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Icon Honors

The Icon Honors awards recognize business leaders over the age of 60 who have left an indelible mark in their fields, and whose integrity, vision and selfless service have lifted up the Central PA community.

For more information, contact our Events Team at [email protected]

John Bailey, Bailey Coach/Bailey Family of Companies
Sheila Dow Ford, Dow Ford Stratgies
Jeff Evans, Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community
Brian Funkhouser, Buchart Horn, Inc.
Robert Grubic, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic
Phil Guarneschelli, UPMC
Thomas Harlow, WellSpan Health
Holly Leggett, The Community Check-Up Center
David Morrison, Historic Harrisburg Association
George Nahodil, Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Kim S. Phipps, Ph.D. , Messiah University
David Reager, Reager & Adler
John Sygielski Ed.D., MBA, HACC, Central Pennsylvania Community College
Thomas A. Trite PD, FASCP, PA Options for Wellness, Inc.
Michael Yingling, Sr., RE/MAX Delta Group Inc.

2020 Icon Honors:

Anna May Nauss, President, AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union

Cathy Reichelderfer, CFO, JFC Staffing Companies

Charlie Gerow, CEO, Quantum Communications

David Hogg, CEO, Springwood Hospitality

Dr. Domingo Alvear, Founder/Doctor, World Surgical Foundation

Frank Dixon, Philanthroper, The Francis J. Dixon Foundation

Jeff Renninger, Regional President & Chief Strategy Officer, LINKBANK

Jeffrey Vrabel, Partner, Baker Tilly US, LLP

Jewel Cooper, Business Development, Boyer & Ritter LLC and LeTort Trust

John Dame, CEO Coach, Author, Business Strategist, Dame Management Strategies

John Sallade, CRM, Managing Director, CCAP Insurance Programs, County Commissioners Association of PA

Peter Teague, President Emeritus, Lancaster Bible College

Rick Haller, CEO, Haller Enterprises

Robert Pugliese, Chairman and CEO, Premier Wealth Management, Inc.

Robert Simpson, CEO, Crispus Attucks

Roy Smoker, President, Triangle Communications, Inc.

Scott Penwell, Managing Partner, Penwell Bowman + Curran LLC

Thomas Royer, CEO, Royers Flowers

Virginia Rother, President and CEO, PP O&S

How can I be considered for an Icon Honors award?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. An application is automatically emailed to all nominees and must be completed in order to be considered for this award. A letter of recommendation is not required, but is strongly encouraged to assist the judges in making their decision.

To be eligible, applicants must live in or work in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, or Perry county at the time of judging.

How often can I be considered? 

You can be nominated, apply and win annually as long as you are updating your application annually and meet the criteria.


Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting Icon Honors winners?

Winners are selected by an outside panel of judges that includes previous winners. Judges look for Central PA’s business leaders over the age of 60 who have left an indelible mark in their fields, and whose integrity, vision and selfless service have lifted up the Central PA community. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation from someone that can speak to all three of these achievements.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Past judges have told us that the letter(s) of recommendation is helpful particularly when they are not familiar with the candidate. Up to 3 letters of recommendations can be emailed to [email protected]. Please save all letters of recommendation as PDFs labeled with your name (or organization) led by the category or event you are being nominated for. The letter will be paired to your application when it is received.

I’m an Icon Honors award winner, what now? 

Sit tight, a member of our team will contact you soon with any additional details.

Do the winners have to say something?

Winners do not speak live during the event, but will be contacted to be profiled in a multi-media video that will be aired during the event. 

If I’m a winner, do I need to purchase a ticket?

You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself if you are an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Sponsorship packages are available to purchase for those wanting large groups of tickets and additional benefits.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

The Icon Honor’s program is supported through sponsorships. The ads you see in the magazine are part of the sponsorship packages. Please email [email protected].

I bought a ticket but I don’t see it? 

Tickets will be sent to you and everyone who registers the day before and the day of the event via email. 

Remember, tickets can only be opened on one device, if you open it on your phone but then try to open it on your computer it will not work.

Contact [email protected] if you have any issues.