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Investing in Chamber membership is smart business. Members enjoy access to plentiful resources and powerful partnerships, empowering them to leverage the benefit of expertise, knowledge and networking opportunities that lead to optimal success and a thriving economic climate. Membership is a strong investment in the community, through the chamber’s deep spirit of giving.

“Through the years we have been fortunate to create several hallmark programs that help us give back and celebrate the non-profit and charitable community,” said Jim Boltz, president of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber. “We’re very proud to honor them for all that they do, and the services they provide.”

One longstanding event and holiday celebration is the Giving Tree.

“We collect more than 500 gifts for organizations and charities to share with the folks that the charities serve, from a pair of shoes to a warm blanket, or gift card to a local business. Gifts are donated by our generous members. The program expands every year as we seek new charities to serve. And it isn’t just for children. There are gifts for adults, too – from a set of pots and pans to a microwave oven, cosmetics and clothing.”

Keeping the community healthy, the chamber showcases healthy living and lifestyles at its annual Health + Wellness Fair.

“We bring together more than three dozen vendors and guest speakers who provide pertinent information about healthcare services and topics,” Boltz said. “It covers everything from healthy fitness choices, to environmental health, how to choose a hearing aid and the newest approach to dementia care and research to name just a few.”

Held at the Ross Park Mall, the event uniquely features guest speakers throughout the day.

“It’s a learning opportunity, a time for everyone to discover what’s new in health care and related products,” Boltz said. “Participants ask questions and get the answers they need.”

Another prime opportunity to promote business and learn about exciting products and services in homebuilding and home services is the ever popular Home Show & Business Expo.

“It’s one of our largest spring events,” Boltz said. “The community loves it. We feature homebuilders, home products and services that span remodeling, HVAC, windows, appliances, and most of the items it takes to create a perfect home. Vendors provide information about services such as financial care and insurance, as well. We have it all.”

The chamber’s calendar is brimming with opportunities to help businesses thrive, and there’s plenty that please the palate, too.

“The Taste of Cranberry is held annually and showcases the regions finest restaurants,” said Kristina Hall, director of events and programs. “The fare is fantastic, featuring culinary artistry from pastries to pasta. Up to 25 restaurants participate, preparing their signature dish. It’s a fun and casual way to sample fabulous food, all under one roof.”

It’s held in the evening, featuring entertainment, raffles and festivities attracting about 500 people each year. n

2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORSEXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Philip J. Scolieri – Chairman of the Board
Scolieri Law Group, P.C.

Andrew Chiapusio – Chair Elect
First National Bank

Tracy Armstrong – Vice Chair
North Pittsburgh Greeting Company

Dr. Ann Gatty – Past Chair
Strategic People Solutions

Gary Basilone – Foundation Chair
Basilone Executive Search

Steven W. Diffenderfer – Treasurer
Community Bank

Mark Prentice – Secretary
Healthy Environments, LLC

Jim Boltz – President
Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elizabeth Blakely
Link to Visibility

Bruce Goodman
CHROME Federal Credit Union

Lisa Heller
Heartland Payment Systems

Gregg Hill
Dollar Bank

Kathleen Kuznicki
The Lynch Law Group

Jim Logan
Pgh Repair LLC

Alyssa Marsico
Alzheimer’s Association

Tiffany Nolan
i.e. Insurance

Jan Stevens
Coldwell Banker

Cynthia Stirling
Strawberry Ridge Golf Course

John Tubridy
Franchise Network of Pittsburgh

Rakesh Unnithan
WesBanco Bank

Nicky Voynick
Salem Media Group

Kim Tosadori
Petroleum Technical Services, LLC

Chamber Staff

Jim Boltz
President
JBoltz@PghNorthChamber.com

Amy VanAtta
Executive Assistant
AVanatta@PghNorthChamber.com

Melissa Leedy
Membership Accounts Executive
MLeedy@PghNorthChamber.com

Heather Schwartzbauer
Membership & Digital Media Coordinator
HSchwartzbauer@PghNorthChamber.com

Kristina Hall
Director of Events & Programs
KHall@PghNorthChamber.com