William V. Day

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty that features a volatile stock market, rising taxes and a stagnant job market, 10 remarkable business leaders have managed to not only survive, but to expand and succeed. They are the recipients of Smart Business Pittsburgh’s 2012 Pacesetter Awards.

This year’s Pacesetters have set new benchmarks by which economic achievements in our region are measured: the first and foremost is the net revenue recorded for business; the recruitment of new clients while retaining the loyal ones; the development of new markets, new products, new or enhanced services; the retention of employees at all levels; and the development and implementation of strategic growth plans.

These remarkable men and women, representing emerging, midmarket and centurion business categories, are profiled in this issue of Smart Business and were recognized at the 26th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference on Sept. 17 in the Kean Theatre on St. Barnabas’ North Hills campus.

The theme of the 2012 Conference was Show Me the Money… The Big Business of Sports. Sports is big business locally, nationally and globally. Here in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, we are blessed with three major pro teams, nationally recognized college athletic programs as well as outstanding pro athletes in individual sports.

The economic impact of sports on our area was discussed and assessed by an outstanding roster of speakers: Ralph E. Cindrich, NFL sports agent/consultant; Frank Coonelly, president, Pittsburgh Pirates; Bob Ford, PGA Club professional and head pro of Oakmont Country Club; Mark Hart, director of planning and development, Pittsburgh Steelers; Suzie McConnell-Serio, Olympian and head coach, women’s basketball, Duquesne University; Steve Pederson, athletic director, University of Pittsburgh; and Matt Shaner, CEO/owner, Pittsburgh Power.

It’s interesting to note that, according to business writers and historians, the sports industry has performed better during a declining economy than in “normal” economic times. Fans turn to sports-related pursuits to distract them from the stress of economic doubt, according to “The Business of Sports” by Scott Rosner and Kenneth Shropshire.

St. Barnabas is proud to once again partner with Smart Business Pittsburgh. And our congratulations to all the pacesetters introduced in the pages of this magazine. This is, and always will be, a great country because of men and women like you.

William V. Day is president and CEO of St. Barnabas Health System.

The 2012 Winners:

2012 Pacesetter centurion: Scott Barnyak, Christy Maruca, Chris Simchick, principal partners, SDLC Partners LP

2012 Pacesetter emerging: Dan Courser, president and CEO, Predictive Synergistic Systems

2012 Pacesetter midsize: N. Cabot Earle, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Microbac Laboratories Inc.

2012 Pacesetter centurion: Ralph Martin, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

2012 Pacesetter midsize: Patrick O’Brien, president and CEO, First Federal Savings Bank

2012 Pacesetter midsize: Fred Potthoff, co-owner, Kroff Inc.

2012 Pacesetter centurion: Kenneth Ramsey, president and CEO, Gateway Rehab

2012 Pacesetter emerging: Mike Robb, executive director, CCR, ANR, NDC

2012 Pacesetter emerging: Marc Sachs, president, NET Xperts LLC

2012 Pacesetters lifetime achievement: Wayne Zanardelli, founder, Professionals Services Group

Monday, 10 October 2011 14:51

Setting the Pace

Successful business leadership in this time of economic turbulence and uncertainty is no mean feat. Yet, that is exactly what 11 outstanding business leaders have accomplished and why they have been singled out by Smart Business Pittsburgh.

They have not only set the pace for our region, they have stepped up that pace. That’s what leaders do. They are the men and women who keep our economy moving, not stagnating. They navigate the road to success through strength and consistency. Responsible risk-taking, groundbreaking innovations, “doing the right thing as well as the smart thing.”

All 11 of these Pacesetters, representing three categories: emerging, midmarket and centurion, are profiled in this issue of Smart Business Pittsburgh. They were honored at the 25th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference on Sept. 19, in the Kean Theatre on St. Barnabas’ North Hills campus in Gibsonia, Pa.

The theme of the 2011 Conference was “We’ve Got Energy … Earth, Wind and Fire.” Energy was chosen because of its tremendous influence on the decisions people, businesses and even governments make. And because of the new economies, the new business opportunities and new jobs, being created by the advanced energy industry.

Keynoting the conference was Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor Jim Cawley with this impressive lineup of energy speakers: George Ellis, president, Pennsylvania Coal Association; Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director, Marcellus Shale Coalition; Simon J. Tripp, senior officer, The Battelle Group; Daniel S. Lipman, senior vice president, Westinghouse Operations Support & Core Process Innovation; Michael Krancer, secretary, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection; and Caren Glotfelty, director, environment program, The Heinz Endowments, and co-chair, environmental policy committee, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. Ray Carter, vice president and general manager of WPXI-TV, was the conference moderator.

James C. Roddey, Allegheny County’s first chief executive, moderated the morning’s panel discussion, which explored various forms of energy — Marcellus Shale, nuclear, coal, wind and solar power — and their economic impact on our region.

As many economic experts agree, we have an energy-hungry world, demanding reliable, affordable, sustainable energy sources to fuel industry and provide for personal consumption. It is time to fight our way out of what seems to be the Great Recession. Energy in all its forms will be the ultimate weapon in that fight.

St. Barnabas was proud to once again partner with Smart Business Pittsburgh, and our congratulations to all the Pacesetters you will meet in the pages of this magazine. Let’s keep up the pace!

William V. Day is president and CEO of St. Barnabas Health System, www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com.

Thursday, 25 September 2008 20:00

Setting the pace

As Pittsburghers, we love to beat ourselves up about our region’s problems: population loss, high taxes and the decline of the steel industry. We put on a pedestal the titans of yesteryear’s industries, ignoring the problems of those days. How often do we claim that today there are no Andrew Carnegies, no Henry Clay Fricks or Andrew Mellons leading Pittsburgh to become one of the most important cities in the world again?

While the industrial revolution is long gone, today’s cutting-edge industries are thriving here. The reason, once again, is strong leadership. Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a center for technology, medical breakthroughs and education.

I believe the future looks bright — certainly much brighter than when St. Barnabas Health System hosted its first CEO Leadership Conference 22 years ago. At that time, the steel industry here was failing. New industries had not yet developed. The St. Barnabas CEO Conference was founded as a way to bring some of the region’s leaders together for an open discussion. In the early years, I was surprised at how many of the leaders had never talked to one another, much less shared a stage at a conference like ours. I like to think that, in some small way, St. Barnabas has played a part in Pittsburgh’s revitalization by bringing leaders together.

Now, as Pittsburgh celebrates its 250th anniversary, St. Barnabas is honored to partner with Smart Business to recognize 12 of today’s leaders as the 2008 Pittsburgh Pacesetters. After carefully reviewing dozens of nominations, Smart Business selected four finalists in three categories according to their organization’s size: emerging, midsized and large. From each category, Smart Business selected one overall winner. The 2008 Pittsburgh Pacesetters will be recognized — and the winner in each category announced — at the St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference.

The conference has a theme that I believe Carnegie, Frick and Mellon would embrace: “STAT: Standing Together Against Taxes.” We’ve assembled a distinguished group of panelists to give insight and perspective on this topic — a topic that is undoubtedly of great concern to the Pacesetters themselves.

Inside this publication, you will find profiles of all 12 Pacesetters. I invite you to join me in congratulating these individuals for setting the pace for our region.

WILLIAM V. DAY is the president and CEO of St. Barnabas Health System.