be defined. I am committed to working with our Board to create an environment in which our Chamber can continue to flourish. My personal challenge in the coming year is to grow our Chamber’s membership. As a goal, I challenge our group to add 50 or new members in 2012. Our community experienced some sadness in 2011, the loss of Becky Smith. Becky’s direction and achievement as leader of Butler Downtown should be our guide as we move forward. We should all honor Becky’s memory with good deeds and support of our Butler Downtown group. Butler Downtown is an affiliate of our Chamber, and thus its growth is critical to our wider success. In closing, I thank each of our members for their support and active participation.

AREA WINERIES HIGHLIGHTED AT FESTIVAL Radio Station WISR Hosts Sixth Annual Wine Festival
f you thought you had to travel to the Sonoma Valley for the taste of great wine, think again. WISR 680-AM’s sixth annual Butler County Wine Festival, sponsored by WISR, Kerven Subaru and Gillece Transmissions, is serving up a variety of wine from eight area wineries and vineyards on Saturday, January 28, and the community is invited to sample fruits from the local vines. The festival offers two sessions for wine connoisseurs and connoisseurs-in-training to sip wine and talk to winery representatives about their products. Session I runs from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Session II runs from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The festival will be held again this year at the Butler Days Inn on Route 8, just minutes south of downtown Butler. This year’s event gives attendees the chance to sample and purchase wine from area wineries including Foxburg Wine Cellars; Greenhouse, Volant Mill, Oak Spring, Wilhelm, Starr Hill, and Deer Creek Wineries; as well as The Winery at Wilcox. Each winery will have a variety of selections and will offer those interested a taste of their finest. In addition to the wineries, attendees will be treated to a wide array of appetizers and music, as well as other vendors from the business community. All attendees-who must be 21 years and older- will receive a customized event wine glass while supplies last. Tickets for the Butler County Wine Festival are available for $15 presale at the WISR Studio or online at www.insidebutlercounty.com. Tickets the day of the event will be $18. The Butler County Wine Festival was created in 2007 as a way to highlight the local wine industry. Attendance and participation in the event has steadily grown and promoters expect this year to be the biggest yet. For more information on the Butler County Wine Festival, visit insidebutlercounty.com or call 724.283.1500.
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Happy New Year!
I hope you and your family had a great holiday season. As we move into 2012, I wish to thank all of you for your support during my year as Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. I believe it was a successful 12 months, but only because of you – our members. As my friend, Joe Taylor, takes over as Chair, I ask that you provide him with similar support. In turn, Joe and the entire Chamber Board will be certain to improve on our stellar accomplishments as well as our Past Presidents and Chairs. We are blessed to have our dedicated (overworked) staff. Stan and Jennifer, thanks for all you do. Keep up the great work. Here’s to a prosperous New Year! Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer, President Butler County Community College Past Chair, Butler County Chamber of Commerce

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The Butler County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the following business professionals who have been elected to represent the chamber membership for the 2012 year. In addition, representatives from affiliate groups of the Chamber are also appointed to the Board. As their Board terms end, special thanks are extended to Brenda Lemmon, John Brautigam, Glenn Miller and Sherry Kyne for their years of service and dedication to our organization. Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2012 Karen Brackett Karen L. Brackett is the Vice President, Preferred Corporate Services at NexTier Bank where she has been employed since 1991. She is also licensed in life, health, accidental and disability insurances. Karen is a member of the President’s Club, Sandler Training Institute and an associate member of the RMA Pittsburgh Chapter. Nominated for both the S. J. Irvine Award and the Community Involvement Award, she was ranked as one of the top three sales people and manages sales training for NexTier. Karen has played an active role with St. Barnabas Charities, participated in the Relay for Life, and has been a volunteer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Karen is partowner of a contract machining company in Center Township and resides in Franklin Township with her husband and two children. Dr. Ed Bucha Dr. Bucha is the Executive Director of the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., where he has been employed since 1984. Edward received his BA from Duquesne University, his MA from Point Park College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He belongs to the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education, the Association of Governing Boards and numerous other professional organizations. Dr. Bucha is actively involved in the SRU Diversity and Inclusion Team, the Strategic Planning Trend Committee and the Institutional Assessment Committee. Cecilia Buechele-Foster Cecilia Buechele-Foster, M.S., is Executive Director for the Community Health Clinic of Butler County. Ms. Foster has extensive career and volunteer experience in the Mental Health and Social Services field as well as Business Management/Development and Volunteer Management. She has been affiliated with a number of organizations over the years as a volunteer, Board Member, consultant or employee including The Lighthouse, Salvation Army, Renfrew Flood Relief Center, Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center, Irene Stacy Community Health Center, Head-Start and PARC Production. Foster also serves as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Mental Health Association and as Chairperson for Butler Memorial Hospital’s Caring Angel Program. In addition, she is a member of Women United of Butler County and the Legislative/ Economic Committee for THE CHAMBER. Foster’s education includes a B.S. in Mental Retardation/Special Education and a Masters of Science in Habilitative Services from Clarion University. She lives in Allison Park and has one daughter, Katie, who is a sophomore at Duquesne University in the physician assistant program. Dino Capestrani Mr. Capestrani began his career in Butler as owner of Advertising Concepts, a full service-advertising agency, along with his wife and partner, Lynn Capestrani, in 1981. In 2006, Advertising Concepts became Proforma Advertising Concepts. Dino has served the community for more than 30 years on the Public Relations and Membership Committees of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce as well as the International Management Council, Butler Chapter and Toastmasters International. He also served as Chairman of the Board for Concordia Lutheran Ministries, Chairperson of Concordia’s long-range Planning Committee, Board Member for the Eastern District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and served on the committee for the LCMS Synodical Convention in 2010. In 2002, Concordia Lutheran Ministries hired Dino as Director of Public Relations and Development and in 2008 he became Director of Marketing for Concordia Home and Community Service. Capestrani’s education includes a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and coursework in leadership, marketing management, strategic planning, and finance from the University of Pittsburgh and

Covey Management and Leadership Studies. Dino is an Alumnus of Leadership Butler County. Elisabeth Howard Sommers Elisabeth Howard Sommers is the office manager at C.W. Howard Insurance Agency in Butler, PA. Along with her brother, Jeff Howard, she is part of the third generation working in this family-owned business. Graduating with honors from Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Elisabeth began her career as a critical care nurse at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. After the sudden loss of her father in 2003, Elisabeth decided to dedicate herself to the insurance agency. During this time, Elisabeth has obtained her Certified Insurance Service Representative and Certified Insurance Counselor designations. Elisabeth is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Butler County and serves as a Director on their board, and is active with the Butler County Young Professionals. She resides in Butler Township with her husband, Larry, and is a dedicated mother to her two children, Alice and David. Aubery Hulings - Treasurer Aubery Hulings is Vice President & Operations Manager for Farmers National Bank of Emlenton. She has been part of the Farmers National Bank organization for eleven years and was previously Regional Manager of the Bank’s West Region. Ms. Hulings holds a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Associates Degree in Legal Business Studies from Clarion University of PA. She is a 2009 honors graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA) School of Banking, 2008 Leadership Butler County graduate, Board Chair of the Butler County Young Professionals and Executive Board member of Moraine Trails Council. Brett Ligo Brett Ligo is an Associate Architect with Ligo Architects located in Slippery Rock. Brett has worked with his father Lee in that office for 17 years. The Architectural practice includes work throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Brett graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986 and attended Mercersburg Academy and Slippery Rock University. Brett was a participant in the first year of the Leadership Butler County Program. He is currently the President of the Butler County Historic Society and has served on the March of Dimes, Endowment for Butler County, and Butler Township UCC Boards. He resides in Butler Township with his wife Cynthia and their son Hunter. Robi Lombardo Robi Lombardo is External Affairs Manager for First Energy Corporation where he has been employed since 1998. His territory includes Butler, Beaver, Armstrong, Clarion and Allegheny Counties where he interfaces with elected officials, media, communication, non-profit organizations and community service. During his career at FirstEnergy, Robi has supervised credit / collections, served as account manager for commercial / industrial customers and also sold contracts in the deregulated market. Robi graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Marketing / Management. He, his wife Carla and their daughter Alexa reside in Cranberry Township. Outside of FirstEnergy Robi is the Head Girls Basketball coach at Seneca Valley High School. Brian McCafferty – 2nd Vice Chair Brian McCafferty is a second-generation small business owner of KENMAC Rentals & Sales. He has served as a volunteer for over 10 years in youth ministry at First United Methodist Church. In 1999 he received the Youth Worker of the Year award from the Western PA chapter of FAYM. Brian is Past Chair of the Board of Butler Downtown, where he remains actively involved. He and his wife of 30 years, Ruth, have two daughters who are both married, and two grandchildren. His hobbies include running marathons and road biking. Dr. Nicholas Neupauer – Immediate Past Chair Dr. Nicholas C. Neupauer is President of Butler County Community College. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at BC3 from 2004-2007, as well as Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences from 1999-2004. Prior to his career at BC3, Dr. Neupauer was chair of the Communication Department at Marist College and held

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positions at West Virginia University, Bethany College and Geneva College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University, a Master of Science from Clarion University and a Doctorate of Education from West Virginia University. Under his leadership, BC3 has grown into a regional institution of higher learning with its Main Campus in Butler Township and sites in Cranberry Township, Union Township (Lawrence County) and Hermitage (Mercer County). Enrollment has grown over 20 percent during his time as President. In addition to his role on the Chamber Board of Directors, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Corporation of Butler County and the Community Health Clinic of Butler County as well as being a member of the Butler P.M. Rotary Club. Residing in Slippery Rock, Dr. Neupauer is married to Tamatha. They are the proud parents of Paige, 16, and Meredith, 14. Janice Pakozdi-Luffy Janice Pakozdi-Luffy has over 24 years of experience in the accounting/finance and management field and holds a Certification in Management Accounting. She currently serves as Controller and Treasurer of Bear Metallurgical Company. Ms. Pakozdi-Luffy is a Board member of several local non-profit organizations including Butler Health System Foundation, Center for Community Resources (CCR), and Community Development Corporation (CDC). She also serves on the Finance Committees of the CDC and CCR. Janice is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and served on the Butler Area School District Local Tax Commission and Leadership Butler County Board. She has a Lean Manufacturing Mastery Certificate and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Grove City College. Janice also holds a Cosmetology License. She shares her Butler Township home with husband, Marty, and cat, Peanut, and enjoys gardening, sports, exercising, visiting spas and cookie baking at Christmas time. Ken Raybuck Ken Raybuck is the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of Butler County (CDC). Prior to his position with the CDC, Mr. Raybuck served as an Industry Partnership Coordinator for Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, as District Manager for Huntington Bank in New Castle, PA, and as the Area Bank President of National City Bank in Butler, PA. Ken holds a Bachelors of Science from the College of Business Administration, Penn State University, and graduated with honors from the School for Bank Administration in Madison, WI. Raybuck is a former board member and president of the Butler County CDC, former board member of Boy Scouts and Tri-County PIC and participated in fundraising activities for the Butler YMCA during the 1995 Capital Campaign. Stephanie Roskovski Stephanie Roskovski is Vice President of Operations for Butler Health System with seventeen years of experience in the health care field. In her current role she has responsibility for overseeing outpatient services, emergency and urgent care services, Cardiovascular Service Line, employed physician practices and physicians relationships with all physicians practicing at BHS. She has served Butler Health System in many roles including Vice President of Outpatient Services, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Education and Community Health Planning. As an Alumna of Leadership Butler County, Stephanie served for eight years on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters of Public and Health Care Administration from West Virginia University. Stephanie resides in Center Township with husband, Scott, and two children, Jacob and Sophia. Lyric Schnur Lyric McCandless Schnur is an Associate Vice President and Financial Advisor with Hefren-Tillotson, Inc. Lyric joined the firm in 1999 as a Registered Financial Assistant and has held a variety of positions during her tenure. Mrs. Schnur holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University where she majored in Business Administration. She is a graduate of Dale Carnegie and Leadership Butler County and holds a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Slippery Rock University. Lyric currently serves as President, Board of Directors, of the Butler County Distinguished Young Women scholarship program and is a member of Women United of Butler County. She previously was a member of GFWC Jr. Women’s Club of Butler where she served as Club President, and currently volunteers her time to the Star Gala fundraising efforts for Lifesteps, Inc. Lyric and her husband Curtis, an educator for the South Butler Schools, reside in Butler Township with their two children Mac and Faith. Tammy Schuey – Vice Chair Tammy Schuey is Director of Technology and Internet Strategy for the Butler Eagle and the Eagle Printing Co. Schuey received the Employee of the Year Award in 2006 for her various accomplishments at the Butler Eagle including researching, installing and troubleshooting a new computer system for the Butler Eagle’s editorial staff. As an Alumna of Leadership Butler County, Tammy continues to coordinate Media Day for the program session. Daniel Swartz Daniel J. Swartz, CFMP, is Vice President of Marketing with ESB Bank. Before joining ESB Bank, Dan served in a variety of marketing roles with several other local banks. In 2008 Dan earned the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation from the Institute of Certified Banks, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington DC. He is a 2004 graduate of the ABA School of Bank Marketing & Management and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Slippery Rock University. Dan is active in the Prospect Boys and Girls Club, and lives in Prospect with his wife and two children. Joe Taylor – Board Chair Joseph W. Taylor is General Manager at ARMSTRONG. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown College and an M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology. Taylor served previously on the Board of Directors for the Connellsville Area Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Butler County Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association Walk. Additionally, he serves on the Beaver/Butler American Heart Association Board. Joe is a member of the Executive Committee of the Moraine Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has also been awarded the Cable TV Pioneers distinction. Joe is Secretary of the Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania. Joe and his wife Michelle reside in Center Township. Dean Weiland Dean Weiland is Merchandising Manager with locally owned Friedman’s Freshmarkets. Starting his career in 1971 with Friedman’s, Mr. Weiland has held a variety of job responsibilities ranging from parttime stock clerk to Assistant Manager, Store Manager, Advertising and Merchandising. He is currently taking on many of the Company’s store operations duties. A lifelong Butler County resident, Dean is founding member and Past President of Butler AM Rotary Club, has served on the Board and is Past President of the Musical Theatre Guild of Butler, has served as a Cub Scoutmaster and has been involved both on and off stage in both Musical Theatre Guild and Butler Little Theatre. He currently serves as Secretary of Randy & Bob’s Golf League. Dean resides in Butler Township with wife, Diane, and had two sons, Daniel and Robert. Jen Whitmoyer Jennifer Whitmoyer is a Partner at Sandler Training, a world leader in innovative Sales, Leadership and Management Training. Prior to this position, Jen was Vice President of Business Banking for NexTier Bank. Jennifer is Co-founder and President of the Slippery Rock Business Association, and Chair of the Slippery Rock Development Events Committee. Jen is a graduate of the Leadership Butler County program and serves on their board of directors where she coordinates the opening session and executive skills training. She was also awarded the 2003 Community Involvement Award from NexTier Bank (then Citizens National Bank) and is the 2007 Junior Distinguished Service Award Recipient.
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Members ‘Celebrated The Season’ At Holiday Gathering

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he pictures say it all. Over 200 Chamber Members and Guests enjoyed delicious food, beverages, and music in a beautiful winter wonderland setting. The Surprise Santa (thank you Butler Eagle) was the added touch needed to top off the festivities. The Butler County Young Professionals exceeded all expectations as a full vanload of toys was

delivered to Children and Youth Services, which will help to provide a Merry Christmas for deserving families. A very special thank you to our sponsors The Atrium, Friedman’s Freshmarkets, Specialized Staffing and Industry Recruiters, Wedding Solutions, Inc., Duttons Beverages and Connie Duglin Linens

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Leadership Butler County Class of 2012 Selects Project

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ast year, Leadership Butler County chose to assist Butler County Children and Youth Services (CYS) with their Duffle Bag Project and oversee the proper dispersal of the money collected. Over the past nine years they have worked with a number of United Way Agencies and other worthy causes and found creative ways to fund their projects.

come by new shoes and also boys clothing, but the overall needs are broad, including undergarments, socks, shoes, clothes, and coats. Their overall initiative is to raise money for new items, and conduct a drive for new and gently used items, all sizes, for all ages, newborn to teens.

At this time, they are asking for tax The class of 2012 is keeping the spotlight deductible cash donations. Checks payable on children again this year, as they strive to to New Visions for Butler can be sent to: support FIRST IMPRESSIONS. First Impressions, Butler County Chamber of Commerce, PO a division of BHS Family Services, located on Box 1082, Butler, PA 16003-1082 North Washington Street in Butler, serves the You can rest assured that every dollar children of our community by providing shoes and clothing at no cost for those who qualify. donated will go to the designated charity. Thank You For Caring! There are many kids in our area whose families can’t afford some of the most basic items, The Class of 2012 thanks the Butler Eagle like a new pair of shoes. This can leave these as they proudly continued their partnership children with damage to their self-esteem or this year through the Butler Eagle Caring At embarrassment among their peers, creating Christmas holiday fundraiser that combined an overall poor self image. Leadership Butler the power of the local newspaper, the expertise County wants to help FIRST IMPRESSIONS of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce increase their inventory so we can help our and the generosity of our Butler County youth feel confident and put a smile on the readers. This holiday tradition and the faces of these children, like only a new pair of money raised goes to a different local charity shoes or a new outfit can do. or charities each year in cooperation with FIRST IMPRESSIONS has shared with the Leadership Butler County participants how difficult it has been to

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