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Chairman’s Column By Tom Gockowski CBCC Chairman of the Board


elcome to the Innovation edition of The Business & Arts Journal, a magazine of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

If there has ever been a time that Innovation has played an important role in business, it is certainly now. The pandemic has not only elevated the need for businesses to upgrade their technology, it has changed the way in which we do business, hold meetings, make connections – even sell our products. To this end, Innovation played a role in many, if not all, of the Chamber’s events this year. Not only did we hold many virtual events, figuring out how to maximize involvement, engagement and connection, we have also produced a Chamber talk show, video tours and online exhibits. Our FilmFest was a hybrid event, stretching out over a weekend, combining an outdoor FilmFest with speakers here in Bucks County, as well as featuring speakers virtually from across the country. Additionally, we celebrated the theme of Innovation at our two-day Annual Business Conference. The first day featured Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Independence Health Group, parent company of Independence Blue Cross. Brian introduced the luncheon speaker, Mike Vennera, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and head of the IBX Center for Innovation. The Innovation Lab provides space for collaboration, creativity, and rest – so essential for creatively solving crisis and challenges. The day culminated in a presentation on the latest technology studied by the Naval War College featuring Professor John E. Jackson, author of One Nation Under Drones. Day Two of the Annual Business Conference provided a full day of online learning experiences centered around the changing way we are elevating our companies. From understanding google analytics to creating an effective marketing plan in today’s environment, the day featured presenters from among the Chamber membership and was produced by the Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Committee. I encourage you to look through the pages of this issue and learn how your fellow professionals are pivoting and continuing to thrive and grow. You should also consider checking out the Chamber’s media library, found on our website, www. There, you can check out programs and events that you may have missed, watch business videos provided by sponsors and members, and view our talk show – Chamber Chat, featuring the latest community and business news. As always, if you have questions or need one-on-one business counseling from learning how to maximize your Zoom usage to whether or not to become an LLC, please contact the Chamber and we will organize a free learning experience for you through our Entrepreneurial Advisor Program. Always remember, Growing Your Business Is OUR Business™

In this issue.. Innovation has always been vital to business success. And, this is true now more than ever. In the Innovation Issue of The Business & Arts Journal, we invite you to check out the variety of ways in which your fellow members have used innovation to lead them toward a better business – and life. Get to know our board members and staff, how to join the Chamber (if, gasp, you’re not already a member), and what events and programs have been held over the last few months. Please know, that if you are a member of our Chamber, you are welcome to appear in the pages of The Business & Arts Journal. Our next edition, coming out in the spring, focuses on RESTORATION. This can mean many things. Let us know how you find restoration. And, we also will share how many of the beautiful structures in Bucks County have been restored. Send your stories to Amanda Soler, Chief Operating Officer and Editor of The Business & Arts Journal, amanda@ And, please send your advertisements, your way of sharing and shaping your message, to Brad Sanders, Chief Marketing Officer & Graphic Designer of The Business & Arts Journal. The duo work together, with the Chamber team, to bring you a beautiful, crisp and informative magazine. Let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see in the future! DEADLINES: SPRING (Restoration): Editorial & Ad Space – March 1 SUMMER (Relaxation): Editorial & Ad Space – June 1 FALL (Motivation): Editorial & Ad Space – August 1 WINTER (Transformation): Editorial & Ad Space – November 1

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Mercer Hill at Doylestown


t Mercer Hill at Doylestown, the life of clients can be enhanced through lovely amenities, like the café/bistro, full-service restaurant, movie theater, art studio and wellness center, all designed with for comfort and enjoyment. Mercer Hill offers choices of independent living, personal care, and memory care apartment homes, all in one charming, well-planned community. Here, residents can take comfort that there is always someone at the ready, with a helping hand and a welcoming smile. Mercer Hill also takes pride that their residents are able to build friendships

among people who share similar hobbies and interests. Mercer Hill was designed for active lifestyles—with specialized activity spaces and a calendar full of planned events, parties, outings and a host of activities to choose from. Residents can relax with friends at the restaurant with a full menu from the chef, grab a coffee and a quick bite at the café/bistro, or enjoy a peaceful evening in with room service. Mercer Hill at Doylestown is designed and developed by Westrum Development Company, a leading residential real estate developer in the mid-Atlantic region with senior living communities completed, under construction, or planned in every

county in the Philadelphia metro area. Westrum Development Company’s brand of independent/personal care rental communities provide a highly amenitized and socially integrated environment that enables seniors to affordably age in place while enjoying the quality of life they desire and earned. (267) 884-0050 or visit The Journal

New president announced for Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC)


ouis P. Kassa, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center (PABC), became the center’s president in July 2022. He succeeds Timothy M. Block, PhD. The PABC, which is one of the nation’s most successful life sciences incubators, is managed by the Blumberg Institute. Both were launched by the Hepatitis B Foundation, which was created by Dr. Block, his wife Joan and Jan and Paul Witte just over 30 years ago. Kassa joined all three organizations in 2014. The PABC has grown dramatically in recent years and now has 80 member companies, 46 of which have operations on site, filling the center to capacity. In October the PABC will complete a $20 million expansion project centered around



a new building on its Doylestown campus. The rectangular, two-story structure will provide 15,000 square feet of new lab space, a more welcoming main entrance, additional offices and conference rooms plus a 200-seat event space. Most of the new space has been allocated to current member companies and the nonprofit organizations on site. In January, the PABC will be opening B.Labs at Cira Centre in partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust. B.Labs is a 50,000 Dr. Timothy Block and Louis P. Kassa. square-foot life science incubator in the Youth Services Agency, a non-profit social Schuylkill Yards neighborhood in University services agency. In 2017, Kassa co-founded City, Philadelphia. Family Foundations Partnership and is currently its chief executive officer. Before joining the PABC and its sister organizations, Kassa was state director A resident of Perkasie, Kassa earned a and chief operating officer of VisionQuest Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Penn State National Ltd., a behavioral health services University in 1993. He earned a Master provider. From 2015 to 2017, he worked of Public Administration from Villanova part-time as the chief executive officer for University in 2007. The Journal

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The Chamber’s Leadership Advancement Program was established in the early 1990’s. The program was designed to foster the next generation of leaders, helping them to connect with those who make things happen in Bucks County and beyond. From government and healthcare to education, the arts and business, the program builds connections and knowledge and takes participants to the next level as a corporate and community leader. Today, after meetings with the leaders of Fulton Bank, The Rose Group, community movers and shakers and the professionals who comprise the Chamber team, the program is moving itself up to the “next level.”


BUCKS COUNTY EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The newly designed and enhanced program takes a limited number of partipants on a journey toward understanding the inner workings of the region’s healthcare, government, arts and cultural community, and, of course, business. In addition, each session will end with one of the area’s top leaders sharing tips and strategies to help each participant craft their own leadership style. Each session begins with a Networking session, designed to foster close relationships among the class.

Leadership graduates from the past included, from left, Molly Lowell, Bob Campbell, Karen Lasorda, David Emery, Gloria Walker and Heather Cevasco.

Legislators and governmental leaders share their experiences as part of the Chamber’s Executive Leadership Program.


Leadership alumni pose at Fonthill, Doylestown. From left are Amanda Soler, Jack Skudris, Molly Lowell, Ken Heydt, Kelley Noftsger and Brad Sanders.

This beautiful winter scene, titled “Christmas Eve in Harleysville” by Daniel Fione (see artist’s bio below) was part of the 2021 Bucks Fever Art Exhibition held at the Mercantile at Doylestown (Story on page 10). We hope this image captures a scene that while depicting fun in the snow will warm your heart and celebrate the season. During an illustration class after an instructors some what less that stellar critique of pen and ink drawing, a student timidly rose and declared in an increasingly louder voice. That after leaving art school, he would never use pen and ink as medium for any drawing or illustration for the rest of his life. Almost 40 years and more than several art schools later, you are looking at the work of that student, who had a neophytes nerve to stand and proclaim the entire medium - persona non grata. Since that day, Dan has created pen and ink drawing and rendering for Advertising Agencies, Design Studies, Book Publishers, Industrial Companies, Medical Publishers and Product Manufacturers. The subjects have varied from kid’s toys like Knex Toys, to editorial drawings like TV Guide Magazine, through food illustrations for Goya Foods and Acme Markets and medical art for companies like Saunders Medical Publishing and Springhouse Corporation. Today his pen and ink work has expanded to drawings of more personal nature, combining the legends of classical Mythology and current political events. To see the rest of Dan’s bio visit

- Daniel Fione

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Three Roadblocks to Consider in Today’s Economy employees so they can fulfill customer demand. Businesses may want to consider offering higher wages, greater workfrom-home flexibility and enhanced workplace and healthcare benefits.


he past 18 months have been hard for many small businesses and the effects of the pandemic continue to plague several sectors of the economy. Fortunately, many industries have bounced back, but there are still roadblocks that business owners need to navigate. The first obstacle is staffing shortages as many businesses struggle to fill open positions. Business owners need to prioritize recruiting and retaining

The second roadblock stems from supply chain issues due to the disrupted inventory caused by the pandemic. Businesses should ensure they have sufficient funds to overcome these issues whether that entails paying more to traditional sources or working to source from new suppliers closer to home. By prioritizing supply chains, business owners can help guarantee a steady flow of products for their clients. The third issue is rising inflation which continues to make products and supplies more expensive. The Consumer Price Index shows that inflation increased 4.5%

from the same time last year. Managing inflationary pressures could include focusing on receivable collections to shorten the working capital cycle, placing more emphasis on productivity and efficiencies, locking in interest rates on floating rate debt and even considering small price increases for customers. Companies with strong cash flow and liquidity will likely fare better than those that fail to keep significant cash on hand as they are better prepared to bridge any income gaps during hard economic times. They are also in a better position to pivot and take advantage of opportunities that may arise. Accordingly, it is important for business owners to work closely with their financial advisors and lenders to ensure they have the cash padding needed to handle inflation or further economic turmoil. Univest is here to help. Contact us to see what’s possible! 877-723-5571 or The Journal

Reinventing oneself in the middle market


hough counterintuitive, the worst business axiom is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Often, the biggest challenge leaders face is shepherding change. On a radio show many years ago, I said I consider my main role as CEO is “managing transitions.” It seemed that WAS my full-time job! Growing businesses must constantly evolve and adapt. The hackneyed term today is “pivot.” Occasionally to grow or even survive, you often have to reinvent. The variety of thinking styles depicted above exists in practically every organization. This poses a challenge to the CEO in determining the “gestalts” from where each key stakeholder sits. This is



layered on top of the Jim Collins “Good to Great” analysis that’s focused on figuring out who can do what and where should people sit on the bus. People are naturally resistant to change. Some don’t possess the critical thinking style to rationalize the need for reinvention. Others may have it but just may not like where their new seat on the bus will be. It’s a tough task and the CEO has to think outside of himself or herself to truly be objective. We’ll explore this topic of reinvention some more in future entries, but in order to scale, it’s inevitable that a small business has to make significant changes to their business model. As alluded, this often comes with organizational change. The alternatives are to remain status quo and run on a treadmill while talented employees leave for greener pastures. The other option is to

be acquired by a bigger company that has the capital and infrastructure to scale. This gets to the heart of why there’s a dearth of middle market companies. The Journal

Hepatitis B Foundation Board of Directors selects Dr. Chari Cohen to succeed Dr. Timothy Block as president A co-founder of the nonprofit, Dr. Block will continue his involvement as executive chair of the Hepatitis B Foundation’s Board of Directors he Hepatitis B Foundation, a global nonprofit organization based in Doylestown, announced that Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH, senior vice president, has become president of the Foundation.


stakeholders to help us prepare the world for a functional cure for hepatitis B. It will be a privilege to lead this team of worldchangers toward the next step in our mission to bring a cure to everyone.”

Timothy M. Block, PhD, president, CEO and co-founder of the organization, shared the news at the International HBV meeting in Toronto, which was organized by the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Su Wang, MD, MPH, FACP, who is president of the World Hepatitis Alliance and a practicing Chari Cohen, DrPH, MPH with Dr. Timothy Block. physician and advocate for people living Against Hepatitis in People of African Origin with hepatitis B, has worked closely with Dr. Cohen in those roles and as a member of the (CHIPO), which she co-launched in 2004. Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2008, Dr. Cohen led publication of the first article to document the “We wouldn’t be where we are in our progress towards Hepatitis B elimination if underestimation of hepatitis B in the U.S. and offered an updated estimate in 2010, it weren’t for [Dr. Cohen]” Dr. Wang said. which changed the discussion around the “You seldom find someone who is both true number of people living with HBV in a well-respected scientist and a highly our country and helped to prioritize it as influential advocate in the policy arena. Her collaborative and innovative nature has an urgent public health need. Dr. Cohen has led the call for universal HBV testing helped make the Hepatitis B Foundation a global leader in the hepatitis space. She has and vaccination and spearheaded the a long history of recruiting and developing first Externally Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting on hepatitis B in excellent staff, and as a team, they are cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug leading the way with unique and robust Administration. programs for the Hepatitis B Foundation. There is no better person to take the Dr. Cohen designed the Gateway to Care Foundation into the future.” campaign in Haimen City, China, and is the architect of the Foundation’s highly Dr. Cohen earned a master’s in public successful #justB storytelling program. health at Temple University in 2001. She received a doctorate in community health She is co-chair of Hep B United, a national and prevention from Drexel University in 2015 and was honored with the Leadership coalition in 22 states and 30 cities to Excellence Award and Outstanding Promise address and eliminate hepatitis B. She is co-founder and director of Hep B United Doctoral Award. Philadelphia, a coalition and campaign to A widely published scholar with more than increase testing, vaccination and linkage 40 published peer-reviewed journal articles, to care in local high-risk communities. She is co-chair of Hep Free PA, sits on the Dr. Cohen is an associate professor at the steering committee of the HBV Forum for Blumberg Institute, and adjunct associate Collaborative Research and is a member of professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth the AASLD Patient Advocacy Group. School of Medicine.

“Stepping away from the presidency of the Foundation is much easier for me knowing that Chari will be my successor,” Dr. Block said. “She brings amazing passion and commitment to our mission. Her energy and enthusiasm make her a natural leader and a global authority on hepatitis B, hepatitis D and liver cancer public health research, policy and advocacy. The programs she has led and launched at the Foundation have done enormous good for our organization and the people we serve. The Hepatitis B Foundation and people affected by viral hepatitis and liver cancer will be in good hands.” Dr. Block has been president since launching the organization in 1991 with his wife, Joan Block, and Janine and Paul Witte. Next July he will become executive chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and will begin a sabbatical to continue his research and teach at Yale University. Dr. Cohen joined the Foundation in 2001 and, working with Joan Block, developed its public health, policy and advocacy program into a formidable and internationally influential operation. “I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to build on the legacy of Joan and Tim Block, who created this wonderful organization and brought it to global prominence,” Dr. Cohen said. “Their leadership has positioned the Foundation to continue expanding on our strengths and uniquely collaborate with patients, providers, advocates and other


She is the Principal Investigator of numerous private and federal grants for research and public health, including a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue building the nationwide Hep B United coalition. She chairs the Coalition

A resident of Newtown, Pa., Dr. Cohen was chosen for the inaugural class of the Bucks County 40 Under 40 in 2012. Her husband, Paul R. Cohen, is an attorney and partner with Curtin & Heefner, a law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Their daughter, Marissa, is a freshman at Muhlenberg College. The Journal The FALL/WINTER issue 2021


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Were On Hand to Help Potential Inc.


he Government officials and members of the Central and Lower Bucks Chambers of Commerce joined Potential staff members in cutting the ribbon and opening its new Warminster center. Pictured (from left): Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce representative Anna

Bogiatzis, State Representative Meghan Schroeder, Potential Donor Relationship Manager Hillary Sawyer, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Membership Deborah Wagner, Potential Founder, President and CEO Kristine Quinby, State Representative Wendi

Thomas, Kevin Bongarzone on behalf of U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, and Donna Elms on behalf of State Senator Maria Collett. Holding the ribbon are some of our little helpers in attendance. The Journal

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35th Annual Bucks Fever Art Exhibition The Mercantile at Doylestown played host to the Bucks Fever Art Exhibition sponsored by William and Laurie Schutt. Brooke Henningsen and Ashara Shapiro, Mercantile Founder and Creative Director respectively helped the Bucks Fever Art Exhibition Committee of the Chamber to produce a show that featured fine works of art from some of the County’s top artists. The Preview Reception featured wine from Buckingham Valley Vineyards and light fare courtesy of Simply Fresh. photography by: Jung Wi, Allure West Studios

AWARD PATRONS BUCKS COUNTY SCULPTURE AWARD Dedicated to honor the late Dr. Selma Burke who established the Chamber’s Sculpture Show Payton Jewelry FIRST PLACE Phillips & Donovan Architects, LLC SECOND PLACE Brooke Henningsen, The Mercantile at Doylestown THIRD PLACE The Graphic Edge (Designer of the Bucks Fever Art Exhibition Invitation)

Members of the Art Exhibition Committee have not missed a year, even within the pandemic, of hosting the Bucks Fever Art Exhibition and the Preview Reception. Shown from left are Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio (Bentis Consulting Worldwide), Howard Cooperman (Artists Coaching & Mentoring), Pat Achilles (Artist/Illustrator), Joe Phillips (Phillips & Donovan Architects), Deborah Wagner (The Graphic Edge), Committee Chair John Bray (Atlantic Aquatic Engineering, Inc.), Helen Amelsberg (Vacation Crusadors) and Art Exhibition Benefactors William and Laurie Schutt.

Artist Daniel Fione. Artist Aurelia Nieves-Callwood

At the mic are Benefactor William Schutt and Committee Chair John Bray.

Benefactors of the Bucks Fever Art Exhibition Laurie and William Schutt.

Sponsor and Founder of the Mercantile at Doylestown Brooke Henningsen with Creative Director Ashara Shapiro.

Brenda Bray and artist John Kazary.

Artist Pamela Hamilton.



Artist Deb Hoeffner signed the book, Tucker, illustrated by her at the Preview Reception.

Artist Deborah Wagner.

Artist Dennis Wise.

Artist Elsa Wise.

Greeter and committee member Helen Amelsberg.

Edye and Howard Cooperman.

Artist Janet Mintzer.

Jean Cauller submitted the work of her late father Stephen Swartchick and it garnered the Dr. Selma Burke Sculpture Award sponsored by Payton Jewelry.

Artist Jim McGinnis.

Artist Michael Leaver won First Prize, Sponsored by Phillips Donovan Architects.

Artist Kristin Benson Horoff. Artist Angela Fonde

Artist Lucia Grilleto. Shurley & Michael Stumpf, Debbie Wagner, Lou & Janet Mintzer, and Lisa Hanover.

Artist Michael J. Stumpf.

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Digital Innovations


ill and Vicky Waite started Bucks County Magazine in the fall of 1992 during a time when the production of the magazine involved doing paste up on boards and sending them out to a color separation house. This was an expensive operation, and it took away time that could have been used for selling advertising and increasing our reader base. With digital innovations, we can now produce the product press-ready, an extra two weeks to sell advertising.

digital technology, we netted substantial savings in labor and lengthened our selling cycle.

Making use of this new digital world allowed us to not only advance in our production of the product, but also it has opened entirely new markets for us. We now are able to sell digital copies of the magazine. We bring new readers from all over the world through our website, and we have received advertising revenue from our new newsletter, internet ads Bill remembers when he went to an art and the other products, such as our new store to get letter stencils to create the Doylestown Town & Country magazine, logo. In 1992 the digital age was just because of the significant time savings beginning for magazine publishers and for we get from using innovative new a lot of the production, we were still using technologies. Now, getting close to our the old methods of paste-up and prepress 30th Anniversary in the Fall of 2022, we color separations. We equipped our office can say that our strategic use of digital with Apple desktop computers and by 1993 technology has allowed us produce print we eliminated paste-up all together, but and digital magazines, web pages, a still had to rely on outside sources for color newsletter, new products and raise the separations. By 1998 we eliminated the quality of our magazine at the same need for color separations and the need time—a win-win situation. To learn more to send our prepress to an outside source. about Bucks County Magazine, By staying on the edge of this emerging visit The Journal



Pine Run Retirement Community Dedicates ‘Never Forget’ Garden to Honor Veterans


ine Run Retirement Community marked Veterans Day 2021 with several events, including the dedication of a “Never Forget Garden,” part of a nationwide initiative to plant gardens and place specially made markers to recognize, remember and honor U.S. veterans.

recognition breakfast held on Veterans Day at each location. “From our annual veterans’ breakfasts to the veterans’ memorial at The Village to the Military Order of Pine Run, we are all committed to pausing to recognize the service and sacrifice of our Pine Run residents and associates who served in the military,” said Maria Santangelo, Executive Director of Pine Run Retirement Community. “We thank them for their dedication and devotion on Veterans Day and every day.”

Part of the Doylestown Health network, Pine Run every year honors veterans who live at each of its locations: independent living at The Village, personal care at Pine Run Lakeview, and skilled nursing and memory care at The Pine Run Health Center. Veterans were honored at a special The Veterans Day festivities included the unveiling of the community’s new Never

Forget Garden. Pine Run resident Thomas J. Barnett, a veteran, first approached Pine Run administrators about the Never Forget Garden in 2019. Barnett served as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from 1953 to 1954 and is a life member of the tomb’s Society of the Honor Guard, which first proposed the nationwide Never Forget Garden project. “The Never Forget Garden is really based on the Tomb guards’ motto,” said Barnett. “We have a motto that says, ‘A soldier never dies until he is forgotten. Tomb guards never forget.’” The Journal About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health: Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we approach our second century of healthcare delivery. To honor our centennial, Doylestown Health launched an ambitious comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, to elevate the patient experience to new heights and unlock our full potential to deliver exceptional care. Philanthropic support of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health will fund transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology. For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215-345-2009.

Tom Barnett stands in the new Never Forget Garden at Pine Run Retirement Community in Doylestown Township with his daughters Lisa Barnett, Carol Rorbaugh, son-in-law Mark Rorbaugh, and Donna Blizzard. Barnett, of Doylestown, served as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from 1953 to 1954. He helped lead the effort to create Pine Run’s Never Forget Garden, a nationwide initiative to plant gardens and place specially made markers to recognize, remember and honor U.S. veterans. About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health: Doylestown Health is beginning a bold new chapter as we approach our second century of healthcare delivery. To honor our centennial, Doylestown Health launched an ambitious comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health, to elevate the patient experience to new heights and unlock our full potential to deliver exceptional care.

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Three Ways to Leverage Technology in Employee Benefit Administration


echnology continues to permeate many aspects of today’s workplace and the area of benefit administration is no exception. Digital platforms provide tools that are intuitive, intelligent and accessible 24/7,

enabling employees to easily access and use their benefits from anywhere. Chatbots, as an example, are becoming much more commonly utilized as an HR tool. It is not uncommon today for an employee to strike up a conversation with one of these AI-

based systems when seeking answers from a carrier regarding their benefits. Here are a few other ways you can utilize technology to enhance employee benefit administration:

DIGITIZING TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCIES Conversion of data from paper-based records to a digital format can drastically improve access to benefits, allowing a more efficient transfer of data between the company, carriers, payroll company and other vendors. STREAMLINING THE BENEFITS EXPERIENCE Through benefit administration platforms, employees can access benefit data and process enrollment and eligibility actions from anywhere, anytime. As an added bonus, by streamlining the employee benefit experience, companies can ease the burden on their HR staff, saving them valuable time and money. MORE EASILY MAINTAIN COMPLIANCE With the amount of data involved in benefit administration today, along with the fluidity of compliance rules and regulations, it’s easy to make mistakes and fall out of compliance. Through digital platforms, not only is data more easily and accurately maintained, but many vendors include compliance resources to assist a business owner or HR staff in compliance issues. The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce offers its members access to My Benefit Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, including voluntary offerings. For more information about My Benefit Advisor, visit our website at or contact Christopher Sloane at (610) 684-6933. The Journal





Congratulations to the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce on 75 years of service to the community!

Linda J. Hollenback, MSEd, CPRW College/Career Strategist



CEO Briefing Sponsored by Fulton Bank and Hill Wallack A CEO Briefing was held on the morning of October 14 at The Hattery – Doylestown. Publisher of the Bucks County Herald, Joseph Wingert talked about leading the family business and the changes in the world of publishing. Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

Joseph Wingert (Bucks County Herald), Speaker, with Frank Sullivan (Hill Wallack LLP), Sponsor.

John Stanojev, MRFC (Capital Insurance & Investment Planning, Inc.) and Brendan Daly (Equitable Advisors).

Lindsay Kephart (Kephart Integrative Medicine), Kevin Crook (Raymond James), Helen Amelsberg (Vacation Crusaders), and Anne-Marie Mettus (Portraits by Anne-Marie).

Jennifer Nelson (Your Stories: Memories into Memoirs) and Judy Arnold (//NKST).

Editor of the Bucks County Herald Bridget Wingert with Catherine Cavella (IP Works Law) and Andrew Robinson (Gotcha Covered).

Bridget Wingert (Bucks County Herald) and Mary-jo May (Special Equestrians).

Francis Sullivan (Hill Wallack LLP).

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ANNUAL BUSINESS Two Day Annual Business Conference Annual Business Conference Sponsored by NJM Day One Sponsored by Penn Community Bank with Special Support from Grandview Health


he first day of the Annual Business Conference featured videos showcasing exhibiting members that went out to all members and Chamber followers. The videos reside on the Chamber website and can be viewed throughout the coming years. The video exhibition was followed by a Networking Event, “Meet the Leaders,” held just prior to the Annual Business Conference Luncheon. The networking event was followed by a Luncheon Sponsored by Penn Community Bank and Grandview Health. Speakers on

Innovation included Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Independence Health Group, Parent Company of Independence Blue Cross. Brian introduced the luncheon speaker Mike Vennera, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Independence Blue Cross. Mike oversees the company’s information services, business transformation, and informatics divisions. He is also responsible for developing and executing the company’s business technology strategy for growth as well as the company’s innovation efforts. He presented on Innovation and shared strategies that attendees could incorporate

effectively within their own companies The event culminated with speaker John E. Jackson, a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education. He teaches in the area of National Security Affairs and serves as Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. A long-time proponent of emerging technology he is the author of “One Nation Under Drones,” published by the United States Naval Institute. Thanks to the Doylestown/Lahaska Bookshop, attendees of the day-long program could purchase the book and have it signed by Professor Jackson. The Journal

Supporting Sponsors included Penn Color, Inc. and TebWeb Innovations. Media Sponsor was Bucks County Herald. Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

E NFERENCE Sponsor Jeane Vidoni (Penn Community Bank) flanked by speakers Mike Vennera, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Independence Blue Cross, left, and author John E. Jackson, a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education.

Sponsor Interim President & CEO at Grand View Health Douglas Hughes with Speakers Mike Vennera, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Independence Blue Cross, Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Independence Health Group, Parent Company of Independence Blue Cross, and author John E. Jackson, a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education.

William Maeglin (Fulton Bank) and Don Barbuto (Marsh McLennan).

Gloria Walker (Mary Kay Cosmetics), Sally Parham (Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce) and Anita Campbell (Campbell & Associates).

Thomas Brunt (TebWeb Innovations) filmed the event.

Curtis Lowe spoke on behalf of NJM, the Benefactor of the two-day Annual Business Conference.



Blair Rush (C&N), Douglas Hughes, Interim CEO and Mark Horne, Chief Operating Officer of Grand View Health, Lunch Sponsor.

Michael Araten (Sterling Drive Ventures & The Rodon Group) and Phil Jaurigue (Sabre Sytems).


Sponsored by NJM Insurance Annual Business Conference Sponsored by NJM Day two Sponsored by My Benefit Advisors


ay two of the Innovation-themed Annual Business Conference featured a day of 30 minute, free, virtual Business Building sessions. Rosalin Petrucci (J.G. Petrucci Co., Inc.), Art D’Angelo, CLU, ChFC (Insure4Life) and Lisa Martin (Costco).

Included in the sessions were Build a Better Marketing Plan Presented by Judy Arnold; Build a Better Website Presented by Seth Goldstein; Build a Better Business Reputation with Google Reviews Presented

by James Gunther; Building a Better Brand by Franco Salerno; and Building Safer Cyber Systems Presented by Attorney Carey Kulp, Volpe and Koenig, PC The virtual keynote presentation, called Business the Future of Your Business Community featured Robin Weissman is the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Executive Director and CEO and Former Secretary of Banking. The Journal

Robin Wiessmann Served as Keynote Speaker


Ryan Dougherty (Penn Color, Inc.) handled all audio visual to make the day’s program a success.

Krisy Elisii and Glenda Childs (Doylestown/ Lahaska Bookshop) were on-hand to sell One Nation Under Drones by John E. Jackson after the luncheon event.

Day Two of the Annual Business Conference was a virtual day of learning and business growth.

s head of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Executive Director and CEO Robin L. Wiessmann oversees a staff of more than 330 employees in 16 divisions that work to expand affordable housing across Pennsylvania. She manages the day-today operations of the agency and directs multiple initiatives that promote affordable rental housing, support homeownership, provide no-cost housing counseling, fund local housing efforts and reduce home foreclosures. Under her leadership, PHFA has continued its commitment to renters, homebuyers and homeowners while employing new strategies to operate the agency more efficiently and deliver housing in the most fiscally responsible manner. To preserve and expand affordable housing in today’s challenging marketplace, Wiessmann has emphasized her commitment to partnerships that add financial and strategic value. She also is prioritizing PHFA’s efforts to leverage its funding, to attract additional investments for housing projects and multiplying the impact of the agency’s resources to achieve the most good. Prior to her position at PHFA, Wiessmann served as Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Non-Depository Supervisory Committee, and served as a member of eight other economic

development, policy, and supervisory boards, including the Public School Employees’ Retirement System and State Employees’ Retirement System. She is served as board Secretary of CSBS, and Trustee of the Investor Protection Trust. She continues to serve on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Wiessmann’s previous public service positions included Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Treasurer of Pennsylvania and Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Philadelphia. During her private career, Wiessmann was a founding Principal and President of Artemis Capital Group, the first women-owned investment banking firm on Wall Street, and held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and served as a Director of the MetPro Corporation. In addition, Wiessmann served as Chairman of the board for Vantagepoint Funds Mutual Fund, an Act 40 company, and on the board of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, a self-regulatory organization under the SEC. In 2019, she received a lifetime achievement award as a Philadelphia Inquirer Influencer of Finance. She is a recipient of the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers Law School, from which she earned a law degree, and is a graduate of Lafayette College. Wiessmann is a Qualified Financial Expert. The Journal The FALL/WINTER issue 2021


Business &Arts Award

This year, the Chamber celebrated 75 years since it incorporated in 1946. From a humble beginning of about 25 business men, the Chamber grew in numbers and programs

Sponsored by Syd and Sharon Martin

Day two of the Innovation-themed Annual Business Conference featured a day of 30 minute, free, virtual Business Building sessions.

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Included in the sessions were Build a Better Marketing Plan Presented by Judy Arnold; Build a Better Website Presented by Seth Goldstein; Build a Better Business Reputation with Google Reviews Presented by James Gunther; Building a Better Brand by Franco Salerno; and Building Safer Cyber Systems Presented by Attorney Carey Kulp, Volpe and Koenig, PC The virtual keynote presentation, called Business the Future of Your Business Community featured Robin Weissman is the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), Executive Director and CEO and Former Secretary of Banking. The Journal

Tom Gockowski, Chamber Chairman of the Board, congratulated Mark Mercure for the many donations and contributions DRS has made to the arts community at the Annual Business Conference.

Today, the organization boasts a 501(c) non-profit charitable organization, an arts and cultural program known well beyond the region, known as Bucks Fever and a wealth of programs designed to grow business, enhance the community’s renown for arts and culture, and foster professional relationships and leadership skills Bucks Beautiful and Youth Aid Panels are just two of the programs established by the Chamber and launched into the community to become impactful and free standing programs. Celebrate our past as we look to a future with many more innovations and programs that will help the newest generation of business leaders to become successful, thriving and vibrant. The Journal

A Look Back…

At a Business & Professional Dinner in the 1980’s, Maryanne and John Fuhr.

Walter Ware, Chamber Senior Talent Service Coordinator and Dorothy Bartel, formerly with Fidelity Bank, in front of the site of the Chamber’s home for over a decade at 115 West Court Street.

Michael J. Stumpf

Ho nored!

Stephen Barth Photography


at Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland featuring Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross


Photojournalism-Bill Baker

January 28, 2022 at 8 a.m.

Jeffrey Parris (Penn Color, Inc.), Claudia Bonfiglio (Copy Magic Business Services), Marie Lee (First Valley Bank) and David Crane (Plumstead Studios). Seated Marian Jensen Barford, Kathleen Belsky, Dr. Selma Burke, Sculptor and Founder of the Bucks County Sculpture Show. Robert W. Moore.


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Look through these two photos of committee chairs from 1988 and see who you can spot!

The late John Knoell (John Knoell & Son), George Michael (George E. Michael, Inc.), the late Barbara Dommel (Kenny’s News Agency) and the late Milton Rutherford (Rutherford’s Camera Shop).

Journalism -Bill Baker

A memory of a bus trip to the state capitol in the early 2000’s from Art D’Angelo.

The late Jack Thompson (The Thompson Organization).

Father and son Edgar and Kevin Putman (Penn Color, Inc.).

Tom and Barb Hebel (Bucks Country Gardens).

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continued... Chamber celebrated 75 years since it incorporated in 1946.

Past Chamber Presidents Bob Campbell, Rusty Angstadt, Michael Stumpf with Lynn Taylor, Architect, plan for a Chamber move in the 1980’s.

Mayor of Doylestown Ron Strouse back in the day.

Dr. Vail Garvin FACHE fondly remembers winning the Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award.

Past Board Chairs gathered at the Annual Business Luncheon. From left are Blair Rush (C&N), Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio (Bentis Consulting Worldwide), Dr. Vail P. Garvin FACHE (CBCC), Jeane Vidoni (Penn Community Bank), Michael Araten (Sterling Ventures), and Tom Gockowski (Carroll Engineering Corporation).

Memories of a Past President

Earl and Chi Jamison (Peddler’s Village) with the late Jan and George Michael (George E. Michael, Inc.).

Preparing for a Red Ball Gala in the early 1990’s at Pine Run Community are Roseanne Griffiths, Kenneth Confalone and Dr. Vail P. Garvin FACHE – today, President & CEO of the Chamber.



It was 1986, gas was 89 cents a gallon, Oprah debuted on TV, Phantom of the Opera premiered in London, smoking was banned on all commercial flights, and we lost heros on the space shuttle Challenger. It seems like a hundred years ago. But the Chamber was thriving and growing, I was at the end of an unprecedented three year term as Chamber president working beside my dear friend Don Whitney. There seemed to be no endeavor that the Chamber didn’t pursue, from business and the arts, to health and welfare. I could not have been prouder to work with the dynamic board of community leaders and countless committee chairs who made it all happen. I remember all those phone calls from Don. He taught me how to say yes when I was determined to say no. He was a master of getting people involved but always recognized that their first responsibility was to their businesses. He was like Oz...always operating behind the curtain, you never saw him out in front, and he made everything look so easy and seamless, qualities I’ve carried with me in business to this day. He told me I was never ever allowed to have a cocktail at an event...I was there to work! And when the work was done on behalf of Chamber members, then and only then, could I relax and enjoy the evening. My time as president was never work. It was pure pleasure, every minute, helping businesses grow. And as they did, so too did I.



COMMUNITY YMCA of Bucks County understands the physical, mental and emotional toll the past 20 months have taken on some members of our community. To support our friends, families and neighbors, we are committing resources to help our communities move beyond the pandemic and get back to life, and improved health and wellbeing. We invite ALL members of our community to join us: Free virtual wellness through Jan 31 We are inviting everyone in the community to utilize our Y Wellness 24/7 virtual platform for free, providing access to thousands of weekly live and on-demand health and wellness programs for all abilities and interests. Enter HERE FOR YOU as your YMCA Key Code to gain free access. Try the Y for free through Dec 31 Visit the Welcome Center at any one of our four branches across Bucks County to try the Y for free through December 31, 2021.

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Chairman’s Circle The Chairman’s Circle was held at Barley Sheaf Farm, once in October and again in December of 2021.


he FALL program featured Gerard “Jerry” H. Sweeney, President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Brandywine since the Company’s founding in 1994. Under his leadership, Brandywine has grown into one of the largest, publiclytraded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States, with a core focus on urban, town center, and transit–oriented development in the Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., and Austin, TX markets. Sweeney is also Chair of the Schuylkill River Development Corporate (SRDC), the Center City District Foundation (CCDF), the King of Prussia Rail Coalition Advisory Committee, and the

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. He is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, NAIOP Research Foundation, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Additionally, Mr. Sweeney is co-founder and co-CEO of Bonomo Turkish Taffy LLC. The WINTER Program featured Christopher Franklin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE: WTRG). Essential is one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across


Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

10 states. He served as CEO since July 2015, and as chairman since December 2017. CEO in 2015, the company’s market capitalization more than doubled, to more than $11 billion. Through the company’s growth-through-acquisition program, customer count nearly doubled and total return to shareholders was more than 100%. In 2018, the company welcomed its 1 millionth customer, and in 2019, it announced what will be the largest municipal acquisition in the company’s history – an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA), adding 165,000 new customers. The Journal

Robert W. Moore (It’s All Data) and Daniel J. Schaffer (First National Bank of Netown). The Chairman’s Circle established by Michael Araten (Sterling Ventures) brings leaders together to establish relationships and build their business network and knowledge.

Michael Araten (Sterling Ventures), Chairman of the Board Tom Gockowski (Carroll Engineering Corporation), Tanya Casas, Ph.D. (Delaware Valley University), and Tom Donnelly (Antheil, Maslow & MacMinn).

Timothy Block, Ph.D. (PhD, President of Hepatitis B Foundation), Speaker Jerry Sweeney (Brandywine Realty), William Schutt, and Louis Kassa (PA Biotechnology Center & Blumberg Institute).


Jerry Sweeney (Brandywine Realty), speaker, and Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD (Woods).


Chris Franklin (Essential Utilities, Inc.), speaker.

Joanne M. Murray (Antheil Maslow & MacMinn), Michael Araten (Sterling Ventuers), Theresa Fera (River House at Odette’s).

Tanya Casas, Ph.D. (Delaware Valley University) and Kyle McKoy (Mercer Museum).


Chris Nardo (C&N) with Zane Moore (Central Bucks Family YMCA).

Ken and Amy Kaissar (Bristol Riverside Theater) and Dr. Benjamin E. Rusiloski (Delaware Valley University).

Business Cares The Chamber’s 501 (c) organization Business Cares selected four organizations to receive funds this year. Thank you to generous Chamber members who donated to the non-profit organization of the Chamber, established to help area organizations in need. Representatives from the organizations gathered at the Chamber to receive contributions. The selected organizations included: Meals on Wheels, Bucks for Kids, Tabor Services, and Christ’s Home. From left are Kevin McDonnell (Meals on Wheels), Nancy Larkin Taylor (Bucks For Kids), Karen Coleman (Tabor Services), Business Cares President Thomas L. Hebel (Bucks Country Gardens), John Bryant, MSOL, NHA (Christ’s Home) and Dr. Vail P. Garvin FACHE (Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce).

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THE INNOVATION ISSUE Perhaps more than any time in recent history, the past two years have required innovation to survive and thrive – as people and as businesses. In this issue, some of our Chamber members share how they have innovated in their lives and businesses. Some innovation for me this year entailed expanding the states in which I am licensed to 15 across the country and selling life insurance via live online transfer. I recently added an online platform, https://agents.ethoslife. com/invite/b396f , whereby those seeking life insurance protection can get an immediate quote, do a brief (10 minute) application and may get the insurance the same day with no medical exam or blood test. This system is revolutionizing the way most life insurance is obtained especially in view of the hesitance of many today to meet face to face. Art D’Angelo, CLU, ChFC Insure for Life A TOTALLY TRUE STORY by Claudine Piechotta May 15, 2021 The Totally Soap Company was born in the darkest hours of COVID 19. While in lockdown, like many families, we started to experiment with things we had never tried before like making pasta from scratch,

forcing our kids to dress up and recreate paintings of the masters, cutting and dying our hair all sorts of colors, and even doing family power-point challenges (ok that’s kind of nerdy). Well in the midst of all this experimentation, I tried my hand at natural laundry soap making. I had always dabbled in making my own cleaners, candles and essential oil blends, but this was a whole new realm. As I began to grate my store-bought castile soap to create these concoctions, I began to wonder about making my own bars of soap. And so, I fell headfirst down the rabbit hole of natural soap making and subsequently began ingredient shaming every product I had been buying from shampoos, to bar soap, to household cleaners. I couldn’t help but think of the scene from Outlander, when they all stood around outside pouring beeswax candles. It seemed so romantic, and since we were essentially sequestered to our circa 1803 farmhouse, it seemed highly appropriate that I undertake some form of homesteading. We could step back in time and make soap the old-fashioned way, with oils, butters, soda ash, clays and fragrances found in nature. We could make them in small batches, just like we take pride in baking a favorite pie or cake. Each batch would have a specific recipe, based on the

feeling it might invoke (I’m a dramatic person) but each batch would also be deliciously unique. Soon the whole family was on board. We converted our office into a bona fide “soap room” and began experimenting -all hands-on deck. Scent profiles began to take shape as we experimented with natural colors and techniques, as my husband built the website and did all the photography of our new family of soaps. The kids helped stir, pour, smell, arrange and package. It was total immersion from the wee morning hours and late into the night. We worked in and around our jobs, college, school and family obligations. But we persisted and in February 2021, we proudly launched our little soap company and have been expanding since, with new products and ideas. COVID 19 has been a test for all of us. But it was like the Dark Ages before the Renaissance. If we hadn’t had the time together at home to dream, invent, experiment and play, this might never have happened at all and I would still be grumbling to myself as I poured my store-bought laundry soap into the machine. Claudine Piechotta is the Events/Banquet Manager at The Doylestown Inn/ The Hattery.

Jefferson Abington Hospital Adds ECMO Program to Critical Care Services Lifesaving Treatment for Cardiogenic Shock and Respiratory Failure Now Available in the Suburbs


efferson Abington Hospital has launched a program that offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for adults. As a treatment for critically ill people, ECMO temporarily takes over for the heart, lungs or both, while a person heals. ECMO can be an option for those who need more critical care support than ventilation and medications. While ECMO technology may be available at other hospitals emergently, Abington Hospital offers the only program in the four counties of suburban Philadelphia.


The ECMO machine acts as an artificial heart and lung by removing blood from the body and pumping the blood through the artificial lung (oxygenator). The oxygenator takes carbon dioxide out of the blood and puts oxygen into the blood. Then the blood is pumped back into the body. Patients can be treated with ECMO for a few days or a few weeks. Nawar Al-Rawas, MD, is the medical director of ECMO Services at Jefferson Abington Hospital after serving in a similar role at Thomas Jefferson University

Hospital. “At Abington, we utilize this highly advanced technology in our newly renovated, state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit,” he said. “It is the privilege of our team to be able to offer this critical care program to severely ill people in the suburbs, saving patients from having to be transported to Philadelphia and saving family members from having to travel there.” Al-Rawas explained that ECMO can be used for respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia, influenza, drowning, chemical continued >>>


inhalation, acute respiratory distress syndrome and other causes. It is also used to treat people with COVID-19 who are suffering from severe respiratory distress. ECMO can also be used for cardiogenic shock secondary to serious cardiac issues such as heart attack, refractory arrhythmia, heart failure, post-partum cardiomyopathy, pulmonary embolus and hypothermic arrest. Al-Rawas said ECMO can be a bridge to transplant or to obtaining a surgically implanted pump used for

patients in end-stage heart failure called a Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD. The ECMO care team is comprised of the following: • Critical Care physicians • Cardiac surgeons • Perfusionists • Nurse practitioners or physician assistants • Registered nurses • Respiratory therapists • Pharmacists • Physical therapists

Jefferson Abington Hospital’s ECMO Program is a member of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international nonprofit consortium of health care institutions, researchers and industry partners. ELSO provides support to those delivering extracorporeal life support through continuing education, guidelines, original research, publications, and maintenance of a comprehensive registry of ECMO patient data. The Journal

ATR Systems Joins Trust Point Payroll


xton, Pa. (December 2021)- Trust Point HCM has reached an agreement with Doylestown-based ATR Systems, Inc. to acquire the 48-year-old company’s Time and Labor Management clients and welcome ATR’s CEO, Michael Hoover, as Trust Point’s new Director of Time and Labor Management. The combined company will be the preeminent provider of UKG Ready’s full-suite of Human Capital Management (HCM) services in the Greater Philadelphia region.

help us stay ahead of the rapidly-evolving HCM trends that businesses are facing in the post-COVID employment landscape.”

“We are excited about this new chapter,” said Trust Point CEO Rich Murray. “Michael’s 20+plus years of expertise and industry-renowned Time and Labor Management experience complements Trust Point’s already-robust HCM service offerings. Michael will make a great addition to our leadership team and will

“This is a great opportunity to offer a full suite of HCM services to all of our existing clients,” said ATR Systems CEO Michael Hoover. “Combining my industry-leading TLM expertise with Trustpoint’s quality payroll and related services is a win-win for all of our clients.”

Founded in 2014, Trust Point HCM offers comprehensive services for businesses of all sizes, with a focus on superior customer service and technology that is able to anticipate, protect, serve, and advance manufacturers, health care companies, and nonprofits. Product offerings include payroll, human capital management, human resources and risk management, management tools, and benefit carrier connections.

ABOUT ATR SYSTEMS ATR Systems Inc., a family-owned company, was founded in 1973 by Thomas Hoover as Accurate Time Recorders. Doing business in more than 20 countries, ATR provides services to clients across the health care, manufacturing, nonprofit, education, hospitality, municipal, and retail industries ranging from one to more than 1,000 employees. ATR Systems partners with more than a dozen hardware and software vendors across the country. ABOUT TRUST POINT PAYROLL Trust Point Payroll is the premier provider of payroll, time and attendance, and HR support services in the Greater Philadelphia region. Our founding principles of Integrity, Excellence, and Caring shine through in everything we do and we promise to treat your business with the care and attention a company owner should expect. The Journal



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Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts


ow do you produce a show for 30 years, and come back and do it again 5 years later? The show that never dies. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is coming to Doylestown. Many people in the Bucks County area didn’t go to Philadelphia to see the show. Yes, the show will be presented one week by the Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts at Delaware Valley University June 2022. The Wedding is one of three shows for our summer season. This show comes with an Italian dinner catered by Luberto’s. Some people have asked how can you serve a dinner in the Life Sciences Building, the home of the Bucks County Center of the Performing

Arts. You can’t. The show will be held in another building at Del Val. A building with a kitchen and there will be dinner served, tables and chairs, not theatre seats. Going to Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is like going to a real wedding with a wedding ceremony, dancing to a live band and a great amount of humorous improvisations. The second show is A Musical Cooking Lesson with the Calamari Sisters. Hilarity, failed dishes, and food fights ensue during this live “broadcast” of a public access cable cooking show hosted by two largerthan-life Italian sisters, Delphine and

Carmela Calamari. The sisters sing and dance to beloved Italian favorites as they try to make it through their final broadcast together in one piece. The third show is Sweet Charity, a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. It is based on the screenplay for the 1957 Italian film Nights of Cabiria. Sweet Charity premiered in 1966 and won 9 Tony awards including best choreographer. Sweet Charity also won the Tony for best revival in 1986. All three shows will be presented at Delaware Valley University in the summer of 2022. Subscriptions for all three shows are $125.00 and individual tickets are $59.00 for all seats. For subscriptions to all three shows and for information call 215-297-8540 for individual tickets call 215-297-8540. The Journal

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The Membership Ambassadors had their hands full inviting professionals to join the Chamber during a pandemic, when, for the safety of all, many meetings and events were virtual. The dynamic group did not let that stop them. The Chamber had a banner year welcoming over 200 new members. Many of the members joined with the special 75th Anniversary pricing. Not only did the Ambassadors recruit a number of new businesses to the Chamber, they invited the professionals to become active, joining committees, attending events, and even sponsoring programs. Membership Vice President Deborah Wagner (The Graphic Edge) created a card of reasons to join the Chamber with a QR code linking to the membership application shown on page 29.

2021 Ambassadors:

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Deborah Wagner (The Graphic Edge), Membership Vice President

Art D’Angelo, CLU, ChFC (Insure4Life)

Helen Amelsberg (Vacation Crusaders) Heather Cevasco (Doylestown Health)

Michael Grover (Merck Sharp and Dohme Federal Credit Union)

Charles Wasserott (Wasserott Tax Services)

Gloria Walker (Mary Kay Cosmetics)

Lisa Martin (Costco)

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The 2021 Central Bucks Chamber Board of Officers & Directors DIRECTORS Jim Bishop The Cornerstone Clubs

W. Thomas Lomax The Lomax Companies

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Stephen Worth Worth & Company, Inc.

Scott R. Little Harleysville Bank

Thomas A. Gockowski, P.E., Carroll Engineering Corporation


Jennifer Eckfield The Learning Experience Doylestown Cam Maio NJM Insurance Group

Monique Gaillard Tabor Childrens Services Bob McGowan Peddlers Village

Dr. Mark Hoffman Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 Pam Mikula Paolino Mikula Web Solutions Inc.

Kevin Jameson Dementia Society of America


Jeane M. Vidoni Penn Community Bank

ACTIVE PAST BOARD CHAIRS Michael Araten Sterling Drive Ventures & The Rodon Group Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio Bentis Consulting Worldwide Robert E. Campbell Campbell Agencies, Inc.

George E. Michael George E. Michael, Inc. Blair T. Rush C&N

Michael J. Stumpf Navidad Nativities, Inc.

Beth Beans Gilbert Fred Beans Family of Dealerships

Peter S. Thompson, Esq.

Eric W. Hopkins, Esq. Hopkins & Hopkins

Bob Welch Academy Wealth Advisers, LLC


OFFICERS John D. Bray, Vice President, The Arts Atlantic Aquatic Engineering, Inc. James Brexler Vice President Community Health Doylestown Health Benedict A. Bugajewski Vice President Building & Grounds Bugajewski Facility Services Catherine Cavella, Vice President, Literary IP Works James Collins, Vice President, Special Projects Customers Bank Arthur L. D’Angelo, CLU, ChFC, Vice President, Business Relations Insure4Life Financial Ronald Davis, Vice President, Special Events Parx Casino Maria Gallo, Ph.D., Vice President, Education

Ervin H. Hall, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Liaison Profection Advisors LLC

Thomas L. Hebel, Vice President, Community Outreach Bucks Country Gardens

Steven E. Staugaitis, Treasurer Kreischer Miller

Nicholas S. Molloy, Vice President, Special Projects J. Carroll Molloy, Realtor

Frank Sullivan, Esq., Vice President, Special Projects Hill Wallack, LLP Deborah M.A. Wagner, Vice President, Membership The Graphic Edge, Inc.

Robert W. Moore, Vice President, Telecommunications It’s All Data Ryan W. O’Donnell, Vice President, Intellectual Property Volpe & Koenig, P.C. Don Polec, Vice President, Special Projects SunBlossom Entertainment Kevin Putman, Vice President, Industry Penn Color, Inc. Michael B. Raphael, AIA, LEED, AP, Vice President, Special Projects Raphael Architects

Bridget Wingert, Vice President, Publication Bucks County Herald & Area Guide Book HONORARY DIRECTORS James L. Bee, C.P.A. Penrose Hallowell James P. McFadden William R. Schutt Franca Warden

Anna M. Shantz, Ph.D., Vice President, International Communication Institute for Foreign Languages

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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Tour & Tasting Event at Free Will Brewing The Young Professionals met up for a tour and tasting at Free Will Brewing in Perkasie, Bucks County. Free Will Brewing has locations in Perkasie, Lahaska and Souderton. Customers can stop out for a tasting or visit a location that features food trucks and tours. Clients can also bring Free Will to them by ordering beer to be shipped or purchasing products wherever they are sold. For more information, visit Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

Joe Farrell and Laura Schoenmeier of Free Willing Brewing provided a tour of the brewery and tasting of the brew.

Joe Farrell (Free Will Brewing).



Building Your Business in an Ever-Changing Environment Featuring Admiral Michelle J. Howard, USN, Retired Sponsors: Comcast, NJM, Jefferson Health System and Parx Casino.


he Governmental & Veterans Affairs Committee joined with the Chamber’s newly established Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to produce its first event, Building Your Business in an Ever-Changing Environment featuring Renowned retired Admiral Michelle Howard.

The event was sponsored by Comcast, Jefferson Health System, and Parx Casino. Special Supporters included CW Security Service, NJM Insurance, Heart and Soul Portraits, Joanne Scotti, Realtor, and and TebWeb Innovations. Bucks County Herald served as Media Sponsor. Admiral Howard was the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the United States Navy. She also made history as the first African American woman to captain a U.S. naval ship. In 2016, she served as the Commander of naval forces in Europe and Africa. Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

Bridget Wingert (Bucks County Herald) with Adm. Michelle Howard. The Herald served as event Media Sponsor.

Grant Kneller (NJM Insurance) with Admiral Michelle Howard. NJM served as event supporting sponsor.

Edward Turzanski (Jefferson Health System) with Admiral Michelle Howard. Jefferson Health System served as an Event Benefactor.

Ken Wong (CIG Asia Ltd.) met and chatted with Admiral Howard. Comcast was an event benefactor. From left are Jessica Sibley, Admiral Howard, Brian Jeter and Stephanie Kosta (Comcast). Lisa Martin (Costco), a member of the Governmental & Veterans Affairs Committee, went above and beyond in helping to produce the event program. Shown with Admiral Michelle Howard is the late Dick Martin and Lisa Martin.

Spring Mill Manor served as the site of the Luncheon event produced by the Chamber’s Governmental and Veterans Affairs and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees.

Supporting Sponsor Joanne Scotti (Keller Williams Real Estate) and Admiral Howard.

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Gotcha Covered of Bucks County


ello! I am Andrew Robinson, owner of Gotcha Covered of Bucks County. I was born and raised here on the east coast but moved out to earn my degree on the west coast. After graduation, I started working in the tech startup space. I love being a part of businesses in their initial stages when everything is being refined and improved upon. My desire to work at the foundation of new companies led me to many different projects in all kinds of roles and industries. Business ownership has always been the dream, so when I moved back to the Philadelphia area and the opportunity arose to start a Gotcha Covered here in Bucks County, I was more than ready. I’m

back, closer to family, with my home in Hunterdon County right across the river. When I drive around I see the same homes I worked on as a contractor’s assistant over the summers back from school. I feel a great joy returning to serve this area, in charge of my own company and my own future. I love being a part of this amazing community and by bringing my Gotcha Covered business to this area I bring with me top quality products and service to those looking for the right window treatment solution for their home. I always get such a thrill when I introduce my

customers to all the exciting advancements in motorized and connected home window treatment options. Optimization and automation are areas that I have always been fascinated with, so bringing that aspect into people’s homes and workplaces is always exciting for me. The Journal

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Dedication of Home in Bristol Bristol, PA, was Facebook Live (@HabitatBucksCounty).


n Thursday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m. Habitat staff, representatives from Thrivent, key community stakeholders, volunteers, and homebuyer Elaine gathered in Bristol Borough to celebrate the dedication of the home built by Habitat Bucks in partnership with Thrivent and the local faith community. The dedication, at 622 Spruce Street in

Elaine longed for a place where she and her two teenagers could feel grounded, happy, and connected to their community. Having improved her financial skills through the Habitat Bucks financial-empowerment program, Almost Home, Elaine next applied for the homeownership program and was approved. The whole family then began their sweat equity, building their own home. They all look forward to leaving their tiny and expensive apartment and purchasing a home of their own -- just in time for the holidays. “It is an opportunity for us to put deeds to our faith and make a difference in the lives

of those less fortunate. It’s our chance to thank God,” said John Roesinger, financial advisor, Thrivent. “Every Habitat home dedication is special, but being able to partner with Elaine and the local faith community, bringing her family HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is an extra blessing,” remarked Florence Kawoczka, executive director, Habitat Bucks. This FAITH BUILD home was supported by 15 diverse communities of faith whose labor, donations, and prayers are making a difference right here in Bucks County. Since the Habitat and Thrivent Partnership began in 2005, Thrivent and its clients have contributed more than $267 million and more than 6.2 million volunteer hours to Habitat. The Journal

Bristol Riverside Theatre


ristol Riverside Theatre (BRT) is a professional regional theatre located in the historic district of Bristol Borough. The theatre combines the excitement of a large stage with the intimacy of a 300-seat theater, along with outstanding lighting and sound technology. In addition to its mainstage productions, BRT offers the William Penn Bank Summer Music Fest, the holiday tradition An American Christmas Songbook, the new play development series America Rising, the summer camp ArtRageous, and a range of education programs for local youth. The Journal



Peddler’s Village Lahaska named the #1 tourist destination in the Philadelphia region in 2020, a testament to our dedication to innovation through the development of new, month-long events, outdoor banquet spaces, virtual events, and more.


eddler’s Village has always been known as a family-friendly, countryside destination—a journey through the past—and while it still projects the same rustic, charming atmosphere Earl Jamison set out to create almost 60 years ago, the Village has grown to become a vibrant, exciting, and fun entertainment destination in the heart of beautiful Bucks County. Despite the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, Peddler’s Village was

Our weekend festivals have always attracted thousands of guests. But because of the pandemic, we had to quickly pivot to larger scale, month-long events designed to sustain but “flatten” traffic to allow for social distancing, shorter lines, and a safer environment for all. While we are planning on bringing back our more traditional schedule of events as we celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2022, we are proud to say that, since 2020, we have created new entertainment and dining options for a wide range of guests, from outdoor dining, comedy shows, and

murder mysteries under our new, spacious tented canopies, to our first outdoor wedding in a decade, and a “Virtual Village” for guests to explore our dozens of specialty shops without leaving their homes. In 2022 and beyond, we will continue to introduce new and exciting events, activities, and more to offer quality experiences for guests of all ages. While we are very proud of our ingenuity, we are keenly aware that the success we have experienced is in fact largely due to strong community support and excellent partnerships with key business organizations, including the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. We are looking forward to a banner 60th anniversary year! The Journal

Supporting Workplace Mental Health


ocusing on employee wellness not only benefits your employees but can boost your company’s bottom line as well. Estimates that one in five Americans experience some form of mental illness, most without getting treatment, means that many will continue to struggle with their issues, impacting both family life and work life, if employed. And although mental health struggles have long predated COVID-19, the pandemic only served to exacerbate the health challenges for many individuals. For the employer, the benefits of supporting employee mental health can

be substantial. By showing an interest in the health and well-being of their staff they can help employees navigate through issues like anxiety, depression, burnout and traumas. In addition to showing they truly care about their employees, providing mental health support can also increase productivity and improve the overall morale of the office.

advantage of the resources being provided to them.

Finally, employers can create opportunities for management and human resource personnel to open up supportive conversations with employees regarding mental health issues, helping to reduce the stigma wherever possible by sharing any of their own personal experiences and The first step concerned employers can take challenges. is to look critically at their benefit portfolio to assure that the resources they are The Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce providing adequately meets the needs of offers its members access to My Benefit their working populace. Start by reviewing Advisor as a solution for employee benefits, the mental health benefits provided by any including voluntary offerings. For more base health insurance benefits, Employee information about My Benefit Advisor, visit assistance programs (EAPs) and Telehealth our website at services, then make sure all these programs or contact Christopher Sloane at are being effectively communicated to (610) 684-6933. The Journal employees so they will be able to take

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The Women in Business Committee The Chamber’s Women in Business Committee met in September 2021 to plan out the year. The committee’s annual planning breakfast was held at Nostalgia 1720 in Chalfont. The committee meets most months on the first Thursday of the month. To join the committee, send an email to Sally Parham, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary, at Photography by Amy McDermott, Heart and Soul Portraits

Women in Business Co-chairs Jenny Salisbury (HealthLink Dental Clinic) and Monique Gaillard.

Joanne Scotti (Keller Williams Real Estate) and Lisa Martin (Costco).

Monique Gaillard, Galina Nemtsov Wohl (Nostalgia 1720), and Estelle Nemetsov (Nostalgia 1720).



Galina Nemetsov Wohl and Craig Wohl (Nostalgia 1720).

Professional women gathered to network and plan the year ahead at Nostalgia 1720 in September.

The annual breakfast provides a forum for the Women in Business Committee to plan the year and form subcommittees.

Terry Lang (Antheil Maslow & MacMinn), Elaine Ciofani, Realtor (Keller Williams), and Jenny Salisbury (HealthLink Dental Clinic).

Diane Couvenis (The James A. Michener Art Museum).

Amy McDermott (Heart and Soul Portraits) and Karen Lasorda (Penn Community Bank).

The Women in Business Committee meets every month and welcomes new members.

Jen Balasa, Beth Katz (Waste Management), and Kimberly Harrelson.

Lynne Kelleher, Realtor, Gloria Walker (Mary Kay Cosmetics) and Linda Hollenbach (Hollenback Consulting LLC).

Kim Sager and Catherine Williamson (The Bridges at Warwick).

The Women in Business Committee gathers monthly to network and build programs to further develop business knowledge and relationships and elevate women in the business community and community at large.

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RED BALL GALA 2021 The RED BALL GALA was held at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, on September 17, 2021. Photography by Allure West Studios

PRESENTING BENEFACTOR Penn Community Bank RED BALL GALA HOST James A. Michener Art Museum BENEFACTOR Johnson & Johnson Worth & Company, Inc. PLATINUM PATRON C&N Doylestown Health GOLD PATRON Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio & Dr. Lamberto Bentivoglio BB&T now Truist Dementia Society of America Sterling Drive Ventures & the Rodon Group SILVER PATRON Antheil Maslow & MacMinn LLP Bucks Country Gardens Bucks County Herald Gilmore & Associates, Inc. Hopkins & Hopkins Iron Valley Real Estate Doylestown Keenan Motors NJM Insurance Group BRONZE PATRON Atlantic Aquatic Engineering, Inc. The Bucks County Historical Society Buinewicz Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa Carroll Engineering Corporation

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