President of East Penn Manufacturing Dan Langdon has been named as a2014 Outstanding Business Leader.
Northwood University will honor Langdon as one of eight nationally known business men and women at its 34th Annual Outstanding Business Leader Awards Gala at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla. on Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.
As president of East Penn Manufacturing, Langdon oversees the daily sales, marketing, and financial functions of a privately-held company that operates a single-site lead-acid battery facility currently with more than 8,000 employees globally and 90 warehouses and distribution centers across North America. East Penn has experienced growth over the last 10 years, and in the last five of those years, the company doubled in size to more than a $2 billion a year enterprise and is still growing.
“Since assuming the role of president in 1994, Langdon has upheld a long-standing, deeply enriched company culture of intrinsic quality, organization-wide integrity, innovative sustainability, industry leadership, and community outreach. Most essential to this culture is a cohesive family of co-workers who continue to strengthen the company making it one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for 13 consecutive years. Working in collaboration with an accomplished executive team, the leadership has not only allowed this culture to be sustained, but has created the kind of environment in which it has flourished and grown. Langdon’s commitment to these core company values, its people and customers, has earned him a high level of respect among his fellow co-workers and other industry leaders,” according to Northwood University.
Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of men and women for their business achievements and for their support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students, all of whom are engaged in the study of business management and who aspire to successful careers. In the 34 years since the program’s founding, more than 300 business leaders from more than 30 states and several countries, representing dozens of industries and fields of business expertise, have received the Outstanding Business Leader Award.
On Friday, Jan., 31, the day of the gala presentations, Northwood University students will ask questions of the Outstanding Business Leaders Class of 2014, as well as past honorees, at an afternoon forum held at Northwood University Florida. The forum provides the opportunity for honorees to share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them.
Langdon’s introduction to East Penn Manufacturing began in 1979 when he joined four partners to form Reinsel & Company Certified Public Accountants and secured the account as its Accounting and Auditing Partner. It was in this position that he first met DeLight Breidegam, East Penn’s founder and chairman. A 2004 Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader, Breidegam eventually became Langdon’s boss when he joined the company in 1986 as controller. Langdon was then promoted to Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer in just a few short years.
Crediting his extensive background in finance, his 1973 Bachelor of Business Arts degree in accounting from Lycoming College, and his early employment as audit staff member at Deloitte Haskins & Sells as creating a strong foundation for leadership success, Langdon has played an instrumental role in the battery industry over his time at East Penn.
The past president of Battery Council International, he has served on the Board of Directors for many years. He is also on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association serving the North American Aftermarket supplier industry. In efforts to reach out and promote the development of businesses in the community, he serves as Chairman for the Greater Berks Development Fund. He is also on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Lycoming College. For more than 40 years he has served as a Pennsylvania International Wrestling Association official. In addition, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Greater Reading Business Hall of Fame and received the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Prominent CPA in Business award.
The parents of Matthew, Kate, Christopher, Marybeth and Megan, Langdon and his wife Kathleen reside in Wyomissing, where they are actively involved in the John Paul II Learning Center, the St. Ignatius Parish, Berks Encore programs and services, and the United Way. Dan’s hobbies include fishing and boating.