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Dave Fisher, senior vice president of operations at Rentokil North America in Wyomissing, was honored by the National Pest Management Association with its Crown Leadership Award as its annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Crown Leadership Awards recognize industry professionals, educators, vendors and association officials “who uphold the highest standards of industry ethics while contributing their time and talent to a broad range of professional and civic organizations.” Only 250 professionals have earned the award since its inception in 1989.


P.J.W. Restaurant Group chief operating officer Jim Fris was named chairman of the board of directors to the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, the association’s highest elected office. Fris brings over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry to this position. During his tenure at P.J.W., the restaurant group has opened 15 restaurants, created over 1,200 jobs, increased revenues, and created synergies with local sports teams and Philly institutions such as the Wells Fargo Center and Temple University. P.J.W. has many Greater Lehigh Valley locations.


Steve Tang, CEO of Bethlehem-based OraSure Technologies Inc.,received the Leadership Award from the Association of University Research Parks for his work at the University City Science Center, which he joined in 2008. Philadelphia’s University City Science Center represents a partnership between 30 regional shareholders focused on promoting innovation and partnerships. His vision for the Science Center was to develop several incubators, accelerators and business programs, which led to such award-winning programs as FirstHand, Phase 1 ventures, the QED Proof-of-Concept funding program, the Digital Health Accelerator and Quorum. These programs have since become the trademark of the Science Center.


Lehigh Valley Planning Commission held its 5th Annual Lehigh Valley Awards ceremony on Oct. 10. The Multi-Municipal Cooperation award honored the Slate Belt Regional Branding project. The Slate Belt Regional Branding is part of the Slate Belt Rising project spearheaded by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and includes revitalizing Portland Borough’s business district and a branding strategy designed to attract visitors, businesses and homebuyers to the region. The Slate Belt Branding Regional group honorees include Bangor Borough, ESSA Bank & Trust, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Imagevolution, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Merchants Bank of Bangor, Northampton County, Pen Argyl Borough, Portland Borough, Slate Belt Rising, Waste Management and Wind Gap Borough.

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