Lancaster Chamber honors three at annual dinner

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry recognized David Keller, Jen Strobel and Penn Ketchum at its 146th Annual Dinner, held Wednesday night at the Lancaster County Convention Center & Marriot Lancaster at Penn Square.

The 2018 Athena Award went to Strobel, vice president of human resources at Flagger Force, a construction zone traffic control company headquartered in Swatara Township. The award honors professionals who inspire women to reach their full business leadership potential, demonstrate excellence in their profession and contribute to improving the community’s quality of life.

At Flagger Force, Strobel has developed programs that cultivate leaders, foster collaboration and provide opportunities for growth. A women’s leadership group she founded in 2016 hosts monthly forums in which participants discuss work/life balance, gender in the workplace and mentorship.

Managing partner of Manheim Township-based Penn Cinema, Penn Ketchum, received the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Award. The award honors a Lancaster County small-business owner, who employs 100 people or less, for their contributions to the economy.

The Penn Cinema complex in Lititz boasts 14 screens plus an IMAX screen. It also operates a 15-screen cinema in Wilmington, Delaware. The family-owned business recently acquired The New Main, a two-screen theater in Ephrata.

Keller, attorney at law firm Barley Snyder LLP, received the Exemplar Award. The award recognizes a Lancaster County business or individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the chamber’s mission and has made significant contributions to the business community.

A member of Barley Snyder’s employment group, Keller represented employers in both the public and private sectors in union and other employment-related matters.

Kicking of the soiree was the Fulton Theatre, with a performance from the musical “The Greatest Showman.”

Tom Baldrige, president and CEO of the Lancaster Chamber, wore a top hot during his opening remarks praising Lancaster’s private sector and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The night’s keynote speaker, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, spoke to the 2,500-person crowd about his Christian faith. 

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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