Meet the 2017 Young Professional of Year Award Nominees: Chris Hetro
Chris Hetro is an Electrical Engineer with Borton-Lawson Engineering in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He is a native of the Wyoming Valley and is a strong believer in the notion that community involvement is paramount to the success of an area. After graduating from Wyoming Area, he attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering. After college he moved to the Lehigh Valley where he worked with FLSmidth, an International Engineering company focusing in the Cement and Minerals Industries. At FLSmidth, his projects often took him to various parts of the world which allowed him to work with people of very diverse backgrounds and cultures. When he was not traveling, he pursued his MBA at Lehigh University which allowed him to gain a better understanding of project management and the operations side of the engineering industry. After about 5 years in the Lehigh Valley, Chris felt he needed a change in his career and an opportunity presented itself with Borton-Lawson Engineering which allowed him to return to his roots. Chris is an Electrical Engineer in Borton-Lawson’s Oil & Gas and Industrial Infrastructure Business Units where he also supports Project Management and Business Development. He credits his success in his career to his parents where they taught him the value of hard work and the belief that if you’re going to do something, do it right. Chris is a registered professional engineer, a member of the Keystone Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Leadership Wilkes Alumni (2013), a mentor to Electrical Engineering students through Penn State’s College of Engineering Mentorship Program and IEEE Committee Member for the Portland Cement Association. Outside of work, Chris resides in the Back Mountain with his wife Jen and their son Andrew Grayson.
Q: What does being a business or community leader mean to you?
A: Leadership through the community can be done on so many levels, big or small contributions all make a difference. Being a leader in the community shows others the potential to making something better and helps support future leaders to get involved.
Q: What advice would you give to young professionals in Greater Wilkes-Barre who want to have a positive impact on the community?
A: Anywhere you go, areas and communities have their challenges and the bottom line is NEPA is a great area we call home. You can complain about it or do something about it; I’ll take the latter and suggest others do the same whether it’s a few hours per week or a few hours per year, it all makes a difference. Get involved!