John C. Metz, Jr., chief executive officer, executive chef and co-founder of Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, Wilkes-Barre, has been honored as a 2013 Silver Plate Award recipient by the International Facility Management Association, which recognizes excellence in eight segments of foodservice operations. His father, Metz Culinary Management founder and Executive Chairman John C. Metz, was named an IFMA Silver Plate Award recipient in 1979.
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been named by PPL Electric Utilities to the E-power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll in recognition of their energy efficiency efforts. Businesses were recognized for demonstrating awareness and commitment to better energy and environmental practices.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre information sciences and technology students Tyler Kerlavage of Hanover Township, Harriet Polites of Wilkes-Barre and Brendan Rinehimer of Pocono Pines competed in and placed first in the 11th Annual Great Valley Technology Alliance Entrepreneurship Institute for their project: Accountability For Students In Transit, an RFID and GPS based project tracking students through a bus route. The same students earned both first place in the IST category and first place overall in the 2012 7th Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Fair. Frouke de Quillettes, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Information Sciences and Technology professor, served as project advisor.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Kudasik, of Harding, a Navy reservist based in Avoca, has earned Tobyhanna Army Depot’s Warfighter of the Quarter award. The award recognizes military personnel for outstanding service. Kudasik was presented the fiscal 2013 second quarter award by Depot Commander Col. Gerhard P.R. Schröter and Depot Sgt. Maj. Juan Rocha for his years of distinguished military service and community support.
Mary Montoro, a paralegal with The Perry Law Firm in Scranton, has passed the bar exam and will be a practicing attorney with the firm. Montoro is a graduate of Marywood University and Widener School of Law.
Northeast PA Industrial Resource Center and its Industrial Resource Center Network have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Senate for their outstanding accomplishments. A copy of Senate Resolution 54, declaring March 13, 2013 as Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Day, was presented to Executive Director Eric Joseph Esoda.
Steve Tagert, president of Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., received a “Special Recognition” award from the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Water Works Association. Tagert was acknowledged for his special effort, work experience, and leadership.
Kathleen Benyo, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships. Benyo holds a BS and MS from Bloomsburg University, an administrative certificate from the University of Scranton, and a PhD from Walden University. This award is presented each year to a Hazleton area businesswoman for outstanding professional achievement.
Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce President Donna Palermo was recently recognized by MTC/Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums as its “Community Supporter of the Year.”
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an architecture and design firm with an office in Wilkes-Barre and four others nationwide, has been awarded the Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional contributions to bettering organizational performance through architecture. The award, only the second time it’s been awarded in its 15 year history, was recently presented by Architectural Record in association with the American Architectural Foundation at the annual Accent on Architecture Gala, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.