Voya executive named to nonprofit’s board
Voya Financial Inc. announced Tom Lutter, senior vice president, financial planning and analysis, has been appointed to the board of Chester County Futures, an organization that provides comprehensive academic support, mentoring and scholarships for motivated, economically disadvantaged youth.
In his role at Voya, Lutter has direct responsibility for the management reporting, planning, analysis, monitoring business performance and key strategic finance activities. Previously, Lutter served in a variety of financial roles, most recently as chief financial officer of Voya’s U.S. Insurance Solutions business, which includes the Individual Life and Employee Benefits businesses. Prior to joining Voya, Lutter worked for CIGNA Corp. and Price-waterhouse-Coopers. He began his career as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, serving from 1992 to 1995.
“Chester County Futures is all about providing disadvantaged, motivated students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and pursue post-secondary degrees,” said Lutter. “Personally, I was able to fund my four-year degree from LaSalle University through academic and athletic scholarships, and I know how important this funding was in my becoming economically self-sufficient in my early adult years. I believe that, if someone is motivated, there should be opportunity for reward, and Chester County Futures provides that to those students.”
Chester County Future’s programming aligns with Voya Foundation’s vision to advance financial literacy. The organization’s Passport to College financial literacy curriculum is designed to equip and empower students for academic and life success.
SBA seeks nominations for awards
Do you know a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination for the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are being accepted by mail and in-person at SBA’s Philadelphia District Office, Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Ave., Suite 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19460.
Last year’s SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Small Business Person of the Year, Backyard Ale House owners Patrick G. Nasser and William K. Nasser, III, Eric D. Miller and Anthony V. Potis were nominated by Leigh Magnotta and Gretchen Kukuchka, Business Consultants, University of Scranton Small Business Development Center.
Backyard Ale House opened in 2008, when the owners seized the opportunity to form a partnership between the brothers and two of their lifelong friends. Since opening, the downtown Scranton “craft beer-oriented” bar establishment has won numerous awards for service, beverage selection and atmosphere. SBA resource partners, like Scranton University SBDC, offer entrepreneurs free and low cost technical assistance and business advice.
National Small Business Week Awards include: Small Business Person of the Year Awards, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Graduate of the Year Award, Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award and Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.
Local SBA Philadelphia District Office Awards include: Entrepreneurial Success, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year, Woman-Owned Small Business Person of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
The dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw/awards provides forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. For local award nomination guidelines and tips go to https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/resource_files/LocalSmallBusinessWeekAwardNominationTipsandGuidelines.pdf