“There’s no better baseball park in America than PNC Park.”
As a business intelligence lead, Jeff Lewis’ job involves managing an Oracle-based data warehouse that tracks purchasing, manufacturing and order information to identify opportunities and trends that can be acted on to save the customer money. But his job doesn’t end there. He also serves on a global editorial board, keeping PPG Industries' 800+ information technology professionals around the world connected and informed of IT project highlights and successes.
After relocating to North Carolina following graduation from Penn State, Jeff and Justine moved back to southwestern Pennsylvania so that Justine could earn her master’s degree in speech therapy at Clarion University and Jeff could pursue career options in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. They also wanted to re-establish connections closer to home. “We wanted to be within an hour and a half drive of our families,” he says, with Justine’s in Hermitage (Mercer County) and Jeff’s in Pittsburgh. Now with their two young sons in town -- Evan, 3 and Greyson, 2 -- those family ties and new community ties are even more important. They’ve been able to connect their toddlers with some of their own childhood, including time spent growing up near a western Pennsylvania lake community. “My family has always had a cottage at Conneaut Lake and we spent a lot of time boating there.”
The family has been enjoying a new playground known as the “Cranberry Castle,” which opened at Cranberry Park in 2013, and includes sound effects on the outdoor equipment and an indoor bouncy for the cooler months. Their short jaunt on I-279 takes the family quickly to city amenities for the kids too, including the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and the Carnegie Museums.
Jeff’s also active with the Penn State alumni network in Pittsburgh and they get together regularly (with alumni and friends) in Point Breeze at East End Brewing, where he typically picks up a Growler (32-ounce or 64-ounce reusable jugs) of Monkey Beers to take home.
With his work week spent mostly at PPG’s iconic headquarters downtown, Jeff has a growing list of favorites for lunch, including Wingharts and NOLA in Market Square, Six Penn in the Cultural District, and Eleven in the Strip District.
And with year-round cultural and professional sports action downtown, he’s been able to take his mother to Broadway shows, and his dad and wife to Steelers, Pens and Pirates games. As for the Pirates’ venue, he says,“There’s no better baseball park in America.”