Jack Manning began working in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 1998 and relocated to the Chippewa Township / Beaver Falls area with his wife, Diane, in 2000. His son Jeff, daughter-in-law Kelly Harsh Manning, and granddaughter Charlotte live in Patterson Heights; his other son Justin resides in Hawaii. Jack is the owner and principal of Pinebrook Cottage Consulting, which he started after more than 35-years in the chemical and plastics industry. He is currently under agreement to serve as president and executive director of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, and as executive director of the Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth. Between 2012-2017 he was also contracted with Town Center Associates as a consultant for coordination of municipal services for downtown revitalization efforts to multiple communities with traditional downtown business districts in Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence Counties.
Jack was formerly employed by NOVA Chemicals Corporation as their regional manufacturing director and plant manager, responsible for overseeing operation of the Beaver Valley Site (Monaca, Pa.), as well as facilities in Belpre and Painesville, Ohio. He was also the former plant manager of NOVA’s Chesapeake, Va., chemical facility. Prior to his manufacturing assignments with NOVA Chemicals, he served as North American director of People Services in their Moon Township headquarters, overseeing HR activities for multiple locations across the US and Canada. Jack held a similar position as director of human resources with Huntsman Chemical Corporation in Chesapeake, Va., prior to his relocation.
Previous to his career in human resources, Jack served as director of Global Quality Performance for Huntsman and was a former quality specialist and corporate quality trainer for Shell Chemical Company, where his career began in the 1970s. During his career he acquired numerous management leadership certificates and training experiences in labor relations, problem solving, and strategic planning. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Rowan University at Gloucester County in Sewell, N.J., and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University of Beckley, W.Va.
Actively involved and committed to community service, Jack has championed local Southwestern PA business and community development efforts from small-town merchants to industrial brownfield redevelopment to educational and workforce training. He and his wife have donated their time and resources to many non-profit and charitable organizations over the years, including his serving on the boards of the United Way and the Friends of Old Economy Village. He was appointed to two terms on the board of trustees to the Community College of Beaver County (2003-2010), serving as the vice-chair of the trustees from 2008-2010, and served as chairman of the CCBC Foundation Board from 2010-2011. He was on the board of directors for Gateway Rehabilitation Center from 2004-2013 and served as their board secretary from 2011-2013. Prior to being named executive director, he served on the board of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2016, where he founded and served as chair of the Economic Development Taskforce.
Jack recently joined the board of the Beaver County Humane Society and continues to serve as a board director for the Ohio River Trail Council. He supports his interest in teaching and training organizations by serving on the Junior Achievement of Beaver County Advisory Board, as well as having served on several higher education advisory committees, including CCBC, Penn State - Beaver, and Franklin University. Jack has also been a member of No Labels since 2011 and is one of their Citizen Leader Problem Solvers for Western Pennsylvania. NoLabels.org is a grassroots political advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C., that works with congressional leaders on a strategic agenda to solve the most pressing issues facing the country on a bipartisan basis.