The COVID-19 pandemic has changed gatherings and celebrations of every kind, but people are adapting to the circumstances – especially to recognize the individuals who make our communities inviting places to live and work. Keith Kuzio, former Chief Executive Officer of Larson Design Group (LDG), recently was honored as one of those individuals.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Susquehanna Council held a virtual reception on Sept. 15 for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award, which has been given to an individual who provides outstanding civic service to the community since 1985. Kuzio was this year’s recipient, accepting the award from Robert Weaver of the BSA Susquehanna Council Executive Board, and former long-time LDG employee, via a Zoom call.
“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award and to be considered among the group of community leaders that have been recognized as Distinguished Citizens in the past,” said Kuzio, who now serves as a leadership advisor to LDG and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. “I truly appreciate the many opportunities and latitude that LDG has provided me with over the years to live out our company’s core value of community stewardship and to have an impact on the region and its well-being through community service.”
The award joins a long list of recognitions for Kuzio, who has made community-oriented development a focus of his career. In addition to numerous volunteer activities and speaking engagements at local schools and universities, he has served as a board director of UPMC Susquehanna and The Fund for Northern Tier Development, a regional organization of CEOs that advocates for growth and development of assets in Potter, Tioga and Bradford counties. He is a trustee of the YWCA of Northcentral PA and board chair of the regional Susquehanna Health Foundation; he also has held board and chair responsibilities for Albright Care Services and the Lycoming County United Way and has served as a director on the board of the First Community Foundation Partnership.
Those who receive the Distinguished Citizen Award are not always directly involved with the Boy Scouts, but rather individuals who personify what the group stands for: good citizenship, outstanding moral fiber, and a dedication to others. Previous recipients of the award include Vince Matteo, former President of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce; Judge Charles Greevy, Jr.; PA State Senator Gene Yaw; First Community Foundation Partnership President Jennifer Wilson; and Lycoming College President Dr. Kent Trachte.
“This is well–deserved honor for Keith. Whether through volunteer service with non-profits, professional organizations or mentoring students and tomorrow’s leaders, Keith has always looked for ways to elevate people and the communities throughout the region,” said Dave Martin, LDG’s Chief Executive Officer. “He is a good example to others as to how you can be successful in business and add tremendous social value to the community.”
Founded in 1986, Larson Design Group is an award-winning national architecture, engineering and consulting firm with 12 offices in five states and a vision to elevate client relationships, enrich the careers and lives of its employee-owners, and enhance the communities in which it operates. For more information, visit www.larsondesigngroup.com.
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