Jeannette resident Elliott involved in helping community
Being involved in his community and helping out is very important to life-long resident Jeffrey Elliott.
Elliott currently lives in the Paruco Park neighborhood of Jeannette. He is a graduate of Jeannette High School. And, he graduated with high honors from Seton Hill University in December 2013.
In addition to earning a bachelor's degree in business, Elliott also has an associate's degree in electronics engineering from Westmoreland County Community College, has served in the United States Army and, over the past several years, has traveled internationally.
For many years, Elliott was employed in the commercial laundry business working with vendor laundry machines on college campuses in the area. Eventually he and his family moved to Wisconsin for a while and he worked for Mac-Gray Commercial Laundry as an operations manager.
“We picked Wisconsin because of its similarities to western Pennsylvania,” said Elliott.
Elliott and his family then returned to western Pennsylvania and worked in commercial laundry machine repairs for several years and then worked for White Consolidated Industries (WCI), where he was the service manager covering Europe, Russia, Africa and the Near East.
A few years ago, WCI moved their headquarters and Elliott chose to remain in Jeannette. That is when he decided to start his own business and returned to college for a business degree.
“I went to school and graduated with the sole purpose of developing this business, so all my school projects, papers and budgets I did for my business,” said Elliott.
This year Elliott started “Service Friendly,” a residential appliance repair service. Those interested can call 724-217-2771.
In addition to being busy with his career, Elliott has a love of sports and of coaching.
“I coached all my adult life,” said Elliott. He coached his sons, Garett and Brett, who both played baseball, and he also coached the students at Seton Hill in an Entrepreneur's Club that he helped to start. “I'm still the secretary even though I've graduated. The people I went to school with were mostly the age of my kids,” said Elliott.
The Entrepreneur's Club sold advertising and place mats to churches holding Lenten meals in the spring. The first year the group printed and sold 10,000 place mats. The second year it was double.
“We trained business students to solicit, accounting students did the books,” said Elliott.
Elliott was also involved with the Jeannette Baseball Association for years.
“I coached for JBA from the time my son Brett was 5 until he was 19. I was on the board for 16 years. One year we did a baseball clinic at Chambers Avenue, just to introduce kids to baseball,” said Elliott. He also served as president for the organization.
Elliott was the president of the Knee Hi Basketball Association and served on the Jeannette School Board from 2006-10. He is organizing a class reunion through a Facebook page.
“It's going to be such a good event. I just had to initiate it and now everybody is engaged,” said Elliott.
“Just help somebody one time out of the kindness of your heart and see how it makes you feel. It empowers you.”
To learn more about entrepreneurship, coaching, or being involved in the community get to know neighbor Jeff Elliott.
Editor's note: If you know of a neighbor with an interesting life story to tell who would like to be featured, call the Spirit at 724-838-5154 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.
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