In between his job and his community volunteer roles, Chris Stamatedes spends his time tackling some very important questions. Things like:
– Are there ways to improve electric service for more than 379,000 PPL customers in a nine-county area?
– How can schools and businesses work together to best prepare young people for the workforce?
– When’s the right time to call for the sacrifice bunt?
By day, Chris is regional operations manager for PPL Electric Utilities’ Susquehanna and Central regions. He oversees the safe, reliable everyday operation of the electric grid in an area ranging from Lock Haven to Orwigsburg to Wilkes-Barre – roughly one-third of our 10,000-square-mile service territory.
In his free time, he balances a few community commitments. He has served since 2015 on the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and has just joined the chamber’s board. And, at different times in the past decade, he’s also been a manager, coach and board member of the Lightstreet Little League in Columbia County.
Chris’s volunteer positions don’t overlap, but he says he gets something different from each experience and appreciates the different roles.
With the Columbia Montour Chamber Foundation, Chris is one of a group of academic and business leaders who tackle the ongoing challenges of preparing young people for different professional roles and continuing the development of the current workforce. The intent of the group is to connect the different perspectives of schools and businesses, and provide programs that expose students to career opportunities and existing employees to continue their growth.
“What I like about the foundation is that it really bridges the gap between academia and the world of business,” he says. “It really tries to break down barriers.”
While he’s just getting started on the chamber board, Chris looks forward to meeting more community leaders, hearing firsthand from more customers, and representing PPL in regional discussions of issues.
“PPL Electric Utilities is a big employer in our communities, and it’s a duty and a responsibility for us to be involved in decisions that affect the communities we serve,” he said.
Then there’s Little League. Chris got involved because his son plays, and through the years, he’s watched a group of players move from tee ball to teenagers. (When he’s not hitting practice grounders, he’s also spent plenty of time doing field maintenance and cooking for spaghetti fundraising dinners – the nuts-and-bolts work that keeps Little Leagues going.)
“That’s been extremely rewarding,” he says. “I’ve had almost the same core group of kids who have stayed with me, and I’ve watched them grow both on and off the field. I hope that when they look back on their childhood, they will remember their Little League experience. I hope I had an impact on those kids.”
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