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40 Under 40 Awards

Alyssum M. Keefer

Inspired by Rory Vaden’s book of the same name, Alyssum M. Keefer knows to “take the stairs” to achieve success, as there is no escalator or elevator to the top.  “I’ve learned from personal experience that hard work, perseverance, and patience can pay huge dividends, and to never look for shortcuts,” she says.  Keefer started ...

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Joshua D. Keefer

Joshua D. Keefer builds trust with individuals and among team members to help them achieve optimum organizational health. “Working for an organization like North Group has opened the door to have a positive impact on many business owners and business leaders who each have a significant impact on their employees, families, and local communities,” he ...

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Kevin Keller

Courage, discipline, and faith helped Kevin Keller start K2 Kinetics in 2011, an automated processing and packaging solutions company focused on food and beverage. “I believe that all things are possible, and there is no substitute for diligence and perseverance,” he says. “Hard work and always doing the right thing is my mantra.” Keller and ...

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Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern loves people and making a difference in their lives and his community.  “My interest in helping people drives me in all I do,” he says. “Integrity and excellence are traits that drive me day to day and influence my work ethic and contribute to my giving back.” Kern and his wife, who have ...

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Allison Leitzel Williams

Allison Leitzel Williams counts family, passion and work ethic as keys to her success. “The legacy of my family’s jewelry business, which began in 1949 with my great-uncle, followed by my grandfather, is my ultimate inspiration for my career,” she says. “My parents provided a paramount example of hard work and dedication. These traits, combined ...

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Parul Luthra

Parul Luthra believes that we all play a role in how the world moves forward.  “We all have power to use the everyday actions of ‘ordinary’ people to potentially change the world,” she says.  Born in New Delhi, India, Luthra says the key to her success is to be present and grateful for all of ...

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Blake Lynch

With a passion for serving others, Blake Lynch helped create a community partnership with several organizations to help feed families and residents in need in Harrisburg during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am blessed to be in a position in which I have the opportunity to give back and serve the community each day in my ...

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Kathleen Manna

In January, Kathleen Manna was promoted to vice president of human capital at Mowery Construction, becoming the first female executive team member. “Construction is a predominantly male industry,” she says. “Being a woman on the executive team has helped establish Mowery as a progressive leader and empowers the other women in our company. It is ...

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Mike McHenry

In 2012, Mike McHenry interviewed with Enginuity for a construction assistant position not fully knowing whether he was interviewing for a position in the office, or for a position digging ditches. “And it didn’t matter — I needed the job,” he says. “(CEO Jim Mooney) was the first good boss I ever had. He trusted ...

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E. Thomas McKee

E. Thomas McKee considers guiding clients through two of the most challenging financial markets in history — 2008 and 2020 — as his greatest professional accomplishment. “I am a wide-open book, and I explain all aspects of every strategy or alternative I propose in ways my clients can understand,” he says. McKee lives by three rules: ...

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Anne L. Parmer

Anne L. Parmer started a consulting company as a single mom of a then 2-year-old, while still in grad school.  “Building a business while working on an MBA was a great laboratory for ideas. And because my consulting company helped other founder-led startups grow and scale, I had ample opportunity to apply all kinds of ...

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Catherine E Rowe

Catherine Rowe got lucky right out of law school by landing a job with Strokoff & Cowden.  “I walked right into a firm that is filled with some of the best mentors you can imagine with a phenomenal reputation,” she says. “I have been taught how to practice law the right way, and I am ...

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Scott Shirley

  Scott Shirley’s company Pledge It has attracted more than $4 million in private capital to create jobs and stimulate the local economy while building a platform to empower athletes across all ages and sports to raise more than $20 million directly for causes and urgent needs.  “I inspire people with hope and empower them ...

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Adam Smith

Adam Smith gives back to his community through coaching. He was a state champion in high school, Division I athlete in college, and wrestled in the Olympic Trials.  “The culture of youth sports, not just in wrestling, is hyper-focused on winning and trying to control a kid’s journey; whereas, it needs to be on effort, ...

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Brent Smith

Brent Smith helps lead one of the fastest growing banks in central Pennsylvania. “The key to my success has been creating a great team at LINK who work with passion for a common purpose to positively impact peoples’ lives,” he says. “I value intentional leadership focused on a model of power under versus power over, ...

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