Chief information officer selected by design firm
Larson Design Group has announced that Stephen D. Murgas has joined its senior management team in the role of chief information officer, a news release said.
Murgas has more than 14 years of executive level management experience in technology with a focus on strategic planning and the transformation of information technology organizations. He joins Larson Design Group from the Shaner Group, where he served in the same capacity. Prior to that, he held the position of CTO for The Pennsylvania State University, where he was instrumental in developing the University's World Campus and the formation of the College of Information Science and Technology program.
The chief information officer position is new to Larson?Design Group. Keith Kuzio, CEO, explains, "We've always had a great information technology group that is very supportive of LDG needs. As part of our growth strategy, we see technology being a key driver in the implementation of advanced client services, potential new business units, and now is the time to bring a CIO on board to facilitate."
Murgas notes that he was attracted to Larson Design Group because of the company's culture and core values. As CIO, Murgas will oversee the development of new technologies for the firm. Murgas explains, "LDG has a very talented department of Information Technology professionals. My role will be to drive innovation and identify opportunities where technology can make us more efficient, innovative, and competitive."
Kuzio is enthusiastic about Murgas joining the firm. "He demonstrates through his experience the ability to relate to hands-on operation of IT, building systems within organizations, putting the structure in place for growth, and doing it in a proactive manner," Kuzio said.
Murgas currently resides in Centre County with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, and snowboarding. He is also a Little League Softball coach.
Larson Design Group is a growing, multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. Staff members, the news release said, have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection. Headquartered in Williamsport, other Pennsylvania offices include Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Lititz, Bethel, and Brockway; with additional offices in Apalachin and Corning, New York.
4 bank staffers
Four Citizens & Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 75 years of service to the financial institution.
Recognized during the September service awards luncheon were: Cleone Carleton, janitor in the Tioga office, 25 years; Hal Hoose, director of lending in the Wellsboro office, 15 years; Justin Krellner, regional manager of financial services delivery in the Coudersport office, 25 years; Jessica Sweet, trust support specialist in the Wellsboro office, 10 years.
Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by C&N Chairman, President and CEO Charles H. Updegraff Jr. In 2012, C&N will recognize 27 employees for a total of 515 years of service to Citizens & Northern Bank.
Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 full service offices.
Muncy firm selects
Michelle Bernard was recently recognized as the July employee of the month at Construction Specialties Inc., Muncy.
Bernard, a news release said, gives outstanding customer service to all her internal customers. She displays innovation with her computer skills, which allows her to come up with new ways to streamline processes. Bernard is dedicated to learning, having recently completed her associates degree in human resources. In addition to her many duties, she also leads the social team in providing a family culture at Construction Specialties with many excellent social events throughout the year.
Regional office picks
Dewey Waugh, district permit supervisor, has been named the PennDOT district office Employee of the Month for September 2012.
Waugh has earned this recognition, a news release said, because of his dedication that has been displayed during a very demanding year that has just passed. His dedication to his work, the permit unit and his customers is very professional. He will do whatever is necessary to see that he accomplishes all tasks efficiently and correctly.
While he has been learning his new position as a supervisor and absorbing more work until vacancies were filled, he maintained a high level of customer service, according to the news release. Waugh has put in many long hours and shown great perseverance in the last year.
Recently, the department also introduced an online electronic permitting system, which has changed much of the way that we do business, once again requiring a great deal of training, both receiving and conducting.
Waugh, a 13-year PennDOT employee, lives in Muncy with his wife Karin and their twin daughters Rachel and Elizabeth. He enjoys spending his free time with his family.