PIKE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MISSION STATEMENT
The Economic Development Authority strives to strengthen the economic vitality of Pike County by implementing strategies and managing programs to attract, promote and sustain businesses and employment.
For more than thirty years, the Pike County Economic Development Authority has enhanced the economic growth of this rural county. While our tree and animal population still outweighs our population of people and businesses, our county has grown into a burgeoning area with a diverse economy that features tourism, hospitality, real estate, construction, healthcare, government, and many other industries.
The Pike County Economic Development Authority is dedicated to the development and growth of the business community, while ensuring that all who work here continue to enjoy living here as well. Come, join us and see what makes us the fastest growing county in the Northeast!
Board of Directors
Matthew M. Osterberg was born in Staten Island, NY in 1957 and moved to Pike County, Pennsylvania in 1974, where he still resides with his wife, Carol. He is a 1983 Penn State Graduate with a B.A. in History. Matt served on the Milford Borough Council from 1987 to 2011, serving as Council President from 1990 to 2011. Matt also worked at the former Luhrs ACE Home Center, from 1983 until it closed in 2014. In 2012, Matt ran for Pike County Commissioner and today serves as Pike County Commissioner, Vice-Chairman. Matt plan to run again in 2015 for a second term.
Matt has published five books relating to local history within Pike County, PA and in the neighboring City of Port Jervis, NY. In 1999 he received the Heritage Award from the Upper Delaware Heritage Alliance and in 2002 he received a Proclamation from the City of Port Jervis, NY.
Matt has also been heavily involved in various community organizations. He has served as Fundraising Chairman for Saint Patrick’s Church, Director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society, member of the Pike County Republican Committee, Milford Enhancement Committee, Historical Preservation Trust of Pike County and several other local organizations.
Marcia Guberman spent 7 years splitting her time between Milford and Connecticut before becoming a full time resident of Pike County in July of 2009. Her background as an entrepreneur, business consultant and banker has always been important for the economic development groups she has been involved with where ever she has lived or worked in the North-East. Her role as a Commercial Lender with The Dime Bank gives her a deeper understanding of the needs of the business owner as well as the communities in which they conduct business.
Maryanne Monte became a Director of the Board of the Pike County Economic Development Authority in 2010, as she semi-retired from a career at Orange-Ulster BOCES. She has been was devoted to public service throughout her life, including her positions with the US Attorney’s Office and United States Southern New York District Court (SDNY). Maryanne’s commitment to sharing her experience as a grant writer and talents for the betterment of the community, make her a tremendous asset to the Board.
Tom Hogan, Pike County Economic Development Authority’s Treasurer, has been a member of the board since 1996 and a member of the Pike County business community for more than 40 years. As the owner of local business Hogan Homes, Tom brings hands-on business experience to every decision as a board member of the Pike County Economic Development Authority.
Assistant Treasurer, Secretary
Bob Bostinto moved with his wife Linda to Pike County in 2006 . Bob a native New Yorker wanted to enjoy all life had to offer, and favored Pike over Bucks County to call his new home. Bob's main area of expertise is in the field of telecommunications. In fact, he has over 36 years experience in the industry and finds it changing and challenging every day. In addition, Bob also has significant experience with Disaster/Business Recovery, Network security and Infrastructure.
Gerald Najarian is the emeritus principal of The Remington Group, LLC, a management consulting firm serving the manufacturing industry. Prior to association with The Remington Group, Mr. Najarian was The Chief Financial Officer of a publicly held manufacturing/distribution company and was a management consulting partner in a “big four” accounting firm. On a recent leave-of absence from the firm, he served as the CEO of a surgical device manufacturing company. A business executive and consultant with more than forty years in manufacturing company management, he has led numerous initiatives to improve manufacturing performance numerous advanced management and economics based techniques. He is a past president of the Princeton/South Jersey and of the West Jersey Chapters of APICS and is a member of The Institute of Management Accountants, The Association for Manufacturing Excellence. He is a past area vice president of Financial Executives International and a past New Jersey Chapter president. A frequent author and speaker on topics of importance to the manufacturing industry, Mr. Najarian, a CPA, holds a BBA degree from Iona College and an MBA from the City University of New York’s Baruch School of Business.
A Pike County Economic Development Authority Board Member since 1994, Kathy and her husband Leroy are long-time residents of the community. A banquet and group sales manager for one of the largest employers in hospitality in the county, Woodloch Pines, Kathy volunteers her time for not only the Economic Development Authority, but also the Pike County and Pocono Lake Region Chambers of Commerce. Helping businesses through the Economic Development Authority’s programs and being a part of the decision making process that helps Pike County businesses prosper is rewarding to Kathy. Kathy has recently been appointed to served as a Pike County Commissioner for a term in 2011.
Mike moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania from sunny Southern California. Not the smartest idea to some people. But it moved him from being the Director of Marketing Services in a small boutique advertising agency, to the Regional Sales Manager of a spa manufacturer in charge of the 13 states in the Northeast. However, too much time on the road and too much time away from his family caused he and his wife, Kim, to look for a local business opportunity.
With his wife not just as a life partner, but also business partner, they purchased a local deli, Ryan's Deli in 2005. Ryan's has grown from its cozy 900 square feet to now occupying a newly built 6,000 square foot facility serving all of Pike County.
Mike has a Bachelors degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.
Mike has been a member of the Wallenpaupack Area School District Board of Directors since 2007, and was also recently appointed to the Pike County Conservation District board.
Michael J. Sullivan
Mike joined the Pike County Chamber in February of 2012. His background over the past 30 years includes a variety of key business roles. Mike served for 7 years as the Executive Director of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown, NY. Later, he worked for, and retired from, the Times Herald-Record where his last position was that of the Marketing Director. In the interim, he served as the President of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, also for 7 years. Most recently, before coming to Pike County, Mike worked as the Director of Campus Sales for the sale and disposal of Arden Hill and Horton hospitals when these buildings were replaced by the new Orange Regional Medical Center. Mike loves all things related to business, marketing, commerce and trade. He is married to his wife of 41 years, Linda Jean. His daughter and her family live close by and they have two children. Mike and Linda also have a son who is a lighting engineer who lives in Newport Beach, CA. Mike is a veteran of the Marine Corps.
Davis R. Chant
Davis R. Chant is Chairman of Davis R. Chant Realtors, a company he founded in 1964, which includes the operation of five regional real estate office and two branch offices that service the Hudson Valley of New York, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Davis R. Chant Realtors opened its first office in Milford, Pennsylvania in 1964 and over the last 50 years, the Chant firm has been the leader in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in selling country property, including single family residential properties and large residential developments as well as significant commercial developments.
Dave has been active in the National Association of Realtors and the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Associations of Realtors as well as regional and Tri-State Economic Development groups. He’s co-founder of the Pike Wayne Board of Realtors and has been President three times since 1970.
Dave Chant has a high level of professional commitment to the real estate profession and as Chant Realtors celebrates its 50th anniversary, he still works six to seven days a week most of the year, and 12 to 15 hour days are a standard modus operandi to achieve a high level of accomplishments for clients and customers of Davis R. Chant Realtors.
An active top producing Realtor®, Nicole acquired her real estate license in 2005 and obtained her Associate Broker’s license in 2013. Having successfully assisted in numerous multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions, Nicole is one of the top Commercial Brokers in the area and has consistently been ranked in the top five percent for listings and sales in the Pike Wayne MLS for both commercial & residential real estate transactions. Nicole has extensive knowledge of the Pike-Wayne area and is well versed in both residential and commercial real estate.
Nicole is a member of the Honesdale Area Jaycees and a Director of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. She also sits on the Board of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, Northeastern Economic Development Company & is a member of the Wayne County Republican Committee. She attended Penn State University and has an extensive background in finance and banking. She prides herself on the fact that she was born and raised in Northeast PA, which gives her great knowledge of the area, the communities and all that the area has to offer. She is the proud mom of 2 children, Ava & Brody and is also a local business owner. She is an excellent multi-tasker, a hardworker and a great people person.
Katrina Colvin-Stilts is currently the Customer Service Manager for Pike County Light & Power (PCL&P).This position encompasses the responsibilities of Community Relations, as well as Business Development. She has been with their sister company, Corning Natural Gas Corporation (CNGC) nearly 11 years, starting as a Customer Service Representative and working her way up the corporate ladder to Marketing Representative for both CNGC and their first sister company, Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC in 2014.
Professional development is high on Ms. Colvin-Stilts’ priority list. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Management and Economics, with a minor in Marketing, from SUNY Empire State College, she went on to earn a professional certification in Marketing through Northwestern University; has completed online coursework in Public Relations via the University of Singapore; and most recently has graduated from the Leadership Steuben Program for emerging leaders.