Lehigh Valley, PA – March 27, 2017: The President and CEO of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tony Iannelli, was awarded a Special Recognition for Regional Leadership this evening at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting. The award recognizes Tony’s vision and hard work, during the last 20 years, spearheading and organizing the regionalization of the Valley’s business community and the role he has played in advancing economic growth in the Lehigh Valley.
During Iannelli’s 20 year career at The Chamber, he has overseen the regionalization of more than 30 local chambers, business councils and policy committees from across the Lehigh Valley, creating the largest chamber organization Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Don Cunningham, the CEO of LVEDC recognized Tony Iannelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce with a first special recognition award for regionalism.
Cunningham noted that Iannelli, in his 20th year at the helm of the chamber, built what was a patchwork of small organizations into one of the 10 largest chambers in America.
"He is the dean of regional leadership," said Cunningham. Recalling when he was Bethlehem's mayor, Cunningham said Iannelli, who then headed the Allentown Chamber, began its growth by merging with the Christmas City's Chamber. Today, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber extends from Carbon County to Warren County, N.J., and is the seventh-largest business-boosting group in the country.
“It’s been a wonderful run …,” Iannelli told the audience, “and it’s because of all of you.”