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Andrea L. Brady
Andrea L. Brady
Shareholder, Concannon, Miller & Co. PC, Hanover Township, Northampton County. - What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “My favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley is that it's small enough to run into someone you know while grocery shopping but large enough to walk into an event like Forty Under 40 and see many new faces.”
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Shareholder, Concannon, Miller & Co. PC, Hanover Township, Northampton County. - What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “My favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley is that it's small enough to run into someone you know while grocery shopping but large enough to walk into an event like Forty Under 40 and see many new faces.” Founder, Liven Up Health and Fitness, Bethlehem - What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I would say the fact that I am very into art and interior design. I come off as a tough chick who owns a gym, but I thoroughly enjoy getting in touch with my creative side.” Administrative Director, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem - What steps do you take to ensure a balance between work and your personal life? “When I disconnect from work, I try to disconnect. The first thing is that I do not have work email synced to my iPhone.” Assistant Director, Leadership Giving, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Allentown - Who is your all-time sports hero and why? “Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the [entire] Boston Marathon. She challenged prevalent prejudices and misconceptions about women's capabilities by completing that race in 1966, and women's divisions were finally sanctioned soon after.” Insurance and Risk Management Advisor, HMK Insurance, Bethlehem - What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I was in a band for over 10 years and recorded a full-length CD. And that I love to act and be silly.” Director of New Business Development, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem- What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? “Just go for it. Don't let fear hold you back. Mistakes will happen, but that is what makes you stronger and a better you.” Co-President and Partner, Designlynx LLC, Lansdale- What is the most significant promotion you've earned so far? “When I was promoted to being a dad. My son grounds me in every way. When you run your own business, there are so many ups and downs. ... But coming home after a crazy day to a big smile from my 2-foot-tall roommate allows me to put everything into perspective.” Owner and Attorney, The Fliszar Firm, Allentown- What is your greatest professional achievement so far? “Going out on my own and starting my law practice. I moved back to an area where I hadn't lived since before college and had no connections. I essentially started from scratch, and in less than two years have turned it into a successful, profitable business and built a strong reputation in the Lehigh Valley.” Associate Chief Investment Officer, McQueen, Ball & Associates Inc., Bethlehem- What sports did you play in high school/college and how did the experience help you in your professional career? “I rowed crew in college. Crew is the epitome of a team sport, requiring all members to work hard and be in sync with each other in order to succeed. The same principles apply in business, particularly in smaller organizations where each team member's contributions matter.” Director, Marketing and Communications, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown- What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I grew up on a farm and get my work ethic from my dad who, at 68, still works from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. My first paying job was picking tomatoes at a neighboring farm.” Financial Advisor, Legacy Planning Partners, South Whitehall Township- Who is your all-time sports hero and why? “Cal Ripken – 'Iron Man' – is my favorite all-time sports hero because not only was he a great baseball player, but he never failed to play in a single baseball game. He had a strong work ethic and was a stand-up guy.” CFO and Principal, Traffic Planning and Design Inc., Pottstown- What steps do you take to ensure a balance between work and your personal life? “I try to be as responsive as possible and put in the necessary hours so that for my personal life I am able to attend a school function during the day, have lunch with my wife or cut out early to go to the gym.” Attorney and Owner, Gross Law Office LLC, Allentown- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “The dual benefit of city and country living. I am excited by the revitalization efforts in downtown Allentown, where my office is located. However, I also appreciate all of the open green space and more rural areas of the Valley.” Founder and President, Flackable, Wyomissing- Who is your all-time sports hero and why? “Allen Iverson is without a doubt my favorite athlete of all time. He played every game with more heart, passion and courage than anyone else on the court.” Owner and Orthodontist, Spark Orthodontics, Hanover Township, Northampton County- What's the best mistake you've ever made? “Buying Bethlehem Orthodontics. … My financial adviser told me that it would be a huge 'mistake.' But it turned out to be my flagship office and a springboard into future endeavors.” Manager, Marketing Communications, Olympus America Inc., Upper Saucon Township- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “Every day, I feel a part of something; a movement of sorts. This place has changed and grown tremendously over time, and now as a successful professional living in the area, I feel as though I can contribute to the continued evolution.” President and CEO, Netizen Corp., Upper Macungie Township- If you had $1 million to give, what cause(s) would you support? “My intention would be to support minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and economically disadvantaged-owned businesses in the area.” Highway Design Service Leader, Borton-Lawson, Hanover Township, Northampton County- What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? “To trust in myself and my instincts. You need to be your own biggest cheerleader — no one is going to do it for you.” CEO, Harbortouch, Hanover Township, Lehigh County- What is your greatest professional achievement so far? “Job creation. It is immensely satisfying to watch a company mature from a few teenagers in a basement to an organization that has over 400 employees, thousands of independent contractors and supports over 100,000 small businesses across the nation.” Director of Education, Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown- What sports did you play in high school/college and how did the experience help you in your professional career? “I played softball and ran cross country. Softball helped to teach me the value of teamwork. … Cross country taught me that even if you want to stop, keep going until you reach your goal, one step at a time.” Executive Director, Wilson Education Foundation, West Lawn- What steps do you take to ensure a balance between work and your personal life? “Incorporating personal time into my schedule has helped me achieve a better balance. I make sure dinners or events with my boyfriend, parents, siblings and friends are added to my calendar, and I value those commitments just as I do a work meeting or event.” Senior Account Executive, 69 WFMZ-TV and WFMZ.com, Salisbury Township- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “It's not city, but it's not country. It is a perfect blend of night life and the quiet life.” Shareholder and Principal, Cornerstone Advisors/1802 Insurance, Allentown- What sports did you play in high school/college and how did the experience help you in your professional career? “Skiing. When you are at the top of the mountain, you can try your best to plan the best route down, but you cannot often see the entire slope. Skiing, like life, can be unpredictable and throw you some curves and moguls. I've tried to remain open-minded, flexible and maintain a positive mindset in hopes of being able to not only handle, but enjoy and learn, from life's unplanned moments.” Director of Digital Marketing, Liquid Interactive, Upper Macungie Township- Who has been your most influential role model and why? “My dad. I'm proud to work side by side with him every day. His values and morals are living and breathing throughout everything we do at Liquid, and his words of advice and trust in me have really helped me grow professionally.” Attorney, Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus PA, Allentown- What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I swam with sharks.” Director, Health Promotion and Wellness, Populytics-BeneFIT Corporate Wellness, Allentown- What sports did you play in high school/college and how did the experience help you in your professional career? “Women's tennis for Easton Area High School. … I learned that if I really wanted to learn something and excel, there was no substitute for hard work and perseverance.” President, The Wire Guys LLC, Emmaus- Who is your all-time sports hero and why? “Bob Rigby, retired U.S. soccer goalkeeper, held training camps I attended in middle and high school. It was at these camps [that] I truly pushed myself for the first time and learned the value of working hard toward a goal.” Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities, Allentown- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “There are so many tremendously talented and passionate people who, on a daily basis, are working to make this a terrific place to live, work, play and raise a family. I can't wait to grow old here.” PennCap Properties, Bethlehem- Who has been your most influential role model and why? “My grandmother, Anna Pektor, is an unintentional feminist in the fact that she worked as an equal to the men on the farm but also excelled at household management, commodities pricing and teaching all of the grandkids how to drive.” Associate Broker, Harvey Z. Raad Realtors, Allentown- What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? “I wish I could tell a younger Chris that it was OK to maybe take a few days off every once in a while. As we all chase our dreams and goals, we sometimes lose sight that it is acceptable to stop, reflect and cherish our accomplishments.” AHC and Corporate Secretary, Builders Door and Hardware Inc., Allentown- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “I am a born and raised product of the Lehigh Valley. Currently, my favorite part of living in the Lehigh Valley is the downtown transformation and revitalization occurring in Allentown, which has literally opened doors for my business and has led to many opportunities.” Construction Department Manager, Eastern Time Inc., Allentown- What sports did you play in high school/college and how did the experience help you in your professional career? “I wrestled throughout my elementary and high school career and only part of the time in college due to an ACL tear. The sport taught me lifelong lessons in self-reliance, tenacity, humility and intensity.” Physical Therapist and Owner, Robbins Rehabilitation, Easton- What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? “When I opened my first office, I was 24. I was young, inexperienced and in a huge rush to grow and expand the business; the faster the better. Back then, I wish someone would have told me, 'It's a marathon, not a sprint.' ” Physical Therapist and Owner, Robbins Rehabilitation, Allentown- What is your favorite part of living and working in the Lehigh Valley? “I love the Valley. I grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York, so living in a rapidly growing area that is close to New York City and Philly offers a lot of cultural opportunities that I can expose my four kids to that were not available in my childhood.” Business Development Manager, AlliedBarton Security Services, Bethlehem Township- What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I love to cook. I actually have some professional training and took a variety of culinary classes as part of my bachelor's degree in hospitality management at Johnson & Wales University.” Owner, Feet First Podiatry, Hellertown- What steps do you take to ensure a balance between work and your personal life? “You just have to set limits. Owning your own business, especially a medical practice, can be an all-consuming endeavor. If you don't set aside personal time, it just won't happen.” Manager – Senior Living Services Consulting Group, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP, Wyomissing- What do you know now that you wish you'd known earlier in your career? “The importance of having a deep knowledge in my field of choice. I think it is important to read and be inquisitive each and every day, and I wish I had done more of that when I had more time earlier in my career.” Vice President Sales and Marketing, Joshi Hotel Group, Allentown- What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I actually enjoy and seek out quiet time. By nature, I am extremely outgoing, friendly and love to have a good time. But I also enjoy quiet moments, especially in prayer.” Chief Financial Officer, Andesa Services Inc., Upper Macungie Township- What steps do you take to ensure a balance between work and your personal life? “I make it a point to never lose sight of what matters to me; family, faith and work. I am fortunate to work at a company that values family and faith just as much as work.” Business Manager, DME, Upper Macungie Township- What would most people be surprised to learn about you? “I have a huge baseball card collection from when I was a teenager, inspired by the epic 1993 World Series … Phillies.”

 

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