CCEDC Honors Volunteers
The Chester County Economic Development Council honored the organization’s 500-plus volunteers earlier this month at the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
“The Chester County Economic Development Council receives significant support from a dedicated corps of volunteers each year,” a news release from the council says. “Volunteers engage through board and committee representation, event planning, participating on panels and many other ways.”
Bob Simpson from Brinker, Simpson & Co. offered keynote remarks that focused on the value his company places on volunteerism from its employees.
Special recognition was awarded to several volunteers:
• Roger Huggins, chairman of the business and real estate group of Gawthrop, Greenwood, was honored by the council and Seedcopa. He is chairman of the board of Seedcopa and the Chester County Economic Development Foundation.
• Catharine Swan, facility manager at Phoenixville Hospital, was honored by the Smart Energy Initiative. For the past five years she has been an integral part of the Smart Energy Initiative and most recently served as chairwoman of the event planning committee.
• Bob Simpson, founder and managing partner of Brinker, Simpson & Co., was honored by the Ideas x Innovation Network. He enjoys the world of small business and is proud of the advice he has given to successful start-up operations.
• Lisa Van Ess, managing director and general manager of Full Circle Computing, was honored by Hire One. She has been a member of Hire One since 2007 and helped launch the organization’s LinkedIn presence.
• Eileen Shuter, IT line manager of The Vanguard Group, was honored by the Innovative Technology Action Group. She is a longtime board member of ITAG and has been involved in the organization’s Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology.
• John Norton, director of training at Sikorsky Global Helicopters, was honored by the Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties. He is chairman of the Alliance and helped define the group’s mission and charter.
• David Rutledge, school-to-career coordinator at Octorara Area High School, was honored by the Ag Connect Partnership. He has been an active member of the organization’s board of directors and advocates for agricultural education programs.
• Andrea L. Devoti, president and chief executive officer of Neighborhood Health Agencies, was honored by the Chester County Health Care Partnership. She is chairwoman of the National Association of Home Care and Hospice and a board member of the Economic Development Council.
Thanks you to all of our volunteers!