Cynthia A. Sudor is a seasoned marketing professional, recipient of numerous prestigious awards, a national speaker, a successful children’s author, the owner of an 18-acre farm with Arabian horses and a world traveler.
Cynthia A. Sudor Enterprises / Cynergy Marketing, Grantville, PA, specializing in Branding, Strategic Positioning & Planning, Graphic Design/Logos/Printing and other marketing services. Cynthia also has extensive experience in Corporate Sponsorship and Negotiating. Cynthia has won numerous awards for her professional skills and work as well as her community service. She is a National Speaker and a successful children’s book Author. 1992-Present.
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA, founding Vice President, Sales & Marketing with responsibilities for the IMAX® Theater assigned just after the center opened on September 9, 1999. The Whitaker Center is a $52.7 million, first of its kind facility with a Science Center, IMAX® Theater and a Performance Theater with both Resident Companies and a variety of scheduled entertainers, all in one complex. The Whitaker Center was the center of an economic revitalization for downtown Harrisburg, PA. It’s success spawned downtown business growth including new businesses and Restaurant Row. 1998-2001.
Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company, Hershey, PA, serving over 17 years with eight marketing promotions that included Director of Sales & Marketing for Hersheypark/ Arena/ Stadium and executive staff responsibilities. Also, corporate positions such as Director of Destination Marketing and Director of Corporate Sponsorship. Many of these positions involved being the first woman in those positions. 1975-1992.
Author, “Adventures at Green Apple Acres”
Negotiated successful Marketing and/or Corporate Sponsorship agreements with prestigious national and international businesses such as American Airlines, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Chevrolet, CIGNA Healthcare, Coca-Cola USA, Eastman Kodak Company, Encyclopedia Britannica, Hershey Chocolate USA, Pepsi-Cola, USAirways Vacations and Wachovia Bank, to name a few.
Recognized for her professional achievements and public service and citizenship, some of those honors to Cynthia include…
Children’s Book Award, 2013, Executive Women International (EWI) Corporate Literacy Book Select Award for their Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting, September, 2012, Dallas, TX. Stories and interactive questions in the book used for a writing contest at Walnut Hill Elementary School, Dallas. Author Student Assembly appearance at that school.
Children’s Book Award, 2012, Executive Women International (EWI) Corporate Literacy Book Select Award for their Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting, September, 2013, San Deigo, CA. Stories and interactive questions in the book used for a writing contest at the Monarch School, San Diego. Author Student Assembly appearance at that school. First time ever the same author received this award twice.
“25 Women of Influence Award”, 2011, an elite group of women in Pennsylvania selected for their significant career accomplishments, leadership and mentoring, and community involvement. Presented by the Central Penn Business Journal.
Pennsylvania 50 Best Women In Business Award, 2007, recognized for professional excellence, business growth and community involvement.
Harriet E. Worrell Award, Drexel University, Alumni Association and Board of Governors, Drexel University, Philadelphia, 2006. Award presented for professional achievement and contributions to the community. Of the eight Drexel University Alumni Awards presented in 2006 by the Alumni Association and Board of Governors, Cynthia was the only woman honored that year.
MS Society Leadership Class of 2007 Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the National MS Society, professionals are selected for their outstanding contributions to their profession and to the community.
Spirit of Children Award, 2007, first recipient, presented by the Progressive Education of Children in the Arts Network (PECAN), in honor of its 10th anniversary, recognizing Cynthia A. Sudor for her support of Celebration of Children, giving children who have been and will be involved with Celebration of Children opportunities to show their spirit through the arts. Celebration of Children includes children with disabilities and without disabilities performing the arts.
Best Seminar Award, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Annual Convention, Dallas, TX, 1988. The IAAPA has a membership of more than 90 countries.
Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Career Et Cetera
United States Attractions Marketing Association (USAMA), Chairperson, which included over 50 attractions with annual attendance of over one million. While Chairperson she developed the first USAMA Directory and also a Press Kit exchange between all of the members. Cynthia was the first woman to serve as national USAMA Chairperson.
While working at Hersheypark, Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company, Cynthia traveled to China as the marketing representative with the first themepark song and dance troupe to ever perform in that country.
Adjunct Professor, Drexel University, Corporate Sponsorship class for Business Students at her alma mater, Drexel University, Philadelphia.
“Growing Up in Hershey”, produced by WITF TV, Harrisburg, PA, featured participants reminiscing about their “growing up in Hershey” years. Plenty of historical photos and footage were included as participants related their personal stories. Cynthia’s personal “story” featured her family and focused on her father, Milan Sudor, a PA State Policeman, and his years at the Hershey Training School and the PA State Police Academy. Many good times happened while riding horses there with her father and attending the PA State Police Rodeo, which ended in 1974. The “Growing Up in Hershey” program aired on WITF TV in December, 2007.
Listed in a Variety of Who’s Who publications.
Published writer with articles appearing in an international trade magazine and other regional publications.
While working at Hersheypark/Arena/Stadium Cynthia worked to advertise and publicize many entertainers and events. As a result, she was “thanked” in unusual ways…she rode the lead elephant alongside Gunther Gebel-Williams in the Animal Parade from the train to the Hersheypark Arena where the animals for Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus were stabled, and she rode with Joie Chitwood, in his stunt car, for the Joie Chitwood Show at the Hersheypark Stadium, the car going up on two wheels, doing a backspin and a variety of other maneuvers!
Public & Community Service
Profiles In Excellence, Inc, (PIE), Board of Directors, Vice President and Marketing Chairperson, a non-profit organization that provided positive role models for youth ages 9 to 12 in the Harrisburg, PA, area. For PIE, Cynthia created and developed the “Making A Difference” Awards, co-presented on-air by WHP TV, a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, PA. She created “Mentor’s Messages”, a program to benefit middle school students by providing diversity positive role models speaking to them in their schools in the Harrisburg, PA, area.
Leg Up Farm, a new all-inclusive therapeutic facility, which includes horseback riding, targeted to open in the near future. Presented this new facility to community leaders in the Region.
Energy Entertainment, Inc., Board of Directors and Marketing Chairperson, a dynamic music and performance youth development program, 30% of its members have disabilities.
Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA), Harrisburg area, volunteer, where physically challenged children and adults experience horseback riding for health benefits.
Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design (formerly Nesbitt College), graduate
Executive Women International (EWI) Harrisburg Chapter, 2009 - Present; Board of Directors and Membership Chair, 2010 - Present
Women in Business Enterprises National Council (WBENC), national certification
Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, member
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, member
Pennsylvania Equine Council, member
Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association (PAHA), member
Past affiliations include, Sales & Marketing Professionals (SME), Women In Communications, Inc., and other professional organizations.
Interests and Travel
Enjoys all aspects of her 18-acre country farm, CaraCyn Arabians. Beautiful Arabian horses, entertaining barn cats and a variety of wild animals that roam freely. Grows hay for her horses on her farm. Enjoys readers of her children’s books who visit to meet the farm animals in the books, “Adventures at Green Apple Acres”…especially Shiloh, her Arabian gelding.
In addition to working in China, Cynthia has traveled for pleasure to Egypt, Greece, Italy, France and Ireland and throughout the United States.
Family and friends, human and furry, are the best parts of life!
Cynthia lives at home with feisty Shetland Sheepdogs and a rescued barn kitty she named Suri.
Animals face and overcome challenges on a farm, learning big life lessons that children can relate to and be inspired by. Five stories, each with a moral and theme to them. Interactive questions at the end of each story. Target ages 8 to 12. Great for reading, learning and gift giving! Award-winning books. Order a book or learn more...