Employers celebrate ‘Best Places to Work’ honors bestowed by TL readers

By Kulsoom Khan - [email protected] | December 12th, 2017 10:50 pm - updated: 11:38 pm.

WILKES-BARRE — One might think of only businesses when it comes to ranking the best places to work, but don’t tell that to faculty members from Wyoming Area Catholic School in Exeter.

“All of our opinions are taken into consideration and we feel as though we are heard and it’s like our school,” said Erin Weiss, a teacher, who has worked at the school for 10 years and is an alumnus as well.“We all have a say and we all pitch in and we just have a lot of fun. There’s no reason not to.”

That was certainly clear as Weiss, one of her fellow teachers and the school’s principal ate, drank, and laughed as only good friends do at an awards banquet Tuesday honoring the school as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Some 55 other businesses and organizations in the region — from health care centers to restaurants to marketing companies — were also honored at the event sponsored by the Times Leader Media Group.

Times Leader readers voted on the Best Places to Work and the winners each received a plaque during the celebration at The Woodlands Inn.

Times Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray congratulated the award recipients and offered some encouraging words as well.

“We’re here tonight to start a tradition hopefully where each year we will recognize those businesses locally that do so much for the market,” he said.

Michelle Morgan, senior director of publisher development for Wilkes-Barre marketing firm Pepperjam, said her company was excited to receive an award. “It’s great to be recognized in the community,” she said.

One of Morgan’s favorite things about her job is her colleagues. “I love the people,” she said. “We have a really great atmosphere — a good environment.”

Recruiters from Step By Step, a social service company whose main office is based in Wilkes-Barre, were also thrilled to be honored.

Step By Step has over 600 employees in the area — from Clarks Summit to Hazleton. Recruitment Coordinator Sue Kauffman loves the “diversity of the agency” and meeting different people.

“One of the most exciting parts is that our product is people,” said Tom Wagner, a recruitment assistan. Both Kauffman and Wagner use to work with clients, but now use that experience as recruiters to hire new employees that can also work well with clients.

All the best places

Here is a complete list of Tuesday’s winners:

• All-In Custom Vapes

• Baker Tilly Vantagen

• Bear Creek Community Charter School

• Bedrock Technology

•Benco Dental

•Building Blocks Learning Center

• Carpenter Dental

• Cooper’s Seafood House

• Creek Side Concrete LLC

• DiMaria Special Events Catering

• EDSI

• Evolutionary Computers

• Express Employment Pros

• Family Hearing Center

• Frontier Communications

• Geisinger

• Geisinger Health Plan

• Gerrity’s Supermarket

• Golden Technologies

• GWC Warranty

• Home Instead Senior Care

• Honesdale Home Depot

• Jays Lawn Service

• Kane Is Able

• Liberty Tax Service

• McCarthy Tire Service Co

• McDonald’s

• Mercy Center Nursing Unit

• Metz Culinary Management

• Mondelez International

• New York Life NEPA General Office

• NFI Distribution

• Pennsylvania American Water

• Pepperjam

• Performance Kia

• Pride Mobility Products

• RCN

• Riverview Ambulatory Surgical Center

• Sakari Salon

• Simply Certificates Inc.

• Skyzone

• Step by Step Inc

• Taylor Rental/BX3 Supply

• The 411 Studio

• The Beer Deli

• The Hearing Center of Northeast Pa.

• The Lands at Hillside Farms

• The Pittston Memorial Library

• The Woodhouse Day Spa

• The Woodlands

• Tobyhanna Army Depot

• US Hydrations

• Volunteers in Medicine

• Watkins Dental Group

• Web.com

• Wyoming Area Catholic School

Regina Corchado, right, and Daina Cali, both of Pepperjam in Wilkes-Barre, take appetizers Tuesday from Woodlands Inn server Cassy Giarratano at the inaugual ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ event sponsored by the Times Leader Media Group.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121317BestPlacesToWork_2-2.jpgRegina Corchado, right, and Daina Cali, both of Pepperjam in Wilkes-Barre, take appetizers Tuesday from Woodlands Inn server Cassy Giarratano at the inaugual ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ event sponsored by the Times Leader Media Group. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Regina Tarselli goes to pick up the award for Building Blocks Learning Center at the inaugural ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ social at The Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Tuesday. The Times Leader Media Group sponsored the event.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121317BestPlacesToWork_3-2.jpgRegina Tarselli goes to pick up the award for Building Blocks Learning Center at the inaugural ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ social at The Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Tuesday. The Times Leader Media Group sponsored the event. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Times Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray welcomes guests to the inaugural ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ event at The Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Tuesday. More than 50 local businesses were honored.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121317BestPlacesToWork_1-2.jpgTimes Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray welcomes guests to the inaugural ‘NEPA Best Places to Work’ event at The Woodlands Inn in Plains Township on Tuesday. More than 50 local businesses were honored. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Kulsoom Khan

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