The York County Economic Alliance (YCEA) is proud to announce the 2020 Showcasing YoCo: The YCEA Keynote Event awardees, and the line-up of local York talent.

Sponsored by WellSpan Health, the celebration will be held Friday, March 13 at the Wyndham Garden. The evening includes a reception at 5 p.m., and dinner and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. A variety of local artists, musicians, and performers of all genres will be featured throughout the course of the evening.

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 – Natalee Colón, York Water Company

Natalee Colón joined the York Water Company nearly 10 years ago and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  A graduate of Harrisburg High School, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Master’s degree in Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania.  Natalee has continued to grow and expand her education by graduating from Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program and is currently enrolled in the Mentorship York program. Beyond her work, Natalee is actively engaged in the community and volunteers on many non-profit boards and committees, including United Way of York County, Logos Academy, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and York County Community Foundation’s Grant Distribution Committee.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and is a trainer at CrossFit York.


  • Small Business of the Year Award Winner, presented by BB&T, now Truist – White Rose Restaurant Group

White Rose Restaurant Group owns and operates three York, Pennsylvania-based restaurant properties: White Rose Bar & Grill and Rockfish Public House in downtown York and White Rose at Bridgewater, located at the Bridgewater Golf Course in York Township. White Rose Restaurant Group also manages event catering and hospitality services for the historic Valencia Ballroom in downtown York. Each day, White Rose Restaurant Group’s team of culinary professionals provides its guests with an escape from the ordinary dining experience. Committed to providing exceptional food and beverage service, White Rose Restaurant Group continues to create employment opportunities for hospitality professionals in the York County community.

  • ATHENA Award Winner, presented by York Traditions Bank –
    Victoria Connor, York County Bar Association & York County Bar Foundation

As Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Connor has been leading the York County Bar Association (YCBA), and its charitable arm, York County Bar Foundation (YCBF) since 2011. Under her leadership, the YCBF has become the third largest Bar Foundation in the Commonwealth, and York’s largest private funder of law-related programs. Victoria is actively involved in the community and serves as a board or committee volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations, including Leave A Legacy® York County, the York County Estate Planning Council, and York’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Reentry Coalition, Truancy Prevention, Continuum of Care, and the YorkVet Network. In 2014, she was named a York Federal Fellow by York County Community Foundation.


  • White Rose Appreciation Award Winner, presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group – Robert Pullo

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.

Following a 45-year career in banking, Robert “Bob” Pullo was inducted into the Hall of Fame by The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB). His career included serving as chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer for the Waypoint/York Federal Foundation, and chairman of the board of Waypoint Financial Corporation and Waypoint Bank.

Beyond his work in the financial sector, Bob was dedicated to making the York community better for everyone.  He served on boards for numerous non-profit organizations, including Cultural Alliance of York County, United Way of York County, Better York, and Penn State York. Bob was also the founding chairman of the White Rose Foundation, HyStar Enterprises, LLC, and Bindary Associates, LLC, and was the driving force behind “Give Local York”, a 24-hour giving event that raised $3.2 million for more than 300 non-profit organizations in 2019.


  • Revolutionary Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Winner, presented by McNees Wallace and Nurick, LLC – MRG Labs

MRG Labs provides streamlined grease and oil sampling, analysis, and early wear detection solutions to machinery and plant operators around the world. Grease analysis is relatively new in predictive maintenance and is often overlooked because it is thought to be expensive and difficult to get a representative sample from the machine. MRG Labs has invented a grease sampling device, the Grease Thief ®, that allows for a consistent and trendable sample to be taken from the machine every time. The Grease Thief provides nuclear power plants, mining, automotive, wind, and many other industries, with a chance to assess the condition of their grease lubricated equipment. MRG Labs continually strives to improve upon current sampling methods and analyzation techniques. These developments include the invention of the Grease Thief Analyzer to measure consistency of the grease, the StemThief™ to relubricate the stem and nut of a MOV, and the ColorThief to measure the color of the grease under controlled conditions.

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 2020 award winners, and see York’s talent showcased live.