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Automotive Grad/BMW Retiree to Share ‘Tips for Success’ in Return to Campus


A retired automobile executive, whose distinguished career began with a degree from a predecessor institution, will offer “10 Tips for Career Success” in a visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology this month.

Thomas C. Baloga, a former executive at BMW of North America, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. His presentation is open to Penn College students, employees and alumni.

Thomas C. Baloga
Thomas C. Baloga

There is no “app” for handling the variety of circumstances one encounters in the workforce. An explanation of the hows and whys, however – with tips for success –  can make the turbulent career journey smoother and more productive.

Understanding how business, management and colleagues operate is critical when making decisions that will affect your career, income and internal harmony. Whether you’re a few months or a couple years from launching your career, the insights shared during this presentation and question-and-answer session will set you upon the right path.

Baloga graduated in 1974 from Williamsport Area Community College, with an associate degree in automotive technology. For more than three decades, he has served in leadership roles for renowned corporations, including Mercedes-Benz USA, Britax Child Safety and BMW of North America.

He recently retired from BMW after serving concurrently as vice president, engineering, United States; president, BMW Technology Corp.; and vice president, engineering quality and safety.

He has appeared on national television news programs (“60 Minutes,” “20/20” and “Dateline NBC”) and is the primary inventor on eight U.S. patents.

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