George Pouge Jr: 2020 Business Person of Year

Open letter to community

George Pogue Jr., owner of Cumberland Valley Tree Service (CVTS), is Chambersburg’s 2020 Business Person of the Year.

Pogue received the award virtually during a Zoom meeting of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. WellSpan Health – Formerly Summit Health — was the Grand Sponsor (from a distance) of the annual business breakfast meeting.

2020 Business Person
George Pogue, right, is presented the 2020 Business Person of the Year award by Chambersburg Chamber President Steve Christian. (Submitted photp)

Pogue was chosen by a group of business and civic leaders for his professional leadership and business accomplishments. They used criteria that have served to positively impact the community. Given annually, the award honors business leaders with long-term contributions to their profession and the region.

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“George’s leadership with the Cumberland Valley Tree Service has created a successful business model that supports not only its employees, but our community as well,” said Chamber Board Chair Luke Martin. “George and his family have built a business that is a credit to our region; and worthy of emulation to the highest degree.”

George Pogue’s father started CVTS in 1978, and George became the General Manager of the business in the 1990s. Armed with a degree in forest technology and a vision for the business, George sought to expand the company to include more highly-trained professionals offering a wide range of services.

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Unique business model

Under his leadership, CVTS now offers a unique business model with full-time staff, employee mentoring program and company-sponsored education. This makes it possible for CVTS to attract top talent from Penn State Mont Alto, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and Penn State University Park.

Employees of CVTS enjoy year-round work with divisions focused on construction, landscapes for marketing purposes and real estate.

CVTS is active in giving back to the community. The firm offers both financial and physical support to civic organizations and charitable causes.

George volunteers with the following organizations:

  • Chambersburg Rotary,
  • Forest Technology Advisory Board,
  • PSU Mont Alto Advisory Board,
  • Shalom Christian Academy Board of Directors,
  • Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum Council
  • Freedom in Christ Church Board.

“George’s accomplishments in business exemplify the ‘American dream.’” said Chamber President Steve Christian. “His leadership and vision have remained remarkable throughout the growth of his business; and his unwavering support of our community is deserving of extensive praise.”

Today Cumberland Valley Tree Service operates in over a dozen counties in the tristate region, and employs over 90 staff in four separate offices with divisions specializing in tree care, plant health care, landscaping and construction.

The Chambersburg Chamber has recognized the Business Person of the Year since 1987. Business and community leaders submit nominations. A selection committee reviews the nominations and chooses one for the annual award.

The Chambersburg Chamber is the largest business advocacy organization in Franklin County with more than 700 members. It is committed to the prosperity of its members while enhancing the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. For more information, visit Chambersburg.org.

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