Setting the pace Featured

8:00pm EDT September 25, 2007

When you mention the word “pacesetter,” the idea of leadership naturally comes to mind.

True organizational leaders set the pace for an organization or capital idea and have the innate ability to get others to fall into step with them to execute a shared vision.

The 2007 Smart Business Pacesetters are no different. This group of nine regional leaders exemplifies what it means to be a leader, setting the pace not just for their individual organizations but for the greater Pittsburgh region as a whole.

Each leader has had a significant impact on the community and are being recognized as finalists in three distinct categories: Emerging — companies with less $30 million in annual revenue; Mid-market — companies with $30 million to $99 million in annual revenue; and Large — companies with $100 million-plus in annual revenue. From each category, we’ve designated an overall winner whose impact on the community is unquestionable.

As part of this year’s awards, we are honored to associate the program with the St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference, which celebrates its 21st year with a dynamic theme of “Fast Forward to the Future.”

Deemed as one of the region’s most prestigious events of its kind, the annual half-day conference provides top executives with strategic networking opportunities and unparalleled take-away information.

As you read the stories about all nine of this year’s Pacesetters, we challenge you to do one more thing: Consider how your leadership is setting the pace in this region and tell us about it.

Who knows, maybe next year, we’ll be sharing your story with our readers. So, on behalf of Smart Business Pittsburgh and St. Barnabas, congratulations to the 2007 Pacesetters.

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