“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” – Vince Lombardi
RTR Energy Solutions is pleased and proud to share the news that on August 19th, 2017 our own Ryan Brazzo officially received his MBA from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ryan had previously earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems from Bloomsburg University.
Anyone who has earned a degree while working full time knows it can be particularly challenging and Ryan’s case is certainly no exception. He began work on his MBA in 2013 while living in the Pittsburgh area but took 2016 off from classes to make the move to the Lehigh Valley. In his words: “I don’t like to start things and not finish them, it was something that I needed to finish for myself“. The move necessitated attending classes on-line in the evenings and managing a full course workload while working full time and maintaining a home that includes two active dogs. While obtaining this degree Ryan participated in classes that dealt with managing a workforce such as: ethical leadership and sustainability, strategic planning, global business, managerial economics, and organizational behavior.
He also has aspirations beyond his MBA: “With this degree completed, I would like to continue my education further with a greater focus on project management. I would like to earn my PMP and CAPM certifications next to help me advance my career in the project management field“.
Ryan joined the RTR team in January 2016 when he began providing Cost Analytics and Project Controls for multiple substation and transmission line projects and is now assisting Project Management on two substation rebuilds.
RTR is proud to announce the addition of Rick Nuno as we continue to grow and expand. He will be part of the Outage Coordination group as well as working in construction management in our Cedar Crest Boulevard office. Rick has been in the electric utility industry for over 26 years starting with PPL as an electrician in the construction department. He has worked as a Local System Operator and Transmission System Operator for PPL Electric Utilities, and as a Generation Dispatcher for PPL Energy Plus and Talen Energy. Rick holds NERC Reliability Coordinator as well as PJM Generation & Transmission System Operator Certifications.
RTR welcomes Rick to its ever expanding close-knit team of experienced and multi-talented individuals.
7 RTR employees and 2 family members raced to the finish line of the 5K Warrior Dash on Saturday, August 26th at 9am on a chilly morning in Long Pond, Pa. at the Pocono Raceway. Our team ran along an obstacle course into muddy water, climbed a roped cliffhanger, jumped through fire and over and under many other obstacles along the 3.1 mile course. Although, our warriors didn’t require any trips to the emergency room, they crossed the finish line a little battered and bruised, much less pristine than when they started; but still smiling as is common in any gathering of RTR staff. Proceeds from Warrior Dash benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Please click here to make a donation.
Checkout this slideshow of Robinson’s Warriors engaged in the fine art of getting dirty.
RTR’s own Allan Everett will be taking his talents and 32+ years of electrical expertise some 9000 miles away to the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Allan will spend three weeks beginning April 22nd as part of a volunteer team of professionals from I-TEC (International Technical Electric & Construction). I-TEC is non-denominational ministry based in Montoursville, Pa. which utilizes volunteers to see to the technical needs of missionaries and not for profit organizations worldwide as well as to support local and international disaster relief.
Allan will assist with the installation of an electrical distribution line that will provide service to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital. Papua New Guinea ranks as one of the least developed nations on earth where there are currently only 5 physicians for every 100,000 people (the world average is 139 per 100,000). The region also currently has extremely high maternal and infant mortality rates. These facts underscore the importance of the work of volunteers like Allan and organizations like I-TEC are doing in the region and all over the world by ensuring hospitals have uninterrupted power.
Allan has been with RTR since July 2016 in his role as Constructability Manager. The RTR family is proud he has volunteered his time to aid others and we will be posting photos of the work when he returns. We are sure the people of Papua who encounter Allan on his trip will appreciate his pleasant demeanor, ever-present smile and professionalism as much as we do back home.
Remember to visit this site for updates which will be posted whenever possible. The Papua New Guinea power project blog can be followed here.
RTR is proud to announce three recent additions in the past few months as we continue to grow and expand our closely knit team of talented, experienced individuals. We gladly welcome Chrissy Beissell to the corporate office in Fairchance, Pa. and Amanda Emery and Ryan Foutz to the Allentown office.
Chrissy Beissell brought her 38 years of experience in banking, finance, management and training to the RTR team in 2016. Chrissy is the Business Manager in the Corporate group in our Fairchance, Pa. office.
Amanda Emery has over 10 years experience in office and financial management and executive assistance, as well as staff management and training nationwide in the pharmaceutical industry. As an RTR Cost Analyst in the Project Controls group Amanda handles invoicing, updating CMX for forecasts and actuals, and contributing to social media management.
Ryan Foutz is our most recent hire in the Outage Coordination group. He holds a B.S. in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and has over 3 years experience in the electrical utility industry as a commissioning/electrical engineer. Ryan is an Outage Engineer in our Cedar Crest Boulevard office.