Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Awards

Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JA NEPA) is an organization doing tremendous work educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics. JA NEPA has been featured on Well Said multiple times because of Careers in Energy, a program Cabot and many of its partners are proud to partner on because it teaches students about different types of energy, the economic and environmental impact of each, and careers in the industry and related fields.

Recently, Cabot joined another leading Marcellus E&P company Southwestern Energy as sponsors of JA NEPA’s 27th Annual Business Hall of Fame which honors individuals, regional entrepreneurs, and outstanding JA NEPA sponsors for their hard work and dedication to the missions of JA NEPA: financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.

The Hall of Fame event is paramount to the success of JA NEPA since it helps fund all of its programs throughout the region. While this year’s fundraising total is still being calculated, conservative estimates put the funds raised over 20% higher than last year, making this the most successful event to date.

Jack Carr, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JA NEPA, had this to say about the event honorees:

These inductees are passionate leaders who serve as examples of the mission of Junior Achievement, to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. They join a distinguished group with the common thread of a drive for success, service to the community, and outstanding leadership skills.


Today, Bill and his team, including his wife Mary Lou, daughter Lauren, son-in-law Tim, and sister Ceil, operate 45 centers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey. More than 975 employees provide high quality care to over 4,500 children every day and Hildebrandt has the largest number of nationally accredited programs in the state. In 2013, Hildebrandt Learning Centers was ranked as the fourth largest employer-related child care provider in the United States.

Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Inc. supplies businesses with uniform, linen and floor mat service that includes weekly pick-up, cleaning and delivery. Dempsey’s services include uniform rental services, restaurant linen services and commercial laundry services for a wide variety of businesses throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Their innovative use of technology – including SmartScan™ RFID uniform tracking and VacuTrack™ electronic linen tracking – and award winning commitment to environmental stewardship sets them apart from their primarily national competitors.

By the 1950’s, one out of every three people in northeastern Pennsylvania was a BCNEPA member. Today, BCNEPA has more than 540,000 members in 13 counties across northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, and is a major economic driver with nearly 750 employees in the region.

As a top employer, BCNEPA is committed to helping develop future generations of highly-skilled employees for our region. That’s why BCNEPA has been proudly involved with Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania through the JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs for more than a decade.

The JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs teach students the importance of job readiness, teamwork and managing finances. Through BCNEPA’s participation, students also learn valuable information about health and wellness.

Sallie Mae is the nation’s number one financial services company specializing in education. With 40 years of making a difference, Sallie Mae continues to turn education dreams into reality for American families. With products and services that include Upromise rewards, scholarship search and planning tools, education loans, insurance, and online banking, Sallie Mae offers solutions that help families save, plan, and pay for college. Sallie Mae also provides financial services to hundreds of college campuses as well as to federal and state governments.

You have the opportunity to connect the dots between what students learn in school to the real-world.As a volunteer, you will go into local classrooms and teach FUN and INTERACTIVE lessons about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship from a pre-developed curriculum appropriate for any grade of choice. Click on this link to fill out the volunteer registration form or contact Maria DeLucca at (570)-602-3600 or mdelucca@janepa.org. JA NEPA is happy to discuss with you the classrooms that are currently in need of volunteers.

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Bill desRosiers

Raised in Highland Falls, New York, William desRosiers learned about responsible resource development, firsthand, as a part of his family's mining business. William received his B.S. in Management, B.A.in History and MBA from Misericordia University. He currently serves in External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. His primary responsibilities include strengthening media relationships, managing company-run fundraising programs, building better community relations and representing Cabot every chance he has.

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