Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40 Class of 2017
Perfectionism is an illusion, and there is much happiness to be found in being perfectly imperfect.
Perfectionism is an illusion, and there is much happiness to be found in being perfectly imperfect. Post & Schell
I was asked and took on the challenge of leading our department in the Lehigh Valley. I had few clients, some angry existing clients in the office. I learned the importance of building relationships, promising results and delivering exactly what was promised. Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo
My father has been my best friend, my hero, my mentor. He taught me early on what was needed to succeed even when the only outcome appeared to be failure. He taught me the major details of becoming a lawyer, but more importantly, the smaller details needed in order to be a successful and respected attorney. My father also placed my first bat and first glove in my hand. Lehigh Valley Health Network
My mother … taught me about personal integrity, strength and resilience. She has taught me how to handle adversity with grace, to be forever humble and to approach each day with a positive attitude. Duke Realty Corp.
I am a strong believer in helping to take care of those who can't take care of themselves. Monterre Vineyards
My favorite part of being in the Valley is our food scene. I'm a foodie and I've got to say, we have some excellent restaurants. Peerless Business Advisors
While serving as a U.S. Marine Corps infantryman, during a training exercise we were required to swim across a lake in full uniform, utilities, pack and rifle. “Sink or swim” were the only two options. It is amazing what you can accomplish when your focus is on the success of the team rather than yourself. Werner & Co. CPAs PC
Don't be afraid to make mistakes – mess up everything and then learn by fixing it all. Keystone Technology LLC
My wife and I both work full time, serve on nonprofit committees and are involved with our families. We try to take at least one evening out of the week to relax and enjoy each other's company. Valley National Financial Advisors
The fact that this community can support so many different events, businesses and organizations is a tribute to the passionate people who live and work here with me. Netizen Corp.
My grandfather … was a Pearl Harbor survivor, World War II and Korean War veteran and the most inclusive and nonjudgmental person I have ever known. Spark Orthodontics PC
Working for my brother and alongside other family members, I am astounded by our growth in just seven short years. Colony Meadery
My wife is a nurse who also works long, strange hours. So, when a potential date comes up that we have the opportunity to be off together, I guard that day in the calendar with a pretty serious ferocity. Lehigh Valley Credit Restoration
I had a child while still in high school, and most people told me my life was over. That motivated me to be the person I am today. Being responsible for another human being at a young age left little room for error. BB&T Insurance Services
My parents are my benchmark of integrity and character – how they lived their lives, how they interacted with others, how they parented my brother and me. They raised us to know love and to know chores, then let us figure out the rest. Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC
Given my history in the military and coming from a long line of veterans, I’d absolutely support veterans’ causes … including The Victory House in Bethlehem. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
My mom and dad have been my most influential role models. The hard work and sacrifices they made for my sister and I growing up was a great example for me and something that I model myself after. Working hard to provide the best opportunities for my family but being there to support them when needed is a key trait my parents taught me. Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group Red Robin
Steve Jobs was an innovator who was ahead of his time. He took simple problems and streamlined them with technology to provide ease in day-to-day life. The Kiffle Kitchen LLC
Jump in feet first. I’ve learned that if you try to think/plan something out too much in advance, it could have a negative effect on the end result. Omega Protective Services LLC
Good employees are fairly easy to find, but finding great employees is a lot harder. I’ve learned how to find and keep the best employees by adapting to their needs and the needs of the economy. Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA
We lost my dad when I was 5 years old. My mom worked hard, showing my siblings and me the significance of hard work, but that family and community ties are equally important. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
I’ve always seen creativity, music and art-making – basically the mission of the nonprofits I’ve managed – as the connector for my personal life. By loving the work, it satisfies much more than just my professional goals. City Center Investment Corp.
The best opportunities are often presented at inconvenient times. Greater Easton Development Partnership
The Lehigh Valley has a lot of assets that don’t always get the attention they deserve. Our proximity to Philadelphia and New York City is certainly an asset as far as the regional economy goes, but we also have lots of great recreational assets, great institutions and high-quality businesses. RKL Wealth Management LLC
Being up front and setting firm limits is paramount to maintaining balance. My family, my job and my community involvement are all very important aspects of my life, but I’m very clear with everyone involved that they come in that order. Milestone Financial Associates LLC
During my first half-marathon, I realized at about mile 10 that I hadn’t trained hard enough. The final three miles of that race were brutal, but I didn’t stop running. That experience taught me that it’s always better to be overprepared than underprepared. Good Life Companies
Don’t work with people who do not see the value in what you provide. It is OK to walk away from business. Kathryn M. Nickischer LLC
I absolutely love seeing the Valley grow and embrace more culture and diversity. On a daily basis, I feel blessed to provide therapy to hard-working members of the Lehigh Valley. ArtsQuest
I’m a very community-minded person and have invested my career to a community-based nonprofit. I believe in our mission here at ArtsQuest. J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc.
I have had several key role models in my life but no one as important as my mother. As a single parent who had to reintegrate into the workplace (in the ’80s) while taking care of her ailing mother and putting me through private school, my mother made the greatest sacrifices for the well-being of her family. Klunk & Millan Advertising
My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and the importance of integrity. My dad spent the majority of his career with one employer, which is where I started my career. I had the opportunity to learn first-hand by watching him succeed in business. His leadership and commitment to empowering his team is what I strive to be. American Cancer Society
I wish I would have known the exponential impact I could have had when I started this journey. I started my fight against cancer because of one friend. This quickly became a passion and then a calling. Then an employment opportunity and a leadership opportunity. Through all these stages, the passion stayed – but my reach has multiplied in ways I could never have imagined. MTS Design + Manufacture
In the Valley, the values, pace of life and amenities are comfortable, yet we’re still accessible to major markets. It has everything I need for a thriving business and enjoyable lifestyle. Strunk Media Group
I think that too many people take for granted what our military members do for us, and it only feels right that we should do what we can to support them post-service. Crayola Experience
One of the reasons I love what I do is because I truly believe in Crayola’s mission of raising creatively alive kids. I’d love to champion the arts in schools – theater, dance, visual arts, music. Fund it all and fund it well! Bayou Boys Hospitality Group
In the months leading up to the close of my former restaurant and the few months after, myself and my now business partner were faced with a major decision. Return to the workforce or branch out and start a business of our own. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take! St. Luke’s University Health Network
As a full-time working mother of four young children, it is essential to stay balanced. Thanks to the world of technology, we are always connected to work, but when I’m involved in my kids’ activities, I leave the phone on the sidelines. I feel it is important to be in the moment with my kids. Herbein + Co. Inc.
I had never presented outside of client meetings and internal presentations, and was asked to fill in [for a company partner]. I survived the presentation, and learned some important lessons. Confidence in speaking is all about preparation. Dream Live Prosper (DLP) Companies
I read about two books each week constantly looking to learn and grow. When I expand into a new business, I focus on seeking out the greatest people in that business and learning from them. Borton-Lawson Engineering
To be quite serious, a major role model in my life, especially when I was younger, has been MacGyver. He always used his head, stayed cool under pressure, utilized scientific principles and had a strong moral compass.