Dan Kreger is an architectural technician in the retail design department of our Williamsport office.
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What was your first job? What did you learn from it that still influences the way you work today?
My first job was working in the kitchen at Ski Sawmill, a local ski resort. I learned many skills while working there, but what I realized most is the importance of respect and cooperation in a team environment. In particular, a team here at LDG is very similar to a team in a kitchen. Each member has a specific role or specialization that helps achieve a common goal, and when one member of the team makes a mistake or slows down, the whole team is affected. As hard as it was, I tried to practice respect and help the team members get their jobs done. Working at Ski Sawmill was a great learning experience, and it’s a job that I will look back on for the rest of my life.
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Designing and building a house for my uncle was definitely the most exciting part of my career. I was able to witness an idea in my head become tangible, while helping throughout the entire building process. I remember climbing up and down all parts of the house and enjoying every step. One of the many things I’ll take away from it all is that no project is final until it’s built. Minor or major changes will occur based a whole range of circumstances and situations.
What trait do you admire in people and why?
Patience. In today’s fast-paced society, to me, it seems hard to find patience. Especially with my younger generation. Every once in a while, when someone expresses patience in the workplace, at home, or even at the grocery store, it brings me a sense of relief and understanding.
What advice would you give to people who hope to follow a career path similar to yours?
Professional success is not something that happens overnight. My generation grew up with immediate satisfaction in almost everything we do. Naturally, we try to apply that same mentality to our careers. A lucky few are able to achieve their goals right away. For the others, not finding that dream job can give a sense of failure or emptiness. It’s hard to realize, but knowing to continue working hard will only get you to your goal faster.
What do you enjoy about working at LDG?
I really enjoy the people that I work with every day. Everyone is kind and always willing to help someone in need. A healthy level of humor mixed into each day really helps me keep a light and motivated attitude. It’s been great meeting and befriending new people and being able to connect with old college friends.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I am an avid ultimate frisbee player and fan of the sport! I follow the professional teams online and go to multiple tournaments around the state each year. The sport is full of many great people. If anyone is interested in learning or playing, let me know!