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Game Changers

Game Changers recognizes and honors extraordinary business leaders and businesses that make a positive impact on the greater Lehigh Valley. The honorees consistently demonstrate strong leadership, integrity, values, vision, and commitment to excellence.

2021 Event Date: Nov 4, 2021

Nomination Deadline: August 6, 2021

Application Deadline: August 20, 2021

Award categories:

Business of the Year 1-19 employees

Business of the Year 20-74 employees

Business of the Year 75+ employees

Emerging Business of the Year

Most Admired CEO – Nonprofit Company

Most Admired CEO – Privately Held Company

For more information, contact our Events Team at lvbevents@bridgetowermedia.com

Lehigh Valley Business is COVID conscious and will be making educated decisions on whether events are virtual or in-person per CDC recommendations and state and county guidance. For now, events for 2021 are moving forward as virtual but as soon as we can come back together in person to celebrate excellence we look forward to doing so.

Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required.

To be eligible for this award, companies must have headquarters or significant operations in the Greater Lehigh Valley. CEOs must live or work in the Greater Lehigh Valley at the time of judging.

Nominations can be self-nominations or outside nominations. On completing this form, your nominee will receive an email prompting them to complete an application for this awards program. Nominations without the application from the nominee will not have equal weight with the judging panel.

Nominations are due by August 6, 2021

How can I be considered for a Game Changer award?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. An application is automatically emailed to all nominees and must be completed in order to be considered for this award. A letter of recommendation is not required, but is strongly encouraged to assist the judges in making their decision.

To be eligible, applicants must live in or work in either Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, lower Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, upper Bucks, Schuylkill or Warren County.

How often can I be considered? 

You can be nominated, apply and win annually as long as you are updating your application annually and meet the criteria.


Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Game Changer winners?

Winners are selected by an outside panel of judges that includes previous winners. Judges look for Lehigh Valley’s most dynamic and impactful businesses and business leaders who share a commitment to professional excellence, business growth and the community. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation from someone that can speak to all three of these achievements.

Where do I have to live to qualify for this award? 

You must live or work in one of the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, lower Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, upper Bucks, Schuylkill or Warren.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Past judges have told us that the letter(s) of recommendation is helpful particularly when they are not familiar with the candidate. Up to 3 letters of recommendations can be emailed to lvbevents@bridgetowermedia.com. Please save all letters of recommendation as PDFs labeled with your name (or organization) led by the category or event you are being nominated for. The letter will be paired to your application when it is received.

Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

I’m a Game Changer award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself as an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Game Changer’s program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email shuettner@bridgetowermedia.com for sponsorship questions or opportunities.

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Tickets will be sent to you and everyone who registers the day before and the day of the event via email. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact lvbevents@bridgetowermedia.com if you have any issues. 

Awards categories:
Multiple winners will be recognized in the following categories.
• Business of the Year 1 – 19 employees
• Business of the Year 20 – 74 employees
• Business of the Year 75+
• Emerging Business of the Year
• Most Admired CEO Nonprofit
• Most Admired CEO Privately Held Company

For more information contact LVB Events at lvbevents@bridgetowermedia.com

2020 Winners:

Business of the Year (1-19 employees)


Ebert Furniture Gallery

Kasel Rocks Landscape Company

Lawson Accessories

Ryan Amato Painting, LLC.

Social Still


Business of the Year (20-74 employees)

Altitude Marketing

BEI Electrical

Equinox Benefits Consulting


TWG Security


Business of the Year (75+ employees)

Andesa Services

Orasure Technologies

Tyber Medical


Emerging Business of the Year

Peer Executive Groups


Most Admired CEO – Nonprofit 

Tim Fallon, CEO,  PBS39

Thomas Harrington, Executive Director/President, Valley Youth House

Kassie Hilgert, President/CEO, ArtsQuest

David Lewis, President, United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley

Elizabeth Meade, President, Cedar Crest College


Most Admired CEO 

Rick Hinkle, Masters Home Solutions

Todd Robbins, Robbins Rehabilitation East

John P. Weidenhammer, Weidenhammer

Judith Yanacek, New Vitae Wellness and Recovery

We encourage applicants in the Most Admired CEOs categories to include letters of recommendation from current staff and at least one nonprofit or board the CEO serves.

Letters may be sent to lvbevents@bridgetowermedia.com

Applications are due August 20, 2021.

All fields marked with an (*) are required. Information provided on this form may be used by Lehigh Valley Business in the corresponding event publication.

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Please make sure to save and print this form as proof of receipt for your application.


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