Rostraver clerk's Sheetz video sparks Internet fame
It's the type of classic Hollywood story: An agent walks into a store and “discovers” a mild-mannered clerk.
For Speers resident Joshua Suppa, that storyline had him shooting a video that has gone viral on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and Sheetz.com.
A senior at Penn State Fayette, Suppa's rise to Internet fame arose after he was approached by a Sheetz district manager. Suppa works at the Rostraver Township Sheetz off of Route 51.
“She told me, ‘You can do really good for our company' and she contacted (Sheetz President and CEO) Stan Sheetz,” Suppa said.
Suppa was chosen to shoot a video about his daily work and “what our company is all about.”
“I wasn't your average day-to-day worker,” Suppa said. “I loved being around people and talked to everyone. My goal in life is to make a difference in the world and show people that life is good and to make the best out of every day possible.”
Since the video aired, Suppa has received offers from Atria's restaurants and Mon Valley Petroleum/Cleopatra Resources to be “a professional image for their company,” Suppa said.
He began working at Sheetz in 2009 as a cashier, shortly after he graduated from Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, where he was class vice president.
At Penn State Fayette, he is majoring in international business and government accounting. He is on course to graduate this spring.
At Penn State, he's a member of the Blue and White Society, a student-based organization that supports the university's alumni association.
His post graduation plans include “exceeding my possibilities to work to the fullest of my possibilities.”
Suppa commutes to Penn State Fayette, living at home with his mother, Gina Suppa, who is director of operations for Mon Valley Petroleum at the corporate offices in Southpointe.
In the meantime, he is getting used to his new celebrity status.
“It's crazy how things took off,” Suppa said. “Now, I've been speaking from school to school about bullying.”
Sheetz is considering having Suppa shoot another video, he said.
“This crazy experience so far has made me strong in my character building and has taught me great responsibility,” Suppa said. “My goal in life is, that I want to make a difference in the world and show people that life is good and to make the best out of every day possible.
“Things are really taking off. It's been a great ride.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.