Alumni breakfast at Century 21 featured insights on real estate business
'PENN STATE A.M." HOSTED BY DON RYAN
Member, Campus Advisory Board
More than 25 alumni attended "Penn State A.M.," the free breakfast social held May 19 at Century 21 American Heritage Realty in Allegheny Township, Pa.
Co-hosted by Penn State alumnus Don Ryan, the company's vice president and member of the New Kensington campus Advisory Board, the breakfast offered Penn Staters a chance to get together and hear about current activities in the local real estate business and updates on the Alle-Kiski Society, the local alumni group. Guest speakers were Janet Ryan, broker and owner of Century 21 American Heritage Realty, and Lorri Wildi, president of the Alle-Kiski Society.
While the local venue was the smallest of the 16 previous breakfast socials, the cozy setting allowed for more interaction between guests and speakers. The arrangement seemed to be on par with the ever-popular 23:1 students-to-faculty ratio for classes at the New Kensington campus.
"I think alumni breakfast at Century 21 was the most interesting that I have attended," said Robert "Doc" Mueller, associate professor of engineering, and frequent breakfast denizen. "The topics and speakers were of interest to everybody."
Ryan talked about how she, as a housewife, broke into the business in 1980. She had a knack for sales and quickly grew her client base, and eventually buying the Stein-Lasher Agency that employed her. Ryan expanded the company that includes 75 real estate agents in four offices around the region. In addition to Allegheny Township, offices are located in Lower Burrell, Sarver, and Pittsburgh Mills.
Wildi, a 1985 Penn State graduate from the College of Health and Human Development, presented an overview of the local alumni society that is based at Penn State New Kensington. Her report was a shortened version of the presentation she delivered in April at University Park before President Graham Spanier and the Penn State Alumni Council. Wildi, who concludes her two-year term as society president on June 30, spoke of the partnership between the Alle-Kiski society and the campus, and the society's $35,000 commitment to the campus over the next three years for scholarships and athletic facilities.
The semi-annual breakfast socials have been a staple of the Alle-Kiski Society's alumni outreach program. Since its inception in 2003 at Kennametal Inc. in Latrobe, Pa., breakfasts have been held at various businesses in the greater Pittsburgh region. Kennametal hosted its second breakfast in 2007.
Previous venues included Medrad in Indianola twice; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh; Tribune-Review printing facility in Warrendale; Allegheny Ludlum in Brackenridge; Leed's in the Westmoreland County Business and Research Park in Upper Burrell/Washington Township; Alcoa Technical Center on state Route 780; Site Signatures in Tarentum; Destination Wellness at the Pittsburgh Mills in Fraser; Respironics in Murrysviile and Phillips Respironics in Westmoreland County Business and Research Park; Electro-Optics Center in Freeport, Westinghouse Electric Co. in Warrendale, and Century 21.
The breakfasts are free but they are not without pecuniary value. The 2007 event at Leed's garnered the Alle-Kiski Society a $500 award for innovative programming from the PSAA.
Planning is underway for the fall breakfast social. Alumni and friends who are interested in hosting an event can contact Bill Woodard, alumni and public relations specialist, at 724-334-6049 or firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail.
For more about the alumni breakfast socials and a list of previous venues, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Information/News/43765.htm#NEWS43765 online.
Alumni Breakfast Venues 2003-11
Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, 2003
Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Natrona Heights, 2004
Allegheny Ludlum, Brackenridge, 2005
Respironics, Murrysviile, 2005
Medrad, Indianola, 2006
Electro-Optics Center, Sarver, 2006
Alcoa Technical Center, Upper Burrell, 2006
Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, 2007
Leed's, Westmoreland County Business and Research Park, Upper Burrell, 2007
Destination Wellness, Pittsburgh Mills, 2007
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, 2008
Site Signatures, Tarentum, 2008
Tribune-Review Printing Facility, Warrendale, 2009
Phillips Repironics, Westmoreland County Business and Research Park, 2009
Medrad, Indianola, 2010
Westinghouse Electric Co., Cranberry, 2010
Century 21 American Heritage Realty, Allegheny Township, 2011
Janet Ryan, broker and owner of Century 21 American Heritage Realty
After purchasing the former Lash-Steiner Agency in 1992, Ryan expanded the company that includes 75 real estate agents in four offices around the region. In addition to Allegheny Township, offices are located in Lower Burrell, Sarver, and Pittsburgh Mills. Ryan is recognized as a leader in the industry, and is president of the Board of Realtors for the Greater Allegheny Kiski Area, an organization that provides professional and ethical services for its members and their communities. She has garnered numerous awards including Realtor of the Year, and was recognized by former governor Tom Ridge as one of “Best 50” businesswomen in Pennsylvania.
Lorri Wildi, president, Alle-Kiski Society
Wildi, a 1985 Penn State graduate from the College of Health and Human Development, concludes her two-year term as society president in June. Under her leadership, the local alumni group has increased its philanthropic activities. Since 2009, the alumni society has pledged $25,000 to increase its endowed scholarship from $51,000 to $76,000; awarded $7,000 in scholarships to campus students; and donated $10,000 to the campus Athletic Department to renovate a weight room for free weights and heavy equipment. Last month, Wildi delivered the presidents report at Penn State's semiannual Alumni Council meeting at the Hintz Alumni Center at University Park. Wildi recapped the minutes of the Campus Alumni Society Presidents meeting and presented an overview of the Alle-Kiksi Society that is based at Penn State New Kensington. Her presentation followed President Graham Spanier, who gave the council an update on the University.
Don Ryan, vice president of Century 21 American Heritage Realty
The alumni breakfast is co-hosted by Don Ryan, vice president of Century 21 American Heritage Realty, Alle-Kiski Alumni Society, and Penn State New Kensington. Don Ryan, a Penn State alumnus, is a member of the New Kensington campus Advisory Board. Century 21 is a sponsor of numerous campus events including the annual Bed Race that is held in October as a part of the campus' Fall Festival.
For more on Century 21 American Heritage Realty, visit http://www.century21ahr.com/