Experience matters - Myles Biggs '12

Myles Biggs '12 said Lycoming College provided him with a broad-based liberal arts education that prepared him to tackle any given task. The corporate communication major, who minored in sociology and business, was hired right out of college in the marketing department of Ritz-Craft Corp.’s Northeast Division in Mifflinburg, Pa. He coordinates the communication between the company and clients through tools such as email marketing, newsletters and website content.

A privately held company, Ritz-Craft Corp. is one of the largest family-owned modular and manufactured home builders in America. Lycoming’s connections within the company run deep as Paul John ’85 is president and CEO and co-owns the business with his brother, Eric John ’90, who is vice president.

Biggs became interested in the company after hearing Paul John give a presentation during the College’s James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series, which allows students to meet and network with top business leaders. He contacted the corporation about possible internship opportunities. Impressed by his determination, the company offered him an internship.

Biggs participated in internships the summers after his sophomore and junior years and again during his senior year. He excelled during the internships and that ultimately led to his full-time employment with Ritz-Craft.

“With most employers looking for two to five years’ experience before hiring, internships are an excellent way to present yourself to employers as experienced in your field,” said Biggs, who also gained valuable experience as a student worker in Lycoming’s public relations office.

He said his experience has allowed him to create and continue to manage all of the company’s social media efforts, along with lending his skills to public relations initiatives and event planning.

“I wear a lot of hats!” Biggs said. “But I love it, because I am always learning something new.”

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