Help Us Recognize Your Future Workforce!
Thursday, May 10, 2023
St. Nicholas Hall, Minersville
Cost – $30.00
Sponsorship opportunities include:
Sponsors will have their company listed in the program and will be recognized at the breakfast.
Keynote Speaker: Stacy Garrity, Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
As the 78th Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, businesswoman and retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel Stacy Garrity is focused on transparency, cutting waste and fees, returning more than $4 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners, and making education affordable for Pennsylvanians.
After graduating from Sayre High School in Bradford County, Stacy earned a degree in finance and economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and later received a certificate from the Cornell University Business Management Institute.
While serving as a colonel in the Army Reserve, Stacy received national attention for her decorated service on the battlefields of Iraq. While news raged about scandals involving prisoner abuse at other facilities, Stacy was highlighted for her stellar performance as one of the officers in charge of an internment camp for enemy combatants in Iraq.
Stacy served a remarkable three deployments in defense of the United States: in 1991 in Operation Desert Storm, in 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom. She was awarded the Bronze Star twice for exceptional service and received the Legion of Merit before retiring from the Army Reserve with the rank of colonel.
As Pennsylvania Treasurer, Stacy oversees an office of more than 300 employees and is tasked with protecting more than $150 billion in state assets. Among her many duties, she serves as a fiscal watchdog for the state, manages the PA 529 College & Career Savings Program and the PA ABLE Savings Program, which helps people with disabilities save without fear of losing important benefits. She also administers the state’s unclaimed property program.
Stacy was elected on November 3, 2020, and was sworn into office on January 19, 2021.
Since taking office, she has worked to make PA 529 accounts work better for Pennsylvanians of all background by cutting fees, eliminating the minimum deposit required to open an account and allowing families to make contributions as low as $1. During her tenure, the number of PA 529 accounts has grown by 7.3 percent to nearly 279,000, and total assets have grown to about $6.3 billion. Stacy also cut fees – twice – for PA ABLE. Under her leadership, the number of PA ABLE accounts has grown by 55.5 percent to more than 7,000, and total PA ABLE assets have grown by 66.7 percent to more than $76.5 million. She was elected as the inaugural Chair of the ABLE Savings Plan Network, a group formed by the National Association of State Treasurers. In November 2022, Stacy implemented the use of direct deposit payments for unclaimed property claims. To date, she has returned more than $270 million of unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
As someone committed to her local community, Stacy serves on the board of Bradford County United Way and is a trustee of Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
She is married to Daniel Gizzi, a project analyst at Corning Incorporated. She worships at Christian Life Church.