HMK Clients In The News: Summer 2013

There’s plenty going on with HMK Insurance Insurance clients!

Boyle Construction

left to right: Boyle staff: Sean Boyle, Karen Duerholz, Shane Follweiler, Beverly Boger, Tanya Winter, Mike Spano and Ken Duerholz. Photo by Sherry Clewell Photography

You can’t pick up a local newspaper or magazine without seeing the name Boyle Construction! In addition to completing prestigious projects such as the renovation of the famed four-story Crayola building in Easton, this Allentown-based business received the Chamber’s 2013 Excellence in Business Award. This summer Boyle Construction began a $10.1 million redevelopment project on the Hoover-Mason Trestle. This project is a unique half-mile, elevated train trestle between the Sands Casino and the ArtsQuest campus on Bethlehem’s Southside. This project is similar to New York City’s High Line Park, but our visitors will have the opportunity to get close-up views of the steel blast furnaces. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

A June 7, 2013 groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts for their new building at East Third and Polk Streets in Bethlehem’s Southside.


Bill Hindle and Connie Fletcher-Hindle Photo by Sherry Clewell Photography

Bill Hindle of HindlePower was the keynote speaker click here at the Chamber’s Excellence in Business Awards reception in June of 2013. He also accepted the EIB award on behalf of his firm for companies with 25-100 employees.

Blair Custom Homes

“Old Saucon” is the newest project for Blair Custom Homes. The 66-acre gated community is located primarily in Upper Saucon Township, just off of Route 378 and Old Saucon Road. John Blair, president, calls the 55 and older development the “new urbanism.” The project is valued at $40 million and will take approximately four years to complete.

Altitude Marketing/ServPro of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall/Wesley Works Real Estate/ Central Veterinary Referral Center

The Lehigh Valley Business Journal hosted Business-of-the-Year awards which included many HMK clients. Among the finalists were Altitude Marketing, ServPro of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, Wesley Works Real Estate and Central Veterinary Referral Center.

Originate Ventures/Atlas Machining and Welding/Follett Corporation

Congratulations to Mike Gausling and Originate Ventures for being selected for the inaugural Governor’s ImPAct Awards in Hershey last May. Originate Ventures received the Entrepreneur Impact Award. Atlas Machining and Welding was a Small Business ImPAct Award finalist and Follett Corporation was a Jobs First award finalist.

North Star Construction Management

Photo by Peter Gourniak, Two City Center

At a height of 165’, Two City Center will be the tallest building erected in the Lehigh Valley in 40 years – 12 stories and 325,000 SF of Class A office, retail, and restaurant space. While the size of Two City Center may be impressive, the bigger story is what it represents: a venerable heritage strongly connected to the permanent revitalization of our community. North Star Construction Management is proud to be part of both.


Lehigh Valley Style dedicated a page to Emily Hoffert and her father, Paul, who own and manage Jumbars restaurant on Chelsea Avenue in Bethlehem. The father-daughter duo will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their family-owned café which has become a favorite for residents from all over the Lehigh Valley.

Manufacturer’s Resource Center

The Manufacturer’s Resource Center received public accolades from a client when their story was told in a March issue of the Lehigh Valley Business Journal. Highwood USA of Tamaqua credited the MRC with the company’s exponential growth since its inception in 2004.

EMS Environmental Inc

Green Business Solutions is the newest addition to EMS Environmental Inc. Now, in addition to the ability to clean up the environment, Green Business Solutions can assist clients in reducing energy, resource and waste costs while also obtaining valuable utility incentives.

Just Born Inc/Artefact

Gordon Mowrer

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce’s 96th Annual Dinner, hosted in May at Steel Stacks featured several HMK clients. The Milestone Award was presented to The Peep of Just Born in recognition of the 60th year anniversary of the PEEPS® Brand. Christine Ussler of Artefact received a Downtown Visionary Award and The Honorable Gordon Mowrer, former Mayor of Bethlehem and former president of HMK Insurance, also received a Downtown Visionary Award.

Concannon Miller/Spillman Farmer/MKSD Architects/Artefact

Several HMK clients were among those honored as Women of Influence by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal. Congratulations to Maureen Holland Thompson of Concannon Miller, Christa Duelberg Kraftician of Spillman Farmer, Silvia Hoffman of MKSD Architects and Christine Ussler of Artefact.

King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul

Kevin Reid, Managing Partner, King Spry

The company known as the area’s largest native law firm was featured in the Lehigh Valley Business Journal’s Behind the List section this spring. Kevin Reid, a partner with King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, fielded the questions and talked about the firm’s growth over the last decade.

Dietrick Group

Industrial development is on the upswing, according to industry expert Linda Dietrick of the Dietrick Group. In her 8th Annual Commercial Real Estate presentation hosted at Revolutions Entertainment Center in early May, Linda addressed 285 professionals who came to hear the latest news and forecast for the industry.

Point Phillips Hotel

The Point Phillips Hotel

The Morning Call shed some new light on the recently renovated Point Phillips Hotel in Bath with a very favorable article on the dining pleasures at Dan Tanczos’ establishment. Located in Moore Township on Point Phillips Road, the former tavern has been totally renovated and now welcomes guests who have an appetite for smokehouse fare, steaks, seafood or even some Pennsylvania Dutch specialties.

Genesis Bicycles

How many business owners can say they sell fun to people? That’s exactly what Tomias Hinchcliff, owner of Genesis Bicycles in Easton said when asked “What’s the best part of your job?” The question was posed by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal and a nice article appeared in June. For bicycle newbies and experienced enthusiasts, be sure to check out the Thursday at 6:00 p.m. group excursions from Genesis Bicycles which always include a stop for ice cream.

Promus Financial

Joel Gilley, President, Promus Financial

It took Joel Gilley, President of Promus Financial quite some time and thoughtful deliberation to come up with the name for his company eight years ago.  Promus is Latin for steward – one who manages property, finances, or affairs for another. The moniker is perfect for the entrepreneur whose firm helps corporations and financial institutions retain their best people through the use of targeted, strategic compensation programs.  Promus also works with business owners on wealth maximization strategies.

Stations Café

Stations Café owners, Kevin and Jane Buscemi

Stations Café owners, Kevin and Jane Buscemi, specialize in healthy, natural and organic foods at their café and catering business on Main Street in Bethlehem.  Customers rave that Kevin’s flatbreads are the best!

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