Ed is currently a Senior IT Project Manager with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. In his role, Ed drives the alignment of business objectives in leading the implementation of major business software project initiatives for the organization.
Ed started with HE&R in 1991 in a Cash Control position and moved into a Revenue Accountant position after graduating from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in both Finance and Accounting. In 1997, HE&R formed an official IT Department and Ed was offered to be one of only twelve people to drive and grow the new IT focused direction of the company. In his first year in the Computer Support Coordinator role, Ed led the implementation of the first Point of Sale system at Hersheypark. Through his leadership efforts, Ed became the senior technical person leading the IT support efforts for the Entertainment Group with HE&R in 1999.
As the HE&R IT Department grew, so did the need to standardize management of projects. Ed directed his focus in assisting with the implementation and creation of a newly formed project management area within IT changing culture of the organization on how the company ran IT projects. In 2005, Ed official assumed the new role as IT Project Manager for the organization leading implementation of major work order and financial projects. In 2006, Ed received his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and helped with creation of project management seminars for HE&R and with the Entertainment/Hospitality industry. In 2007, Ed embraced a role in IT senior management as Asst. Director of Business Application Process and later named IT Services which he lead the direction of IT support for HE&R’s Helpdesk (level 1), Desktop (level 2), and Applications (level 3) teams. After over 15 years experience in IT with HE&R, Ed returned to the project management area as Senior IT Project Manager in 2013.
Ed also serves on the IT Advisory Council for Milton Hershey School assisting with IT curriculum and certification focus direction for the school. Ed currently resides in Palmyra, PA.