Professional Recognition

Each year The Chamber recognizes individuals and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to their communities through their dedication, leadership, commitment and character.

Entrepreneur Award

2016 Cynthia Kettering, The Bagnall Shaw Company

This award honors an individual who has been in business for three years and who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit. The individual must be the founder and owner of the business, an independent thinker with high standards for him or herself and the business, demonstrated business growth, a positive internal culture, community involvement, etc. This award is new in 2016 and will be presented at the Think Big: A Small Business Celebration event in July.



2017 Sherry Harry, VisionCorps

This award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The award honors an individual – man or woman – who strives toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field and have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who inspire women to reach their full leadership potential.

Past Recipients:

2016 Roxanne Edwards, Nxtbook Media, LLC
2015 Susan Grosh, Blakinger Thomas
2014 Cinthia Kettering, The Bagnall Shaw Company
2013 Brenda Becker, Hempfield School District
2012 Christina Myers, Scantron
2011 Bill Kepner, United Disabilities Services
2010 Marilyn Walker, synergize!
2009 Aimee Urban, Way Delivery Services, Way Service Center and Addecco
2008 Felicia Bechtel, Enviroscan, Inc.
2007 Donna Anderson, On-Line Publishers, Inc.
2006 Liz Martin, Martin Insurance Agency
2005 Kathleen Bailey, MediQuest Staffing, Inc.
2004 Kim Ronald Smith, Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLP
2003 Dana Chryst, The Jay Group, Inc.
2002 Laura Schanz, Laura Schanz Consulting Associates
2001 Beverly Wise Hill, Bank of Lancaster County
2000 Joan Henderson, J.R. Henderson & Associates
1999 Anne Beiler, Auntie Anne’s, Inc.
1998 Deborah Prather, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
1997 Susan Savage, Abel/Savage Marketing & Communications, Inc.
1996 Joanne Ladley, Kitchen Kettle Foods, Inc.
1995 Nancy Frankhouser, Lancaster Regional Medical Center
1994 Sandra Stevens, Pinnacle Mortgage Investment Corp.


Small Businessperson of the Year Award

2017 Steve Wolgemuth, YDOP

This award recognizes a small business owner, partner or major shareholder of a company with 100 or fewer employees which has demonstrated growth in sales or volume, created new jobs and has contributed positively to the community.

Past Recipients:

2016 Deb Brandt, Fig Industries
2015 Rick Rodgers, Rodgers & Associates
2014 Shaun Balani, Travel Time
2013 Mary Kohler, The H&H Group
2012 Michael DeBerdine, Rhoads Energy Corporation
2011 Liz Martin, Martin Insurance Agency and Ironstone Spring Farm
2010 Michael Mitchell, Amelia's Inc.
2009 Michael Biggerstaff, Nxtbook Media, LLC
2008 Michael Walmer, Electron Energy Corporation
2007 David McIlwaine, HVAC Distributors, Inc.
2006 Chip Cargas, Cargas Systems
2005 Daryl Heller, Premier Companies, LLC
2004 Richard Stauffer, RGS Associates, Inc.
2003 Steve Risk, Paul Risk Associates, Inc.
2002 Ken Gabron, Gabron & Gabron (Gabron Lighting)
2001 Kent Martin, Signature Custom Cabinetry
2000 Robert Holbrook, True Precision Plastics
1999 Emanual Lapp, Lapp Electrical Service, Inc.
1998 Samuel Stolzfus, Keystone Wood Specialties, Inc.
1997 Shaun Balani, Travel Time Travel Agency, Inc.
1996 Merrell Clark, Lawn Equipment Parts Company
1995 Walt Legenstein, Certified Carpet, Inc.
1994 Michael W. Brubaker, Brubaker Consulting
1993 Paul Hollinger, WDAC Radio Company
1992 Kirby Martzall, LMA Consulting Group
1991 Boyer Veitch, Veitch Printing Corporation
1990 Lloyd Hambright, Hambright Associates
1989 Ken Kise, The Hermidifier Company
1988 Earl Hess, Lancaster Laboratories, Inc.


Exemplar Award

2017 J. Gary Langmuir, Wohlsen Construction Company

This award recognizes a local business or individual who best exemplifies The Chamber’s mission, has made significant contributions to the business community and helped improve Lancaster County’s quality of life through private sector enterprise. The award recognizes someone who has made significant contributions to community organizations and has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Lancaster Community. To submit names of individuals for consideration, contact Tom Baldrige.

Past Recipients:

2016 George Rettew, RETTEW
2015 Philip R. Wenger, Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwiches
2014 Turkey Hill Dairy, LP
2013 WGAL-TV
2012 John O. Shirk  (Posthumously)
2011 Scott Smith and Fulton Financial Corporation
2010 Lancaster General Health
2009 Luke Brubaker, Brubaker Farms
2008 Carlos Graupera, Spanish American Civic Association
2007 Joseph Nolt, Murray Risk Management and Insurance
2006 Walt Legenstein, Certified Carpet, Inc.
2005 Donald Roseman, Acorn Press
2004 Darvin Boyd (Posthumously)
2003 Fulton Opera House, Deidre Simmons & Ellen Groff
2002 Chris E McMurtrie, Engle Hambright & Davies
2001 K. L. Shirk, Shirk, Reist, Wagenseller & Mecum
2000 Rufus Fulton & Fulton Financial
1999 Anne Sweigart & D & E Communications
1998 John Hallgren & R.R. Donnelley
1997 William Adams, retired, Armstrong World Industries
1996 Marlin Thomas & Willow Valley Resort & Conference Center
1995 S. Dale High & High Industries
1994 (adjusted to year award is received)
1993 Robert F. Groff, Jr., Groff Funeral Home
1992 Steinman Family & Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
1991 John I. Hartman, Jr., Hartman Underhill & Brubaker
1990 R. Wesley Shope & Educators Mutual Life Ins. Co.
1989 Wilson D. McElhinny & Hamilton Bank
1988 Dr. Earl H. Hess & Lancaster Laboratories, Inc.
1987 Joseph L. Jones & Armstrong World Industries, Inc.


Delp Award

2016 Gene Garber

The George C. Delp Award is presented annually to a resident of Lancaster County who has made a significant personal contribution to the agricultural community. The individual demonstrates outstanding dedication and commitment to preserving and enhancing agriculture in Lancaster.

Past Recipients:

2015 Daniel Heller, Flintrock Farms
2014 Lancaster Farming
2013 Deb Seibert, Manheim Central High School
2012 Don Hoover, Binkley & Hurst, LP
2011 Donald McNutt, Lancaster County Conservation District
2010 Jay Mylin, Lancaster DHIA
2009 Luke Brubaker, Brubaker Farms
2008 George Hurst, Oregon Dairy Farm, LLC
2007 Senator Mike Brubaker
2006 Charles Hoober, Hoober, Inc.
2005 Barry Shaw, Wenger’s Feed Mill, Inc.
2004 Paul R. Sauder, RW Sauder, Inc.
2003 Allen R. Rider, retired, CNH America, LLC
2002 Glenn Shirk
2001 Dr. John H. Schwartz
2000 Donald E. Horn
1999 Senator Noah Wenger
1998 Darvin Boyd
1997 Kenneth M. Rutt, Edgefield Farms
1996 Donald Robinson
1995 Melvin Wenger
1994 Everett Newswanger
1993 Paul B. Whipple
1992 Jay W. Irwin
1991 Amos H. Funk
1990 M. Maxwell Smith
1989 George Hurst