Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry Celebrates Annual Awards Dinner


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Image via Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry (CCCBI) celebrated its Annual Awards Dinner of 2023.  

Business leaders and professionals from across the region joined the CCCBI team at the beautiful Longwood Gardens Conservatory to celebrate two influential pillars of the community: Independence Blue Cross (IBX) as Corporate Citizen of the Year, and Maureen Tomoschuk, President & CEO of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), as the Executive of the Year.  

The evening kicked off with a bang from the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band, as they led the guests to the stage to begin the program. CCCBI Board Chair, Dave Hackett of Cozen O’Connor, welcomed nearly three hundred attendees to the 2023 Annual Awards Dinner as a representative of the board. Most notably, he announced the new 2024 Board Chair as Caitlin Ganley of Comcast, who previously held the position of Board Secretary and Government Affairs Committee Chair. Hackett also announced seven new representatives being appointed to CCCBI’s Board of Directors, and thanked the seven outgoing members who have served as impactful and insightful members during their terms.  

As a special surprise to the evening’s sponsors, The Chester County Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program curated a video thanking over fifty sponsors for their generosity and commitment to CCCBI. The Presenting Sponsor of the evening, Constellation, was introduced by Chuck Hanna, Vice President of National Accounts & Solution Sales, who offered his thanks and congratulations to IBX and Tomoschuk.  

Ganley then carried the attention to the awards ceremony. Former Philadelphia Eagles Coach, Dick Vermeil, offered remarks on his forty years of involvement with IBX. This community driven and community focused organization, which currently serves more than one hundred and forty thousand Chester County Residents, was truly deserving of the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award, which was accepted by President & CEO, Greg E. Deavens.  

Brian Tierney, CEO of Brian Communications, introduced Tomoschuk as a personal friend and colleague. Tomoschuk accepted the Executive of the Year Award by thanking her team and community who, for years, have influenced the healthcare industry for many who have unreliable access to quality healthcare.  

Following the honorees was Fireside Chat participants, Coach Vermeil and Andrea Youndt, CEO of the Chester County Food Bank, moderated by CCCBI President & CEO, Laura Manion. With leadership as the focus of the discussion, Manion centered on how Vermeil and Youndt have become leaders to players and employees across generations, how they balance their leadership roles with their personal life, and how to grow as and foster others as leaders.  

The celebration concluded with Manion reflecting on the past year of change at CCCBI and how she plans to continue that upward cycle of growth going into 2024, focusing on Competitiveness, Investment and Workforce. With advocacy at its center, CCCBI will turn its attention to pro-business legislation, and create lasting partnerships with entities including CCEDC, the Tourism Board, the United Way of Chester County, TMACC, and more to strengthen the collective voice of the Chamber.  

Learn more at the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.


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