EXETER — The Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce held its annual Autumn Breakfast Meeting at St. Anthony Parish Center on Friday. Event chairperson Stephan Grossbauer served as master of ceremonies.
Over 235 chamber members gathered to hear Greater Pittston natives Dr. Thomas Meade and Dr. Cara Guilfoyle from Coordinated Health serve as principal speakers.
Meade, a 1975 Pittston Area graduate, heads the new Coordinated Health medical office located at 1120 Oak St., Pittston. Meade, specializing in orthopedics, spoke about his adolescent years growing up in Greater Pittston, and he said he’s happy to be back in his hometown.
Guilfoyle is the former Cara Cenera who grew up on Delaware Avenue, West Pittston. She specializes in breast surgery, working in Coordinated Health’s Allentown office.
Guilfoyle also reflected on growing up in the Garden Village as well as Greater Pittston. Her family has owned Cenera Auto Parts in West Pittston for decades. The business is currently owned and operated by her father John.
Also during the meeting, the 2015 Healthy Workplace of the Year award and the 2015 Continuing Excellence Award were presented by Highmark Blue Cross of NEPA’s Greta Kreidler, account executive at Highmark.
Rick Yarborough, terminal manager of Prime, Inc. trucking company, accepted the Healthy Workplace award.
Daniel J. Santaniello, president and CEO of Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, received the 2015 Continuing Excellence Award on behalf of the bank.
Chamber president Jerry Champi spoke briefly on membership. The chamber currently has 431 members, just shy of its goal of 450 for this year. He stated the Women’s Network of the chamber currently boasts 534 members.
He also noted the holiday gala and marketplace event will be held at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Convention Center on Dec. 2.
Also, it was Rosemary Dessoye’s last autumn breakfast meeting as executive vice president/secretary of the chamber. Dessoye will step down at the end of 2015 after 26 years of service at the chamber. Michelle Mikitish will replace her on Jan. 1, 2016.