Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce honors Cumberland Valley Tree Service owner

A man who grew his father’s local tree care business into a multi-state company was recently named 2020 Business Person of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

George Pogue Jr. is the owner of the Cumberland Valley Tree Service. Local business and citizen leaders have honored him with the annual award for professional leadership and business achievements that have made a positive impact on the community.

“George’s leadership at the Cumberland Valley Tree Service has built a successful business model that supports not only its employees but our community as well,” said Luke Martin, chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “George and his family have built a business that is a credit to our region and which must be emulated to the greatest possible extent.”

Pogue’s father founded the Cumberland Valley Tree Service in 1978. Pogue became general manager in the 1990s and with a degree in forest engineering and a vision for the company, worked to expand the company through highly skilled professionals and a wide range of professional services.

Today, Cumberland Valley Tree Service operates in over a dozen counties in the Tristate region and employs over 90 people in four separate offices with departments specializing in tree care, phytosanitary care, landscaping and construction.

The company offers an employee mentoring program and company-sponsored education that help attract top talent from Penn State Mont Alto, the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and Penn State University Park.

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The Cumberland Valley Tree Service is active in giving back to the community, providing financial and physical assistance to both civic and nonprofit organizations. Pogue is a volunteer with Chambersburg Rotary, the Forest Technology Advisory Board, the PSU Mont Alto Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Shalom Christian Academy, the Penn State Mont Alto Arboretum Council, and the Freedom in Christ Church Board.

“George’s business achievements are an example of the ‘American Dream’ and we are honored to virtually present him with this award at our annual meeting,” said Steve Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. “His leadership and vision have remained remarkable as his business has grown, and his unwavering support for our community deserves full praise.”

The Chamber of Commerce announced at the organization’s virtual annual meeting on December 10th that Pogue was named Entrepreneur of the Year. The award has been given since 1987. The nominations are accepted by executives from business and society and then checked by a selection committee.

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