Year after year, it has been Pennsylvania Business Central’s honor to celebrate the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned through failures and successes how to develop both their organizations and communities.

To gain insight into how these industry leaders have learned through experience, we asked each one to name a mistake they have made in the past and how they have learned from it. How each selectee reacted to the mistakes in the past reveals how important real-life experience is to developing both the acumen and wherewithal to make it in business. It is our hope that after reading the profiles, you will realize that people are not defined by their mistakes nearly as much as by their ability to recover and learn from them.

To see how they would like to apply their expertise to their community, we asked each selectee what they believe the hidden potential of their community is and how they will help to realize it. Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working communities and we believe that the Commonwealth will continue to grow with the leadership exemplified in this edition.

Our editorial team once again had hundreds of nominations to select from to form this year’s list. Narrowing the total number of nominees down to 100 proved to be as difficult as ever.

Wehopethatthefinallistrepresents corporations and organizations large and small while also covering every region of our readership. Readers will see that whether you are a small tech company in Centre County or a paper manufacturer in Lewistown, there are always ways to excel in your field and help your community grow.

Now that this latest edition of Top 100 People is finalized, Pennsylvania Business Central is moving on to finalizing the list of Top 100 Organizations, which will be published in February.

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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Evan J Strittmatter

President

Indiana Vac LLC

Evan Strittmatter attended Homer Center Junior-Senior High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying Small BusinessManagement. In 2012, in the summer of Evan’s senior year of high school, he purchased Indiana Vac with his mother, Cindy Konkol Strittmatter. Indiana Vac has since evolved into a full service vacuum store servicing Indiana and the surrounding counties.

Due to an increasingly high demand for central vacuum systems in the Pittsburgh region, in 2015, Evan and Cindy formed Pittsburgh Central Vacuum.

Strittmatter sits on the board of directors for the Alice Paul House, which provides services to all victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, juvenile offenders and all other crime. Strittmatter is also associate vice president for the Indiana-Armstrong Home Builders Association and is on the committee for the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.

Strittmatter’s time with the young professionals group has fueled his hope for the area’s potential.

“I am lucky enough to be a committee member for the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Organization. Being involved with this group has opened my eyes to how much talent and leadership we have cultivated in our community,” he said.

In his free time, Strittmatter enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exploring the community, trying new restaurants and traveling.

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