Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape shared business
philosophy and path to success for approximately 400 young people
attending Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) at the Pennsylvania
College of Technology. Pape delivered the keynote on Monday evening as
PFEW kicked off an intensive weeklong program that offers high school
students hands-on education about the American free enterprise system.
In its 36th year, PFEW brings students together with business
people who volunteer to serve as "company advisors" and help the young
people learn what it takes to be successful in an increasingly
competitive global marketplace. The students create companies that
simulate the actual operation of their own business for the equivalent
of three years.
Pape's keynote focused on definin success and setting goals, taking
risks and staying engaged with company stakeholders. "Most important,"
she advised, "always stay close to and listen to the customer, and be
sure to support those employees who are closest to the customer."
Pape was named senior vice president of American Water's Mid-Atlantic
Division in October 2011, to lead the company's subsidiaries in
Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, along with Pennsylvania. She has
more than 35 years' experience in the utility industry and is a
nationally recognized expert on the water and wastewater industries. She
also serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and
reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.1 million
people. Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest
publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With
headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600
dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and
other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40
states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
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