Looking Back At Last Year’s Event
As the world opened up, we decided to put a twist on our celebration and enjoy some light-hearted fun at Clipper Magazine Stadium. We also had the pleasure of hearing from keynote speaker Adam Grant, a renowned author and professor.
Watch the Event
Did you miss it? Don’t worry—you can watch the entire virtual event here or watch it on YouTube.
2021 Entrepreneur of the Year
Ryan Smoker & Ryan Martin
Founding Partners, Infantree
Ryan Smoker (left) is a founding partner and the Creative Director of Infantree. He’s a rock steady rationalist and talented designer, with a nose for details. In addition to mentoring our designers and writers, he ensures that brand strategy is translated into high quality creative.
Ryan Martin (right) is a founding partner and the Account Director of Infantree. Always moving a mile a minute, he offers tons of passion and big ideas to Infantree leadership. He fosters rich, long-term relationships with our clients and ensures strategic directives are always on point.
Sponsored by UPMC Pinnacle
The Entrepreneur of the Year award honors a founder and owner of a business who demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit. The recipient is an independent thinker, demonstrates business growth, creates a positive internal culture, and is dedicated to the community.
2021 Small Businessperson of the Year
Owner/President, Weaver Associates
Ron Weaver grew up on New Street in Lancaster and attended St. Annes School, Lancaster Catholic & West Chester University. Ron is married to Kathe, and has four children. Ron resides in Manheim Township. Outside of being owner and President of Weaver Associates, Ron enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family – especially my Grandchildren, Nora, Eloise, Brennan & Paisley.
Sponsored by Brubaker, Connaugton, Goss & Lucarelli
The Small Businessperson of the Year recognizes a small business (100 or fewer employees) owner who has demonstrated business growth, invested time & energy in to developing their teams, and has contributed to our community.
2021 ATHENA Award
President/CEO, Rock Lititz
Andrea Shirk is the leader of a new kind of live event crew. Focused on building a uniquely collaborative, state-of-the-art live event experience, her dedicated team has been breaking new ground within the industry.
Andrea comes to Rock Lititz with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management with multiple product development and program management roles, having worked in leadership programs at both Lockheed Martin and Bose. In 2013, she accepted the role of General Manager for state-of-the-art production campus Rock Lititz, where shows from around the world come to practice, train, build and structure their tours. In her most important role, Andrea and her husband, Mike Shirk, are parents to Tyler (13) and Haley (9) Shirk. You’ll find her in their classroom teaching Junior Achievement, assistant coaching her daughter’s soccer team and cheering loudly for her son’s baseball team. She is engaged in her community through passionate roles in Women in STEM and education.
Sponsored by Constellation Energy
The ATHENA award celebrates an individual who strives toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment, have devoted time and energy to their community, and who inspires women to reach their full potential.
2021 Exemplar Award
Former President/CEO, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Until her retirement in March 2021, Jan Bergen led a health system that annually touches more than 450,000 unique lives through a network of three hospitals, more than 60 physician practices, dozens of ambulatory facilities, and more than 625 physicians and advanced-practice professionals.
During nearly four decades in healthcare, perhaps no time was more memorable than last year, when Jan led Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the ongoing fight against it. Jan joined Lancaster General Health in 2000 as senior vice president of ambulatory care and the Women & Babies Hospital. In the years that followed, Jan led development of innovative approaches to care, including the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital, the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, and the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital. After providing executive oversight of Lancaster General Health’s operations, from physician services and hospital operations to ambulatory services and post-acute care, she was named president & CEO in September 2015.
Jan lead with expertise, energy and passion, and displays a true service-oriented commitment and connection to her community. Her strategic vision and tireless advocacy for patient care were the driving forces behind Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s growth and development.
Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lafayette College and has completed graduate course work in business administration and social work.
Sponsored by Janney
The Exemplar award honors a local leader who has made significant contributions to community organizations and has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Lancaster Community.