Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee, speaks at Northeast Berks Chamber Dinner

Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, is the keynote speaker, “What Makes a Company Successful?”, at the Northeast Berks Chamber’s first Chamber Dinner at Kutztown University on May 17.
Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, is the keynote speaker, “What Makes a Company Successful?”, at the Northeast Berks Chamber’s first Chamber Dinner at Kutztown University on May 17. Submitted photo

The Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce will host its first Chamber Dinner at Kutztown University on May 17, featuring Andrea Funk, former CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, as keynote speaker to address “What Makes a Company Successful?”

East Penn Manufacturing is the Title Sponsor. A 2017 Member of the Year Award, recognizing a chamber member, will be presented in memory of the late Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former East Penn Manufacturing CEO.

“The Award will commemorate Sally’s remarkable career and philanthropy. Inviting Andrea Funk, whose resume includes woman CEO, to address chamber dinner guests is yet another nod to Sally’s legacy,” according to Mary Fran Bachman, chair of the chamber dinner planning committee and an associate agent at Spotts Insurance Group, Flying Hills.

Fifteen chamber members have been nominated to date for the annual Award. Berks Schuylkill SCORE will partner with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, as it has annually for the September Shining Star Awards, to coordinate the judging process.

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According to SCORE President Alyse Mitten, owner of Interlace Communications, Inc., “Our team of mentors with Berks Schuylkill SCORE have found it very rewarding and an honor, to say the least, to have the opportunity to judge the Shining Star Awards for the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce. The caliber of the individuals who are nominated exemplifies the dedication they have to their businesses, as well as to their communities. This year, for the Chamber Dinner, we will evaluate nominees for the 2017 Member of the Year Award.”

SCORE will rank the top three candidates to determine the ultimate award recipient.

Funk recently resigned as CEO of Cambridge-Lee Industries, a position she held since 2013. She joined the company in 2010 as CFO, and previously, she worked in various global finance, business development, and audit capacities at Arrow International, Carpenter Technology, and Ernst & Young. Funk also sits on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for Crown Holdings (NYSE: CCK) and Board of Directors, Audit Committee – in which she is the Chairperson, and Finance Committee of Touchpoint, a diversified global growth company with 3,000 employees.

Funk holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BS in Accounting from Villanova University, and is a CPA. She has received numerous awards, including the Girls Scouts Lead the Way Award, Athena Award, LVB Women of Influence, MI National STEP Honoree, BFTP Manufacturing Achievement, and PDCED’s C. Alan Walker Award for Public-Private Partnerships.

In addition to East Penn, event sponsors include Leading Edge Business Consulting, Fleetwood Bank, Capital Blue Cross, Pay Day Payroll Service, Sher & Associates, PC, Watkins Architect, Ltd., Edward Jones Fleetwood, Farmhouse Flowers, Hasch Daal Custom Embroidery, Silk-Screening & Promotional Items, and Elite Business Solutions.

Additional sponsorship opportunities at three levels remain available. The event is open to the public and starts with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the McFarland Student Union. Gluten-free, vegetarian, or vegan options are available by request with reservation.

For more information, contact Lori B. Donofrio-Galley, Executive Director, at 610-683-8860 or at email ldg@northeastberkschamber.com.