To combat the tough economy over the past few years, Joel Pizzuti didn’t sit still at The Pizzuti Companies, a real estate services company.
“We cut costs, restructured 100 percent of our expiring debt and focused on public/private partnerships, fee-based consulting as well as specific niche developments with our best partners,” Pizzuti says.
But while Pizzuti was focused on figuring out how to survive, revive and thrive through it, he didn’t forget about his team and enhancing their experience as well.
Pizzuti was named one of 2010 Smart Leader honorees by Smart Business and Blue Technologies. We asked him about how he innovates and gives back to the community.
In what ways are you an innovative leader, and how does your organization employ innovation to be on the leading edge?
We try to create a unique environment that addresses the needs of our associates while making certain that we are focused on staying up to date with the latest technology and business practices. Each of our associates is integral to this process. They participate at all levels with a focus on strategies to streamline the pre-development, development and reporting processes, generate new business opportunities and make sustainability a consistent part of all of our projects.
How do you make a significant impact on the community and regional economy?
Along with my father, we are committed to the health of the Central Ohio community, where we have continued to invest significant corporate and personal resources. Furthermore, we are very active in the business development strategies and implementation processes which are critical to the continued recovery of our city, state and region.
How to reach: Pizzuti Companies, http://www.pizzuti.com/
The Smart Leaders class of 2010
In August, 2010, Smart Business and Blue Technologies recognized 14 business leaders for their commitment to business excellence and the impact their organizations make on the regional community. Treated to a keynote address by TechColumbus CEO Ted Ford, these 14 leaders composed the honor roll:
- Michelle Adams, president, Prism Marketing
- Jeff Brock, general manager, The Loth Co.
- Tom Dailey, president, 2Checkout.com
- Jennifer Griffith, president, Commerce National Bank
- Darla King, owner and president, King Business Interiors
- Elizabeth Lessner, CEO, Betty’s Family of Restaurants
- Rick Milenthal, president, Engauge
- Michelle Mills, CEO, St. Stephen’s Community House
- Janis Mitchell, founder, president and CEO, Precise Resource
- Neil Mortine, president and CEO, Fahlgren Inc.
- Debra Penzone, president, Charles Penzone Family of Salons
- Joel Pizzuti, president, The Pizzuti Cos.
- Bea Wolper, partner, Emens & Wolper Law Firm
- Eric Zimmer, CEO, Tipping Point Renewable Energy