Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Center for Family Business will present a seminar, “Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining the Best Employees,” on Nov. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology auditorium.

The event is co-sponsored by the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana County Area Society of Human Resource Management.

Following the 5 p.m. registration and 5:15 p.m. welcome, the event features a panel discussion with the following individuals:

  • Sherry Bender, human resource generalist and recruiter, Indiana Regional Medical Center, who also will moderate the discussion
  • Reba Johnson, director of human resources, Ambulance Service Management Corp., Indiana
  • Bob Shively, president, McNaughton Moving and Storage, Indiana
  • Clark Walter, managing partner, Bridges to the Future, Pittsburgh
  • Lynn Athey, talent director, Surge Point Human Resources Talent, Pittsburgh

The event is open to the community. Cost is $25 per person or $15 for members of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce or Indiana County Area Society for Human Resource Management. There is no cost to IUP students.

Registration is required by contacting the IUP Center for Family Business at (724) 357-4818 or completing the online form at

The IUP Center for Family Business, created in 1997 by the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, is sponsored by individuals committed to the recognition, support and development of family business. It serves business owners, their families and key employees through educational programs provided by the IUP Management Services Group, sponsors, advisers and guest speakers.

The center also recognizes family businesses that have made a contribution to their community at the Annual Family Business Awards program. The celebration includes an awards reception and presentation, followed by a traditional tree-planting ceremony in honor of the selected family in the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP. Awards for excellence are based on criteria for regional and local businesses developed by an steering committee.

Center membership is open to business owners, their adult children and extended family members employed by the business. Key nonfamily managers and professional advisers to the family business are also welcome to attend all activities. Membership is free.