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Honoring the best in York County business

York County economic leaders recognize top small business, plus best female and young business leader

Several business awards were handed out Friday night at the York County Economic Alliance annual dinner - (Photo / Dave O'Connor)

Capturing a top business honor means so much more when there are a lot of other good candidates.

And for the York County Economic Alliance, having a number of good companies and individual business leaders in their county is definitely a good sign for its economic-development picture, its leaders said.

The YCEA held its yearly dinner this past Friday night at the Wyndham Garden York, drawing more than 350 people.

It also held what some of its leaders said was their favorite part of the night, an awards ceremony honoring the recipients of three top YCEA prizes: the Small Business of the Year, Ignite Young Professional and ATHENA awards.

Here’s more on the 2016 winners:

— The ATHENA Award, honoring a woman business leader, went to Lea Nadler, president and founder of engineering and environmental consulting firm Susquehanna Civil Inc.

Nadler founded Susquehanna Civil as a one-person firm in 2008. In December 2010, she acquired Pinto Engineering and its 15 employees by merger, YCEA officials said.

Nadler led the senior staff though an eight-month “strategic planning journey to foster teamwork, focus on the company mission and vision and identify potential leaders,” and she “continually works to develop the professional and leadership skills of Susquehanna Civil’s staff,” the YCEA description added.

— The Ignite Award, for a young local business leader between age 21 and 40, went to Sean Kenny, executive director of Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County.

Kenny has been active in the York County community since graduating from York College, and brought greater awareness to his organization’s mission while helping with a wide variety of organizations, the YCEA said.

Kenny’s work with various organizations “has inspired several generations of young people to get more involved in our community,” its news release added.

“Sean is a great connector – of people, resources, and ideas – and has been responsible for many improvements to downtown York’s cultural amenities and to preservation efforts throughout York County.”

— The 2016 Small Business of the Year award went to CBY Systems Inc. and its president, Steve Gohn.

CBY is a national consumer reporting agency evolving from the Credit Bureau of York Inc., which was established in 1927, the YCEA news release continued.

CBY provides background checks, tenant screening and personal, retail and commercial credit reports.

And “its information enables its clients to make better operating decisions and run their businesses more effectively,” the YCEA added.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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