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Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
By: Alice Funk
Categories: General

TriCounty Chamber Holds 2nd Annual REACH Conference


(Pottstown, PA) – The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce (TCACC) held its 2nd Annual REACH Conference on Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at La Massaria at Bella Vista Golf Course in Gilbertsville, PA.

The Conference featured four speakers who shared their stories of “Crushing It” and offered inspiration to the 115 in attendance to set their goals high and strive to reach them.

The REACH Conference’s keynote speaker, Neen James, a professional speaker, consultant, author, and expert in paying attention, addressed driving profitability, productivity, and accountability by focusing your attention. Her message included breaking activities into 15-minute sessions, so that you can really focus on them.

Joining the speaker line-up was Denise Nakano, midday anchor for KYW Newsradio, who shared her story of broadcast journalism and how she came upon her many award-winning news reports. Ginger Kunkel, President of Tompkins, shared her career journey and key lessons to get to the top, by applying for the next higher position. Kim Fraites-Dow, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, told of her career path from clarinetist to non-profit leader, and how the Girl Scout program is developing 40,000 youths to be future leaders.

The Conference included these four dynamic speakers, access to other professionals to connect and build relationships, lunch, a networking dessert reception, swag bags, raffle prizes, a copy of Neen James’ book, Attention Pays for all in attendance, as well as the opportunity to get it personalized by the author. 

Eileen Dautrich, President of TCACC, announced the REACH award winners, at the Conference, for their dedication to the community, their careers, and their support of other women. Amy Frizzle of Diamond Credit Union was recognized as the 2022 Outstanding Young Professional.  Shelly Stockmal of The Victory Bank was recognized as the 2022 Woman of Influence and Empowerment in Business. Holly Parker of TriCounty Community Network, Inc. was recognized as the 2022 Woman of Influence and Empowerment in Non-Profits.  Dr. Myra Forrest of Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation was awarded the 2022 Master of the “REACH” award.  TCACC also awarded two “Breaking Glass Ceilings” Awards to Wendy Moyer-Drabick of Moyer-Drabick and Associates, Ltd. for her recognition as the 2020 SBA Eastern PA Woman Owned Small Business of the Year; and to April Barkasi of CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC for her recognition as the 2022 SBA Eastern PA Woman Owned Small Business of the Year.

The 2nd Annual REACH Conference was sponsored by Cody Systems as a Book Sponsor and Keller Williams Realty Group as the Swag Bag Sponsor. Constellation, Dana Inc., Pottstown Hospital – Tower Health, Precision Polymer Products, Inc., Schultz Technology, Styer Real Estate, Tompkins, and The Victory Bank were Empowerment Sponsors, while  CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC, Herbein + Company, Inc., Maillie LLP, and Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation were Connecting Sponsors for the event. 

The REACH Program, within the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce (TCACC), includes luncheons each quarter with informative speakers, social events, a monthly virtual book club and coffee chat as well as the Annual Conference.  For information regarding any of these REACH events, you may look on the TCACC website event page or the REACH page under Our Programs. 

TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, the tri-county region's business advocate since 1927, is a membership-based organization serving businesses in southeastern Berks, western Montgomery, and northern Chester Counties, as well as along the Route 422 Corridor. TCACC’s mission is leveraging the power of Membership to provide valued Membership services and Proactive Leadership for the tri-county region.

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