WILKES-BARRE — Borton-Lawson has announced Frank Joanlanne has assumed his role as company president and CEO. He joined the company’s board of directors in 2009 and became president in 2012.
Joanlanne is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he earned degrees in economics, international business and foreign languages.
Joanlanne spent the first 15 years of his career on Wall Street managing international bond sales and trading operations for multiple banks.
He also served as a senior vice president for Penn Millers Insurance Company and Frontier Communications.
Since moving to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2003, Joanlanne has been an active member of several organizations, including the United Way of Wyoming Valley and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. He is also a past chairman of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.
The New York City native succeeds Chris Borton, who founded the company in 1988. He gave Joanlanne a ringing endorsement.
“My goal when I started this company was to leverage technology to create a firm that was both successful and sustainable,” Borton said in a press release. “Frank is someone who continues to realize and invest in that vision. His forward-thinking approach, combining engineering expertise with the latest technologies, will allow Borton-Lawson to ascend to new heights and continue to transcend geographic boundaries.”
“I am so grateful to have worked with Chris,” Joanlanne said. “We are fortunate that he will continue to lend his expertise and serve as a mentor to us moving forward.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Borton and Joanlanne met with employees, clients and partners for the past 14 months.
“Although there is a change in leadership, our journey is continuing on a path we charted many years ago,” Joanlanne said in the release. “We have tremendous people here and take pride in ensuring a strong employee culture.”
One of his goals is to “elevate Borton-Lawson from good to great.”
While its origins are in the Wyoming Valley and the company remains based in Pennsylvania, it worked on projects in 23 states throughout 2017.
Joanlanne also leads Borton-Lawson’s sister company, Precise Visual Technologies.
He and wife Allison live in Dallas and have three daughters: Alyssa, Nathalie and Nicole.