PBPA Legacy of Service Awards Banquet Recap

The Paoli Business and Professional Association held its Legacy of Service annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center.

The Banquet celebrated and recognized outstanding businesses and individuals in the Paoli area. The proceeds from this event benefitted the Paoli Inn Historical Marker Project.

We are proud of all of the 2019 Legacy of Service Awards winners and thank them for their ongoing dedication to our community, businesses and citizens.
Andy Wilson, President, Paoli Business & Professional Association

I was humbled to be able to present the Commonwealth Citation Awards on behalf of the office of Representative Shusterman. These individuals and their respective organizations are part of a thriving business community in Paoli; moreover, they were recognized by the Paoli Business Association for their vast contributions in making Paoli a great place to live and work.
Sean McCarson, Constituent Services Advisor, Office of PA State Representative Melissa Schusterman

Award Winners

Andrea Testa receiving the “Citizen of the Year” award

Citizen of the Year
Andrea Testa, Chief, Paoli Fire Company

Andrea Testa is the first female Fire Chief elected in the history of Chester County. In addition to her 25-plus years as a First Responder, Chief Testa is also certified as a Building and Fire Inspector. Her formal education is in Emergency Services and Building Construction. Paoli Fire Company’s 35 volunteer firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and fire police are your neighbors. They donate their time and hearts to train, fight fires, respond to accidents and other emergencies, and provide emergency medical care and transport.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Alleva, Alleva Funeral Home, Inc.

Alleva Funeral Home, Inc has been providing funeral services for our community since 1953. A 2nd generation business, it has been led by many of the Alleva family. Today Steve Alleva is the director of the family business. He shared that “it has truly been a family business with his father, mother, uncle and brother being very hands-on over the years”. They have been longtime members of the Paoli Business Association, Lions Club and Main Line Chamber.

Business Person of the Year
Karen Lander, Drapery Design

Karen Lander is the founder and principal designer of Drapery Design, supplying the finest window covering products and services to the Main Line and beyond for over 25 years. Voted Main Line Magazine’s “Best of the Main Line” for custom window coverings, three years in a row, Karen is the area’s go-to drapery designer creating premier drapery fashions for clients who want impeccable window treatments and accessories with customized detailing.

Business Development Award
SCORE – Chester & Delaware Counties

SCORE is a non-profit national organization of business volunteers dedicated to providing free counseling and educational service to small businesses. SCORE volunteers are seasoned business experts who apply their life experience and business knowledge to mentor individuals planning to start a small business, or small business owners who seek assistance in solving business issues. The SCORE chapter serving Chester and Delaware Counties has more than 100 experienced counselors with expertise in almost every facet of business. https://chesterdelco.score.org

Community Development Award
Upper Main Line YMCA

The Upper Main Line YMCA, founded in 1962, is a diverse community joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster social responsibility. With more than 80,000 members across Chester County, their programs and facilities are always based on the unique needs and interests of the communities they serve. In addition, YMCA volunteers, staff, members and donors are all united by a deep commitment to continually strengthen Chester County. https://www.ymcagbw.org/locations/upper-main-line-branch

Beautification Awards
Koup Family Dental
Nemours Dupont
Paoli Village
Turn 5

New Business Recognition
Logan Allstate Insurance
Nick Filet