New vice president
of technical operations
Comcast Cable recently announced that Andy Kochanowski has been named vice president of technical operations for the Keystone region. In his new role, Kochanowski is responsible for overseeing installation, service and maintenance for all video, internet, phone and home security customers across the region, which encompasses most of Pennsylvania and portions of Eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Western panhandle of Maryland.
Kochanowski has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and data networking industries and joined Comcast's regional team in 2011 as Keystone East area vice president of technical operations. In that role he leveraged his leadership skills to implement a series of best practices, enhancing his technicians' focus on customer service and increasing efficiency.
"We are pleased to name Andy to this critical position, and we're confident his customer-focused leadership will make a positive impact across our region," said regional senior vice president Jim Samaha.
Prior to joining Comcast, Kochanowski worked with Lancaster General Health as an information services consultant and Windstream Communications as vice president of network operations and service delivery. In these roles, he developed process improvement initiatives that reduced costs and enhanced customer support programs. Kochanowski also served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 13 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.
Kochanowski, who resides in Lancaster with his wife and four children, has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Bucknell University. He also is pursuing his Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership at Alvernia University.
New human resources
director for firm
Larson Design Group announces that Mark Morgenfruh has joined the company as director of human resources.
Morgenfruh has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and comes from Sterling Infosystems, New York, N.Y., where he was senior director of Global Human Capital.
"I wanted to work for a place that understood there's no success in business without the hard work of the employees. It doesn't matter what product you have, it doesn't matter what service you offer, it is in the delivery through the talent of the organization that makes all the difference in the world. I was looking for a firm that understood that without the effort of the employees, they would be nowhere. LDG gets it."
Keith Kuzio, president and CEO of Larson?Design Group, believes Morgenfruh will play a key role in the company's culture as growth continues. "We've got offices in several states; understanding how employment practices, benefits, and culture differ between those offices is important," said Kuzio. "We're committed to treating our employees well, and we want to be consistent regardless of where an employee works. Mark comes from a global firm, so he has the capacity to handle this."
Morgenfruh graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English and Rutgers University, where he received a master of human resource management degree. He also holds the senior professional in human resources certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and motorsports.
Larson Design Group is a multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors.
2 from area
State Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch recently recognized 30 department employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition. Two employees from the district that includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties were among the honorees.
"I am honored to present the Star of Excellence Award to our employees who embody the drive and dedication that are so vital to keeping PennDOT moving," Schoch said.
"While they work in every area of the department, they have the common goal of achieving excellence and are an example for the rest of us."
Local winners Jim Williams and Ken Bair were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg, a news release said.
"Ken and Jim are two outstanding employees who have brought about positive change in every area they have worked. They care about the department and strive to continuously make it a better organization," said District Executive Sandra Tosca.
Bair, district maintenance services engineer, was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat crews this year; an initiative which supports the regionalization concept encouraged by PennDOT Next Generation.
Williams, Columbia/Montour County equipment manager, is a "go-to person" for other equipment managers when they have questions on equipment, policy or innovations, the news release said. The district equipment manager recognizes him as dedicated and very capable in all aspects of his job. Jim believes safety is job one, and is always open to ideas from the field or safety committee to add enhancements to facilities to make them safer.
The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department's values of service, performance and integrity.
Woman graduates from banking school
The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. recognizes the achievement of Andrea R. Hulsizer, who graduated with honors from the 2012 Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. Hulsizer presently is the customer service representative in the Dewart branch. She has been with Muncy Bank for three years and has seven years of banking experience. She holds an Associates degree in Marketing & Management from the McCann School of Business. She is active in her community and with Little League baseball. Andrea resides in the Watsontown area with her husband, Nick, and two children, Mason and Lincoln.
The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the promotion of Jill Morrissey as assistant BSA officer and compliance specialist. She has been with Muncy Bank for 2 years and has more than 16 years of banking experience. She has held positions at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in both New York and London. Morrissey holds a B.A. from Susquehanna University, a M.A. from Bucknell University, and a M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed the Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as banking education courses with the PBA. She is an active member in the community and in charitable fundraising efforts such as the United Way and local school events for her nieces and nephews. She resides in Williamsport.
Woman's career reaches 40-year mark
The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces Pamela D. Aderhold's 40-year anniversary with Muncy Bank. After graduating from East Lycoming High School, Aderhold began her career with the bank as a secretary. Through the years, she also worked as a switchboard operator, teller, customer service representative, and in the bank's trust department. She has spent the last 13 years in the Call Center as a telebanking representative. She enjoys being involved with community events and fundraisers. Aderhold resides in Hughesville with her husband, Jeff.