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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.

Event Date: December 14, 2021

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Nomination Deadline: September, 24 2021

Application Deadline: October 5, 2021


For more information, contact our Events Team at cpbjevents@bridgetowermedia.com

Central Penn Business Journal is COVID conscious and will be making educated decisions on whether events are virtual or in-person per CDC recommendations and state and county guidance. For now, events for 2021 are moving forward as virtual but as soon as we can come back together in person to celebrate excellence we look forward to doing so.

Nominations are due by September 24, 2021.

Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) are required. To be eligible for this award, the winner must live in or work in the Central Pennsylvania area at the time of judging and be 60 years old as of September 1, 2021. Nominations can be self-nominations or outside nominations.

2021 Icon Honors Nomination

  • Nominee Information

  • Please list the nominee's email address, not the email address of the individual filling out the form.
  • Nominator Information

Applications and up to 3 letters of recommendation are due on October 5, 2021.

Letters of recommendation are highly encouraged due to the quantity of applicants for this award. Please send any supporting materials to dedelman@bridgetowermedia.com. Applications are completed by the person nominated and completed applications must be submitted for the candidate to participate in this program. Information provided on this form may be used by the Central Penn Business Journal in the corresponding event publication.

To be eligible for this award, the winner must live in or work in the Central Pennsylvania area at the time of judging and be 60 years old as of September 1, 2021.

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2021 Icon Honors Application

  • Please type the name of your company as how you would like to see it in print
  • (e.g. http://www.linkedin.com/profileview?id=1234567)
  • List the most recent first.
  • List most recent first and include start and end year, company and title.
  • Please give ONE example that demonstrates how you have mentored others outside of the guidance you provide to your direct reports.
  • Please include dates.
  • Please include dates.
  • What awards have you been most proud to receive? List most recent first and include year, award/honor name and awarding institution.
  • Describe ways you have helped the Central Pennsylvania area business community grow and how you continue to champion your industry through professional creativity, innovation and leadership.

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 cpbjevents@bridgetowermedia.com. 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 shuettner@bridgetowermedia.com.

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 cpbjevents@bridgetowermedia.com if you have any issues.