As of 10/18/2016 founder Chuck Rizzo decided to turn the year to year James and Margaret Rizzo Memorial Scholarship at Penn State University Worthington into a lifetime scholarship that will continue forever. The scholarship was established in memory of the two people who taught him to respect others, work hard, be honest and believe that he could accomplish something worthwhile. The scholarship is to be used for needs-based recipients and favors engineering studies.
On May 23rd 2016 the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce had it’s annual Krajsa Cup & Chamber Board of Governors Golf Classic . It was a beautiful day on the course in the 70’s without a cloud in the sky and the was a huge amount of support and participation by Lehigh Valley business leaders. Bryan Rizzo and Chad Sportelli ended up putting a -7 score for the day, placing 2nd place in the net category.
ETI is always happy to sponsor the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at it’s annual golf outings. This year it was a cold/rainy afternoon for the 2016 Easton Phillipsburg Golf Classic at Morgan Hill Golf Course. That didn’t stop Bryan Rizzo and Chad Sportelli from putting up a -6 score, only losing to the champions by 2 strokes. Sportelli being an avid golfer had multiple birdies and an eagle. Both Chad and Bryan will be participating in the upcoming Krajsa Cup and Walla Gazoo Chamber events, so stay tuned.
The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The competition was held on February 2nd and 3rd at the Agri-Plex in Allentown, and ETI sponsored the Electronics Technology category.
The Electronics Technology contest was divided into five sections: customer service exam, written exam, soldering, breadboarding and troubleshooting. Contestants’ demonstrated their knowledge of analog and digital circuitry; ability to troubleshoot electronic circuits; ability to construct and test experimental circuits; and, ability to design and select circuit components. All aspects of the competition tested contestants’ abilities to use and calibrate electronic equipment, record and organize data, and demonstrate proper safety practices.
Congratulations Thomas L. Bostian for your first place finish in the competition, and good luck on the upcoming state and national ones to follow.
The 2016 Lenel Partner Summit in Carlsbad, California gave Chuck and Bryan the chance to stay up to date on upcoming changes in the global security market and Lenel’s security portfolio. ETI utilizes Lenel’s industry leading OnGuard Enterprise Level Access Control and Interlogix CCTV surveillance platform to secure the casino, manufacturing, hospital and office markets.
The two reoccurring themes throughout the conference that both ETI and Lenel will be focusing on in the upcoming year are, utilizing cloud based technology and harnessing the true power of our mobile devices. The three main drivers of the “cloud and mobile technology push” not only in the security industry but in all industries come from;
- Cyber security risks
- A constantly evolving IT industry
- Need to stay connected
Lenel also unveiled a product slated for release Q4 2016 that will give ETI the ability to seamlessly take over existing Software House access control system installations with a Mercury Bridge Board. More to come on this exciting news as it will give current Software House customers an opportunity to break from the proprietary nature of this Tyco product.
Eastern Time, Inc. has proudly sponsored the Boy Scouts of America consistently over the past 30 years. On October 22, ETI continued to show support as a Bronze Sponsor at the Scout Reach Annual Awards Breakfast. This event recognizes some of the local leaders that help support Scout Reach. Scout Reach was founded in 1994 and gives special leadership and attention to minority scouts in urban environments.
*Air Products was the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Recipient*
*Jose Medina was the Vale La Pena Award Recipient*
Every year in late September local first responders and businesses of the Lehigh Valley get together to spread the word about being ready in the event of an emergency at the Emergency Preparedness Day in Upper Macungie Township, Pa. At this event the community gets to meet the fireman, policeman and businesses that help keep the Lehigh Valley a safe and prosperous place to live. The event is catered towards children of all ages with games and prizes to help teach them how to stay calm and react when a dangerous situation arises. At the Eastern Time, Inc. tent a live fire alarm and mass notification demonstration was set up where kids could activate a pull station and see the results.
On August 21st 2015 ETI sponsored a night out for the children of the Friendship House at the PNC Field to watch the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Railrider’s baseball game. Dunmore office manager Ann Mellert headed up the group and partook in the Super Hero Night theme with the children and their caretakers. It was a night filled with lots of face painting, laughter, food and ended with a win for the home team. At ETI we pride ourselves in being ingrained in the fibers of the community we serve, so if you or someone you know is interested in a community sponsored event please reach out to us on our Contact Us page.
Before founding Eastern Time, Inc. Chuck Rizzo engineered and sold the state of the art fire alarm system at the John S. Clarke Elementary Center during it’s initial construction in 1982 for a national competitor. ETI’s current project engineer Tom Conklin was Chuck’s lead technician at the time and was responsible for the highly detailed programming that tied the fire alarm, security, HVAC and lighting into a single head end.
When the 33 year old system went down on a Friday afternoon, the Pottsville Area SD’s full-time director of facilities contacted ETI’s service department for emergency service. That same day ETI’s service technicians lead by project manager Joe Wilcox went to work to restore base level protection of the premise. In the months following ETI worked after hours to replace the entire fire alarm system and add supplemental coverage to offer the students and faculty increased protection.
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President and CEO Chuck Rizzo was asked deliver a speech to a group of 3rd grade students of Allentown School District and explain exactly what Patriotism Meant to Him at the The Liberty Bell Museum in downtown Allentown, Pa. He was honored to do so and after telling a few jokes to connect with the every day lives of a 9 year old boy or girl in grade school went on to explain his purpose at the event. When asked the question of “What Patriotism Meant to Him” he referred back to a time long ago when he was their age “touching the historic crack in the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and feeling an immediate connection to the forefathers of this great nation”. The speech ended with him explaining what he did as the owner of Eastern Time, Inc. and how his job is to protect family, friends and the community at large through use of fire alarm and security technologies, referring to the recently completed PPL Center Arena project a few blocks down the road. Although he is passionate about the business at ETI, he always enjoys giving back to the community he serves in any way he can.