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Chamber names Rotz Business Person of the Year

December 10, 2010
  • Lynn Rotz
Lynn Rotz

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce named Lynn Rotz the 2010 Business Person of the Year at the Chamber’s Annual Business Breakfast on Thursday.

Rotz is president of Rotz & Stonesifer P.C., a certified public accountant firm with four locations in central Pennsylvania. He was chosen for the honor because of his business and charitable contributions to the community.

He received the award at Wilson College from Eric Wickson, 2010 chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, before about 165 members.

In accepting the award, Rotz told the audience that he started his business on a card table in his bedroom and developed his firm “one client at a time.”

He praised his staff, calling them “a great team.” Proud of the family environment at his firm, the first person he hired is still with him.

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“There is no such thing as a self-made person,” Rotz said. “You never get to any of these successes by yourself.”

Rotz and Stonesifer employs 37 and has been in business for 24 years — the same amount of time it has been a member of the chamber.

Rotz began his career as a corporate controller for Chambersburg Broadcasting and started a tax service business. His tax and accounting expertise led him to establish today’s Rotz & Stonesifer P.C., whose Chambersburg office is at 1134 Kennebec Drive.

At the firm, Rotz has worked with more than 2,000 small businesses and individuals to help them maintain economic stability and minimum tax consequences.

One of them, Eric Olson, president of Olson and Olson, said: “ Looking back over the past 21 years of business, at all of the people who have helped us get to where we are today, Lynn Rotz of Rotz and Stonesifer, P.C. stands above the rest. His professionalism is why we chose Lynn nearly 15 years ago, and his commitment to his customer’s needs is why we stay with him.”

In addition to his excellent business reputation, the judging panel was impressed with the diversity of Rotz’s charitable and community work, which includes helping children, schools and many nonprofit organizations.

“He’s a class act in every way,” said Michael “Mic” Starr, one of the award judges and Business Person of the Year in 2007. “He started with nothing and now has 30-plus employees in multiple locations. His firm is known to be very credible and he’s generous with his time” when helping nonprofits, Starr said.

Rotz is a founding member, past president and past treasurer of The Chambersburg Exchange Club; board member of Menno Haven, Summit Health and the M&T Bank advisory board.

He’s also a member of the Greene Township Municipal Authority and is a past member of the Susquehanna Bank advisory board and former treasurer of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church.

Past recipients of Business Person of the Year Award

1987 John L. Grove

1988 Robert G. Zullinger

1989 Will G. Pananes

1990 Charles M. Sioberg

1991 John L. Mills

1992 E. Lewis Leaman

1993 Paul E. Lehman

1994 Charles Q. Smith

1995 Allan E. “Skip” Jennings Jr.

1996 John D. Helman

1997 Norman B. Epstein

1998 Michael L. Hurt

1999 Sam Small

2000 Harold L. Brake

2001 John Massimilla

2002 Bill Snell

2003 Mike Ross

2004 J. Christian Snavely

2005 Pat O'Donnell

2006 Peggy Bosma

2007 Michael “Mic” Starr

2008 Dennis E. Black

2009 Michael G. Hull

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