The PA Chamber’s All Business podcast interviews member companies’ entrepreneurs, businesses owners and executives as we take a close up look at the passion, vision and unique talents that keep Pennsylvania businesses on the path of success in today’s economy.
In this episode we welcome Joe Emrich, Market Director for Johnson Controls. In his role as the Market Director for Johnson Controls as well as a certified speaker, trainer and coach for the John Maxwell Team, Joe is able to work and help others expand their influence and effectiveness.
At Johnson Controls, Joe’s team of over 200 professionals serve their clients with building automation (Metasys), HVAC Equipment (York), Security and Fire, Technology Integration (Tyco, Simplex-Grinnell) and ongoing Services. Joe’s primary responsibilities for this market include client satisfaction, market share growth, delivering predictable profits each month, and team talent development. Joe has held positions over his 31 year career in engineering, project management, energy solutions sales, along with branch and regional management.
Community volunteer efforts include serving as Chairman of the Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network Advisory Board, Vice President of the AABE Harrisburg Chapter, and on additional boards the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) and Penn State Capital Campaign Board. Joe also serves as a mentor with the American Corporate Partners working with veterans transitioning from the military to private sector.
Joe is also a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. He along with the other coaches have trained groups in both the USA as well as internationally. As Joe enters the second half of his career, his focus is shifting from success to significance. Success comes from meeting and exceeding personal goals but significance comes from helping others achieve and thrive in their own hopes, goals and dreams. This starts first with family, then to business and finally to the community and world.
In this episode we welcome Sarah Olexsak, Manager, Transportation Electrification, Duquesne Light Company. Duquesne Light is leading the charge in Western Pennsylvania and across the region when it comes to educating the public about electric vehicles (EV) and building out EV charging infrastructure. They recently launched a website dedicated EV's that is full of great information for consumers, business and the community.
For more than 15 years, Sarah has worked to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. At Duquesne Light, she strives to make the benefits of electric mobility accessible to all. Prior to boomeranging to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 2018, she led advanced vehicle and fueling infrastructure efforts at the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia & The GIANT Company
In this episode we welcome Dr. Saba Khan, Director of CHOP food Pharmacies and Chris Brand, Director, Communications and Social Impact at The GIANT Company.
Recently, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced the expansion of its Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy to a second location in West Philadelphia. The expansion was made possible by a longstanding partners at the GIANT Company. The aim of the new location is to increase food access to more patient families, while also providing ongoing support to identify and address broader social determinants of health. The new Food Pharmacy 2.0 is a part of CHOP’s Healthier Together Initiative. Launched in 2019, Healthier Together focuses on some of the most pressing health and economic needs in neighborhoods surrounding the hospital’s campus.
Kroger Specialty Pharmacy
In this episode we welcome Erin Harrell, Director of Oncology Sales for Kroger Specialty Pharmacy.
Kroger Specialty Pharmacy is the nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy. It services primarily oncology, auto immune, pulmonology physicians and cystic fibrosis centers in all 50 states and PR. KSP has Centers of Excellence for each disease states it services across the 10 stateside locations. KSP is dedicated to serving patients with chronic illnesses requiring complex care. They optimize patient outcomes by blending a high-touch, caring patient experience with specialized clinical knowledge, personalized total life care programs and administrative expertise.
Erin has over 18 years of medical sales experience. Of this, 14 years have been in the specialty pharmacy segment. Throughout this time, she has sold in neurology, infectious disease, organ transplant, cardiology, hepatology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, dermatology, and rheumatology but focus primarily on oncology. She's been in sales management for about 8 years where spends the majority of her time (when not in a pandemic) working side by side with her team and loves to be out in the field with them. Recently she has been lending her time to Kroger Health as a part of their Covid test launch team.
Flagger Force Traffic Control Services
We're pleased to welcome Jen Strobel, Vice President of Human Resources for Flagger Force, to the PA Chamber's All Business Podcast.
Flagger Force is an industry leader in temporary traffic control and construction work zone safety throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Throughout her career at Flagger Force, she has developed innovative programs to cultivate leaders, foster collaboration and provide opportunities for growth including the creation and co-sponsorship of the Workforce Development Program at Flagger Force. She is an advocate for providing career opportunities to people with diverse backgrounds.
Jen has been recognized numerous times throughout her career with several awards including the Athena Award from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, the 'Woman of the Year' Award from the Association of Builders and Contractors, Central Penn Business Journal 'Forty Under 40' Award and the Millersville University Outstanding Service Award.
Think Communications Inc.
We're pleased to welcome Brian Tedeschi, President of Think Communications, Inc. to the re-launch of the PA Chamber's All Business Podcast.
Brian is a 30-year public relations, advertising and product launch veteran – bringing strategic communications expertise to bear for leading healthcare, consumer and specialty brands, including Penn State University, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, Philips Respironics, Calgon Carbon, Hyde Marine, Sheetz, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Primanti Bros., Rite Aid Corp., Matthews International, Columbia Gas and Equitable Resources, among others.
Prior to launching Think Communications in 1998, he served as national marketing director for the Iron & Steel Institute/Steel Recycling Institute, where he helped lead communication initiatives for the automotive, appliance, steel construction framing and specialty markets. He also previously served at Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies and SBC Advertising in Columbus, Ohio.
Brian serves as a board member for the Boy Scouts of America, Western Pennsylvania Chapter; Northeast Region Area 4, Boy Scouts of America; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Rock for the Heart (for pediatric cardiac research). Previously, he served on the board of directors for the Ohio University National Alumni Association, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and as president of the Public Relations Society of America, Pittsburgh Chapter.
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