2020 Focus Central Pennsylvania
Industrial Development Forum

Region’s Forward Thinking Economic Growth Event

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
8:00am to 4:00pm
Degenstein Campus Center
Susquehanna University
514 University Avenue, Selinsgrove PA 17870

Industrial Development Forum 2020








Why Attend?

You will hear from experts and regional thought-leaders on Industrial Development Investment in Central Pennsylvania. Join us as we collectively discuss game changing economic investment projects, industry challenges and opportunities for smart economic growth in the river valleys of Central Pennsylvania. Event lineup includes keynote Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals, to provide updates on the $6 billion “cracker plant” in western PA; panels of manufacturing leaders from regional growing companies including Sekisui SPI, Kreamer Feed, Autoneum North American, GAF, BrightFarms, Unipar Inc, FirstQuality, Videon; a panel of regional leaders in critical infrastructure including PPL Electric, UGI Utilities, PhilaPort, LIVIC Civil, PA DCEDand leaders in regional development including Grayston Enterprises, Patton Warehousing and CORE Design Group!

Schedule – At – A – Glance

8:00am to 9:30am            Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking/Sponsor Tables
9:30am to 9:45am            Industrial Development Forum Welcome
Welcome – Jennifer Myers, Focus Central PA Chair & VP of Economic Development for Centre County Chamber of Business & Industry
Welcome – Matthew Rousu, Ph.D, Dean and Professor of Economics, Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University
9:45am to 10:30am          Shell Appalachia’s Investment Keynote Presentation
Keynote Speaker – Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead, Shell PA
10:30pm to 11:30pm        Central PA Company Investment Panel
Moderator – Brent Vernon, Executive Director Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Action Team

Panelist – Ronn Cort, COO & President, Sekisui SPI
Panelist – Jason Robinson, President, Kreamer Feed
Panelist – Jim Nemeth, Human Resources Director, North American Operations, Autoneum North America, Inc.
Panelist – Michael Widerquist, Plant Manager, GAF
Panelist – Josh Norbury, Vice President Operations, BrightFarms
Panelist – Jim Parks, President, Unipar Inc.
11:30am to 12:00pm        Central PA Industrial Real Estate Market Update
Speaker – John Van Buskirk, SIOR, Principal, Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania
12:00pm to 1:00pm          Networking Lunch/Sponsor Tables
1:00pm to 2:00pm            Central PA Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Moderator – Ryan Unger, President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania Foundation
Panelist – Amanda Morrison, Key Accounts Manager, PPL Electric
Panelist – Don Brominski, Business Development Director, UGI Utilities
Panelist – Dominic O’Brien, Senior Marketing Manager, PhilaPort
Panelist – Richard Vilello, PA Deputy Secretary Community Affairs & Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Panelist – Justin H. Ross, P.E., Principal, LIVIC Civil
2:00pm to 2:45pm            Central PA Developers Panel
Moderator – John Showers, Former Union County Commissioner
Panelist – Robert Grayston, Owner, Grayston Enterprises
Panelist – Thierry Lindor, Partner, Patton Warehousing and Logistics, LLC
Panelist – Teen Verbares, Principal; Jim Baumgardner, Principal, CORE Design Group
2:45pm to 3:30pm            MADE In Central PA Partnership Panel
Moderator – Jennifer Wakeman, Executive Director, DRIVE
Panelist – Erica Mulberger, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) 
Panelist – Shannon Munro, Vice President for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Panelist – Joseph Miller, Senior Human Resource Professional, First Quality Tissue 
Panelist – Rob Bargo, Vice President of Operations, Videon Central
3:30pm                              Focus Central Pennsylvania Event Wrap-up
Conclusion – Jennifer Myers, Focus Central PA Chair & VP of Economic Development for Centre County Chamber of Business & Industry
3:30pm to 4:00pm            Networking/Exhibit Sponsors

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Forum Speakers and Panelists 

Event Welcome Speaker
Jennifer Myers, Vice President Economic Development for Chamber of Business & Industry Centre County & Chair, Focus Central Pennsylvania Board of Directors

As vice president, Jennifer focuses on building private-sector strength in the local economy. In addition to assisting local companies in growth opportunities, she actively seeks out opportunities that can bring new jobs and wealth to Centre County. She also serves as coordinator of the I-99 Corridor Keystone Innovation Zone.


Event Welcome Speaker
Matthew C. Rousu, Ph.D, Dean and Professor of Economics, Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University

A Minnesota native, Rousu joined the Sigmund Weis School faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of economics after serving for two years as a research consultant for Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. A popular teacher, avid researcher and former faculty representative on Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees, Rousu was promoted to full professor and Warehime chair of the Department of Economics, in part to mentor junior business school faculty on research. He also helped craft the business school’s research guidelines for faculty members to help Susquehanna continue to meet the requirements set by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). During Rousu’s interim tenure as dean, he Formed the SWSB executive council, which provides strategic advice to the business school.; Created an agreement with the University of Chester in the United Kingdom so that Susquehanna students will receive a five-week internship when they study abroad in spring 2019.; Formed the Center for Economics, Business, and Entrepreneurship Education to assist teachers in bringing economic and business education into K-12 classrooms in the region.; and Created an agreement between Susquehanna and Regent’s University in London to enable Susquehanna graduates to directly enroll into Regent’s master’s in luxury brand management program and receive a scholarship. A prolific writer, Rousu’s research and expertise has been featured by many media outlets, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, Time, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post. His book Broadway and Economics: Economic Lessons from Show Tunes is forthcoming this year from Routledge. The Sigmund Weis School of Business is one of a few undergraduate-only business programs to achieve accreditation by AACSB International. The accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Other AACSB schools include Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.


Keynote Speaker
Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead for Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals

Michael Marr has been a senior communications leader in both the private and public sector for more than two decades.  In 2012, Marr joined Shell and has since worked in different roles covering Shell’s US Chemicals Assets and Shell’s petrochemical project in Beaver County, PA.  For the five years preceding Marr’s employment with Shell, he served as the public affairs lead at the former BP Texas City site, which housed the nation’s third largest oil refinery, an integrated chemical plant and a power plant. Marr worked in senior governmental roles before joining the private sector in 2007.  From 1998-2007, Marr served in a variety of roles for New York Governor George Pataki – including as the Governor’s official press secretary, campaign press secretary and as the State’s lead economic development spokesperson in the 18 months that followed 9/11. Prior to serving in the Governor’s office, Marr worked on Capitol Hill – on both the House and the Senate side. Marr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania with his wife and their son Ryan, who is nine.


Moderator – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Brent Vernon, Executive Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Action Team

As Executive Director of the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), Brent Vernon leads a dynamic team of economic development professionals who work on the front line of Pennsylvania’s business attraction and retention activities. Headquartered in Harrisburg with seven regional state offices, GAT is the commonwealth’s lead state economic development office. Its primary mission is to foster economic growth throughout the state by attracting new businesses and helping existing Pennsylvania businesses expand and become more successful. Brent has more than 25 years of professional experience serving in state and federal economic and workforce development positions. Prior to becoming GAT Director, he held the positions of Deputy Director for Project Management and Senior Project Manager, where he was responsible for managing energy sector-related projects, particularly those involving Pennsylvania’s vast shale gas reserves and the downstream petrochemical industry. In these roles, Brent provided companies involved in GAT projects with technical assistance and coordinated the services of state agencies and other stakeholders within Pennsylvania’s economic development community. He holds an MPA from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a BA in political science from Pennsylvania State University. Brent also received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council, and has completed executive education courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.


Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Ronn Cort, COO & President, Sekisui SPI

Ronn Cort has been COO and President of SEKISUI SPI, a global leader in polymer manufacturing, located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania since 2012. For over 25 years he has served in senior leadership positions for global manufacturing companies to help them develop and implement their international expansion strategies. Mr. Cort began his tenure at SEKISUI SPI in 1991 leading the customer service department until he joined Ohio-based PVC manufacturer RJF International as Sales Manager in 1994. He then spent five years as international Business Manager at FLM, a polyurethane technology company in Appenzell, Switzerland. During that time he developed the company’s market expansion plan in, Japan, and later, China. In 2005 he was invited to return to SEKISUI SPI to grow the company globally, ultimately moving to the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing. He was appointed President in 2012 and COO & President in 2014. SEKISUI SPI exports to 33 countries and is owned by SEKISUI Chemical Co., Ltd., an $11 billion global leader in plastics and chemicals. In 1962, SEKISUI Chemical Co. was the first Japanese manufacturer to establish operations in North America – prior to Toyota or Honda and before Sony came to the United States. In 1963 they made history by opening their first plant in America, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, just 25 miles from SPI’s present-day Bloomsburg headquarters. SEKISUI SPI celebrated the opening of its third manufacturing facility in North America. The second facility in Bloomsburg, PA is the new North American corporate headquarters of SEKISUI Chemical’s global sheet business that includes businesses in Pennsylvania and Michigan. All locations operate 24/7 to support the ongoing growth of SPI’s customers and markets.

Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Jason Robinson, President, Kreamer Feed

Jason C. Robinson is President of Administration and member of the Board of Directors of Kreamer Feed, Inc. and BJ&E Realty and is a member of the company’s executive management team. In his role, he is responsible for a diverse group of functions that include IT, risk management, human resources, and quality. Jason had been a consultant to the board of directors since 2011. After a 19 year absence, he rejoined the organization as a full-time employee on October 29th, 2012. Previously, Jason was Vice President in Risk Control for Global Consumer Banking for Bank of America. His responsibility was to manage risks identified by regulators including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom, and Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions in Canada. Prior to that, Jason held various leadership positions in collections, vendor management, underwriting, new product development, and mergers and acquisitions. He joined the bank as a collector in June of 1996. Jason graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Education for Biology. Later, he earned his Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. Jason serves on the Penn State Extension for the Snyder County Board of Directors and the local Boy Scout Council. He was previously Chairman for Bank of America Community Volunteers for the state of Delaware. During his tenure, associates volunteered over 100,000 hours of service every year. He has been recognized six times by the Corporation for National and Community Service and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing in excess of 200 hours of community service each of those years.

Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Jim Nemeth, Director of Human Resources, Autoneum North America, Inc. 

Jim is currently the Director of Human Resources for Autoneum North America, Inc. and is based out of their facility in Bloomsburg. Autoneum is headquartered in Winterthur Switzerland and is a global leader producing vehicle acoustics, floor systems and thermal management systems for the global original equipment automotive market.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience in human resources and labor relations. Prior to joining Autoneum, Jim has held positions with several mutli national global companies in both Canada and the United States, including Ford Motor Company, Magna International, Thomson Reuters and Coca-Cola. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a M.B.A. In addition to his corporate activities, Jim is involved with the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Montour Alliance for Economic Growth, the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation and the Columbia County Water Mitigation Authority. 

Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Michael Widerquist, Plant Manager, GAF


Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Josh Norbury, VP Operations, BrightFarms

A food manufacturing operations veteran, Josh leads all operations at the company’s greenhouse farms. Josh began his career in the Army, where he finished as a Major and was a Special Forces Company Commander. He then moved to the private sector as a General Manager of Ocean King Enterprises Inc., a seafood processing and distribution company. Most recently, Josh managed operations and support functions for more than 70 bakeries across 10 manufacturing regions for Bimbo Bakeries, USA, the nation’s largest commercial bakery, before joining BrightFarms in 2014.

Panelist – Central PA Company Investment Panel
Jim Parks, President, Unipar Inc.

Speaker – Central PA Industrial Real Estate Market Update
John Van Buskirk, SIOR, Founding Principal, Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania

Mr. Van Buskirk is a founding Principal of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC (LAEP), where he also serves as the Broker of Record, Research Chair and a member of the firms Board of Managers. His transactional focus includes industrial landlord and tenant representation work along with site selection and investor acquisitions. Mr. Van Buskirk graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1987. A year later he began his real estate career at NAI Commercial-Industrial Realty (NAI CIR), where he co-founded the Industrial Properties Group at NAI CIR, a dedicated industrial team that was among the first specialized practices in the Central Pennsylvania market. In keeping with his commitment to the industrial asset class, John earned certificates in both Supply Chain Leadership and Management from the Smeal School of Business at Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Prior to leaving NAI CIR, he served as a Mid-Atlantic Director of NAI Logistics Group. In 2009, Mr. Van Buskirk joined Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as one of two leaders tasked with creating a dedicated industrial team for the Philadelphia market, with service capabilities including tenant representation, agency leasing and sales, site selection, and investment sales. By 2014, the team included nine brokers along with dedicated administrative and research support, and was generally recognized as one of the leading industrial teams in the market. Following his departure from JLL in 2014, John completed the coursework and testing necessary to secure licensing as a Real Estate Broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and currently stands as Broker of Record for Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC as well as Black Dog Realty Group LLC, a small residential brokerage firm he founded. As a transactor Mr. Van Buskirk has executed large scale leasing and investment sale assignments on behalf of many of the nations leading multi-market landlords, including among others Prologis, Liberty Property Trust, AEW, IndCor, Hillwood, Industrial Income Trust, First Industrial, Industrial Realty Group, and USAA. He has also performed mission critical work on behalf of numerous corporations as well and counts Ahold USA, Ollies Bargain Outlets, SC Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Wal-Mart Stores, Nordstroms, and Norfolk Southern among his past and cur-rent clients. He has been recognized repeatedly as a top producer by JLL, NAI CIR and CoStar at both local and national levels. Mr. Van Buskirk is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR), where he has held various Philadelphia Chapter leadership positions including Chapter President.


Moderator – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Ryan C. Unger, President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania

Ryan joined the staff of TeamPA in 2011 to guide Team PA’s policy work. Over the years, he has transitioned from his policy role to Vice President & COO and eventually President & CEO. Ryan is a Pennsylvania native, graduating from Elizabethtown College – where he currently serves as President of the Alumni Council – and has committed his career to advancing local and regional economic development efforts. Through his various roles at Team PA, Ryan has been integral in a variety of statewide workforce and economic development initiatives that have been recognized nationally as best practices.


Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Amanda Morrison, Key Accounts Manager, PPL Electric

As a trusted energy advisor at PPL Electric Utilities, Amanda develops strategic relationships with large customers, identifies opportunities for electricity management programs and services, and provides solutions for various customer issues such as billing, credit, planning, and emergency/planned outages. She partners with her customers on energy efficiency projects, from initial energy audits and application submittal through project completion by working with external vendors, IDSM specialists, engineers, and planners. Amanda specializes in the manufacturing industry and is able to develop a deep understanding for her customers’ needs. She represents over 490 customers and 5.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in electric usage and over $26 million in revenue. PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. With 2,300 employees, PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL).

Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Don Brominski, Business Development Director, UGI Utilities

Don has spent his entire 29 year professional career with UGI Utilities in varying capacities in both the Gas and Electric Divisions. He is currently the Director of Business Development and is excited to see the opportunities that have presented themselves in Pennsylvania due to the production of Marcellus Shale gas.

Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Dominic O’Brien, Senior Marketing Manager, PhilaPort (The Port of Philadelphia)

Dominic O’Brien markets the facilities and services of PhilaPort / The Port of Philadelphia, where his responsibilities include selling the Port’s services to shippers, steamship lines and other logistics professionals; producing marketing and publicity materials; giving presentations on the Port to business and community groups; and creating and managing databases. Dominic wants to help shippers improve their supply chains by using the Port of Philadelphia. His specialties include; international marketing, international sales, international public relations, international training, international project management, government relations.

Panelist – Industrial Infrastructure Panel
Richard Vilello, Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development, PA DCED

Rick first joined the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in March of 2015 as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services.  He was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development in February 2017.
As Deputy Secretary, Rick oversees the work of the entire deputate including:

  • The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services;
  • The Center for Community Enhancement;
  • The Center for Community and Housing Development;
  • The Center for Community Services; and
  • The department’s six regional offices.

Before coming to DCED, Rick served four terms as Mayor of Lock Haven and was previously President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.

Panelist – Infrastructure Panel
Justin Ross, Principal, LIVIC Civil, LLC

Beginning his career as a designer and gaining experience at all levels of project delivery has allowed Justin to fully understand how a successful plan comes together. Using this knowledge Justin can comprehend not only what questions his designers and staff may encounter during the design portion of a project, but also how to work with owners and contractors to facilitate a successful team. Justin prides himself on exceptional project satisfaction by understanding a client’s goals, values and challenges to deliver results that surpass expectations. Justin is a registered Professional Engineer in 5 states including Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee. He graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Engineering Mechanics. He then went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Currently, Justin is involved with numerous professional associations, including the Susquehanna Valley Chamber Transportation Committee, the Susquehanna Industrial Development Corp. (SIDCO) Board of Directors and FOCUS Central PA.

Moderator – Central PA Developers Panel
John Showers, Chair, SEDA-Cog Joint Rail Authority

Panelist – Central PA Developers Panel
Robert Grayson, Owner, Grayston Enterprises LLC

Robert Grayston relocated from West Chester, PA with his wife (Melissa), who is originally from the Central PA region, and their children. Roberts vision to play his part in expanding, repurposing and maintaining the Valley as a great place to raise his family has driven him to invest into the region. Industrial, Commercial and Warehouse operations have been Grayston’s main focus. Robert has been a key driving factor of several developments in the region.  These developments have been providing job opportunities and growth throughout the region.   Grayston Enterprise currently has provided roughly 400 jobs throughout the region and expects that number to continue growing with the current plans of future projects. Some of the developments that Robert has been involved with whether behind the scenes or directly driven are listed below and are new additions to the Central PA Region that have relocated, expanded or are new startup companies.  Grayston Developments to date include Fresh Roasted Coffee (coffee roaster), The Miller Center, Hooplas Extreme, Crossfit, Dance Studio, Retail Distribution, Perfume manufacturer, Cosmetic Distribution, Plygem (stone Veneer manufacture), Auto Parts Distributor, Tire Distributor, Mattress Distributor, Computer Sales & Repairs,  Bath Salts manufacturer, Medical Equipment & Supply Distributors,  Physical Therapy, Heavy Equipment Wheel Distributor, Telecommunication Distributor, Animal Feed Bag Distributor, Climate Control Storage, Boat & RV Storage, U-Haul Center, Landscape Contractors, Water Distributor, Automotive Repairs, Vehicle and Sign Wraps, Custom Vehicle Molds and Parts Distribution, Farming, Bee Keeping , Marcellus Shale Supply Warehousing, Model Home Build, Modular Home Storage, Drafting Groups, House & Apartment Leasing, Residential Development, IB ABEL & Bruce Merrilees (Major line Electric Contractors), Senior Care facilities, Cell Towers, National Retailers, Plastic Injection Molds, North Shore Railroad and KIZ Opportunities. Robert currently owns just over 1000 acres throughout the Valley and has been purchasing regularly to expand his presence and commitment to the Valley’s growth which includes the former Penn Lyon Facility recently. Some of the latest and future developments that Grayston is currently working on are related to Distribution Warehouses, Railroad related opportunities, Assisted Living Complex, Elderly Daycare, Medical locations and other facilities located around the upcoming new highway bypass. Robert realizes this region is a hub for distribution companies and a good market to expand in. With easy access to the highway and major cities, he realizes it is a central location, there’s rail access and rent is inexpensive. Robert is passionate about playing a part to make Selinsgrove and surrounding areas a better place to live and raise his family. Robert manages the Philadelphia Flower Show and lives in Selinsgrove, PA with his wife, Melissa, and their three children.

Presenter – Central PA Developers Panel
Thierry Lindor, Partner, Patton Warehousing 

Thierry is a partner with Patton Warehousing and President of Lindor Development. Patton Warehousing, LLC has proven to be an elite warehousing company servicing the U.S.  It was formed in 2015 as an affiliated company to Watsontown Trucking Company. The development of this entity created an organization that now offers over the road transportation, logistics services, warehousing, distribution, order fulfillment, and final mile delivery. Patton Warehousing is a family owned and operated company with over 1.5 million square feet of warehouse storage space.  They offer AIB approved facilities for food grade storage, raw material storage, and finished good storage.  Prior to becoming a partner with Patton Thierry was a project manager at Bohler Engineering in Chalfont, PA. A graduate of Syracuse University, Thierry lives in Lewisburg, PA with his wife and kids. 


Panelist – Central PA Developers Panel
Teen Verbares, Principal, CORE Design Group

CORE Design Group, based out of York PA, is an industry leader providing full-service architectural design for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Their architectural services are an avenue to impact and influence the places we live, work, and play. They develop inventive ideas to solve complex design problems and develop spaces that are not only structurally sound but aesthetically pleasing.  Their team is committed to bringing value to every design. They provide clients with a broad range of professional architectural design, structural engineering and construction management services tailored to fit specific needs. Their portfolio includes corporate offices, healthcare, religious, retail, mixed use, automotive, education, industrial, senior living, and residential. Since 2005, they have served a variety of clients from Pennsylvania to Texas with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region.

Moderator – MADE in Central PA Panel
Jennifer Wakeman, Executive Director, DRIVE 

Jennifer Wakeman has lived in the Susquehanna Valley since 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington & Lee University. Her career has covered a variety of fields from agriculture to television and radio. She was the creator, host & content producer for In Your Neighborhood, a monthly news magazine highlighting businesses, organizations, and individuals in the region. It aired exclusively on Service Electric Cablevision.  Before coming to DRIVE, Jennifer was the news director at Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation. With more than 20 years of volunteer experience with area non-profits, Jennifer has a strong commitment to the communities and families in the Susquehanna Valley. She is the vice-chair of Focus Central Pennsylvania, represents Montour County on the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority and the Natural Gas Cooperative board of directors. Jennifer sits on the board of the Young Artists’ Theatre Project, is the past president of RiverStage Community Theatre, and is also a member and former board president of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. She lives in Lewisburg with her husband and two daughters.


Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Erica Mulberger, Executive Director, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC)

Erica is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Tax Preparation, Team Building, Fundraising, and Management. Erica has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.


Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Shannon Munro, Vice President for Workforce Development, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Shannon has a B.A. from Bloomsburg University, an M.S. from Shippensburg University. Prior to joining the college Shannon was the Executive Director for the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation. Shannon is affiliated with The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Industrial Properties Corporation, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC), and Heartland Partnership. Workforce Development at Penn College helps companies understand their workforce skill gaps and then to develop and deliver targeted, customizable training solutions to close those gaps and improve the bottom line. Services from workforce development at the College include DNA for Business, Apprenticeships, Industrial, Plastics, Business/Leadership, Healthcare, Computer, Sustainability, Transportation, Energy and More. 

Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Joe Miller, Senior Human Resource Professional, First Quality Tissue

Joe is a Senior Human Resource Professional at First Quality Tissue in Lock Haven, PA and is responsible for Community and Educational Outreach, Recruiting, Retention, Leadership Coaching and Cultural Development.  First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.  First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. Joe has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the manufacturing and service industries and in the military.  Joe has worked in Human Resources and Operational Excellence for the last 10 years.  In addition to First Quality, Joe has worked for Chambers, Nestle, Perrier and served in the US Army as an officer.  Joe is a graduate of Lock Haven University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education-Science. Joe is additionally a member of the Clinton, Centre and Williamsport/Lycoming Chambers of Commerce, the Central PA Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and a partner of the Central PA Workforce Development Corporation.  Joe also serves on career and technical education Advisory Boards at several of the local school districts and technical schools.

Panelist – MADE in Central PA Panel
Rob Bargo, Videon, Vice President of Operations


Event Organized By:

Focus Central Pennsylvania
The Region’s Resource for Promoting New Corporate Investment
418 Railroad Street, Danville Pennsylvania USA 17821
844.293.8719 – Email: locate@focuscentralpa.org

Focus Central Pennsylvania is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), regional economic development marketing alliance committed to promoting new corporate investment in Central Pennsylvania resulting in the growth and creation of family sustaining jobs. Focus Central Pennsylvania supports a constituency of partners fully committed to regional cooperation. Focus promotes seven (7) contiguous counties in the central part of Pennsylvania, USA including Columbia (Bloomsburg, Berwick); Montour (Danville); Union (Lewisburg, Mifflinburg); Snyder (Selinsgrove); Northumberland (Sunbury, Milton); Mifflin (Lewistown); and Centre (State College).

Past Industrial Development Forum: Focus Central Pennsylvania hosted their first Industrial Development Forum on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at Bucknell University, Elaine Langone Center at 700 Moore Ave, Lewisburg PA. Over 140 attendees were immersed in the topic of industrial development from economics to infrastructure to corporate investment. The forum was made possible by sponsors, speakers and panelists that provided valuable content and actionable information. 

Keynote presentation: Economic Conditions: The Nation, Pennsylvania, and the Region – James Robey, PhD, June 6, 2017

Keynote presentation: Real Estate Market Overview & Industry Site Selection – Dennis Burnside, Juniper Solutions, June 6, 2017