Great Leadership Begins With Picking Good Men

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It is a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt: "The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." With that, we introduce you to a few members of our newly elected undergraduate executive board. They have been entrusted with the management of our chapter, and we look forward to hearing more from them in the coming months as they complete the fall rush season, plan for THON '15 and embark on other projects to boost the competitive position of Phi Kappa Theta at Penn State.

Peter Lerario '16, President
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Finance

What was the determining factor in your decision to pledge PKT at Penn State?
I never had any brothers growing up, so the community aspect was a big factor in picking Phi Kappa Theta.

To date, what has been the most significant PKT experience for you?
The most significant PKT experience for me has been attending my first Leadership Institute presented by our national fraternity.

How do you think you can positively impact the chapter?
My biggest strength is my organization skills. If you look at my Google calendar, you can always tell where I am during the day or night.

Zachary Panos '16, Vice President
Hometown: Cranberry, Pa. (Pittsburgh)
Major: Advertising and public relations, minors in business and the liberal arts, communication arts sciences and entrepreneurship

What was the determining factor in your decision to pledge PKT at Penn State?
I pledged the spring semester of my freshman year. It was between Phi Kappa Theta and Kappa Delta Rho. I picked Phi Kappa Theta because I felt more at home, and there is an abundance of personalities here. I love meeting new people, and I want to surround myself with different people. This dynamic makes the unity of our brotherhood very strong, and that's huge in a fraternity.

To date, what has been the most significant PKT experience for you?
THON. Obviously everyone loves it, but it really hit me hard. Meeting our THON family made me want to raise as much money as possible; it went to such a great cause. I have never been a part of any philanthropy so large before, and I want to continue to stay involved after I graduate!

How do you think you can positively impact the chapter?
I am very organized and a huge believer in unity. Being an executive board member doesn't mean you are better then everyone else; you need to be authoritative but also respectful. I believe my leadership skills will make sure the job gets done, but in a way that the brotherhood is still having fun doing it. I also am an extremely hard worker, so I will take any aspect and give it 110 percent. There is always room for improvement, and I believe this is a very crucial skill for college. I never want to see any of my brothers getting lazy; I want to see them being creative and thinking of new ideas! I'll tell anyone my honest opinion on any idea, but also how I believe it can be improved. You always need to be setting a great example!


Adam Armendinger '16, Treasurer

Hometown: Wyckoff, N.J.
Major: Marketing

What was the determining factor in your decision to pledge PKT at Penn State?
The most important factor for joining was that I liked a lot of the brothers. They all seemed like nice guys who could become good friends.

To date, what has been the most significant PKT experience for you?
Probably the most significant experience was THON. It was really cool to see all the brothers get so involved in one event that is for a great cause.

How do you think you can positively impact the chapter?
I think I can positively help the chapter because I am a hard worker, dedicated to bettering the house and really do care about this chapter. I want to see this chapter continue to improve.

CLICK HERE to review the full list of our executive board. We welcome them and send them our best wishes for a successful academic year.

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