Christopher Edward Pruitt

President and CEO, East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Chris currently serves as President/CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc., maker of Deka Batteries. East Penn Manufacturing is the largest privately held battery manufacturer in the world with over 10,000 employees. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of East Penn Manufacturing Co., and the company’s Family Council and Foundation.

He has been with the company since May of 1994. He joined East Penn as the Controller and has held numerous financial positions including Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining East Penn, Chris was a CPA at Ernst & Young for ten years holding the position of a Senior Manager in the Audit division. While working at Ernst & Young, he earned his Certified Public Accountant designation. Chris earned a B.S.B.A degree in accounting from Shippensburg University in 1984.
Chris currently serves on several Industry Boards: Battery Council International (BCI), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), and the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Wyomissing Foundation. He is also on the Board of Flinchbaugh Engineering located in York, PA. Flinchbaugh is an ESOP owned Company.

This past year, Chris participated in the Alvernia University Executive in Residence Program. This program enables business students to glean valuable insight into real-world experiences from regional corporate executives.

Formerly, he was a Board Member of YMCA, Chairman and Board Member of The United Way of Berks County, President and Treasurer of The Children’s Home of Reading, Board Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Board Member of the Children Advisory Center, Treasurer and Board Member of The Reading Area Community College Foundation, Audit Committee Chairman and Board Member of the Berks Community Foundation, and Board Member of the Shippensburg University College of Business Advisory Board.

In December of 2016, Chris received the Eugene L. Shirk award for Community Builder. This annual Community award is given by Berks Community Television.

In December of 2015, Chris received the Sydney D. Kline award for Outstanding Community Service. Chris was also honored by the YMCA in 2013 for his Community Service.

In 2013, he was named CFO of the year by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal.

In March 2011, Chris received the Wilburn H. Doran award in recognition of his outstanding work with the United Way and in the Berks County Community.

Chris and his wife, Robin (also a Shippensburg grad), have two daughters, Kelly and Lindsay. Kelly just graduated from West Chester University and will be a fifth grade teacher, and Lindsay is attending West Chester University studying nursing.

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