The Central Penn Business Journal named Howard Hodder, Jr. to its 22nd annual Forty Under 40 list, which honors individuals for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the Central Pennsylvania community. He and the other honorees will receive their award at a banquet at Hilton Harrisburg on November 21.
Hodder is the director of geomatics at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., overseeing a staff of surveyors and GIS professionals throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is also a certified GIS Professional and has a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.
During his 18 years at HRG, he has advanced his career from an entry-level GIS specialist to the corporate-wide leader of the service group, by consistently expanding the firm’s technical capabilities, and surpassing sales goals. He was named an associate of the firm in 2006.
Hodder’s commitment to professional excellence is evident in his pursuit of continuing education as well as his active participation in industry groups such as the PA State Geospatial Coordinating Board, the PA Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (PA MAPPS), various university and college curriculum advisory groups, the PA State GIS Conference planning committee, and others.
This commitment to the geospatial industry is only matched by his commitment to the Central PA community. Hodder is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series program, which is designed to prepare local leaders to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region. He also coaches youth soccer and softball and is a vice president on the Cumberland Valley Softball Association board.
“I’m truly honored that the Central Penn Business Journal chose me to be included with this year’s class alongside so many talented and accomplished individuals,” Hodder says.
The Central Penn Business Journal has been honoring the area’s leading young professionals with its Forty Under 40 list for 22 years. This year’s award recipients will be featured in a special supplement to the Central Penn Business Journal on November 25.
Originally 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.