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Andrew Popovics IV ’13

Andrew Popovics IV ’13
EHS Manager
SRG Global – Farmington (a Koch Company)

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Pragmatic, Persistent, and Empathetic.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
After taking a “year” off – that lasted 22 yrs. – I decided that I was never going to advance my career past the technician level. I had many years of experience across all areas of my field, but without a degree, I was at the end. I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others but I could not advance to higher levels of responsibility.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
The care and empathy shown to me by the CNY Binghamton location- Cynthia Krendl and Barbara Rivera. They assured me that I would be OK, especially since I had an irrational concern over my past college experience.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
My Family. CNY Binghamton location staff and others at various centers; Dr. Duncan RyanMann; Mr. Don Sheldon; Mr. Charles Kirch;  Mr. Michael Williams; Various Subject Matter Experts that validated my knowledge via work experience….and many others.

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
FEAR that past performance is a good metric to predict future outcomes…..is false – I did not do well at a different SUNY school so many years ago. Maturity plays a LARGE part in successful outcomes.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
PERSEVERE and NEVER give up. You are directing your path, no one else. Set goals and find a mentor to help clarify objectives.

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Because they gave me a fantastic opportunity.

How has your experience at ESC changed your life since graduation?
I now hold a professional certification in my field and manage the Environmental, Health and Safety program at a 370 person facility with seven(7) direct reports. I am fulfilling my goal as the LEADER who finds the best in people and develops them to their potential.