The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is proud to announce the 2023 Showcasing YoCo awardees, local performers, and more.

Sponsored by WellSpan Health, the celebration will be held Thursday, April 6 at the Wyndham Garden. The evening includes a Social Hour sponsored by DOCEO at 5 p.m., and dinner and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.

Local performers include Devix, CoCo Shantelle, First Capital Drumline, and Downtown Sound Quartet by Robin-Banks Entertainment. The Social Hour will highlight HOLLA Spirits, Sign of the Horse Brewery, and Wyndridge Farm.

Back again: attendees are able to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2023 Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

The Awardees:

A true celebration of York, recipients of the Ignite Young Professional Award, Small Business of the Year, ATHENA Award, White Rose Appreciation Award, and the Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be honored this evening as well. We are proud to announce:

  • Ignite Young Professional Award Winner, presented by Barley Snyder –
    Roth Preap, York Arts Association

Roth Preap has always been committed to York County. A graduate of William Penn Senior High School and a YCCOSP scholar, he received a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry Recording Technology from York College of Pennsylvania in 2018. Before being appointed as Executive Director of the York Art Association in January 2023, Roth worked for several organizations including the York County Community Foundation, York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the York Junior Symphony Orchestra. In 2022, Roth was selected as an honoree for Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty under 40 for his work with the York Youth Symphony Orchestra and the York County Community Foundation.

Outside of his work with YAA, Roth also works as an associate for Procopia Nonprofit Consulting, helping to work on strategic plans, needs assessments, and a variety of data-driven special projects. Outside of his work, Roth serves the community through his time and talents, performing and accompanying on piano for Bethany United Methodist Church’s sanctuary choir in Red Lion, PA, and volunteering for Kable House Presents, and other organizations and events.

  • Small Business of the Year Award Winner, presented by Conrad Siegel –
    HOLLA Spirits

Holla Spirits is a York, Pa.-based, millennial-owned company dedicated to creating innovative spirits that resonate with like-minded consumers. The company’s original and flavored vodkas provide an alternative for those interested in a fun, fresh, progressive and accessible spirit for future generations. Holla blends its spirits using high quality base distillates and flavor ingredients, with over a dozen distinct vodka variations, ready-to-drink cocktails, and limited edition bourbons, gin, or rum.

Available online in over 30 states, Holla was the first Pennsylvania spirits company to introduce its vodkas in a flexible pouch for direct to home delivery and those living an active lifestyle. Total Wine & More now carries Holla products in 6 states, along with premier venues such as Hershey Entertainment and Penn National Gaming Hollywood Casinos. The company has received numerous national awards and media attention, including gold and silver medals from the Las Vegas and San Francisco World Spirits Competitions.

  • ATHENA Award Winner, presented by Traditions Bank –
    Dr. Roxanna Gapstur, WellSpan Health

Roxanna Gapstur assumed the role of President and CEO of WellSpan Health in 2019. She has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience working in group practice, academic, and integrated health care systems with health plan operations.

Dr. Gapstur has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development and operational leadership in both ambulatory and hospital settings. She has served in multiple executive roles including chief operating officer, chief nursing officer and as a senior executive accountable for population health. Dr. Gapstur obtained her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

She currently serves on a number of national and regional boards of directors: AllSpire Health Partners, American Hospital Association, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Better York – York County Economic Alliance, Costa Academy, Cultural Alliance of York, Downtown Renaissance Fund, and Traditions Bank. She is also a member of the PA Early Learning Investment Commission and the CEO Coalition, a national group dedicated to healthcare workforce safety.

  • White Rose Appreciation Award Winner, presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group –
    Jack Kay

The York County Economic Alliance established the White Rose Appreciation Award as a way to recognize and support those individuals who, over the years, have played an active role with the YCEA and within the York community. The award recipient is chosen for his or her career success and community involvement through the years and the influence he or she has had on others in the community.

Jack Kay is the President and CEO of Susquehanna Real Estate, a York-based real estate development and consulting company. Prior to his work with Susquehanna Real Estate, he was Vice President, Real Estate for Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co., and previously served as the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of York.

Before beginning his career and relocation to York, Jack served as the Director of Urban Systems Engineering for the City of Philadelphia.

Jack is very active in the York community serving as Chairman of the York County Industrial Development Authority and the Founding Chairman of the Memorial Health Systems Foundation. Under Jack’s leadership, the YCIDA acquired the Yorktowne Hotel, and after seven years of redevelopment, celebrated the reopening of the hotel this year.

For the past several years, he has been instrumental in facilitating project based learning opportunities for York College of Pennsylvania students through his leadership role with YCIDA.

  • Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Winner, presented by Stock & Leader, Attorneys at Law –
    Joseph Machine Company

Joseph Machine Company was formed in 1986 by Joseph Pigliacampo with a goal of creating automated machinery for the window and door industry.  Years of working in production had convinced him that there had to be better ways to improve quality and speed while requiring less manual labor.  With only a checking account as startup capital, JMC was formed and a revolution in window manufacturing was born.

Over the next 37 years, JMC designed and built thousands of pieces of automated equipment for manufactures throughout the Americas.  JMC introduced many technologies that are now standard in the industry, including zero scrap cutting technology and multi-track, step through machining centers.

Over the years, JMC has grown and built equipment for multiple industries beyond window & door, including automotive, architectural supplies, and solar.  In fact, every Tesla has parts inside that were made on a Joseph machine!

With 86k sf of manufacturing space in Dillsburg and plans for an additional 63k, JMC is poised to continue to grow, now under the leadership of Joe’s son, Anthony.  With over 100 highly skilled employees and an incredible, values led culture, JMC strives to continue to add to the Central PA economy while developing solutions to help American manufacturers automate their operations.

Tickets for this event typically sell out, and are available here through the YCEA website. Don’t miss your chance to join us in celebrating our 2023 award winners, see York’s talent showcased live, and win a chance at a Harley-Davidson!