NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University alumnus George Bedar, chief information officer for LA Fitness International, will share practical lessons learned working in the STEM industry at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the Cole STEM Building, Room 401.

Bedar will describe many personal experiences and observations he has made over the course of his career.

“The goal of the presentation is to encourage the audience to consider these lessons now and in the future to help them apply them in their own way to be better leaders,” Bedar said.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in computer science from SFA. Serving in his current role with LA Fitness for 14 years, he leverages technology to improve efficiency and accuracy of business processes, simplify administrative activities, increase membership skills, enhance member experience and reduce operating costs.

“My experience and education at the university as a graduate student undoubtedly enabled a gratifying career in technology leadership,” Bedar said. “I hope, in some humble way, that I can return the favor by sharing some of my experiences with other students.”

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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