Cham­ber hosts its first Cham­ber Din­ner

Mem­ber of Year Award pre­sented in mem­ory of for­mer East Penn CEO

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The North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce will host its first Cham­ber Din­ner at Kutz­town Univer­sity on May 17. East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing is the Ti­tle Spon­sor, and the sig­na­ture event will fea­ture An­drea Funk, CEO of Cam­bridge-Lee In­dus­tries, as key­note speaker on the topic “What Makes a Com­pany Suc­cess­ful?”

A 2018 Mem­ber of the Year Award will be pre­sented that evening in honor of Sally Brei­degam Mik­siewicz, for­mer East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing CEO. The award will rec­og­nize one de­serv­ing mem­ber of the North­east Berks Cham­ber.

“The Award will com­mem­o­rate Sally’s re­mark­able ca­reer and phi­lan­thropy. Invit­ing An­drea Funk, an in­spi­ra­tional woman CEO, to ad­dress cham­ber din­ner guests is yet an­other nod to Sally’s legacy,” said Mary Fran Bach­man, chair of the cham­ber din­ner plan­ning com­mit­tee and an agent at Spotts In­sur­ance Group, Fly­ing Hills.

The cham­ber seeks nom­i­na­tions for the award. El­i­gi­bil­ity is based upon a mem­ber nom­i­nee’s ac­com­plish­ments in busi­ness as well as ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. For cri­te­ria and on­line nom­i­na­tion form, visit the Event Tab at www.north­east­berkscham­ber.com. Elec­tronic and print sub­mis­sions will be ac­cepted at the Cham­ber Of­fice, 110 W. Main Street, PO Box 209, Kutz­town, no later than April 10.

Berks Schuylkill SCORE will part­ner with the North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce, as it has an­nu­ally for the Septem­ber Shin­ing Star Awards, to co­or­di­nate the judg­ing process.

“Our team of men­tors with Berks Schuylkill SCORE have found it very re­ward­ing and an honor, to say the least, to have the op­por­tu­nity to judge the Shin­ing Star Awards for North­east Berks Cham­ber,” said SCORE Pres­i­dent Al­yse Mit­ten, owner of In­ter­lace Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc. “The cal­iber of the in­di­vid­u­als who are nom­i­nated ex­em­pli­fies the ded­i­ca­tion they have to their com­mu­nity. This year, for the Cham­ber Din­ner, we will eval­u­ate nom­i­nees for the 2018 Mem­ber of the Year Award.”

SCORE will rank the top three can­di­dates to de­ter­mine the ul­ti­mate award win­ner. The Award Cer­e­mony will high­light the top three nom­i­nees.

An­drea J. Funk has been the CEO of Cam­bridge-Lee In­dus­tries since 2013. She joined the com­pany in 2010 as CFO, and pre­vi­ously, she worked in var­i­ous global fi­nance, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, and au­dit ca­pac­i­ties at Ar­row In­ter­na­tional, Car­pen­ter Tech­nol­ogy, and Ernst & Young. Funk also sits on the Board of Di­rec­tors and Au­dit Com­mit­tee for Crown Hold­ings (NYSE: CCK) and Board of Di­rec­tors, Au­dit Com­mit­tee – in which she is the Chair­per­son, and Fi­nance Com­mit­tee of Touch­point, a di­ver­si­fied global growth com­pany with 3,000 em­ploy­ees.

Funk holds an MBA from the Whar­ton School of Busi­ness and a BS in Ac­count­ing from Vil­lanova Univer­sity, and is a CPA. She has re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing the Girls Scouts Lead the Way Award, Athena Award, LVB Women of In­flu­ence, MI Na­tional STEP Honoree, BFTP Man­u­fac­tur­ing Achieve­ment, and PDCED’s C. Alan Walker Award for Pub­lic-Pri­vate Part­ner­ships.

She ac­tively sup­ports her com­mu­nity, hold­ing Ex­ec­u­tive/Board/Ad­vi­sory seats with Caron Treat­ment Cen­ters, Ben Franklin Tech­nol­ogy Part­ners, Greater Read­ing Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, Berks United Way, Berks Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Coali­tion, and the Wil­son Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion. She is the Ex­pert in Res­i­dence and sits on the Pres­i­dent’s Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Alver­nia Univer­sity, and is a fre­quent speaker and men­tor for other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, of­ten pro­mot­ing STEM op­por­tu­ni­ties. An­drea lives in Read­ing with her three chil­dren: Bai­ley, Mad­die, and Ju­lian.

East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Lyons, is the event’s Ti­tle Spon­sor. A cham­ber mem­ber for 19 years, East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing has ex­em­pli­fied a high level of en­gage­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the North­east Berks Cham­ber of Com­merce.

East Penn Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. is a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of high qual­ity lead-acid bat­ter­ies and ac­ces­sories for the au­to­mo­tive, com­mer­cial, marine, mo­tive power, UPS, and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion mar­kets. The com­pany’s qual­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems for its en­tire 520-acre com­plex have been cer­ti­fied to ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, and ISO 14001:2015 re­quire­ments. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.dek­a­bat­ter­ies.com.

Early Bird dis­counted reser­va­tions are on sale now through March 31. Spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties at three lev­els are also open. The three-hour event is open to the pub­lic and runs from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on the sec­ond floor of the McFar­land Stu­dent Union. Ticket price in­cludes a first-hour cock­tail re­cep­tion and sit­down din­ner. Gluten-free, veg­e­tar­ian, or ve­gan op­tions are avail­able by re­quest with reser­va­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lori B. DonofrioGal­ley, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, at 610-683-8860 or at email [email protected]­east­berkscham­ber.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

An­drea Funk, CEO of Cam­bridge-Lee In­dus­tries, is the key­note speaker, “What Makes a Com­pany Suc­cess­ful?”, at the North­east Berks Cham­ber’s first Cham­ber Din­ner at Kutz­town Univer­sity on May 17.

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