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Greater Reading Chamber Alliance announces 2017 Rising Star Award winners

Nov 02, 2017 • by Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Reading, PA – The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance will honor five young professionals at their Annual Rising Star Award Reception on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Berkshire Country Club.

The Rising Star Award recognizes up-and-coming young professionals who are excelling in their careers, giving back to the community and making Greater Reading a better place to live and work. Nominees must live or work in Greater Reading (Berks County); be age 45 or younger; be actively involved in the Greater Reading community; and demonstrate leadership.

The Chamber received a total of 15 nominations. “This award is our opportunity to acknowledge and thank the future leaders of our community.  We are very proud to recognize the winners and all of the nominees and look forward to this very special night,” said Karen Marsdale, President of the Greater Reading Chamber. 

“The Greater Reading Area is home to a talented group of young business leaders that are inspiring our community to strive for positive change,” said Randy Peers, GRCA President & CEO. “Innovation, collaboration and risk-taking, are some of the themes that all of the 2017 winners have demonstrated in their daily business practices.  We are looking forward to recognizing them today, but more importantly, we are eager to witness their long-term contribution to our community.”

The 2017 Award winners are:

Conor F. Delaney, Co-Founder and CEO – Good Life Advisors

Vinti Shah, D.O., Chief Palliative Medicine – Tower Health

George Zeppos, President/Managing Partner – The Cage Group

Jason Hornberger, Business Banking Relationship Manager – M&T Bank

Sonya Smith, Associate Director, Grants and Sponsored Programs – Kutztown University

GRCA would like to thank our Major Sponsor, Fleetwood Bank and our AV Sponsor, VA Productions.

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