Lo­cal lead­ers hon­ored at Cham­ber of Com­merce awards

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - BY DENISE ALLABAUGH STAFF WRITER

PLAINS TWP. — Greg Collins, who re­tired af­ter work­ing in the bank­ing in­dus­try for 33 years, re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award Tues­day night at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Cham­ber of Com­merce’s awards din­ner at Mo­he­gan Sun Po­cono.

“Words can­not ex­press how grate­ful I am,” Collins said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award pre­sented by Robert Tam­burro of the Tam­bur Fam­ily Foun­da­tion.

Collins led more than 300 team mem­bers and over­saw the op­er­a­tions of 37 Wells Fargo branch bank­ing of­fices across nine coun­ties.

He also is in­volved in the com­mu­nity and serves as a mem­ber of the board of trus­tees for Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity and a board mem­ber of the Greater WilkesBarre Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try, Lead­er­ship Wilkes-Barre, the WilkesBarre YMCA, Wilkes Barre Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and the United Way of Wy­oming Val­ley.

“I’m proud to be part of this com­mu­nity. This is a special place where I’ve grown up and I’ve learned how im­por­tant it is to get in­volved in chan­nel­ing your ef­forts where you could make a dif­fer­ence,” Collins said. “A Life­time Achieve­ment Award some­times sug­gests that one’s work is done. Let me as­sure you that that’s not the case for me.”

Dal­las-based Metz Culi­nary Man­age­ment re­ceived the Large Busi­ness of the Year Award spon­sored by Com­mu­nity Bank.

En­tre­pre­neur John C. Metz es­tab­lished Metz Culi­nary Man­age­ment in 1994. Since then, the com­pany has grown and pro­vides din­ing ser­vices to more than 240 clients in 21 states on the East Coast and Midwest and em­ploys more than 5,500 peo­ple.

His son, Jeff Metz, who serves as pres­i­dent and CEO, said the fam­ily and com­pany is “hum­bled by this tremen­dous honor.”

“My fa­ther al­ways has been com­mit­ted to this area,” Jeff Metz said. “He has al­ways told us while we were grow­ing up that this area is re­ally a spec­tac­u­lar place to do busi­ness.”

Metz also owns 11 TGI Fri­day’s fran­chise lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing restau­rants in Wilkes-Barre and Dick­son City; Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Wolf­gang Puck Ex­press and Elixir Bar and Bistro in Mo­he­gan Sun Po­cono, Lucky’s Sport­house in Wilkes-Barre Twp., Lucky’s Craft Food & Drink and Dunkin’ Donuts in WilkesBarre/Scran­ton Air­port.

MCR Pro­duc­tions, a pro­duc­tion, rental and de­sign com­pany, re­ceived the Emerg­ing Busi­ness of the Year Award spon­sored by PNC Bank.

MCR be­gan as a light­ing com­pany and moved into ta­ble and room de­sign. Over the last few months, MCR has sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded and opened two pri­vate event venues at 900 Rut­ter Ave. in Forty Fort and May­field.

Candy’s Place, a can­cer wellness cen­ter in Forty Fort, re­ceived the Char­i­ta­ble Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Year Award spon­sored by Sor­doni Con­struc­tion.

Wilkes Univer­sity, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Fair­field Inn & Suites by Mar­riott in Wilkes-Barre re­ceived the Pride of Place Awards spon­sored by Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger Health Sys­tem.

The awards are pre­sented to busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions that have im­proved the area’s en­vi­ron­ment through con­struc­tion, restora­tion and ren­o­va­tion.

Wilkes Univer­sity re­ceived the award for the Clay­ton and Theresa Karam­be­las Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter and the new Sor­doni Art Gallery, Penn State Wilkes-Barre for the ren­o­va­tion of its sci­ence cen­ter and Fair­field Inn & Suites by Mar­riott for ren­o­vat­ing its lo­ca­tion on Kid­der Street in Wilkes-Barre.

In­terMetro In­dus­tries re­ceived the Healthy Work­place of the Year Award spon­sored by Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger Health Sys­tem.

The com­pany of­fers a va­ri­ety of wellness pro­grams to em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing free screen­ings, blood drives, free pop­corn, fruit days, and “lunch and learns.”

Nearly 500 peo­ple at­tended the din­ner. A $2,000 check, a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the event, was pre­sented to Candy’s Place. Con­tact the writer: dal­labaugh@cit­i­zensvoice.com 570-821-2115, @CVAl­labaugh

WAR­REN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Wico van Gen­deren, left, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Cham­ber of Com­merce, chats with Life­time Achieve­ment Award win­ner Greg Collins at the an­nual awards din­ner at Mo­he­gan Sun Po­cono on Tues­day.

WAR­REN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Dal­las-based Metz Culi­nary Man­age­ment re­ceived the Large Busi­ness of the Year Award at the event. From left, are Mau­reen, Jeff, Su­san, Mary and John Metz.

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