Southpointe CEO Association Chief Executive Series 2016

Charles Keller and Douglas Lee Honored at Southpointe CEO Associations’ World Class Chief Executive Series

On June 16, 2016 the Southpointe CEO Association honored two deserving men with their World Class CEO award. Charles C. Keller, founding partner and senior counsel of Peacock, Keller, & Ecker and Douglas G. Lee, President of Waynesburg University. The Southpointe Chamber of Commerce was happy to donate our services and equipment as a media sponsor to recognize these two esteemed men.

Charles Keller CEO Award

Charles C. Keller has practiced law for 65 years, representing both corporate and individual clients in business, estate and litigation matters. A 1947 Summa Cum Laude graduate of California State College, Keller received its highest undergraduate honor - the Distinguished Service Award. Keller went on to earn his law degree from the Law School of the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1949. After years of courtroom experience, including cases before the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts, Keller was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1989. Throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania, Keller has also impacted the quality of life with his leadership roles in the Washington County Bar Association, Mon Valley Hospital and the Washington County Community Foundation. Known for his involvement with Rotary International, Keller has served as the organizationʼs President and Foundation Trustee Chair along with many other senior roles since joining Rotary in 1950.

Douglas Lee CEO Award

Douglas G. Lee joined Waynesburg University as executive vice president in October 2009. He was unanimously elected president of the University by the Board of Trustees in September 2012 and took office July 1, 2013. Prior to Waynesburg, Lee was a partner in the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC, where he worked for nearly 20 years. Under Leeʼs leadership, Waynesburg University has received national attention for the economic outcomes of its graduates. The University is also a Pittsburgh Business Times “Best Place to Work for 2015.” In March 2015, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaccredited Waynesburg University for a 10-year period. Currently, Lee is leading the $23 million revitalization of the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. Lee was named to the Pennsylvania Business Central's Top 100 People list of 2013 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.

About the Southpointe CEO Association

The Southpointe CEO Association advances the interests of businesses and business people located in Southpointe and Southpointe II. The Association promotes Southpointe and Southpointe II as a premier place to work, live, and play. It provides programs and events to meet the financial, educational, and social needs of both corporate leaders and their employees.

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Montour Trail Southpointe Connector Project Update

 

Over the past few years as the Southpointe Business Park became a national and international hub, especially for energy related companies, a local Cecil Township Supervisor, Frank Ludwin, had his own vision for the Park. That vision was to connect Southpointe with the Montour Trail as a recreational facility that would hopefully bring together Cecil Township residents and the employees who would one day live and work in the Park.

Although Frank passed away late in 2014, his vision has evolved into the Southpointe Connector Trail Project designed to connect Southpointe to the Montour Trail as part of the Cecil Township Klinger Park Project. As the lone visionary supervisor, he donated the use of his own earth moving equipment to begin the task. Today, the project has evolved into a joint effort among the Cecil Township Supervisors who own the property; the Marcellus Shale Southpointe Chamber of Commerce who see the economic value for the project; and the Montour Trail Council who plan to maintain the Trail once construction has been completed.

Southpointe Connector Trail

The trail surface will be paved with a crushed stone base and 2” of
bituminous material.

 

At the present time, Gateway Engineering has completed the bid ready trail design at the request of the Cecil Township Supervisors, and projected the cost for the 1.15 mile Trail at $361,875. As part of the design, Gateway divided the Trail into three sections that include: Montour Trail to Reserve Drive, Reserve Drive to Klinger Road and Klinger Road to Corporate Drive.

In summary, Frank Ludwin’s vision to connect the Montour Trail to Southpointe via Klinger Park has now become the dream of the Cecil Township Supervisors, Montour Trail Council volunteers and the Marcellus Shale Southpointe Chamber of Commerce members. As a way to raise the estimated $361,875 construction costs, these three organizations are requesting donations that may include naming rights, direct donations and/or honorariums. As part of that process, a plaque will be erected in Klinger Park that is designed to name every individuals and/or corporation willing to help fund this project.

If there is an interest, please contact Dale Risker, President, of the Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce at
dale_risker@yahoo.com or (724) 350-5562 for more information.

Southpointe Connector Trail Map