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PRESS PHOTO BY LISA M. HOPSTOCK Joe Stolfi, owner of Advanced Print Solutions, was named person of the year by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce. He dedicated the award to his parents. PRESS PHOTO BY LISA M. HOPSTOCK Joe Stolfi, owner of Advanced Print Solutions, was named person of the year by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce. He dedicated the award to his parents.

Joe Stolfi named person of the year

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS jbillings@tnonline.com in Local News

Joe Stolfi generates the kind of enthusiasm the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce needs.

"There is no one who has more energy or enthusiasm than Joe Stolfi," said chamber President Bob Zentz.

Stolfi, owner of Advanced Print Solutions, was named the chamber Person of the Year. He received his award Friday at the chamber's annual dinner.

As a member of the chamber's ambassador committee, Stolfi has been responsible for getting more chamber members involved. For example, 70 to 80 chamber members attended the recent ribbon cutting for Hibachi Grill.

"They were so excited. One man nearly had tears in his eyes," said Zentz. "That's the type of enthusiasm we need to keep generating."

Stolfi is involved in many behind-the-scenes activities, said chamber member Caitlin Stibitz, who presented the awards. He has made donations, volunteered to grill hot dogs and even played Santa Claus.

"Whenever we need him to help, Joe is the guy to go to," she said.

Cong. Charlie Dent, R-15, described Stolfi as a "great, wonderful community member who gives so much."

Ellen Kern, representing the office of state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16, said Stolfi is a "shining example of community spirit."

Accepting the award, Stolfi said he remembers the first time he volunteered to help with a chamber activity.

"It's habit forming," he said.

Stolfi said he enjoys being a chamber member because he can work directly with other small business owners.

"Do business with people in the chamber because sometimes you have to give them your business first instead of sitting back and waiting for them to give you their business," he advised.

Stolfi ended his short speech by dedicating the award to his parents.

"Without their leadership ... I probably wouldn't be here tonight," he said.