Local leaders honored at Chamber of Commerce awards
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh
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.
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.