ExecuStar provides executive training in a pragmatic, engaging and encouraging atmosphere. Relevant topics and powerful networking opportunities equip ExecuStar students to make meaningful changes to their business. By educating these leaders, ExecuStar assists in the development, growth and retention of companies in Central Pennsylvania.

Why ExecuStar

Founded in 2010, ExecuStar is intentionally different from the vast majority of executive training programs. We’re tightly focused on small to mid-sized companies. Our instructors bring the perfect mix of hands-on experience, engaging instruction and genuine encouragement. And, most importantly, we want to help you drive meaningful change for your business. All this while connecting you with a network of mentors and alumni who will provide a lifetime of great advice and true camaraderie.

Whether you participate in the Executive Program or you attend the Seminar Series, ExecuStar will give you the tools you need to thrive as a professional.


  • Assist in the development of skills for leaders of high-growth potential, emerging companies
  • Provide an opportunity for company leaders to periodically meet with and be mentored by world-class, experienced, executive-level entrepreneurs, academics, and other professionals to help problem-solve growth issues
  • Assemble a support organization of academics, funding/promotional agencies and industry experts that cannot be replicated elsewhere
  • Foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the Central Pennsylvania business community

ExecuStar Management

  • Larry E. Dittmann – President & CEO
  • Bob Sweeney – Executive Director

Board Members

  • Michael L. Hund (Chair) – McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC
  • Jorge Cervantes – MaxVal East, USA
  • Larry E. Dittmann – ExecuStar
  • Dr. Stephen T. Schappe – Penn State University
  • Susan Graham – Susan Graham Consulting
  • Philip Brenckle – Huntington Bank
  • John Sider – Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
  • Beth Peiffer – Ralph E. Jones, Inc.
  • Marissa Graby Hoover – Penn State University
  • David Meckley – Flinchbaugh, Inc.
  • Dan Rowland – Rowland Creative
  • William Simpson – Retired President and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts