The Pennsylvania Business Central has named Cody Cogan one of Central PA’s Foremost Under 40. He is featured in the November 17 edition of the business journal, which recognizes individuals who have overcome challenges to achieve significant success under the age of 40.
Cogan is a project manager in the land development service group of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) His is a success story with particular relevance today. Many stories have been published throughout the past year documenting the difficulties rural areas are facing in the current economic climate. Factories have closed, and new industry has not developed to take its place. Opportunity is scarce.
Cogan grew up on a horse farm in Elk County and began his career as a factory worker in a powdered metal plant in St. Marys, PA. Like his friends in the community, he knew opportunities like that were becoming hard to find and even harder to hold onto, so he focused on education as a path to success. Cogan earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management and a master’s degree in agriculture and biological engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He joined the team at HRG in 2012 and has quickly risen through the ranks to be a leader in the firm’s land development practice area.
“Cody has a tremendous work ethic,” according to Jeff Garrigan, the regional manager in HRG’s State College office. “Every day he puts that same drive that carried him through school to work for his clients, and he inspires others on the team to work just as hard.”
Cogan remains committed to his hometown. He mentors young athletes and is chairman of the local chapter of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). KECA is a non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation, education, habitat enhancement and permanent land protection.
In his spare time, Cogan enjoys archery hunting and fishing.
Founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at www.hrg-inc.com.