Movers & Shakers Featured

9:03am EDT February 25, 2005
Mark Peterson was promoted to CEO of Tollgrade Communications Inc. He succeeds Chairman and CEO Chris Allison, who is retiring from both positions, as well as from the company's board, to pursue early-stage entrepreneurial ventures, teaching, philanthropic activities, business media commentary and consulting.

The board of directors appointed Peterson to the board of directors.

A former Lucent executive with a telecommunications engineering background, Peterson joined Tollgrade in 1997 and has served as its president since January 2001. He has been instrumental in effectively leading and managing several facets of the company's business, including national and international sales.

"Mark Peterson's industry and management experience, along with a strong and tenured executive team, make him uniquely qualified to manage Tollgrade's strategic direction and operations," says Tollgrade director Daniel P. Barry.

Peterson joined Tollgrade in 1997 as executive vice president of sales. In that position, he was responsible for Tollgrade's domestic and international sales operations. In January 2001, he was promoted to president, expanding his responsibilities to include establishing productive relationships with strategic partners and working closely with the CEO to frame Tollgrade's strategic vision.

Prior to joining the firm, he spent 13 years at Bell Laboratories, which later became part of Lucent Technologies, serving various positions in the test and measurement industry. Just prior to leaving Lucent, Peterson served as director of product management for loop and special services testing hardware and software products.


David S. Smith, a corporate lawyer focusing on intellectual property and biotechnology issues, has joined Pepper Hamilton as of counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Pittsburgh. Smith is a founder and principal of Teregenics LLC, a company formed in 2003 that provides strategic product development analysis and consulting services to institutional investors, research centers and companies participating in developing human tissue engineering and regeneration technologies.

Smith's intellectual property-related work includes IP transactions, regulatory issues and licensing. His corporate practice is concentrated in the organization, financing and growth of life sciences companies, and he is an authority on the legal issues surrounding the use of human biological materials.

Sharon F. DiPaolo and Jeffrey A. Mills have been appointed of counsel in Pepper Hamilton's Pittsburgh office.

DiPaolo concentrates her practice in real estate litigation, including lease disputes, tax assessment appeals and eminent domain and zoning issues. She also is experienced in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including contract, intellectual property, construction and class actions.

Mills focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and corporate finance, bond, real estate, energy, health care and general corporate representation.

Joseph Melnik, named partner in the Pittsburgh office, is a registered patent attorney who helps clients identify, protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property. Melnik's practice includes counseling clients in the software, information technology, display technology and mechanical fields.


Robert Laubham joined TriLogic Corp.'s sales team as an account executive and will have responsibility for working with clients in downtown Pittsburgh.


Curtis J. Larrimer was appointed senior vice president, chief financial officer of GNC Corp. Larrimer succeeds and reports to David R. Heilman, who was named chief administrative officer and executive vice president. Larrimer is a 25-year veteran of GNC, having served most recently as senior vice president of finance and corporate controller.


P. Joel Martin, a certified public accountant and auditor with New Brighton-based Cottrill Arbutina Professional Services, was elected a partner of the firm. Martin has managed hundreds of audits for governmental agencies, school districts and credit unions, and is a pioneer of the firm's paperless audit service. He received his bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1996 from Geneva College, and obtained his CPA license in 2001.


Carolyn Rice, human resource generalist at FamilyLinks, a Pittsburgh-based social service agency, was appointed vice president of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Mediation Center.

Based in East Liberty, the Pittsburgh Mediation Center promotes collaborative dispute resolution and provides mediation services to individuals and groups. The Mediation Center also offers education and conflict resolution training to the public through programs at businesses, nonprofit organizations and schools. As human resource generalist at FamilyLinks, Rice functions as a resource for employee relations and recruitment for all departments of the organization.


Diane M. Pearson, director of financial planning and shareholder with Legend Financial Advisors Inc., was selected to assist the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Board of Examiners. Pearson will review various test questions for the CFP Certification Examination for their validity and recommend changes where necessary. The Board of Examiners is responsible for the CFP Certification Examination, registration of college and university programs, and other education-related activities. It also administers the CFP board's grants and awards program.


Jacqueline O. Shogan, attorney with the Pittsburgh office of Thorp Reed & Armstrong, was selected to serve on the transition team for Pennsylvania's Attorney General-Elect Tom Corbett. Shogan is a member of Thorp Reed & Armstrong's Complex Civil Litigation practice group and is active in the firm's health care practice.