Kira Steber, Summit Hill Borough Secretary
Bobby O'Gurek has been the web designer of the Summit Hill Borough's website for 7 years. He takes true pride in his work, which reflects on our website. His talent, experience and professionalism is an added plus. I couldn't be happier with the Borough's choice of using Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design & Services.
William O'Gurek, Carbon County Commissioner ~ O'Gurek Outreach
As a public official, I always had aspirations of making government operations as transparent as possible, so that we who sit in elected offices can be more accountable to the people we serve.
I shared that thought earlier this year with my nephew, Bobby O'Gurek of Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design and Services, and immediately I could see his thought process racing faster than the wheelchair for which he is most recognizable in Summit Hill.
Bobby is one bright individual, and his vision of a website for his uncle's position as a Carbon County Commissioner was something I quickly bought in to, and now, months later, I am really glad I did.
Through his assistive technology, Bobby expressed his thoughts to me that a website (ogureksoutreach.com) would bring county government to the living rooms, dens and offices of county residents. He encouraged me to move in a direction that, to our knowledge, was never ventured in the county, and even insisted that regular updates would enable readers and viewers to stay on top of government matters.
Of course, we both realized that the news media can only do so much. That is why Bobby believed a website could not only give you fresh news about county business, but provide you archived stories at your fingertips.
Lo and behold, Bobby did a great job in designing an easy-to-use website that is reader-friendly perspective. His layout, from news stories to photographs, and even his use of links; where you can travel elsewhere from the website, is really impressive.
I am really proud of the website Bobby assembled. And even more exciting is traffic the website has generated. We have been able to track activity on the site and it is refreshing to know how our viewership has grown.
Bobby has a lot of ideas on how businesses, governments and organizations can use a website to enhance their operations. To me, his great talent has helped me to reach my goal of bringing county business into your homes.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Bobby O'Gurek, who on March 17, 2014 will receive the Shamrock Award from the Panther Valley Irish Americans Association. Bobby was born on St. Patrick's Day in 1980, to Robert and Patricia O'Gurek. He has lived with cerebral palsy since birth, and become an indispensable part of his community.
He graduated from Panther Valley High School in 1999, where he was named the ``Most Persistent Student.'' Bobby went on to Lehigh County Community College, where he earned his associate's degree as a Computer Specialist with a concentration in Web Development. After college, Bobby began designing websites for S & O Computers, LLC. In 2010, he established his own web design business. To date, Bobby's company has designed and maintained 19 websites for local government offices and small businesses.
Since he was a teenager, Bobby has volunteered his time to keep his community safe as a member of the volunteer Diligence Fire Company No. 1 in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. After joining in 1994, he is now a senior member, auditor and trustee of the Fire Company, and he contributes his technological expertise to designing and maintaining the Fire Company's web page.
Although cerebral palsy prevents him from walking and speaking on his own, Bobby is involved with many outreach programs to spread awareness about disabilities. In 1998, he started speaking via the assistance of technology at the Pittsburgh Employment conference, hosted for speech pathologists and individuals with all kinds of disabilities who use augmentative communication technologies. Bobby was selected in 2007 to receive the Edwin and Ester Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture Award in Boston, an award presented annually to a community activist who uses a communication device. He was asked to give a speech at a Massachusetts conference entitled ``My Life with Assistive Technology and Community Interactions.'' Bobby is also a participant of ``Through Their Eyes'' conference at East Stroudsburg University, where he has addressed students majoring Speech Pathology. He is also an ambassador for Prentke Romich Company, increasing knowledge across Pennsylvania about the assistive technology that helps him communicate.
Bobby O'Gurek's work throughout his life has made his community a safer and brighter place. His perseverance in overcoming cerebral palsy to get his education and start his own business, his willingness to devote his time and technological skills to serve the Panther Valley, and his refusal to let his disability prevent him from achieving his goals are nothing short of inspirational. I congratulate Bobby O'Gurek on his years of service to his community and wish him many more.
Nicole Beckett, Borough Manager ~ Borough of Lehighton
Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design and Services is a must for web page design and maintenance. I have dealt with Bobby on two municipal websites and he has consistently exceeded my expectations. His ideas are innovative and creative. In addition to that, updates are made immediately and his costs are well within reason. I could not ecommend a better company or a better guy for web design and maintenance. He has always been ahead of the game when it comes to technology.
Congratulations Bobby on establishing your business!! I will continue to recommend you.
Joe Matika ~ Carbon County Judge
When the time came to find someone to create and administer my election campaign website, I did not hesitate in my decision to hire "Bobby O'Gurek's Web Design and Services" for the job. I was fully aware of the expertise, knowledge and talent Bobby possessed in this field. I gave him my ideas and a general outline of what I was looking for in my website and he delivered! His responses to questions or concerns were answered promptly. I would highly recommend his company for your web design and services needs!!!!!
Congratulations on your own personal website!!!! You truly are an inspiration to others and being friends with you is a honor for me. Each day I see 100's of people doing nothing with their lives but sitting around being lazy. You on the other hand are one of the most energetic, hard working people I know. Your willingness to help others is commendable. You are a vital link in the Diligence Fire Company and in Summit Hill as a whole.