A Special Thank You

To All 2019 Evolution Leadership Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Central Penn Business Journal: "The Central Penn Business Journal is the award-winning business newspaper of record for Central Pennsylvania, providing more information, more analysis and more advice pertinent to business than any other local media outlet. As the most widely read local business publication in Central Pennsylvania, the Journal reaches entrepreneurs, corporate directors, middle managers and CEOs. In short, decision-makers are reading the Business Journal.

Our news team, which has served the business community for more than 30 years, has established a reputation for covering important business news in depth. As an independently owned newspaper, we're not afraid to tackle difficult topics, and we do it objectively.

With a readership of more than 43,000 in print and tens of thousands more online, the Journal reaches business leaders and decision-makers who  work, live and invest in Central Pennsylvania. We bring them information that can't be found anywhere else."

High Family Business Center: In 1995, a group of business people, family business owners, and representatives of Elizabethtown College, came together to fill a recognized need. With family businesses comprising the backbone of our economy, strengthening entrepreneurial families has a great impact on the community. The High Center for Family Business has always been dedicated to bringing the best available resources to families in businesses for south central Pennsylvania and beyond. Serving and strengthening families in business through succession planning, family leadership training and legacy building. The Center has three core services that we provide to our members; in addition to numerous other benefits.

  1. Best Practice and Business Exit Planning surveys
  2. Leadership Breakfast Speaker Series and the annual Family Business Forum event
  3. Executive Peer Group meetings

Today, The High Center for Family Business is proud to be one of the largest and oldest centers in the country."

Trout, Ebersole & Groff LLP: Our mission is to be the trusted business advisor providing reliable answers and exceptional service while building relationships of mutual respect.

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is a full service certified public accounting firm with offices in Lancaster and Mechanicsburg, PA. Since 1929, we have provided quality accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting services to our clients in the Central Pennsylvania region. Our firm consists of experts in a variety of financial areas enabling us to assist a diverse group of companies and individuals. We have the expertise to provide complete financial services to individuals, large and small businesses, as well as other agencies and organizations. We are recognized for providing outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to three underlying principles: professionalism, responsiveness, and quality.

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP is one of the leading firms in the region. By combining the expertise, experience, and energy of our staff, each client receives personal and professional attention.

Companies, organizations, and individuals who choose the firm of Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP rely on our competent advice and fast, accurate, personal service.

Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP has long been known for the quality of our service. Our firm's reputation reflects the high standards we demand of ourselves. We feel it is extremely important to continually and professionally educate our staff to improve our firm's technical expertise, financial knowledge, and service to our clients. Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP's superior service is the result of our commitment to excellence.

Vistage: CEO & Executive Coaching. Since 1957, Vistage has been bringing together successful CEOs, executives and business owners into private peer advisory groups guided by expert executive coaches, known as Vistage Chairs.

From the beginning, our Chairs have been at the heart of what makes the Vistage experience so powerful for so many members. Vistage Chairs are a distinguished group of business leaders who come to us from a wide range of industries. Some have owned businesses, many have been CEOs of domestic and international companies, and all are united by a desire to share their insight and expertise with other business leaders in their communities through executive business coaching.

It all starts with the group
Put twelve or so high performing business executives in a room, and the potential is enormous. Each Vistage group is specifically tailored to CEOs, small business owners, key executives, or trusted advisors. They're purpose-built so that members can help each other to solve their most pressing business concerns through a process we call peer advisory. More than 18,000 members across the globe count on the peers in their Vistage group to provide fresh perspectives and new ideas at every monthly meeting.

An expert guides the meetings
The role of a Vistage Chair is to ensure that every bit of their group's experience and wisdom is applied in a Vistage meeting. Chairs are accomplished leaders. You can call them a CEO coach, but they are so much more than that. They are totally committed to the success of group members. Through their executive coaching services, they help stimulate thinking, frame issues, guide discussions, and ensure accountability in the group. Vistage Chairs take on the role with the express purpose of helping others build great businesses.

Take action and get results
During meetings, and in their private one-to-one sessions each month, Chairs encourage and support members' personal and professional growth, and hold members accountable for taking action on their goals. They help to develop their members and give back the knowledge they have earned through their outstanding careers as CEOs, executives, and business owners.

WHTM ABC-27: WHTM-TV is an ABC affiliated, full-power commercial television station licensed to the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York market. The station provides five and a half hours of local news, weather, sports, and information programming each weekday. WHTM also produces GOOD DAY PA, a daily one-hour lifestyle program highlighting community events, local charities and not for profit organizations serving southcentral Pennsylvania. WHTM is known as “abc27 News Your Local News Source”.

Partnering Sponsors

BNY Mellon Wealth Management: Exceptional capabilities, proven experience and innovative thinking–all working for you.

Serving individuals and families as well as family offices and institutions, we use our exceptional resources, deep experience and highly skilled people to provide wealth management solutions that meet your unique needs.

Who We Serve

  • Individuals & Families
  • Family Offices
  • Planned Giving Programs
  • Endowments & Foundations
  • Professionals & Institutions

Our Services

  • Investment Management
  • Wealth & Estate Planning
  • Private Banking
  • Asset Servicing & Information Management
  • BNY Mellon provides wealth management expertise to clients worldwide. In Canada, these services are offered through BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Advisory Services. Please contact us for additional information about our international wealth management solutions.

Centric Bank is headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and remains the leader in organic loan growth in central Pennsylvania. A locally owned, locally loaned community bank, Centric provides highly competitive and pro-growth core financial services to businesses, professionals, individuals, and families. Centric Bank operates four full-service financial centers in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill and Hummelstown and Commercial Lending Offices in Suburban Philadelphia and Lancaster.

Centric Bank ranked #1 in SBA 7a loan volume in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a Top 20 Lender for SBA Loans in the Philadelphia Region, and a Top 100 SBA lender in the country.  The Bank is a three-time Best Places to Work and Top 50 Fastest-Growing Company for four years.

The Centric Bank Mission
Centric Bank is a locally owned, locally loaned community bank that provides a variety of core financial services to businesses, professionals, and individuals. We promise our customers immediate, direct access to our bank decision makers and deliver the finest personalized service in the industry. Centric has committed people and resources to enrich the communities where we live and work. Because trust is our most important commodity, we are focused on building and sustaining long-term generational relationships with our customers, our community, our employers, and our shareholders. In every transaction, We Revolve Around You.

Centric Bank offers a full range of personal and business banking services, including:

  • Personal and Business Checking Accounts
  • Online Banking with Bill Pay
  • Mobile Banking with Remote Deposit
  • Business Loans & Lines of Credit
  • Business Leasing
  • Cash Management Services
  • Personal and Business Credit Cards
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Residential Mortgages
  • Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Savings and Money Market Accounts

www.CentricBank.com  |  717.657.7727

Huntingdon National Bank: The strength of a big bank. The service of a local one.

It’s been more than 150 years since Huntington Bank was founded in Columbus, Ohio. Since then, it’s grown into one of the largest and most respected banks in the country, with over $104 billion in assets. Huntington’s purpose is to help make people’s lives better, help businesses thrive, and strengthen the communities they serve. Huntington and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement, technology asset finance and capital market services (including commodities hedging, foreign exchange, junior capital, syndications, and private placement).

Huntington Bank has expanded the delivery of its commercial banking capabilities in Pennsylvania with the appointment of Philip Brenckle to Commercial Banking Regional Manager for Central Pennsylvania. An industry veteran of more than 16 years, Brenckle joins Huntington with a solid track record of success in middle-market and commercial banking.

Penn State Executive Programs: As your organization creates and implements its strategy for the future, your people will make the difference. Build a critical mass of leaders who can interpret the environment, seek out new opportunities, rally those around them, and reflect the DNA of the organization.

Leveraging the knowledge resources of one of the nation's top universities and its internationally ranked Smeal College of Business, Penn State Executive Programs specializes in providing broader perspective and preparing organizations and their leaders to create and unify behind common strategic goals.

Recognized for our outstanding ability to apply new knowledge to real problems for measurable results, our practice areas include:

Open-Enrollment Executive Education
We offer campus-based programs in areas such as leadership, strategy and innovation, and supply chain management.

Custom Learning Initiatives
We partner with your organization to design learning initiatives that develop the capabilities to address strategic challenges.

Strategic Thinking and Innovation
We work side-by-side with the leadership team of your organization to help visualize, plan, and execute for the future.

For more than 50 years, Penn State Executive Programs has partnered with multinational corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to develop leaders and shape business strategies. Explore the possibilities and begin planning for your future.

Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC was founded in 1963 and grew rapidly in the Shenandoah and Cumberland Valleys. With a staff of 150, we are a regional certified public accounting firm with five offices located in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, and Hanover, Pennsylvania; and Hagerstown, Maryland. The management and direction of Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC rests with the 21 Members who provide local leadership and service in our practice area.

Mission Statement
Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC is committed to serving our clients by providing professional accounting and consulting services that are based on a clear understanding of our clients and their business.
We will work to be proactive in response to our clients’ needs and complete each engagement in a timely manner for a reasonable fee.
Members of our firm will strive to be active in our communities and will work to continue to foster growth and vitality by managing a quality-driven, successful organization.

Vision Statement
To be the best independently owned, operated, and managed CPA firm with the highest ethical standards in the business of public accounting.

Core Value

  • Competency
  • Integrity
  • Highest Ethical Standards
  • Mutual Respect
  • Pride in Firm and Profession
  • Responsive to Client Needs
  • Close Personal Relationships
  • Quality of Life

Supporting Sponsors

B.R.P. Entertainment: Bruce Rohrbach founded the company in 1962, booking bands for community events. The company expanded during the 70’s to serve association and corporate events.

In 1998 Bruce retired, and Lisa Stokes assumed control of the company. She renamed it B.R.P. Entertainment. The company developed its wedding and multi-cultural event division in 2004.

Today, B.R.P. Entertainment is a member of the International Entertainment Buyers Association, is certified by State of Pennsylvania as a Women-Owned Business, and is a registered vendor with the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission. Under Lisa’s leadership, B.R.P. Entertainment is committed to the communities it serves. The company is active with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce,  Executive Women International, PASAE, and Hershey Partnership, to name a few.

Mission Statement

  • To conduct our office with integrity and professionalism providing top quality entertainment to each client we serve.
  • To provide each client with a unique entertainment plan that enhances their event.
  • To fulfill each plan from conception to completion exceeding our client's expectations.
  • To represent the performers, we recommend fairly and to provide a fun and professional office environment for our staff."

Chief Outsiders: Business growth starts with a vision – your vision. Armed with insights and the right resources, your vision becomes tangible by developing a roadmap from where you are today, to where you’re headed.

Incremental Growth - Continue tweaking your current products, processes, using existing resources

Substantial Growth - New insights, strategies and capabilities to reach next level, tapping "done that before" expertise

If you’re a business that's short on marketing talent, you’ve likely experienced a number of growth-limiting challenges. Chief Outsiders provides part-time marketing executives to growth and mid-sized businesses for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). And when we place a Chief Outsider with your company, you get access to the human capital of our entire executive marketing team by virtue of our peer review process.

One way to think about Chief Outsider's fractional CMOs is that you can "rent" exactly the type of experience and amount of CMO you need:

  • Instant On – “why recruit a CMO, when you can rent one, fast.” No hiring delays, head hunters, interviews or relocations.
  • Convenience – select from a roster of C-level experience and talent. No lifetime consultants here.
  • Cost-Effectiveness – you only tap the amount of a CMO you need.
  • Always Current – we’re continuously sharpening our skills sets, which is no small challenge in this digital marketing era.
  • Backed Up – each CMO has an entire team of CMOs backing them up, reducing risk and assuring availability.

Griffin Financial: Stevens & Lee/Griffin is a multidisciplinary professional services platform with over 200 financial, legal, investment banking, consulting and government affairs professionals working together to help clients in a wide range of industries to meet challenges and pursue opportunities.

Our platform consists of:

  • Stevens & Lee: A full-service law firm – one of the 200 largest law firms in the nation
  • Griffin Financial Group: A FINRA-licensed investment bank – the largest headquartered in Pennsylvania and among the largest in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
  • Griffin Stevens & Lee Consulting: A state and local government revenue and operations consulting business
  • Financial S&Lutions: A swap and derivative advisory business to state and local governments and non-profit institutions
  • Pinnacle Risk Services: A D&O and E&O insurance risk consulting business
  • A government affairs and public policy unit
  • Stevens & Lee/Griffin International: An international consulting firm focused on export assistance, international trade and investment and global higher education initiatives
  • Our multidisciplinary professionals represent clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and across the country from 15 offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York City, Virginia, Texas and South Carolina.

For more information about our platform, visit our website at www.stevensleegriffin.com or call us at 1.800.510.0274.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber was initially known as the Harrisburg Board of Trade and was founded in the late 1800s. In 1913, it was decided that the organization should be formally incorporated as a Chamber of Commerce and by 1914 that official designation was given to the organization. The interesting fact, however, is that though the name has changed, the concept and objectives have remained constant throughout this entire history.

Recognized as one of the largest, most dynamic organizations of its kind, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber has combined a unique blend of business, community, and economic development services under one roof to improve the region’s economic vitality and quality of life.

The mission of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC is to be a catalyst for policy change, for job creation and for business growth in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties that enhances the quality of life in our region.

The strength of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC rests with its over 1200 members and volunteers. Our members help the Chamber & CREDC lead the way in creating the kind of community in which everyone wants to work and live. Membership with the Chamber & CREDC is an investment in the region’s business ecosystem that we are building for today and for the future.

On every front, whether it is transportation issues, legislation, or the economy, the Chamber & CREDC is there – making sure the best interests of the Harrisburg region are at the forefront when decisions are being made. We carry the collective voices and concerns of our members to Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, as well as county courthouses, city hall and municipal offices.

While we continue our advocacy work, the Chamber & CREDC’s priorities as we move further into the 21st century will also focus on economic development, attracting and retaining a talented workforce, and through our “Live the Life You Want” initiative, showcasing the region as an excellent place to live, work, and raise a family.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) represents a strong group of diverse business who are committed to the success of our region and each other.

The Smarilli Group is focused on Business Transitions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Branding. The Smarilli Group is comprised of Smarilli Strategic Partners and Smarilli Marketing Communications.

Smarilli Strategic Partners are business advisors with a proven track record of helping companies grow revenue and maximize their profitability through relationship-focused business consulting services.

Smarilli Marketing Communications helps to solve a wide range of communications challenges, specifically the creation of branding and corporate identity systems, as well as the development of the marketing tools necessary to compete successfully in today’s marketplace.

The Smarilli Group provides expert support and guidance for your company through today’s ever-changing business climate.

Viscul is a boutique advertising agency specializing in partnering with in-house teams to execute strategic design and content for retail product companies and environments.