NEPIRC Appoints New Members to Industry-Led Board of Directors

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) Board of Directors added the following new members to the board during the organization’s Annual Meeting on October 28, 2014:

Mr. Ronald Daniels, Chief Financial Officer of ASTRO Apparel, a Scranton-based manufacturer and distributor of sports, school and professional attire. Mr. Daniels brings more than 25 years of manufacturing management experience to the board and is a Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Daniels was also added to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors along with his appointment.

Ms. Lisa Hall-Zielinski, Director of the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center. Ms. Hall-Zielinski will represent the needs and concerns of the start-up and smaller manufacturing community as a member of NEPIRC’s Board and was also appointed to the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Ronald Ridley, PhD., Director and Professor at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University. Dr. Ridley brings extensive engineering experience to the board, particularly in new technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Nanotechnology and Robotics. Dr. Ridley will act as a liaison between NEPIRC and Wilkes University’s entrepreneurial activities and Engineering programs and was named to the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Aaron Singer, President of Metalkraft Industries, a successful family-owned powdered metals company located in Wellsboro. Mr. Singer, along with fellow board members from Tioga, Bradford and Susquehanna counties, will continue to bring a Northern Tier manufacturer perspective to NEPIRC’s Board.

Mr. Gene Walsh, Executive Vice President of Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, operating out of Dunmore. As an executive within the region’s largest locally-owned bank, with over $623 million in assets, Mr. Walsh will represent the overall banking, lending and investing community as a member of NEPIRC’s Board.

Mr. Keith Zinn, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Diamond Manufacturing, a world-leading metal perforating company located in Wyoming, PA. As a member of NEPIRC’s Board, Mr. Zinn will bring valuable experience to the organization, including that of how to maintain innovation and strategic focus within a 100 year-old company.

November 13, 2014