At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. This employee spotlight is on Teah Gray.
What is your position here at Larson Design Group and when did you join LDG?
I am an Environmental Technician here at Larson Design Group and work out of the Williamsport, PA office. I first started at LDG as an intern for Environmental in May of 2018, which was followed by a Co-op position as I finished my bachelor’s degree at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and resulted in my current position that I started in January of 2019.
Three words to best describe you?
I think the three words that best describe me are easy-going, creative, and reliable.
What attracted you to join Larson Design Group?
Coming straight out of college and looking for employment, I was really attracted to LDG by the availability for growth, as well as the Northcentral PA office location.
Before working at LDG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
During my college career, I also had an internship at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Living in coastal Georgia is an adventure of its own, between alligators, rattle snakes, water moccasins, scorpions, and the endless bugs… but my job involved field research and monitoring of Loggerhead Sea Turtles to aid in lifting them from their Endangered Species status. The job consisted of patrolling the entire beach of the island from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM to locate and tag nesting female turtles for population studies, and protecting their nests once laid from predators. All female Loggerheads receive a flipper tag and PIT tag (similar to the microchip in your pets), as a part of the species monitoring. If a turtle emerged to nest that wasn’t previously tagged, the researcher that found her got to name the turtle and administer both tags. I was lucky enough to locate a new nesting Loggerhead and I named her Tallulah, after the Tallulah Gorge in Georgia. A fun fact about these turtles is that a nesting female Loggerhead weighs an average of 300lbs! And to much dismay, they are not slow, and there’s no stopping them!
What is your motto or personal mantra?
I always say you have to do what makes your heart happy. I think that’s one of the best sayings to express that you have to live for you and not get caught up in comparing your lifestyle or achievements to others.
If you could switch places with anyone else at Larson Design Group for a day, who would it be and why?
I would like to switch places with Bob Cawthern, Sr. Environmental Specialist, for a day. His knowledge and experience in the Environmental realm is endless, and to be able to gain and use any of that knowledge during my career would be very valuable.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I started a leather crafting hobby during Covid-19, that morphed into a small business at the beginning of this year. I make earrings, koozies, keychains, coasters, etc. that I hand tool myself.
What advice do you have for a prospective candidate considering Larson Design Group?
If there was a prospective candidate considering Larson Design Group, I would tell them to look into the company atmosphere and culture, as well as the job position. I feel our employee community is one of Larson Design Groups greatest assets.