Addition to leadership
of regional office
The Innovative Manufacturers' Center announces Beth Bittenbender has joined the enterprise as operations and communications manager.
Based in Williamsport, IMC is located on the campus of the Pennsylvania College of Technology and at Innovation Park in State College.
IMC, a news release said, is a public-private partnership dedicated to enhancing global competitiveness of Central Pennsylvania manufacturers by increasing innovation, productivity and profitable growth to drive economic impact. IMC serves 12 counties in the central region of Pennsylvania and is one of seven industrial resource centers in Pennsylvania.
Bittenbender brings to IMC and the mission of advancing manufacturing, a high level of experience in management and strategy and enthusiasm for operations excellence and performance improvement. She will play a key role in advancing efforts to provide manufacturers with customized solutions in all areas of their business to deliver measurable results in productivity, profitability and competitiveness.
"I grew up in this area, but I left after college for opportunities in Maryland. For 20 years I worked with Fortune 500 companies and other large, well-known organizations all over the country." Bittenbender said. "I'm back in Central PA because it's a great place to live and raise a family. With IMC, I want to continue reversing the 'brain drain' trend so that our local manufacturers, businesses and communities can thrive. ... I'm thrilled to be part of such a committed, passionate team of professionals. The work we do at IMC has amazing impacts on our region's manufacturers and people all over the state. With the federal and state spotlight on 'Make it in America;' manufacturing is the place to be now, especially in Pennsylvania."
New vice president
for engineering firm
Larson Design Group announces Douglas Smith has joined the firm as vice president of transportation based in the firm's Cranberry office. Smith will be responsible for expanding transportation presence into western Pennsylvania and other states.
Smith most recently was vice president of CDM Smith. His experience includes structural engineering, transportation planning, software engineering, construction, and transportation finance. He has held positions in field engineering, design, project management, regional management, finance, and marketing.
Smith said he was drawn to Larson Design Group because of "the company's business ethics. The firm, he said, "is very practical and logical, approaching problems in a sensible manner and expecting accountability."
"Doug brings to the company national firm experience and a broad perspective in the transportation industry," Keith Kuzio, president and CEO, said. "This includes transportation planning, transit, traffic and aviation services for transportation agencies across wide regional geographies of the U.S."
Smith will take over the role of vice president of transportation from Dave DeBlander, who will "continue to grow the client relationships which have allowed LDG to establish its strong reputation as a transportation design firm over the past two decades," according to Kuzio. "Dave will mentor Doug in his new role and will also focus efforts on the design and implementation of processes that allow LDG's Transportation Division to continue its high level of performance as we enter a new phase of growth."
Smith holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Ohio State University, an M.S. in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in the Pittsburgh area with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys running and rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Larson Design Group is a growing, multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors.
Denise Campbell has been selected as The Eye Center of Central PA's June Visions of Excellence recipient. The Eye Center Visions of Excellence recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by the director and management network.
As the customer service representative in The Eye Center's Allenwood office, Campbell is recognized, a news release said, for outstanding commitment to helping patients and family members understand surgical options, dedication as a valued team member always willing to go beyond her traditional job responsibilities, and great attention to detail in one of The Eye Center's busiest offices.
"Customer service representatives like Denise set a tremendous example of how we want all our employees to care for their patients," said Sonja Kratzer, Eye Center director of business. "Campbell is always friendly, makes patients feel welcome, and has tremendous respect from her coworkers."
Campbell has been with The Eye Center for four years this July.