KDKA-TV Eye on Community: Beaver County
Thursday, April 5, 2018 – The Fez, 2312 Brodhead Rd, Hopewell, PA 15001
Beaver County’s importance as a growth corridor will be the subject of an event hosted by KDKA-TV in April at the Fez in Hopewell.
“KDKA-TV Eye On Community: Beaver County” will feature speakers discussing the revitalization of Beaver County and its’ growth potential, with a special emphasis on business opportunities stemming from the Shell cracker plant. The program, will include speakers featuring Beaver County government leaders, economic development officials and business leaders. Following the Eye on Beaver County discussion panel.
Jon Delano – Money & Politics Editor, KDKA-TV Columnist, Pittsburgh Business Times Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Politics, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College
Think of a well-recognized, award-winning analyst in Pennsylvania who combines years of “inside experience” on Capitol Hill with the perspective of the private sector and life outside the Washington Beltway, and one name leads the list: Jon Delano.
Jon Delano is a familiar face on KDKA-TV, having been the station’s political analyst since 1994.
Jon’s on-air work began in 1991 after fourteen years working in the US Congress. In 1994 he became the political analyst for KDKA-TV and reported from both the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions in 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 2008, he was the first TV reporter in the state to interview Barack Obama and had six interviews with him that year, along with John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin.
As one of Pennsylvania’s respected commentators, Jon is recognized for his ability to analyze complex issues and make them understandable to any audience. Having worked in both government and the private business world, practiced law, reported on radio and television, written extensively, and taught at the graduate school level, Jon’s combined experiences allow him to speak with some authority about governmental, political, and economic issues.
Jon moderates and facilitates seminars, candidate debates, and programs and speaks on governmental and political issues to many civic, business, and labor groups. His reputation as an even-handed, non-partisan political analyst has led to his selection as a moderator and panelist for many candidate debates, including statewide debates for governor and U.S. Senate and many local debates and forums for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Executive, Congress, and the PA General Assembly. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania Law School, Jon and his wife Jane and their two children live in Mt. Lebanon two blocks from where Jon grew up.
Kenneth J. Broadbent
Local 449 (Pittsburgh, PA) Business Manager Kenneth J. Broadbent has been a proud member of his local union and the UA for more than 31 years, beginning with his five year apprenticeship in his local’s training program. In addition he graduated from the UA Instructor Training Program and holds an American Welding Society Qualification as a CWI (Certified Welding Inspector). He has also attended three years of HVACR classes at CCAC and classes for Non-Destructive Testing. After working in the field, Kenneth contributed to the apprenticeship program that provided him with his education by serving as a welding instructor from 1981 until 1989. The members of Local 449 then elected Kenneth to the position of president in 1992, business agent in 1996, and business manager in 1999. Since 1999, he has served continuously as business manager of Local 449.
Rick Okraszewski, also known as Ricky O has worked as a construction carpenter for 40 years. His education includes a business degree from Robert Morris College, as well as completing the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship program. Ricky’s career has included jobsite foreman and superintendent for construction projects ranging from $10,000 to $30 million in value. Ricky moved from the field to work as an instructor for the Carpenters Apprenticeship program, which lead to his promotion to director of the KML Carpenters Apprenticeship program. Most recently, Ricky has moved from the director’s position at the training center, to the marketing industry outreach director for the KML Carpenters covering five states and including over 16,000 members. Rick serves on the Board of the Pittsburgh ACE Mentoring program as well as advisory boards for multiple Career and Technology Centers. He has worked with the Young Architects Forum as well as the Young Contractors to foster collaboration between the Carpenters and industry professionals.
Greg Christy began his career as an Iron Worker in 1992 when he joined Iron Workers Local Union No.3’s Apprenticeship Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to this move, the Freeport, PA nativegraduated in 1985 from the University of Pittsburgh, and he played professional football for the Buffalo Bills for three seasons before retiring from the NFL in 1988. Despite his later start in the field, Greg quickly realized what it took to be in this industry.
After a short 10 years, he was appointed as an Assistant Business Agent for Local 3. From June 2005 until July 2007, he was a Trustee of Iron Workers Local Union No. 3. He assumed the role of Recording Secretary in August 2007 until May 2011. Mr. Christy was elected President for Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 in June of 2011 and became Trustee of the Iron Workers of Western Pennsylvania Benefit Plans. He proudly upheld the position until July 29th, 2013 when he was appointed Business Manager/FST. In June of 2014 and 2017, he ran unopposed and was elected Business Manager/FST, the office he currently holds.
Knowing that being aware of all the aspects of the industry should be a priority before any decision making, Greg also serves as a member of the Executive Board for Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania; as an ally to the Ironworker Employers Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.; as a Trustee for the Iron Workers of Western Pennsylvania Benefit Plans; as a Trustee of the Iron Workers Joint Apprenticeship & Journeyman Training Fund; and as a Community Relations Board Member for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Today, Greg resides in his hometown of Freeport, PA with his wife, Lori. He remains an active participant in the PITT Alumni Association, as well as the NFL Alumni Association.
Reagan Kinser, General Manager, Operations North
Reagan Kinser has served as General Manager, Operations North for TMK IPSCO since January 2018. Mr. Kinser served as Director of Process Engineering for TMK IPSCO from 2015 to 2017. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Kinser served in various roles with Vallourec Star, including Director of Manufacturing Cost Reduction from 2014 to 2015 and Plant Manager, Houston Operations from 2010 to 2014. He has 20 years of manufacturing experience with roles in operations, quality, and product development. Mr. Kinser holds a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Materials Science.
Jennifer Shoaf — Deputy Chief Academic Officer at The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
A public school serving nearly 11,000 students in grades K-12 across the Commonwealth. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland, Pennsylvania and is one of the largest, most experienced online public schools in the nation. Jennifer started her career at PA Cyber as a teacher and quickly transitioned into the role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction. With a strong desire to help inspire and guide today’s youth, Jennifer enjoys opportunities where she can collaborate with colleagues to implement new initiatives. In her current role as the Deputy CAO, Jennifer oversees the school’s curricular programs, including English Language Development (ELD), gifted, the arts, STEM, and federal programs. With a large focus on providing students access to high-quality programs and technologies, Jennifer helped design and implement the school’s current educational model.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Geneva College and attained a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University.
James T. Kunz, Jr. – Business Manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 (IUOE Local 66) and an International Vice President for the IUOE in Washington, DC.
He is the first Business Manager who is a graduating apprentice of the Western PA Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program, he worked in the field as a Heavy Equipment Operator until 1995 when he became a Business Representative and in 2004 Business Manager. He has 41 years of service in Local 66. Jim serves as the Chairman of the Board on the Pension, Welfare, Annuity, Benefit and Combined Funds for Local 66; Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Western PA Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program; President of the PA State Council of IUOE; and Vice President of the PA AFL-CIO and Allegheny County Labor Council. He serves on the PA AFL-CIO Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors for VisitPITTSBURGH. He also serves as Youth Committee Chairman of the PA Workforce Development Board. Jim is dedicated to serving the members of Local 66 and a proud resident of the City of Pittsburgh where he resides with his wife Opal. He has 3 grown children; two of whom are Operating Engineers Graduating Apprentices.
Jack Manning – President & Executive Director of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
Jack began working in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 1998 and relocated to the Chippewa Township / Beaver Falls area with his wife, Diane in 2000. He has a son (Jeff), daughter-in-law (Kelly Harsh Manning) and granddaughter (Charlotte) that live in Patterson Heights, and a second son (Justin) who resides in Hawaii. He is the owner and principal of Pinebrook Cottage Consulting, which he started after a more than 35-year career in the chemical and plastics industry. Jack is currently under agreement to serve as President & Executive Director of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, and as Executive Director of the Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth. He was also contracted with Town Center Associates as a consultant for coordination of municipal services to multiple communities in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties with traditional downtown business districts from 2012-2017.
Actively involved and committed to community service, Jack has championed local Southwestern PA business and community development efforts from small town merchants to industrial brownfield redevelopment to educational and workforce training. He and his wife have donated their time and resources to many non-profit and charitable organizations over the years, including Jack serving on the Boards of the United Way and the Friends of Old Economy Village. He was appointed to two terms on the Board of Trustees to the Community College of Beaver County (2003-2010), serving as the Vice-Chair of the Trustees from 2008-2010, and served as Chairman of the CCBC Foundation Board from 2010-2011. He was on the Board of Directors for Gateway Rehabilitation Center from 2004-2013 and served as their Board Secretary from 2011-2013. Prior to being name as Executive Director, Jack served on the Board of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce from 2012 – 2016, where he founded and served as Chair of the Economic Development Taskforce.
He has recently joined the Board of the Beaver County Humane Society and continues to serve as a Board Director for the Ohio River Trail Council. He supports his interest in assisting teaching and training organizations and institutions by serving on the Junior Achievement of Beaver County Advisory Board, as well as having served on several higher education advisory committees, including CCBC, Previous to his career in human resources, Jack served as Director of Global Quality Performance for Huntsman and was a former Quality Specialist and corporate quality trainer for Shell Chemical Company, where his career began in the 1970s. During his career he acquired numerous management leadership certificates and training experiences in labor relations, problem solving and strategic planning. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Rowan University at Gloucester County in Sewell, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University of Beckley, WV.
Pascal Nardelli – Castlebrook Development Group, Partner
Pascal M. Nardelli began his real estate career in August 1970 on the brokerage side of the business with John Peck Real Estate upon graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Philosophy in August of 1970. Mr. Nardelli was involved in every facet of the real estate brokerage business including single-family and multi-family residential, commercial office and retail, and industrial through 1974.
In 1995 Nardelli joint ventured the development of a 250,000 square foot power center called Cranberry Square in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Tenants included Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Toys ‘R Us, Office Max, Home Place, Michael’s Crafts and Pier One, among others.
Following the completion of Cranberry Square in late 1998, Mr. Nardelli formed Castlebrook Development with Bill West for the purpose of development and construction of commercial real estate projects.
Bob Pompeani – KDKA-TV Sports Director
Born and Raised in Hopewell, Bob Pompeani is a sports anchor for KDKA-TV News at Six and KDKA-TV News at Eleven. He began his career at KDKA-TV in 1982, but his experience with hometown sports goes beyond the 31 years he’s worked at KDKA.
Growing up in an area deep in sports traditions, Bob has seen all of the biggest high school rivalries as well as met players and coaches who’ve gone on to make sports history.
Bob spends the school year presenting the KDKA-TV “Extra Effort” award to local students who excel in athletics, academics and community service. In its 33rd year, Bob has visited over 1,200 local schools and produced feature stories on each outstanding student.
In 2015 Bob was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1997 Bob was voted Pittsburgh’s favorite sportscaster in a reader poll of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1998, Bob became the first man ever to receive the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy’s Professional Image Award — in the twenty years that PBA has handed out the honor.
Bob was also the 2000 Tri-State PGA of America Distinguished Service Award winner for outstanding contributions to local golf — getting inducted into the local Tri-State PGA Golf Hall of Fame.
Bob was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in April of 2007 for his many contributions to local sports.
Bob has received the Golden Quill Award six times: first in 1987 for his report, “Earning Their Stripes,” a story about hockey officiating; second in 1988 for “Project Playoffs”; and most recently in 2013 for his Pittsburgh Steeler exclusives.
Bob has won three Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards and eight AP awards for play-by-play of Steeler Pre-Season games and as host of the “#1 Cochran Sports Showdown.”
In 2011, Bob was named “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council, and in 2012 he was awarded a People’s Choice Award for “Dancing With Pittsburgh Celebrities.”
In 2015 Bob was also awarded with a lifetime achievement award by the Syria Shriners of Pittsburgh.
After graduating from Hopewell High School, Bob graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science.
In between work and family time, Bob works closely with the community and is on the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Partners for Quality Inc, and the Give the Kids the World Foundation. Bob has also been on the Executive Committee for the Mario Lemieux Foundation since 1995 and has served as Master of Ceremonies for the “Penguins at your Service” annual black tie dinner for the past 18 years.
Bob and his wife, Lisa, reside in Robinson Township with their two daughters, Chelsea and Celina. In his free time, Bob enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Celina Pompeani – KDKA-TV Traffic Reporter
Celina Pompeani is now in her fourth season with the Pittsburgh Penguins working as the in-arena host at every home game and host of PensTV. In October of last year, she was hired as the morning traffic anchor at KDKA-TV. Before working in Pittsburgh, Celina was a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor at WTOV9 in Steuvenville, Ohio.