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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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By Phil Yacuboski

As the founder of Medtrics Lab, a tech startup based in Lewisburg, Chris Tokodi believes he’s helping in a small way to reshape and add to the state’s economy. The small, but growing company, which was born in a business incubator as part of Bucknell University, is learning software for medical education.

When Tokodi founded the company in 2013, medical education programs were undergoing tougher accreditation, and he saw a need to use technology within the medical learning environment that was specific for their use.

“They didn’t have the software because the stuff they were using was based on an old model where things weren’t as data intensive,” Tokodi, a graduate of The University of Scranton said. “Someone had to build something from scratch, so that’s what we did.”

Medtrics is part of a growing trend in Pennsylvania. According to data compiled by CompTIA, the Keystone State ranks eighth nationally when it comes to tech jobs. The analysis also found tech jobs contribute to 6.6 percent of the overall state economy.

“Pennsylvania’s tech job growth likely reflects growing demand from growing sectors within its economy such as healthcare, finance and insurance,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence with CompTIA. About 72 percent of all tech jobs in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Wages for tech workers are also higher than traditionally fields. The average private sector salary in Pennsylvania is $50,000, with tech sector jobs at $92,200.

Most of the tech jobs added in Pennsylvania since 2016 are software developers and applications.

Herbert expects the tech climate to change for the better in the next five years. He said we are still in the infancy of cloud computing and cybersecurity.

“As these technologies ramp up and mature, it is expected that there will be future job growth,” he said.

On the downside to this report, Pennsylvania finished in the middle when it comes to innovation. Virginia, New York and New Jersey ranked near the top.

While there are many factors related to job growth, Herbert thinks cities and regions can rebound and tech jobs can play a role, especially in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

“The largest industries are healthcare, retail and manufacturing,” he said. “Technology will continue to reshape these industries in the years to come. Every sector of the economy relies on technology in some way.”

Tokodi’s pilot clients began in early 2014, and at the end of last year, they ended with almost a dozen. They currently are now at 25 clients nationwide, with more expected by the end of the year. Medtrics Lab hopes to end 2017 with around $400,000 in revenue.

“The big coup for us was that the National Institutes of Health began using our product,” he said. “That also makes us attractive to other clients.

Medtrics received financial help from the Ben Franklin Technology partners to get their company off the ground. The company has also taken advantage of the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) tax credit program to help grow their business.

“It’s been very helpful,” said Tokodi, who added money used through the KIZ helped to fund several programs through the Small Business Development Center at Bucknell University to grow more tech jobs in the region. A similar program was also done through Bloomsburg University.

Tokodi said the future looks bright.

“Lewisburg has the school, but we’re not thought of as a tech hub, but that’s changing,” he said.

Tokodi said the alley behind his office on Market Street in Lewisburg is a running joke with other tech incubators in the same space.

“We call it ‘Silicon Alley,’” he said.

It’s a long way from California, but still packed with big dreams.

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