People in business

Engineer earns

industry award

RETTEW recently announced Brian Book has been awarded the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. Book is the director of the energy and environmental engineering group at RETTEW, working from the firm’s office in Williamsport.

Part of the Water Environment Federation’s annual awards, the Bedell Award is given to a past president of the organization, acknowledging extraordinary personal service to a WEF member association, a news release said.

Book has 30 years of experience as a project manager and design engineer on numerous water and wastewater engineering projects. The focus throughout his career has been on helping municipalities and authorities understand the complexities of their facilities and systems, including evaluating necessary infrastructure improvements and identifying the most cost-effective path forward. His direction has empowered many organizations and businesses to practice advanced environmental stewardship, and he enjoys working with communities to protect the nation’s water supply and support thriving communities.

“We encourage our employees to contribute and take on leadership roles in industry associations,” RETTEW President and CEO Mark Lauriello said. “Brian winning the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award is the perfect way to recognize this. I know he will continue the great work he has been doing.”

WEF gives this award in honor of Arthur Sidney Bedell, the organization’s second president, for his long devotion and service to the New York Sewage and Industrial Wastes Association, now the New York Water Environment Association. The award was presented to Book at WEF’s annual awards ceremony on June 5 in Pocono Manor.

“I’m honored to have received the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award,” Book said. “I’ve been inspired by so many colleagues and mentors over the years, and strive to give back as much as they have to my community and profession.”

RETTEW, ranked on Engineering News-Record’s 2017 list of top design firms, began providing civil engineering and surveying services in 1969. Today RETTEW has about 350 employees and nine offices located in Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh and Williamsport; Canton, Ohio; Delhi, New York.; Bridgeport, West Virginia and Denver, Colorado.

2 promoted to

vice president

Mifflinburg Bank and Trust recently announced the promotion of Justin Troup to vice president of commercial and agricultural services and Mandi Ruhl to vice president of branch administration, according to a news release.

Troup joined the bank in 2008 as a branch manager and was elevated to a commercial lender in 2012. He is a 2014 alumnus of the Graduate of School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 2010 graduate of Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending.

Troup graduated from Mifflinburg High School and Bucknell University, he currently resides in Mifflinburg with his wife Kate and their 4 children Kyler, Arnold, Ellie, and Libby.

Ruhl joined Mifflinburg Bank & Trust at an entry level position in October 2000. She progressed to a branch manager in 2008 and was later promoted to branch administrator in 2013. Ruhl is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of all branch locations. She also is the corporation’s security officer, responsible for the safety and protection of the bank’s personnel and facilities.

Ruhl is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and a 2012 graduate of the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association Advanced School of Banking. She has two children Bradee and Lynzee and currently resides in Mifflinburg.

Public speaker

earns certification

Kathleen D. Pagana, keynote speaker and best-selling author, has earned the certified speaking professional designation. Established in 1980, the certification “is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill,” a news release said. About 12 percent of public speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.

The certification is conferred by the National Speakers Association on accomplished professional speakers who have earned it by meeting strict criteria. Candidates must document a proven track record of continuing speaking experience and expertise, as well as a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior. Pagana is one of 43 professionals to earn the designation in the class of 2017. Pagana will be honored during a ceremony on July 8 at Influence 2017, NSA’s annual convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Pagana is an emeritus professor of nursing at Lycoming College. Her speaking business primarily targets health care professionals with a focus on leadership, life balance, and professional etiquette. She also helps clinicians improve their presentation skills. Her main clients include professional associations, healthcare organizations, and college/universities.