Vigon exec helped cultivate international market
Steve Somers of Vigon International, based in East Stroudsburg, is a finalist for the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award in Greater Philadelphia.
The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Somers was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges and his selection was fortified by the company’s development of an international market for its sales. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 11 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.
Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities from more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Cal., on Nov. 14. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum as the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia officially open
Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark officially opened today, May 1, welcoming guests to the biggest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, and the largest and the most unique waterpark hotel in a single phase.
The $163 million, eight-story Camelback Lodge with 453 rooms that accommodates groups of six guests, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, transforms Camelback Resort into a year-round family and adventure destination. It complements Camelback’s existing seasonal outdoor recreation that includes Camelbeach outdoor waterpark, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, the longest zipline in the U.S., a treetops obstacle course, mountain coaster and more, Camelback Lodge will serve as the largest ski in/ski out indoor waterpark resort in the U.S.
“Camelback Resort has been a place for friends and family to gather for more than 50 years,” said Camelback Resort co-owner Arthur Berry III. “With the opening of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, we now offer more year-round adventure in one mountain location than anywhere else in the country.”
Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark sprawls 125,000 square-feet, and is the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast, boasting seven pools, 13 waterslides and a many distinctive water attractions. It includes Storm Chaser, the longest gravity-defying uphill water coaster to exist in any indoor waterpark in the U.S.; Venus SlydeTrap, a world-premiere attraction that combines three exhilarating waterslide experiences in one; The Lost River, an immersive, theatrical and dark adventure river experience featuring amusement park level theming; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first “Next Generation” fully themed and immersive multi-level exploration AquaPlay structure.
Other favorites include The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool, Bombora FlowRider surfing simulator, Mystic Springs indoor/outdoor family hot tub and several waterslides that appeal to everyone from brave thrill seekers to timid toddlers. Situated under 1.5 acres of Texlon transparent roof – the largest install in North America – Aquatopia’s innovative design allows guests to soak up the sun indoors at a steady, comfortable 84-degrees, year-round with more than 120 highly trained lifeguards.
There’s also a rock climbing wall, a gameroom for youngsters and a laser game room, indoor miniature golf, a spa and fitness center as well as restaurants, lounge areas and a coffee shop.
Marshalls Creek native named president of leading accounting firm
Nationally acclaimed accounting firm CohnReznick LLP, has named Marshalls Creek native Ryan Henigan, a partner in the Firm’s Baltimore office, president of the Construction Financial Management Association’s Maryland chapter.
Established in 1990, the Maryland chapter represents general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, engineering firms, material suppliers, and associate services. Henigan, who has been on the CFMA Maryland Board for nine years, will lead the chapter’s ongoing mission to provide education and information essential to the success and growth of construction financial professionals.
“I am excited and honored to take on the role of president of CFMA Maryland, an organization whose mission has been essential to my own development as a construction financial professional,” said Henigan. “As we enter our 25th year, I embrace this opportunity to lead our chapter toward continued success.”
Henigan leads CohnReznick’s Construction Industry Practice in the firm’s Baltimore office. He has 17 years of experience providing audit and management advisory services to a variety of national and local real estate developers, homebuilders, general contractors and sub-contractors. A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, Henigan has extensive experience assessing internal control structures of clients and providing recommendations for improvement as well as expertise in contractor cost certification reporting in accordance with federal and state agency affordable housing requirements.
In addition to CFMA Maryland, Henigan is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Penn State Ext.to hold class in Monroe on ways businesses find volunteers
Penn State Extension is offering a class for groups that depend on volunteers to help carry out their mission. The class titled Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program will be held June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Extension office.
Fire companies, faith-based groups, neighborhood civic organizations, youth athletic associations, environmental advisory committees and many human service organizations are challenged to find volunteers to help carry out their programs.
Tools for an Effective Volunteer Program helps managers of volunteer programs improve volunteer recruitment and orientation, identify and manage risks, and plan recognition of volunteer efforts appropriate to the organization and the volunteers themselves.
Register for the workshop online at http://extension.psu.edu/managing-volunteers. For more information, call Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wallenpaupack hotel joins historical group
The Greene-Dreher Historical Society has invited local businesses in the Wallenpaupack area to participate in its mission to promote, protect, and preserve the history of Greene and Dreher Townships. Michael Seagraves of The Hotel is the latest local business partner.
As a 2015 business partner, local businesses will provide financial support to the society, and at the same time, enhance their visibility with the membership, museum visitors and the communities of Greene and Dreher Township. The Newfoundland Hotel and Restaurant was established in 1933. The Seagraves family purchased The Hotel in 1976, and the restaurant currently is operated by Michael and Kathleen Seagraves.
Pocono Medical Center gets A grade from safety survey
Pocono Medical Center’s dedication to patient safety has merited an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Quality and patient safety are always top priorities for our medical staff and entire team and this important national recognition of an A grade demonstrates to the community that Pocono Medical Center provides safe and excellent care, close to home,” said Jeff Snyder, president and CEO of Pocono Medical Center.
“Pocono Medical Center’s A grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.
Study finds PA hospitals contributing more to local economy
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania recently released its newest figures reflecting Pennsylvania hospitals’ high fiscal impact on the state.
All hospitals — nonprofit and investor-owned combined — contributed more than $111 billion to local and state economies during 2014, an increase of almost $7 billion from 2013.
The more than $111 billion in economic contributions––$48 billion directly and $63 billion indirectly—includes the support of nearly 591,000 jobs in the commonwealth. Hospitals provide about one in 10 jobs in Pennsylvania, employing nearly 271,000 people directly and creating another 320,000 spinoff jobs.
Every dollar directly spent by hospitals results in an additional $1.30 spent in other parts of the economy through additional investments, resource utilization and purchasing power.
“Hospitals and health systems have always been critical to the state’s overall health, and now, in addition to that important role, they are becoming increasingly vital to the success of Pennsylvania’s economic health,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter.
Carter noted that the Wolf Administration’s proposed 2015–2016 state budget calls for $166.5 million in hospital payment cuts that could jeopardize hospital services, jobs, and investments. “Cuts of this magnitude would undermine the hard-won progress achieved to date,” said Carter.