Who to Watch: Pittsburgh

A look at the men and women poised to shape the Pittsburgh region in 2017 and beyond

The 2017 Smart Business Who to Watch represents an exciting, talented group of people who are strong leaders with an ability to set goals, develop plans and get things done. Some of the names you’ve heard, while others may not be as familiar. But rest assured that each person is poised to make a difference and build something that has the potential to make the Pittsburgh region a better place to live and work.

As we thought about the men and women most likely to influence what happens in 2017, we considered a few factors: Does this person have a platform to make things happen? Is there a pattern of accomplishment that suggests this individual is positioned to have an even bigger impact in 2017? Is this impact likely to stretch beyond this person’s organization and possibly affect positive change for the entire region?

As you scroll through the list, think about the goals you’ve set for yourself and your business in the year ahead. While 2016 was a good one for Pittsburgh, the calendar has flipped and a new year has begun. What will you do to make 2017 the best year ever?

Business:
■ Ajei S. Gopal, ANSYS
■ Luis von Ahn & Severin Hacker, Duolingo
■ Jennifer Cipolla, Center for Additive Technology Advancement at GE
■ Dr. Gordon Vanscoy, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy
■ Raffi Krikorian, Uber Advanced Technologies Group
■ R. Yvonne Campos, Next Act Fund
■ Ian Rosenberger, Thread International

Nonprofit:
■ Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue
■ Ketaki Desai, [email protected]
■ John Folan, Project RE_
■ Jonathan Graham & Amanda Laucher, Mined Minds
■ James F. Jordan, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
■ William Generett Jr., Urban Innovation21
■ Tracey Evans, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp.
■ Ben Mantica & Tyler Benson, Smallman Galley

Health care disruptors:
■ Peter M. DeComo, ALung Technologies Inc.
■ Randy Hubbell, Carmell Therapeutics
■ Susan Catalano, Cognition Therapeutics
■ Jonathan Steckbeck, Peptilogics Inc.
■ Stephen Bollinger, Rinovum’s Women’s Health
■ Rick Cancelliere, Treatspace

 

Business


Ajei S. Gopal, CEO
ANSYS

Gopal stepped in as CEO in January at the global leader in engineering simulation, after becoming president and COO in August 2016. He was a member of the board since 2011.

ANSYS employs almost 3,000 professionals, and more than 700 of them have Ph.D.s in engineering fields.

Gopal will continue the work ANSYS started in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to develop a workforce.

The Pitt partnership will support faculty and students conducting collaborative research with ANSYS and other industry partners, including those in the biomedical, aerospace and defense industries, in a new 1,200 square-foot additive manufacturing lab.

A new CMU building will allow faculty, students, ANSYS researchers and other corporate partners to interact in a large computer-supported collaboration space. The goal is to build innovative approaches and tools that will result in shorter product development cycles and final products that are better quality and quicker to manufacture.

The students also will have access to the ANSYS solution portfolio.
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Luis von Ahn, CEO
Severin Hacker, CTO
Duolingo

Von Ahn and Hacker, the founders of Duolingo — the most popular way to learn language online with more than 150 million users worldwide — hit several milestones in 2016.

Free to use and built like a game, Duolingo users compete with friends, have streaks, get points, level up and earn virtual currency to spend on bonus items.

Duolingo’s Chatbot feature, launched in October 2016, helps users practice conversation. Unlike most chatbots, Duolingo Bots, powered by artificial intelligence, accept and react to thousands of unique responses.

In the fall, former Google Play executive Bob Meese also joined the team as vice president of business.

Over the summer, Duolingo launched a new flashcards app, Tinycards, which was selected as one of Apple’s top 10 apps of 2016.

Overall, Duolingo is the most-downloaded education app on iTunes and Google Play, and the only education app selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year.

An independent study, conducted by the City University of New York, has shown that 34 hours on Duolingo are equivalent to one university semester of language classes.
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Jennifer Cipolla, leader
Center for Additive Technology Advancement at GE

GE’s new Center for Additive Technology Advancement looks like a futuristic set for a Stanley Kubrick movie, according to a story by GE Reports. Everything seems to be white: the walls, the gleaming floors, even the noise from rows of laser-powered 3-D printers near the entrance, quietly making everything from jet engine blades to oil valves.

The idea behind CATA, which is funded by various GE businesses and opened last April, is to take additive mainstream.

“Our mission is to ensure additive technology becomes a standard part of the tool kit for each business,” says Cipolla, who runs the facility. “By having a shared facility, they can share the cost burden and we can advance the technology across the entire company much more rapidly than if they were to invest individually.”

CATA also has an industrialization lab, where GE businesses can bring their 3-D designs and figure out how to speed up the process from the lab to full-scale production. Cipolla and her team will help them optimize the design and simulate what production would look like.

GE invested nearly $40 million in CATA, which employs 50 workers.
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Dr. Gordon Vanscoy, chairman and CEO
PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy

PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy delivers medical breakthroughs, clinical excellence and access solutions to patients afflicted with rare and devastating conditions.

PANTHERx provides medicine and care for patients afflicted with rare diseases in all 50 states. Patients who have had a transplant, need oncology, or have Hepatitis C, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, dermatologic conditions, HIV and other chronic conditions cannot go to a regular pharmacy because they don’t carry orphan drugs or medicines made for small populations.

PANTHERx was recognized as the fastest growing health care company by Inc. magazine, ranking No. 9 nationwide on the overall list with three-year growth of 13,381 percent. Vanscoy and his team grew PANTHERx’s revenue to $42.4 million in 2015, while competing against big-box pharmacies.

It also was named as one of the top five places to work by Modern Healthcare and ranked No. 1 in the Zitter Health Insights Patient Satisfaction Survey for Q3 2016.
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Raffi Krikorian, senior engineering director of software
Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Krikorian’s teams focus on building software to make self-driving technology for everyone and everything. They launched the first self-driving Ubers into Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 2016.

Until August 2014, Krikorian was Twitter’s vice president of engineering in charge of the platform, the core infrastructure of Twitter. He managed teams who worked on, among other things, the business logic, the scalable services, application program interfaces, storage, core libraries and the internal development model of all of Twitter.

In 2017, the ATG will continue its work on self-driving vehicles and cement Pittsburgh’s reputation as a proving ground for the future of technology and transportation.

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R. Yvonne Campos, president
Next Act Fund

Next Act Fund is an angel fund founded by Campos, a Pittsburgh entrepreneur, in September 2016.

The fund will raise $5 million to invest in women owned and led companies, with the mission of growing the personal wealth of women investors while supporting the success of women entrepreneurs in the Western Pennsylvania region.

The fund currently has 20 founding members and is looking to grow its membership. The Next Act Fund is also a member of the Enova Fund, an offering of the Blue Tree Angel Group, which gives the fund a broader portfolio of investor companies.

Campos, founding CEO of market research and strategy firm Campos Inc., is nationally recognized as a focus group moderator, facilitator and consultant.

She is also the founder of two Pittsburgh chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer-to-peer learning model for women-owned businesses with revenues over $1 million.
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Ian Rosenberger, founder and CEO
Thread International

Rosenberger founded both Team Tassy and Thread International in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.

Team Tassy unlocks the inherent power in every person to end global poverty. Thread takes trash from poor neighborhoods and turns it into jobs and useful stuff. They work together under the same core philosophy: The biggest problem we face is multidimensional poverty, ending it is entirely possible in our lifetime and to do it, we need to invest in the poor to create as many dignified, sustainable jobs as possible.

To date, Team Tassy has engaged almost 50 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 200,000 pounds of recycled plastic out of Haiti to eventually be processed into fabric and turned into finished goods and jobs.

Most recently, Thread is partnering with Timberland to provide upcycled materials. A collection of Timberland footwear and bags made from Thread fabric is slated to come out this spring.

Rosenberger’s passion is built upon 10 years of experience studying economic redevelopment in Western and South-Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. In 2005, he also placed third on the TV show, “Survivor: Palau” and has since spoken to thousands about his experiences on the show and in the developing world.

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Nonprofit


Leah Lizarondo, co-founder and CEO
412 Food Rescue

412 Food Rescue, one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S., has redirected over 1 million pounds of food in 20 months. Lizarondo and Gisele Fetterman started the project.

412 Food Rescue works with food retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers and universities to rescue unsellable food. Because food providers often don’t have the resources to consistently redirect food to community organizations, 412 Food Rescue has its own truck and volunteers who use their personal vehicles to move food from donors to beneficiary organizations.

In November, it launched a free mobile app, Food Rescue Hero, as a better way to engage volunteers. Other programs include:

  • Ugly CSA, which creates new markets via a community supported agriculture program for previously unsellable fruits and vegetables.
  • Hidden Harvest, which gleans from previously unharvested public and private city trees, and excess produce from urban farms.
  • Food Education, which educates consumers on how to prevent food waste at home.
  • Product Innovation, which creates innovative products from otherwise wasted food. In 2016, 412 Food Rescue launched LOAF, craft beer from surplus bread, and FORAGED, pommeau liqueur from rescued apples.

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Ketaki Desai, executive director
[email protected]

The [email protected] is a business incubator that helps startups with mentoring, business development and investor connections. The incubator also runs a yearlong program for high school seniors, the LindenPointe Entrepreneurship Academy Program or LEAP.

Desai’s experience ranges from co-founding and leading a data analytics startup in manufacturing, PlantMetrix, to leading an education technology startup, LeSyn Labs, and a Pittsburgh-based health care technology startup, BlenderHouse.

She has also consulted with startups, including Brainstage, a Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse-based aggregator that spins out biotech companies, and MFC, a service-provider startup in India.

Desai is a graduate of the Civic Leadership Academy created by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s office.

She serves on the board of the UpPrize Advisory Committee and the Universal Learning Centre. Desai has been an active leader in local and national nonprofits such as the Project Management Institute, Immigration Voice and the Network of Indian Professionals, and writes a blog on the Huffington Post.
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John Folan, co-founder and executive director
Project RE_

A collaborative space to reuse materials, rebuild communities and restore lives, Project RE_ has a mission to reuse materials and facilitate landfill diversion; rebuild communities by strengthening capacity of local residents; and restore lives by teaching people trade skills to secure a living wage.

The 10,000 square-foot East End space includes a community room, design studio, gallery and workshops for wood, metal, masonry and digital fabrication. It is a partnership between the Urban Design Build Studio at Carnegie Mellon University that Folan also heads, the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh and Construction Junction, which is Pittsburgh’s first nonprofit building material reuse retailer and a promoter of conservation through the re-use of building materials.

The three nonprofits are leveraging their assets to create opportunity for prosperity by expanding knowledge and skill sets.

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Jonathan Graham & Amanda Laucher, founders
Mined Minds

Mined Minds is equipping former coal miners with coding experience for new careers in the region’s growing technology sector. It develops this workforce through boot camp-style computer-coding training and paid apprenticeships at its Greene County office.

Husband and wife Graham and Laucher started the nonprofit when they began offering coding classes in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County. Most students can attend the training at little or no cost, thanks to corporate sponsorship and state and federal grants.

The couple also runs a software development consultancy that employs graduates.

Mined Minds is projecting growth of more than 300 percent in both its training and consultancy services this year. Having had its first Charleston cohort graduate in January, Mined Minds plans to establish an office in West Virginia and, together with partners, create an ideas lab to foster the development of local software products.
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James F. Jordan, president and CEO
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Jordan is the new president and CEO of Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, which focuses on early-stage company formation and the commercialization of later-stage technologies and opportunities. He is also the managing director of the Accelerator Fund LLC.

With a track record of more than 30 new product development efforts, he has consistently delivered strong business growth.

Jordan is an accomplished Fortune 20-level executive with experience in industry, consulting and academia. An expert in translational innovation, market development and guiding the formation of startup businesses, Jordan joined the PLSG in 2005.

Jordan also is active on several boards of directors, including the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association.

Jordan, who joined Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in 2005, serves as the senior director and distinguished service professor of health care and biotechnology programs.

In 2015, Jordan authored a university textbook “Innovation, Commercialization, and Start-Ups in Life Sciences.”

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William Generett Jr., president and CEO
Urban Innovation21

Urban Innovation21, a unique public-private partnership, administers a grant competition to provide opportunities to start or grow businesses and to create jobs for underserved communities.

In 2016, Generett and his team hosted the Inclusive Innovation Community Based Grant Competition for both the Hill District and Homewood. Ninety-six entrepreneurs and business owners attended orientation sessions and business education workshops to develop their business proposals. The grant award winners were announced in January.

This year, UI21 looks to duplicate its efforts in the Northside community with a grant competition that will partner with Riverside Center for Innovation and Alloy 26.

In addition, the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone is part of a statewide strategy to tap educational resources to help startup and young technology-oriented businesses, with the goal of providing jobs and economic development.

PCKIZ orchestrates a combination of tax incentives, entrepreneurial resources, educational and internship programs, networking events and technology showcases. It is based in the Hill District, Uptown, Downtown, parts of the South Side and the North Side.

In 2016, UI21 funneled $1.1 million in tax credit awards to 20 early-stage technology companies and it matched over 110 local college students with paid internship assignments with the 60-plus PCKIZ companies.

This year, UI21 will administer a grant competition for PCKIZ companies and facilitate both the KIZ Tax Credit Program and paid internship program.
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Tracey Evans, executive director
Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp.

The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corp. is working to promote revitalization through business and residential development, organizational and individual civic leadership, and ethnic and cultural diversity.

Wilkinsburg — a borough adjacent to the city of Pittsburgh — like many urban communities has seen great decline in the past two decades. Wilkinsburg is regaining traction partly due to the efforts of its native daughter, Evans, who helped found the WCDC in 2007, later becoming its first executive director.

One of its main projects in 2016 was the Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Project, a capital campaign to secure $3 million for the restoration of a long-vacant historic landmark. Construction on the building will begin in the spring.

Additionally, the WCDC is looking to develop two community events this year, one of which will be a Main Street festival, celebrating new branding and infrastructure improvements.

The organization also plans to continue building on its business development programming, hosting more business planning courses, and working to connect entrepreneurs with resources and find them space within the business district.

In addition to the WCDC, Evans chairs the Wilkinsburg Municipal and Wilkinsburg Borough Commercial & Industrial Development Authorities and is a member of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Wilkinsburg Community Art and Civic Design Commission and CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities).

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Ben Mantica & Tyler Benson, co-founders
Smallman Galley

Smallman Galley is a launch pad for the best new restaurant concepts in Pittsburgh.

Two U.S. Navy Lieutenants, Mantica and Benson, envisioned the Smallman Galley concept.

After traveling the world and experiencing unique culinary talent in European and Asian food halls, Smallman Galley was founded on the belief that talented Pittsburgh chefs deserve a fair shot. The galley exists to break down the barriers to entry.

With four fully outfitted kitchens and seats for 200 guests, Smallman Galley provides the infrastructure for chefs to bring their concepts to market at low-risk and for low-cost.

The four chefs spend 18 months running their own restaurants in the galley. They set the menu, hire a staff and interact directly with customers to build their following. Every Monday, when closed to the public, the chefs attend weekly training with industry leaders on branding, business plan drafting, marketing and restaurant operations.

In the final six months, they continue to run their Smallman Galley restaurants, while getting help securing financing and finding their next site.

Since opening, Smallman Galley food hall has enjoyed rave reviews, international media attention and capacity crowds. Mantica and Benson also have met with real estate developers who are interested in learning how to replicate Smallman Galley in other markets.

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Health care disruptors


Peter M. DeComo, chairman and CEO
ALung Technologies Inc.

ALung Technologies Inc. is commercializing the Hemolung® Respiratory Assist System, a transformational technology and disruptive new therapy that, in the majority of cases, is expected to replace or supplement the ventilator in the intensive care unit.

The Hemolung® RAS is a dialysis-like alternative or supplement to mechanical ventilation. Originally developed at the University of Pittsburgh, it removes carbon dioxide and delivers oxygen directly to the blood, allowing the patient’s lungs to rest and heal.

ALung has clearance internationally in multiple countries and has treated over 650 patients globally.

Even though still in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process, six patients have been treated under the FDA’s compassionate use clearance. Several patients treated had their lives literally saved by this product while waiting for lung transplants.

DeComo founded and shepherded Renal Solutions to a $200 million acquisition by Fresenius Medical Care in late 2007. He is a registered respiratory therapist and has an extensive background in extracorporeal therapies.

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Randy Hubbell, president and CEO
Carmell Therapeutics

Carmell Therapeutics, founded in 2007 as a Carnegie Mellon University spinout, has created a unique and innovative patented technology based on biologically-active materials manufactured from human blood plasma. These plasma-based materials contain a concentration of natural regenerative factors that promote healing, reduce complications and, as a result, save health care costs.

Carmell’s first product, REPAIR™ Putty, has been designed to treat bone fractures through accelerated bone healing of the fracture and surrounding soft tissues while reducing complications, infections and duration of care. It could be expanded to address a larger orthopedic market of bone healing/soft tissue healing for osteoporotic and hip fractures, joint replacements, sports injuries (i.e. meniscus/ACL and shoulder repairs) and spinal fusion.

Carmell envisions its second-generation products, REPAIR™ Paste, to address a similar unmet need in managing surgical site healing.

Hubbell joined Carmell in February 2016. He was formerly the chief commercial officer for Cardiva Medical, a startup medical device company focused on delivering technology to reduce the complications associated with vascular access.

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Susan Catalano, founder and chief scientifics officer
Cognition Therapeutics

Cognition Therapeutics is focused on delivering innovative therapies that improve the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. The company has already conducted a successful efficacy trial and is currently conducting a clinical trial in Australia of its drug candidate.

Since the first characterization of Alzheimer’s in 1906, there have been no tangible advances in finding drugs to halt or prevent disease progression. The founders of CogRx believe that the current “target-driven” methods of drug discovery used by pharmaceutical companies are not ideal for identifying disease modifying drugs. Instead, CogRx uses proprietary and biologically relevant screening and chemistry platforms.

Catalano is the architect of CogRx’s proprietary and unique biological discovery platform. She is an expert in synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer’s disease and the biology of protein oligomers, the toxic shapes of protein that underlie many neurodegenerative diseases.

Other neurodegenerative diseases characterized by abnormal protein folding and aggregation can also be addressed using CogRx’s two discovery platforms, making the potential impact even greater.

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Jonathan Steckbeck, founder
Peptilogics Inc.

Peptilogics has developed a new class of antibiotics that address the global epidemic of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

The company’s antibiotic kills multidrug-resistant bacteria, as well as biofilms that harbor infection reservoirs and cause recurrent infections. The Peptilogics technology also is highly effective against viruses, which has never been seen before in a molecule or class of molecules.

“We have a novel discovery platform that leverages active learning to more efficiently develop an entirely new class of drugs,” Steckbeck says.

There is a demand for treatment options as antibiotics lose their effectiveness. Also, infections acquired in hospitals have negative economic impact, erode patient confidence and can damage an organization’s reputation, making Peptilogics’ innovations of great interest to health care providers.
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Stephen Bollinger, president and CEO
Rinovum’s Women’s Health

Rinovum’s Women’s Health is a direct-to-consumer medical device company that is focused on reproductive health to aid in natural fertility and conception in the privacy of the patient’s home.

The company’s mission is to give women/couples health care products that will help them reach their reproductive goals, targeting: individuals diagnosed with infertility who have not been able to participate or have been unsuccessfully addressed with existing alternatives, and those who have a need to delay insemination.

For the one-in-six couples and others who struggle to conceive a child, the announcement of Rinovum’s The Stork® over-the-counter conception aid was big news.

Bollinger brings a diverse background to the company with respect to the medical device and biologic marketplace. He has held multiple leadership positions at early-stage companies and a broad spectrum of roles.
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Rick Cancelliere, founder and CEO
Treatspace

Less than half of patient referrals to physicians are within a network’s providership. Consequently, these provider networks lose significant revenue simply due to referral mismanagement.

Treatspace develops secure social software designed to meet the needs of health care providers, medical practices and hospitals. Its health networks align physician referrals, power online patient engagement and facilitate clinical collaboration. Treatspace’s three Software as a Service-based products can integrate with any electronic medical record system.

Treatspace also addresses patient engagement services, such as online physician-patient dialogue and clinical collaboration tools for providers to share clinical best practices and opportunities for clinical trials.

Cancelliere has been nationally recognized as a successful entrepreneur in health care, design and technology. Beginning in 2002, his design firm specialized in health care and drove digital marketing efforts for numerous national medical brands.

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Academia


Quintin B. Bullock, president
Community College of Allegheny County

Since its founding, the Community College of Allegheny County has believed that higher education should be both affordable and accessible. Bullock, who began as CCAC president in 2014, is continuing that focus.

CCAC offers many subsidized programs that enable individuals to take classes for very low cost or for free. For example, in 2015, CCAC was awarded a grant to fund education and training in three health care tracks — nursing, emergency medicine and medical records/health information technology. The program enables students to complete each training level by providing them with wrap-around services, such as assistance with childcare, tuition and transportation.

CCAC’s dedicated workforce development division also offers a range of specialized training programs designed for employers, incumbent workers and job seekers. Two examples are:

  • Project Management Boot Camp targets working professionals seeking Project Management Professional Certification. Since the program’s inception, 140 individuals have participated in the boot camp.
  • CCAC’s Casino Dealer’s School, which opened in February 2016, trains both incumbent workers and those seeking employment in the casino industry. Together, CCAC and Rivers Casino have created a strong relationship. To date, CCAC has provided training to 119 incumbent workers and has more interns at Rivers Casino than any other area educational institution.

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Carnegie Mellon University:


Eric Xing, professor, machine learning department; founder and CEO, Petuum Inc.

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have spent years perfecting a platform that uses workstations, distributed computers, mobile devices or embedded devices to solve large machine learning problems efficiently and effectively. They have now spun off a company, Petuum Inc., to make those capabilities available commercially.

Petuum has already obtained $15 million in initial venture capital funding and expects to have its first products on the market early this year.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies are key to innovations such as self-driving cars, speech recognition, computer vision, natural language processing and analysis of electronic medical records, and many other enterprise big data analysis applications.

Xing plans to hire 30 to 50 people and because of the need for highly trained computer scientists and engineers, intends to keep the company in proximity to CMU.

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Fernando De la Torre, associate research professor, robotics; Human Sensing Laboratory head

Facebook has agreed to acquire FacioMetrics, a spinoff from CMU’s Robotics Institute that develops facial analysis software for mobile applications.

“Now, we’re taking a big step forward by joining the team at Facebook, where we’ll be able to advance our work at an incredible scale, reaching people from across the globe,” De la Torre says.

Facial analysis tools have many applications, including in animation and virtual/augmented reality. At CMU, De la Torre and his colleagues developed IntraFace, battery-friendly software that was so efficient that it could run on most smartphones. FacioMetrics sought to extend this work and also has been developing new applications for it.

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Chris Harrison, assistant professor, human-computer interaction

Harrison and his Ph.D. students at his lab, the Future Interfaces Group, are pumping out innovations in how people can interact with and use digital devices, particularly wearable devices.

The FIG is an interdisciplinary research lab within CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. It creates new sensing and interface technologies that foster powerful interactions between humans and computers.

One of their latest inventions, developed by Ph.D. students Gierad Laput and Robert Xiao, ViBand, enables people to control devices by tapping their skin.

By monitoring vibrations that occur when people hold objects or use tools, the smartwatch also would be capable of recognizing objects and activities. It could even be used to help tune a guitar, with the smartwatch displaying the note transmitted as the guitarist plucks and adjusts each string.

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Alexandre Jacquillat, assistant professor, operations research and public policy

Jacquillat’s cutting-edge research and work with airports on flight scheduling, regulations and operations is carving a new path.

His research promotes more efficient, more reliable and more sustainable transportation systems. His primary focus lies in the problems of capacity planning, capacity allocation and capacity utilization in air transportation. His work develops decision analytics to mitigate airport congestion through operating enhancements and the design of flight scheduling mechanisms.

He is also interested in the deployment of new forms of urban mobility, such as on-demand car-sharing and bike-sharing systems, electrified vehicles and connected vehicles.

Jacquillat previously consulted with McKinsey & Co. and Booz Allen Hamilton to advise leading companies and governmental organizations in the fields of transportation, energy, logistics and organization.

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Anna Siefken, associate director, innovation and strategic partnerships, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

In her role at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Siefken cultivates corporate and industrial partnerships, fostering energy-related initiatives across CMU campuses to create synergistic relationships and new opportunities, including commercialization — linking together industry, faculty and staff, startups, other universities, regional and nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations and government agencies.

Prior to joining CMU, Siefken served simultaneously as the Pittsburgh 2030 District director and as vice president of strategic engagement for the Green Building Alliance, one of the largest regional chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council.

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University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration:


Audrey Murrell, associate dean, College of Business Administration

Murrell is the director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the business school. The Berg Center’s mission is to add value to organizations through ethical leadership, by focusing on creating and utilizing knowledge through cutting-edge research, experience-based teaching and active community engagement.

One of Murrell’s big projects is to address issues of food sustainability and food security.

Already the Berg Center funded the creation of a Food Abundance Index Scorecard to address food deserts in urban neighborhoods.

Now, the Berg Center is funding a documentary, “Rescuing Abundance,” that explores the interrelated nature of food waste, food supply chain inefficiencies and what solutions exist in Pittsburgh and nationally. The film will be complete early this year and will be entered in film festivals.

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Carrie Leana, George H. Love professor of organizations and management

Leana is the director of the Center for Healthcare Management at the Katz business school. She is the driving force between partnership-based programs that equip physicians and other medical professionals with business schools. The goal is improving patient care.

So far she has hosted several programs with UPMC — the Marshall Webster Physician Leadership Program, the Behavioral Health Fellows Program and an International Fellows Program.

Thanks to her, this May the school will have its inaugural class of a new Executive MBA in Healthcare program with UPMC. Designed for health care professionals seeking high-level advancement, the program equips students with the skills and tools that they need to lead organizations into the future.

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John Camillus, Donald R. Beall professor of strategic management organizations and entrepreneurship

Camillus is the creator of the Business of Humanity Project, which seeks to create business strategies that earn large profits by serving people on the bottom of the economic pyramid.

Along with colleagues from Pitt’s schools of social work and engineering, he has opened a greenhouse/acquaponics facility in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood that runs entirely on a DC-power microgrid that uses solar power.

He’s working to scale up and bring the technology to rural India. India — where one in four people live without electricity because of the country’s stretched infrastructure — has become a proving ground for clean energy.

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Ravi Madhavan, professor of business administration and Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow

Madhavan is the director of the International Business Center. One of the big initiatives is offering more multicultural, global experiences for MBA students.

This spring, they are launching a global issues workshop program that is moving into frontier markets. The idea is for the students to travel internationally and work on a project in their host countries.
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Celebrating the area’s top executives

Presenting the leaders of the smartest companies in Pittsburgh for 2016

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is honored to partner with Smart Business to present the 2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards. We, at the Pittsburgh office, are excited to be part of this celebration of leadership.

It’s humbling to learn about this year’s Smart 50 honorees and what they are doing.

We’re a city of champions! Recently on the ice, but also in boardrooms all over the region — so many fabulous developments are associated with our vibrant community right now.

Zagat named Pittsburgh the No. 1 food city in America. General Electric opened its Center for Additive Technology Advancement. Uber launched its self-driving car service in the city. And smaller stories are percolating in our business and nonprofit communities.

All of our Smart 50 honorees are people who are having a positive impact in the community. They are coming up with new ideas and making us more sustainable.

When I participated in the Smart 50 judging day, where you hear directly from many of the honorees, I came with certain perceptions about what innovation, impact and sustainability meant.

Then, I learned about sustainability that touches how children learn and impact from how health care is delivered. Innovation isn’t just new technologies and startup companies. It’s also a company where the second generation comes up with a new idea that takes cost out of a process.

This year’s Smart 50 honorees are from a diverse set of businesses and industries, yet they all share a passion for their work.

On behalf of the entire Western Pennsylvania Gallagher team, congratulations to each of you for your accomplishments and receiving well-deserved recognition for leading successful organizations.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
(412) 929-0385
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Quick links to Smart 50 honorees:

Varol Ablak, Ablak Holdings LLC | Nick Ambeliotis, Mediterra Bakehouse | Jon Amelio, Allegheny Intermediate Unit | Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation | Scott A. Baker, 5 Generation Bakers | William Baker, Irwin Car and Equipment | Lynn M. Banaszak, Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University | Kris Bennett, K Bennett Development Group and Lifespace Pittsburgh | Rick Cancelliere, Treatspace | David Case, PMI | Helen Hanna Casey, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services | James E. Cashman III, ANSYS Inc. | Christina Cassotis, Pittsburgh International Airport | Pat Cavanaugh, Come Ready Nutrition | John Chamberlin, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Chute LLC (YaJagoff.com Media) | Stephen D’Angelo, dck worldwide LLC | Randall Dearth, Calgon Carbon | J.D. Ewing, JMJS Inc., dba COE Distributing | Bill Fuller, big Burrito Restaurant Group | Patrick Gallagher, University of Pittsburgh | Dennis Gilfoyle, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania | Steven J. Guy, Oxford Development Company | Diane P. Holder, UPMC Health Plan | Marilyn Jenkins, Allegheny County Library Association | Carey Kann, The Waterfront (An M&J Wilkow property) | Dawn M. Keezer, Pittsburgh Film Office | Kristy Knichel, Knichel Logistics | John W. Manzetti, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse | Steven Massaro, Massaro Construction Management Services LLC | Keith McDonough, rue21 Inc. | Melissa Migliaro, Migliaro Consulting | Christine Mondor, evolveEA | David Morehouse, Pittsburgh Penguins | Aradhna M. Oliphant, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. | Anthony Owens, TESCAN USA Inc. | Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens | Daniel Rice IV, Rice Energy | Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council | William F. Sarris, Sarris Candies Inc. | Jill Schiaparelli, InteloMed | Marc and Susan Serrao, Oakmont Bakery | Michael Sexauer, Holy Family Foundation | Evaine K. Sing, Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies | Benjamin A. Stahl, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc. | Robbin Steif, LunaMetrics LLC | David J. Stern, Paris Companies | Cheryl Tracy, National Aviary | Christy Uffelman, Align Leadership | Gordon J. Vanscoy, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy | Diane Watson, TeleTracking Technologies Inc.

 


2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50

Honorees listed in Alphabetical order by last name

varolablakVarol Ablak
CEO
Ablak Holdings LLC

In 1988, Varol Ablak, CEO of Ablak Holdings LLC, and his family opened their first store in Mt. Lebanon. Over the next four years, they opened 20 restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. A focus on high-quality pizza and an aggressive marketing plan quickly put the small company on a path to success.

Ablak began to receive requests from team members who, much like he had a decade earlier, saw the potential for profit and freedom as business owners. In 1993, the first franchise was sold.

Today, Vocelli Pizza has approximately 2,000 employees with over 100 stores open and in development.

Ablak began his entrepreneurial dream, wishing for something better. Today, he offers franchisees a chance to make their business dreams come true by sharing his proven recipe for success.

Ablak recently expanded the company by purchasing Rock ‘n’ Joe coffee shops and the Sincerely Yogurt chain of 23 frozen yogurt franchises with plans of expanding the concept overseas.

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nickambeliotisNick Ambeliotis
Founder and President
Mediterra Bakehouse

In 1982 when Mediterra Bakehouse Founder and President Nick Ambeliotis purchased his father’s store, he saw a need for an upscale grocery experience. The once struggling store has become a destination for foodies — some traveling more than 200 miles.

Mediterra Bakehouse’s two locations now supply Giant Eagle, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in several geographies, and deliver bread to restaurants in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati and beyond.

The business is truly a family partnership with Ambeliotis’ four children.

Mediterra Bakehouse combines Ambeliotis’ Greek heritage and passion for baking bread. Even the baking process itself is unique — custom-built stone hearth ovens modeled after the old-style baking common in France.

Ambeliotis feels they are doing far more than simply baking bread. They are contributing to a healthy and sustainable community.

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jonamelioJon Amelio
Chief Technology Officer
Allegheny Intermediate Unit

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is one of 29 intermediate units across Pennsylvania’s public education system. AIU provides specialized educational services to Allegheny County’s 42 suburban school districts and five vocational/technical schools. It employs more than 1,800 educators at 441 sites and operates 10 family centers and three schools for exceptional children.

Jon Amelio, AIU’s Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for the implementation of meaningful technological services that serve internal and external stakeholders.

By gaining efficiencies through the leveraged use of current resources, Amelio has allowed the AIU to expand its technology offerings to school districts and other organizations.

In 2016, Amelio was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CIO of the Year Award in the Under 5,000 Employees category.

He is also active in the local community, having served on athletic boards, as a coach and as a capstone simulation board member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

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heatherarnetHeather Arnet
CEO
Women and Girls Foundation

The Women and Girls Foundation has made tremendous impact — in Pittsburgh and beyond — despite its relatively small size and capacity.

Heather Arnet joined WGF as its first CEO in 2004 and she’s grown the organization tenfold since.

The foundation has invested nearly $1.5 million in grants to organizations working to advance women and girls rights throughout southwest Pennsylvania. It has also actively lead efforts to change public policy, helping pass over a dozen laws at the city, county and state levels.

As a result, 50 percent more women have been appointed to local public and corporate boards, and 300 percent more women are running for elected office.

WGF’s impact also includes pregnant prisoners in the Allegheny County Jail having their shackles removed during childbirth; increasing women’s and girls’ athletic rights in public colleges and high schools; national media recognition for the successful Girlcott of Abercrombie & Fitch; and decreasing the wage gap for the first time in a decade.

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scottbakerScott A. Baker
President
5 Generation Bakers

With his focus and dedication, Scott A. Baker, president of 5 Generation Bakers, goes above and beyond. He sets the tone of the organization — giving back and doing the right thing.

Baker’s family has been baking in Mckees Rocks for more than 100 years, which is why he wanted to expand in that same community. With the purchase of Bottom Dollar Food, 5 Generation Bakers now can quadruple production capabilities and the size of the staff.

When Mckees Rocks government officials asked for help providing access to a supermarket with fresh food for the elderly with no transportation, he reserved 400 square feet of the new facility to open a market. It will be able to help feed people on supplemental programs for the needy.

Baker’s laser focus on employee and food safety also has lead 5 Generation Bakers to be awarded a superior score for Food Safety Audits by multiple, independent agencies.

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williambakerWilliam Baker
President and CEO
Irwin Car and Equipment

More than ever, Irwin Car and Equipment reflects President and CEO William Baker’s vision of multiple niche-like business units that are related at a common level, yet provide a sound and diversified mix of markets, products and industries.

Irwin Car, in operation for more than 125 years, specializes in the design and production of leading edge heavy-duty material handling equipment.

2015 and 2016 have been years of dramatic transitions in a less than robust industrial economy, in an effort to maintain a 23-year history of expansion, growth and evolution.

Baker and Irwin Car are pursuing and providing high tech material handling solutions. For example, Irwin Car now supports the metals, automotive and aerospace industries with a new line of sophisticated automated guided vehicles.

Product innovation lies at the heart of Irwin Car’s business and growth, and Baker’s never-ending drive for diversified expansion and increased sales continue to push Irwin Car forward, despite an unstable economic environment.

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lynnbanaszakLynn M. Banaszak
Executive Director
Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Lynn Banaszak is the founding executive director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been tasked with bringing to life an exciting effort to reshape the delivery of health care in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

She’s continuing to follow the common theme that runs through her career: an ability to innovate to create success.

Since launching the institute in 2013, DHTI has awarded more than $5 million to 38 new, disruptive technologies that are bringing transformational improvements in the affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions.

Banaszak is leading the growth of DHTI and its mission by leveraging her lifetime of passion and commitment to innovation, attracting philanthropic support, industry partnerships and clinical collaborations with researchers and clinicians.

At the same time, she is guiding the DHTI team to position claims data in the new payer-provider-innovator business model that DHTI is using to deploy innovation.

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krisbennettKris Bennett
Owner and founder
K Bennett Development Group and Lifespace Pittsburgh

After more than a decade as a professional BMX rider, Kris Bennett decided not to spend the rest of his life on a bike.

Bennett returned to his western Pennsylvania roots. There, he applied what he’d learned about competition, risk and acquired skill to a new field: residential rehab and construction, eventually founding what is today K Bennett Development Group.

Seeing potential in Lawrenceville when others didn’t, with a nucleus of friends and newcomers, Bennett built up K Bennett, selling to young professionals.

Not only does K Bennett have a strong following on social media, Bodega Productions also did a “sizzle reel” of the company’s work and Bennett and his wife and business partner Tara, which earned a pilot on HGTV. It is slated to air this fall.

Bennett and his team also created a second company, Lifespace Pittsburgh, that provides traditional real estate brokerage services, while focusing on the lifestyle that comes with urban living.

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rickcancelliereRick Cancelliere
Founder and CEO
Treatspace

Founder and CEO Rick Cancelliere is an award-winning entrepreneur who loves to build technology that saves lives. He launched Treatspace in 2012 with this goal in mind.

By moving clinical relationships online with Treatspace, health care providers, practices and hospitals are able to communicate clearly with patients, better manage the referral process and foster straightforward connections with colleagues next door and around the globe.

Since its founding, Treatspace has repeatedly been recognized for its innovation. The idea for the company began as part of an idea competition during Startup Weekend at Carnegie Mellon University.

In helping the health care community better manage complex cases and care transition, Treatspace is positioned to help end avoidable complications and readmissions — errors directly responsible for over $45 billion in unnecessary health care spending each year.

In 2016, Treatspace’s geographic footprint continues to expand into hospital systems in major U.S. metro areas.

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davidcaseDavid Case
President and CEO
PMI

President and CEO David Case’s technical prowess and relationship building led him to found PMI in 1985 as a one-stop shop to serve the needs of local and regional advertising agencies.

A continuing theme in Case’s work is an ability to see what’s next, and to identify and employ the right talent to exploit new technologies and opportunities. This has kept PMI at the forefront of video services and technologies for over 30 years.

Today, as the region’s leading television production and interactive marketing communications company, PMI transmits more than 40 hours of TV programming from downtown Pittsburgh daily.

The company takes all pieces — the show, commercials and promos — and puts them together and sends them out via satellite or high-speed services. This has turned PMI into the country’s largest distributor of off-network syndicated programs.

Most recently, the firm stepped into the creation and ownership of original TV programming and feature-length motion picture films with the formation of PMI Films.

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helenhannacaseyHelen Hanna Casey
President and CEO
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

With more than four decades in the real estate industry, President and CEO Helen Hanna Casey, her sister Annie and brother Hoddy lead the third largest real estate company in the U.S., overseeing more than 270 offices and 9,000 sales associates and employees in eight states.

Now in its third generation, Howard Hanna continues to be family owned. Casey credits the management team, including her daughter, niece and three nephews, with being the force behind the growth of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

Her leadership and savvy marketing mind have helped Howard Hanna realize its potential by developing a multi-media approach to advertising. The innovation includes early use of television through the Showcase of Homes and seizing the opportunity to use technology as a marketing vehicle in the mid ’90s.

Today, HowardHanna.com receives over 1 million visitors a month.

Casey is dynamic, committed and passionate about all she does in life — her family, her company and her community.

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jamescashmanJames E. Cashman III
President and CEO
ANSYS Inc.

If you’ve seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation.

James E. Cashman III joined ANSYS Inc. in 1997 as the senior vice president of operations. He became president and CEO three years later.

Today, thanks to his technical and business acumen, ANSYS is the largest engineering simulation company with the world’s leading technology in all fields of product development.

In 2000, many analysts thought the market for engineering simulation was saturated. Cashman had a contrary view that is proving to be true

Cashman helped ANSYS grow through his innovative ideas about the extended possibilities and scope of solutions that engineering simulation could offer to product development engineers. He also helped reinvent the sales and marketing efforts and inspired ANSYS employees to greater productivity and creativity.

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christinacassotisChristina Cassotis
CEO
Pittsburgh International Airport

When Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis took the reins of the region’s airport in January 2015, its air service options were near an all-time low. Staff felt demoralized. Community perception was negative and community engagement was minimal.

Nearly two years later, nonstop air service routes have increased 50 percent to more than 60 nonstop destinations. The staff has been reorganized and engaged. Positive press coverage has been steady, and community engagement is higher than ever. The airport’s rates and charges to airlines are the lowest in several years, and customer service scores on the rise.

Cassotis is the first say she didn’t do this alone. It has been a team effort and her team deserves credit. But she laid the groundwork and positioned the organization to be more competitive.

Her implementation of four strategic priorities — employee engagement, operational excellence, cost competitiveness and customer service — have driven the Allegheny Country Airport Authority to heights it hasn’t seen in over a decade.

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patcavanaughPat Cavanaugh
President
Come Ready Nutrition

The best word to describe Pat Cavanaugh, president and founder of Come Ready™ Nutrition, is competitive. His competitive, entrepreneurial DNA started early, as he so successfully sold seeds and shoes door-to-door that the company wanted to promote him to sales manager. He was 12.

It continued with an athletic career that saw him compete for and earn a Division 1 basketball scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and culminated in leading a marketing and promotional products company.

His latest venture, Come Ready Nutrition, manufacturers cutting-edge, sports nutrition products for athletes and those pursuing a fit and active lifestyle.

In five years competing against well-entrenched companies and brands, Come Ready protein bars have been nationally distributed to over 5,000 retail locations as well as 16 countries.

Most recently, the company won a competition against these same companies to land a private label contract for protein bars with a major warehouse club.

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johnchamberlinJohn Chamberlin
Creator
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Chute LLC (YaJagoff.com Media)

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Chute LLC has evolved over nine years. At first, it was a traditional marketing/PR umbrella company. For a time, it was a holding company for consulting jobs by Creator John Chamberlin.

Now, it’s a company for fun and humorous storytelling, via the award-winning Pittsburgh blog, video series and podcast, under the brand, YaJagoff.com.

Chamberlin started the blog, www.YaJagoff.com, anonymously, in his free time. It was a light-hearted look at the silliness of dumb politicians, bad sports officials, idiotic criminals, bad driving and public selfishness.

Within a few months, CBS Pittsburgh recognized the blog as one of Pittsburgh’s Best. Within a year, Chamberlin was invited to speak at a social media summit.

He started shooting/posting weekly Yakkin’ With YaJagoff videos with interesting Pittsburghers and people passing through Pittsburgh.

Eventually Chamberlin decided he had a bonafide business, and companies started paying for YaJagoff.com’s storytelling capability.

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Stephen D’Angelo
President and CEO
dck worldwide LLC

Under his leadership since 2008, President and CEO Stephen D’Angelo has helped dck worldwide LLC become one of the fastest growing companies in Pittsburgh through both organic growth and acquisitions. It is also a company that consistently ranks as a top contractor for providing building solutions to public and private clients all around the world.

dck worldwide has the wide range of experienced professionals needed to complete projects in the most efficient and effective manner, while always providing the highest level of quality. From project managers and superintendents to project cost accountants and schedulers, the employees know construction.

“I am proud of the reputation that dck has for being blue-collared workers in white-collared shirts. The essence of this is driven within our executive management team — they bring together their experience and determination to deliver value to our clients,” D’Angelo says.

D’Angelo also is involved in construction industry groups and serves on the board of various nonprofits.

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randalldearthRandall Dearth
Chairman, President and CEO
Calgon Carbon

In the first two years that Chairman, President and CEO Randall Dearth was at the helm of Calgon Carbon, 2012-2013, he was able to transform the company.

He implemented a $40 million cost improvement program that included global procurement initiatives, long-term raw material supply strategies and product rationalization, as well as investing in internal reporting processes that will streamline global business activity.

Dearth innovates by focusing on what Calgon Carbon does best, while also embracing disruptive technologies. For decades, activated carbon has been the material of choice for the purification of air and water. However, the use of carbon in ultracapacitors and advanced batteries are two emerging markets where Dearth wants Calgon Carbon to have a seat at the table. Another emerging and innovative area of interest is the water reuse market.

Dearth also has made sustainability a business driver by releasing a sustainability report, and pursued a Responsible Care® certification, which drives continuous improvement in product safety.

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jdewingJ.D. Ewing
President and CEO
JMJS Inc., dba COE Distributing

As the leader of JMJS Inc., dba COE Distributing, President and CEO J.D. Ewing has the ability to communicate his vision in a manner that inspires not only the employees but also customers and vendor partners.

While Ewing understands day-to-day operations, he doesn’t get dragged into micromanaging. Instead, he has developed a highly trained management team, which allows him to stay on top of industry trends and the company’s direction and vision.

COE has a strong focus on reinvention through constant improvement, including developing its own in-house brand to set itself apart from the competition.

A significant investment in 2016 was a new ERP system. Because it is cloud based and able to fully integrate with COE’s website, every team member can access and perform any daily task from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC as long as they have internet.

COE continues to grow at such a significant rate it is currently expanding its corporate offices and distribution center.

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billfullerBill Fuller
Corporate Chef
big Burrito Restaurant Group

In 2016, national awards for Pittsburgh food affirm a vibrant restaurant scene. When Corporate Chef Bill Fuller joined big Burrito Restaurant Group in the 1990s, it wasn’t quite the same.

Younger chefs owe a debt of gratitude to big Burrito’s founders, Tom Baron and Juno Yoon, and to Fuller, especially those who got their start in the restaurant group’s kitchens. Baron, Yoon and Fuller created award-winning, eclectic cuisine, while growing the company and the Pittsburgh restaurant scene.

One key has been consistency in the back and front of house, while also operating each big Burrito restaurant as a separate business, with separate books and a separate budget. Fuller says this gives the company the buying power of a large group while also creating local flexibility so that each restaurant stands on its own.

In addition to training much of the region’s restaurant talent, Fuller and big Burrito have put focus on locally sourced food and community support.

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patrickgallagherPatrick Gallagher, Ph.D.
Chancellor
University of Pittsburgh

Patrick Gallagher has served as the University of Pittsburgh’s 18th chancellor since 2014. In this position, he works to advance the university’s legacy of academic excellence, collaboration and research innovation.

In his first year, Pitt’s research faculty experienced an increase in research funding, despite the fact that less money was available. Also, the institution’s reputation continued to grow as students and faculty earn high recognitions.

The university achieved all of this without a state appropriation or an operating budget.

Prior to his installation at Pitt, Gallagher spent more than two decades in public service. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to direct the National Institute for Standards and Technology. In this role, Gallagher also acted as the deputy secretary of commerce.

In addition to duties as chancellor, Gallagher is one of 12 inaugural members appointed by the president to serve on the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is also active on a number of community boards.

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dennisgiloyleDennis Gilfoyle
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

Dennis Gilfoyle has spent more than half his life with Junior Achievement — 32 years. He’s worked in every department and has served as Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania president and CEO since 2007.

Gilfoyle also has helped JA touch the lives of over 2 million students.

The JA Pittsburgh office today is the headquarters for over 50 counties, including in Johnstown, Erie and northern West Virginia. The office has consistently been among the top 20 JA area offices for revenue and student growth.

With his experience, Gilfoyle has come up with new, unique ideas for educational programs and fundraisers by working with donors, volunteers, schools, legislators, the media, JA alumni and the public.

Gilfoyle has taken the lead on or helped develop and commercialize innovative programs around financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce development, including JA Careers in Energy, JA Money 101, JA Trades Day, JA College Day, JA Inspire Career Fair, Pittsburgh Future…Now!, Business in Arts, Sports and Entertainment, and Junior Benchmarks.

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steveguySteven J. Guy
President and CEO
Oxford Development Company

As President and CEO, Steven J. Guy is committed to leading Oxford Development Company’s future in commercial real estate through the sourcing of new development and investment opportunities, enhanced client relationships and the development of new strategic joint ventures and partnerships.

Oxford’s recent 3 Crossings development, for example, reconnects the Strip District neighborhood to the revitalized riverfront and Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Trail network. The development represents the transformation of the former trucking yards of Pittsburgh’s past into the sustainable neighborhood of the future.

Under Guy’s direction, the Oxford team has worked diligently to respond to the neighborhood’s desire to see organic growth, versus planned development, to complement the Strip District’s already strong character.

All buildings at 3 Crossings are designed and built to United States Green Building Council LEED Silver standards.

Oxford, and Guy, see the growth of the Strip District as the here-and-now phase in Pittsburgh’s transformation — a place where you can live, work and everything else.

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dianeholderDiane P. Holder
President and CEO
UPMC Health Plan

Diane P. Holder is an executive vice president of UPMC, president of the UPMC Insurance Services Division and president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan.

During her tenure, the companies of the UPMC Insurance Services Division have been recognized nationally for quality and outstanding service.

UPMC Health Plan is owned by UPMC. UPMC, the nation’s second largest provider-owned health insurer, provides health coverage and benefit management for more than 3 million members.

Under Holder’s direction, the Insurance Services Division, within the UPMC Health Plan, excels in developing innovative solutions for health care’s most complex and pressing problems.

Holder has successfully led the ISD in commercializing the high-impact solutions it develops in-house, such as, but not limited to:

  • A mobile app for health plan members: the first to allow users to authenticate with their fingerprint.
  • UPMC’s population health technology platform, licensed to Evolent Health: telecommunications and virtual applications including mobile apps that support health plan members in stress reduction, weight management or smoking cessation.

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marilynjenkinsMarilyn Jenkins
Executive Director
Allegheny County Library Association

Early in the 1990s, too many of Allegheny County’s libraries seemed to be headed toward their final chapter. To create new collaboration, the Allegheny County Library Association was established in 1994.

The ACLA board realized it needed leadership from someone with vision, the ability to rally disparate organizations around a common goal, and patience and resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They found these qualities in Executive Director Marilyn Jenkins.

From the beginning ACLA was a force to be reckoned with. As the idea of Regional Asset Districts grew in government funding, the ACLA successfully made the case that it made sense to treat library service regionally.

With the county’s support, Jenkins also worked with private foundations to build a countywide technology infrastructure for 46 independently operated public libraries with more than 70 locations.

Today, Jenkins continues to be most at home in the role of a supportive coach to both her employees and the county’s library directors.

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careykannCarey Kann
General Manager
The Waterfront (An M&J Wilkow property)

When The Waterfront opened over a dozen years ago, the beleaguered steel communities around it hoped that it could become an economic engine much like the mill it replaced.

The maturation of The Waterfront as a landmark regional destination has taken significant investment, strategic thought and a dedicated team. Since purchasing The Waterfront, Chicago-based M&J Wilkow has expanded its commitment to the property, adding retailers, community events and amenities.

When General Manager Carey Kann arrived in 2014, M&J Wilkow needed a strong leader to put a personal touch to The Waterfront’s evolution. Kann has energized his team, recruited and promoted talented staff and tirelessly worked with existing and new tenants.

Today, the hard work is paying off.

The Waterfront is 99 percent occupied for the first time. It has expanded its community connection by hosting events designed to reinforce its stature as a regional asset, and raised its profile by lighting the Homestead Grays Bridge in honor of sports events and nonprofits.

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dawnkeezerDawn M. Keezer
Director
Pittsburgh Film Office

Since Dawn M. Keezer joined the Pittsburgh Film Office in 1994, more than 100 feature film and television productions have been completed in southwestern Pennsylvania — a first-dollar economic impact of more than $1 billion.

The region’s film union has reported a 400 percent membership increase, and local businesses have seen the economic impact. For example, over 125,000 hotel room nights were utilized between 2009 and 2016.

As director, Keezer has helped guide the regional industry to fifth place in U.S. film production, according to FilmLA.

The PFO brings in over $100 million in film production annually, while maintaining an office with just four employees and an annual budget of less than $750,000. About half of the operating budget comes from public sources, but the ROI has meant $190 in economic impact for each $1 in public funds invested.

Keezer’s efforts to expand the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit, assist in stronger film union support and develop an extensive network have been integral to the PFO’s success.

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kristyknichelKristy Knichel
President and CEO
Knichel Logistics

President and CEO Kristy Knichel got her start in the logistics industry nearly 20 years ago, learning from her father and working in the same intermodal marketing company.

Eventually, Knichel and her father established their own third-party logistics company as a family business with her sister and brother — Knichel Logistics.

After the company expanded from intermodal to a full truckload brokerage, her father retired and an ill-suited COO was brought in, Knichel blossomed into the company’s leader. Despite losing staff along with profit, Knichel Logistics came through that rough period to rebound substantially.

In 2015, Knichel bought a BlueGrace Logistics franchise to develop the less-than-truckload division, and these shipments quickly tripled.

Her decisions to expand services to suit customer demands in a well-thought out and evenly paced manner has increased the bottom line. Knichel Logistics has gone from $2 million in revenue in 2003 with only one major service offering, to a $50 million company with expectations of continued year-over-year growth.

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johnmanzettiJohn W. Manzetti
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

John W. Manzetti is committed to driving regional health care innovation forward through his work with the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, where he serves as president and CEO, and strategic adviser to the 440 life science companies within the PLSG’s portfolio.

Whether it’s the development of a new drug to stabilize or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s Disease (Cognition Therapeutics) or a health care IT company that works to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits while reducing costs for health care providers (Wellbridge Health), Manzetti provides support, guidance and strategic counsel to help budding life science entrepreneurs grow their businesses and bring life-changing health care technology to the market.

Under his direction, PLSG has put a spotlight on Pittsburgh as a health care hub, maintaining a presence and speaking at national conferences.

Manzetti also has adjunct professors on staff who keep a finger on the pulse of industry evolutions, and ultimately provide counsel to students.

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stevenmassaroSteven Massaro
Senior Vice President
Massaro Construction Management Services LLC

As an owner in the Massaro Construction Group and one of five business unit leaders, Steven Massaro, senior vice president of Massaro Construction Management Services LLC, helps lead, motivate and oversee the workforce that manages construction projects.

MCMS works as an owner advocate throughout a commercial construction project, overseeing multiple prime contractors, typically for school districts or government facilities.

Construction is generally stressful for owners. Construction managers promise to present a “constructability review” to assist in the building process, but there is little consistency and in the end, the owner loses because of unclear documents.

Massaro and his team were determined to develop a true constructability review to be used by MCMS for every construction project, and to create metrics demonstrating the validity of the tool. After a lot of research, meetings and discussions, Massaro and his team defined a constructability review, developed a template and have successfully used it on projects to complete them on time and under budget.

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Keith McDonough
Senior Vice President and CFO
rue21 Inc.

Keith McDonough was one of the first top executives bought on board at rue21 Inc. about 10 years ago when the company was having financial troubles. He serves as senior vice president and CFO.

McDonough’s strategic planning for growth and diversification has resulted in a company that has grown from under 200 stores to over 1,100 stores in 48 states, in shopping malls, outlets and strip centers.

This was done during a time when growing profitably in the retail industry was extremely challenging.
McDonough has surrounded himself with a strong team and continues to be a leader at rue21, which is the largest fast-fashion growth retailer in the nation.

rue21 brands include rue21 etc! (girls’ shoes and accessories), rue+ (girls’ plus sizes), tarea (girls’ lingerie), ruebeauté! (girls’ fragrance and beauty), CARBON elements (guys’ shoes and accessories), rueGuy (guys’ expanded apparel selection) and ruebleu Swim (girls’ swimwear).

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melissamigliaroMelissa Migliaro
President
Migliaro Consulting

President Melissa Migliaro has gone completely out of the box with her event consulting company, Migliaro Consulting.

Not only has she pounded the pavement and hit the ground running — in the traditional sense that most successful entrepreneurs have — she’s also leveraged her Pittsburgh network, nonprofit partnerships and virtual workforces to run her organization.

This is not a traditional event consulting company. She’s partnered with local Pittsburgh nonprofits to get them in front of larger corporations, in a win/win for everyone.

Her innovative, unique company is designed for those companies who are sick of the corporate wellness strategies of yesterday and want to take on more “out of the box” strategies and approaches for employees today.

Migliaro Consulting works with small to large-sized companies and individuals to develop plans that will enhance the growth of their organization or personal development. The plans are customized to fit specific needs after a thorough discovery phase.

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christinemondorChristine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
evolveEA

Principal of evolve environment architecture (evolveEA), Christine Mondor has been active in shaping places and organizations, while impacting the fields of architecture, design and construction since before co-founding the company in 2004.

Mondor’s work has contributed to positive change throughout the Pittsburgh region, especially the city’s new identity as a leader in environmental sustainability. Beyond the region, her leadership has helped improve the way that practitioners approach urban design and community revitalization.

Mondor’s knowledge, along with other experts, influenced the development of the first EcoDistricts Protocol, which provides “a framework for achieving people-centered, economically vibrant, planet-loving neighborhood sustainability.”

Alongside her practice, Mondor serves on boards and committees that are instrumental in Pittsburgh’s transformation to an equitable, sustainable city. She is chair of the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors and the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission. Mondor also teaches in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

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davidmorehouseDavid Morehouse
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Penguins

President and CEO David Morehouse oversees every aspect of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ operations.

Since Morehouse was named president in 2007, the Penguins have reshaped their image and strategic vision, emphasizing branding, fan relations, youth marketing, community interaction, corporate outreach and innovative technology.

He was given the additional responsibilities of CEO in 2010, and reports directly to the co-owners.

Under Morehouse’s leadership, the Penguins developed a new commitment to innovative fan outreach, including an annual event where players deliver season tickets to fans’ homes and a special preseason game where all 18,000 tickets are distributed free to local youth.

An emphasis on branding and marketing, coupled with the team’s success on the ice, enabled the Penguins to lead all U.S.-based NHL teams in local television ratings for five straight seasons. The Penguins rank among the NHL leaders in website traffic and social media followers, while continually setting new standards for merchandise sales. Youth hockey participation also is on the rise.

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aradhnaoliphantAradhna M. Oliphant
President and CEO
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

In her 12 years as president and CEO, Aradhana M. Oliphant has raised the quality of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s programs, and as a result, the caliber of LPI’s participants and the demand for its programs has risen.

This happened because, while fiercely true to the organization’s mission, Oliphant’s focus in business development and product delivery is customer oriented.

Under her leadership, the organization has graduated over 1,000 accomplished and emerging leaders, and the budget is three-fold the size it was when she joined.

She has been described repeatedly as a “coach with a mission.” This leadership style is what she brings both to her staff and LPI’s flagship programs, Leadership Pittsburgh, Leadership Development Initiative and LPI’s newest and innovative offering, Community Leadership Course for Veterans.

While there were many separate initiatives addressing veteran needs, most were focused on providing services to veterans in crisis. There was no systematic initiative from the civilian world that engaged veterans as assets like CLCV.

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anthonyowensAnthony Owens
Director of Technology/Treasurer
TESCAN USA Inc.

Anthony Owens and John VanNoy (retired) founded TESCAN USA Inc. in 1988.

Originally named CAMSCAN USA, it was responsible for all sales and service of CAMSCAN scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) and accessories in North America. In the late 1990s, it began representing a SEM manufacturer in the Czech Republic, and changed the name to reflect that.

In 2010, Tescan Brno bought a majority interest and Owens was named general manager and treasurer. Under his leadership, TESCAN USA expanded and bought together a skilled team to provide excellent customer service and support.

In 2016, Owens became the director of technology and treasurer, after overseeing operations for 28 years. He is still active in management and well respected for his in-depth technical knowledge.

TESCAN USA’s customer base is extremely diverse. It includes universities, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, the U.S. military, the FBI and research and manufacturing companies. They utilize SEMs for failure analysis, quality control, gunshot residue analysis, semiconductor applications and more.

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richardpiacentiniRichard Piacentini
Executive Director
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Executive Director Richard Piacentini has transformed Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the nation’s first teaching conservatory, into one of the world’s smartest, greenest gardens. A public showcase of cutting-edge science, technology and innovation, combined with stunning design, it demonstrates renewable energy technologies and addresses climate change.

In 2012, Phipps opened the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. In 2015, it added a modular classroom, and a third net-zero facility will open in 2018, completing a “living campus.”

While Phipps hosts over 430,000 guests annually, it reaches beyond its campus in groundbreaking ways.

Studio Phipps, a for-profit landscape design group, helps clients integrate sustainable practices and natural connections into buildings.

The Homegrown project has installed over 125 home vegetable gardens in underserved food desert neighborhoods.

A Sustainable Landcare program educates, accredits and promotes landcare companies that commit to organic gardening practices.

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danielriceDaniel Rice IV
CEO
Rice Energy

Daniel Rice IV has served as Rice Energy’s CEO since 2013. He’s been in a number of positions with Rice, its affiliates and predecessor entities since 2008.

2015 was another successful year, despite challenged market conditions. The upstream business continues to deliver best-in-class results, and Rice’s growing midstream businesses — Rice Midstream Holdings and Rice Midstream Partners LP — also expanded their footprint.

The company continues to focus on protecting the balance sheet, while generating the highest ROIs to drive long-term value for its shareholders.

Rice is one of only a few public exploration and production companies with nearly 100 percent of its drilling inventory generating positive returns at strip pricing, which is further enhanced by a robust portfolio of hedging and firm transportation contracts.

The company is a true family affair. Daniel Rice IV is the son of Board Member Daniel Rice III, and the brother of President and COO Toby Rice and Vice President of Exploration and Geology Derek Rice.

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audreyrussoAudrey Russo
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Technology Council

Since 2007, Audrey Russo has served the region’s technology business sector as president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the oldest (founded in 1983) and largest technology trade association in North America.

Russo oversees an organization of 1,400 member companies and 270,000 member employees. Since 2007, she has placed a strong emphasis on opening the organization up beyond what can be an insular community to show technology touches everything in Pittsburgh’s economy.

Combined with her background in social work, Russo brings a business mindset to running the council, which has helped her expand both its reach and membership.

Russo is also busy with the broader Pittsburgh cultural and education communities — serving as a board member for several organizations and co-hosting TechVibe Radio on KDKA 1020 AM Friday nights to explore technology companies and entrepreneurial issues.

Russo believes that vital cities are the moral imperative in achieving competitive, diverse and vibrant economies.

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billsarrisWilliam F. Sarris
President
Sarris Candies Inc.

Chocolatier William F. Sarris remembers the efforts and dedication of his parents, Frank and Athena Sarris, to Sarris Candies Inc., along with a commitment to high ethical standards and a sense of community pride.

Sarris, company president today, strives to follow their example. His philosophy, and the philosophy he imprints, is such that every employee trusts that ethical behavior is more important that another few percentage points in revenue.

Sarris is also innovative. The first Sarris Candies fundraiser was born out of a need to raise money for prom tickets. Today, not only is fundraising a major part of Sarris Candies’ business, it’s also how over 3,000 schools, groups and organizations raise money for their financial goals.

In 1997, Sarris showed his creative side, again. Sarris Candies was stretching the limits of its manufacturing and distribution capacity, but Sarris saw value, and opportunity, in a struggling company, Gardners Candies. His vision has helped both companies find success.

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jillschiaparelliJill Schiaparelli
President and CEO
InteloMed

In one year, President and CEO Jill Schiaparelli has reimagined InteloMed’s future — creating a vision and strategic plan to redefine patient monitoring and health informatics.

The heart of the InteloMed CVInsight® technology is a patented means of monitoring a patient’s hemodynamic status from their pulse wave, without the need for needles or other invasive tools.

Schiaparelli originally joined as an independent director, before the board tapped her to be the company’s daily leader.

In her assessment, the promise of CVInsight lacked a market focus. This led Schiaparelli and her team to zero in on dialysis.

The result? Schiaprelli built a talented leadership team with medical device experience, created a multi-year strategic vision, helped the company gain traction in the dialysis market, recruited a sales team, attracted more than $3 million in additional investment, began planning for expansion into other clinical areas and helped the company earn recognition from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

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marcserraosusanserraoMarc Serrao
Co-owner and president
Susan Serrao
Co-owner
Oakmont Bakery

Marc and Susan Serrao started Oakmont Bakery in 1988, as Oakmont’s only full-service retail bakery. They began with 1,200 square feet, two children and a big dream.

Since then, their space has expanded to over 12,500 square feet, making Oakmont Bakery one of the largest retail bakeries in America, their family has more than doubled, and their dream of owning a successful business that will serve Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities for generations to come has been realized.

The bakery was established on firm Christian beliefs and a dedication to excellence and integrity in all areas.

In 2010, Oakmont Bakery received “Retail Bakery of the Year” from Modern Baking magazine, the most prestigious award in the retail bakery industry, given to only one bakery each year.

Marc and Susan attribute their success first to their strong faith in God, and then to their superior product, hardworking staff and loyal customers.

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michaelsexauerMichael Sexauer
Executive Director
Holy Family Foundation

When the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth launched Holy Family Academy in 2014, they knew they’d need the right leader to deliver community support. Sister Linda Yankoski reached out to veteran marketer Michael Sexauer.

As executive director of Holy Family Foundation, Sexauer oversees marketing communications and fundraising activities for Holy Family Institute and Holy Family Academy. He focuses on recruiting forward-thinking corporations to host Academy students in the workplace. A four-year internship along with a STEM-focused curriculum is part of the school’s mission to close the education to employment gap for youth from underserved communities.

Holy Family Academy students intern at over 60 local organizations, and the number is growing.

In addition, the school has attracted students from 23 zip codes and eight school districts. This year, the population is expected to be 40 percent girls, 70 percent African American, over 90 percent from low-performing schools and 60 percent qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Thanks to the foundation, 95 percent of students receive need-based financial aid and scholarships.

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evainesingEvaine K. Sing
COO
Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies

Since joining the Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies in 2012, COO Evaine K. Sing has transformed the organization’s capability, enabling exponential growth in revenue; staff retention underpinned by data driven performance management; efficient internal systems; and innovative new programs and services.

GTECH is a nonprofit, spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. While the organization excelled early as a unique approach to addressing the systemic challenge of vacant land and disinvestment in underserved communities — the challenges of organizational sustainability weighed GTECH down.

As a certified landscape architect with a passion for resident-driven change, Sing threw herself into solidifying GTECH’s internal systems, controls and processes.

What is most impressive about Sing is not only her contributions toward internal operations, but also her leadership and capability towards external programs, services and offerings, such as her work for Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning and the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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benjaminastahlBenjamin A. Stahl
Executive Director
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc.

The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc. provides housing, employment and other supportive services to over 2,500 veterans, service members and their families, with the goal of improving self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.

Benjamin A. Stahl, who became executive director this year after joining VLP in 2013, is already making a difference within VLP and the community’s perception of the nonprofit.

Stahl has strengthened and continues to build strategic relationships with elected officials, regional veteran serving organizations, business partners, philanthropic foundations and other community stakeholders.

He oversaw VLP’s first extreme-sport fundraising event, 335 Miles for Veterans, and the 2016 Crucible Hike, to diversify funding streams.

Stahl conducted market research and analysis, which led him to implement a client-tracking database to quantify performance outcomes and prevent duplication of services. These measures are expected to increase funding opportunities and save in excess of $130,000 annually.

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robbinsteifRobbin Steif
CEO
LunaMetrics LLC

Twelve years after founding LunaMetrics LLC, CEO Robbin Steif has over 34 employees. Steif credits this growth and success to her strategic partnership with Google, which started over a decade ago.

Hearing about the business through its blog and client success, Google invited Steif to be an early member of the Google Analytics Certified Partner program.

Today, LunaMetrics has become a reseller of Google Analytics 360 and grown the Google Analytics Certified Partner program. The company ranks as one of the top four Google Analytics 360 resellers in North America.

From the start, Steif focused on delivering the best customer service possible. A loyal collection of clients renew year after year, often asking for analysts by name.

LunaMetrics’ employees are committed to learning — maintaining personal websites and projects that hone their skills, while participating in the industry’s community outside of working hours. Steif also offers each employee a budget for professional development.

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davidsternDavid J. Stern
President and CEO
Paris Companies

David J. Stern continues to lead Paris Company to high achievement, despite a difficult market and competitive environments. Paris is supplier of industrial uniform services and health care linen services.

Against a mature industry backdrop, Stern’s innovative approaches to opportunities and creative problem-solving constantly reposition Paris to succeed. Notable accomplishments include: 37 consecutive years of revenue growth; company profitability that continues to out-perform industry averages; a total employment increase of 7 percent over the past five years; and a multi-million dollar plant expansion.

As president and CEO, Stern is intimately involved in the industry as an acknowledged expert and for empowering his management team.

“My job is on the strategy side, charting the course for where we are heading. I communicate that; then I get out of the way and support the people who make it happen,” he says.

The strong mentoring environment within Paris reduces learning curves for new managers, strengthens loyalty and builds a deeper, smarter organization.

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cheryltracyCheryl Tracy
Executive Director
National Aviary

Cheryl Tracy was appointed as the National Aviary’s executive director in 2013 after serving as the organization’s chief financial officer for seven years.

As CFO, she reversed decades of six-figure operating deficits and has operated the Aviary with a balanced budget since that time. She managed a $17.5 million capital campaign budget and had strategic and hands-on involvement in the two-year construction project that produced a dramatic physical transformation of the Aviary’s facility in 2010.

Since 2013, Tracy has led the Aviary to record growth in admissions, earned revenue, educational programming and national recognition.

The organization’s operating budget has grown to $5.3 million, up from $3.6 million in 2009.

The Aviary’s growth can be credited not only to marketing strategies that are aligned with the organizational vision, but also the expansion of educational and daily visitor programs; an operational strategy to highlight leading breeding programs, conservation programs and advanced avian medicine; and a significant investment in the bird collection.

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christyuffelmanChristy Uffelman
Partner
Align Leadership

Christy Uffelman’s professional achievements impact thousands of professionals across the Pittsburgh region and beyond.

After setting the bar as the first female executive at a construction company, Uffelman transformed her career to aligning talent with business strategy through facilitation of peer learning and coaching. She launched the Align Leadership east coast office in 2013, centering on women’s leadership development and millennial/gen Y initiatives.

Align Leadership, where Uffelman serves as partner, works with corporations to develop their emerging talent pipeline. Her partnership with FedEx Ground directly impacted more than 100 female managers across North America through her one-of-a-kind Education and Development through Group Experience (EDGE) program.

PEER Technology®, Uffelman’s trademarked, cohort-based, virtual leadership development experience, has captured the attention of Fortune 500 companies and is currently used in various onboarding, high-potential development and diversity programs.

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gordonvanscoyGordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD
Chairman and CEO
PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy

Chairman and CEO Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, possess three decades of executive experience, creating and leading successful medical/pharmaceutical service businesses. Vanscoy is also the associate dean for business innovation and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

From its start in 2011, PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy sought to reinvent specialty pharmacy, revolutionize pharmacy and redefine care. With three former students, Vanscoy positioned PANTHERx in the niche of managing rare and devastating diseases, including those requiring personalized or orphan drugs. The big specialty pharmacies weren’t geared for the unique needs of these complex disorders; PANTHERx was.

PANTHERx landed an exclusive biotech partnership in 2015, managing a new life-saving orphan drug for the entire country. Since, the company expanded to a state-of-the-art facility to keep up with the growth.

In addition to new agreements with states, health plans and prescriber offices, the biotechnology industry now routinely seeks out PANTHERx as the rare disease partner to help launch new medicines.

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dianewatsonDiane Watson
COO
TeleTracking Technologies Inc.

TeleTracking was founded as a software company, but its purpose has always been focused on improving the way hospital services support caregivers and quality patient care.

In 2015, the company enhanced its role in automating daily hospital tasks with the launch of a cloud-based platform that offers significant advancements in user experience.

COO Diane Watson’s vision for the organization is shaped by her years working as a consultant for Accenture, as well as running large, multi-national IT departments. That vision includes being sensitive to the seismic changes occurring in health care and responding in an insightful, strategic way.

Under Watson’s leadership, TeleTracking is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure a customer has the right solutions to realize the best possible outcomes.

TeleTracking’s outcomes-based approach to delivering quality care has led to an expansion of Watson’s team — building talent and investing in infrastructure.

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2016 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Sponsor Notes

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

At Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., we employ innovation, impact and sustainability to help our clients. It’s about impacting the cost of risk and cost of benefits, so that their risk management program and benefit offerings are sustainable. Each business is unique and has challenges that cannot be resolved by “off the shelf” coverage.

In order to do that, our teams have to be innovative. We are most effective when we get to know and understand each client’s specific challenges and objectives.

When it comes to rising health care costs — which can be in double digits every year — you’ve got to be innovative and strategic in what you want to impact, whether that’s managing your employee benefit risks across the entire organization, or wellness initiatives and determining how to motivate people to be well and stay well. It’s also critical from a productivity standpoint. When your employees are not well or hurt, they’re not at work.

At the same time, business leaders are looking to protect their companies at a cost lower than their competitors.

You have a much better chance of doing these things, if you have advisers who specialize in different industries and practice areas. At Gallagher, we can put together the right team to offer the best solution. Our office has specialists that can assist you with all of your commercial insurance or benefits and HR consulting needs. We can help you stay informed of evolving challenges and issues in your industry.

Creativity is a hallmark of Gallagher. We encourage innovation at all levels of our organization, so when traditional solutions don’t fit, our teams routinely reach beyond what’s been done before, to build cutting-edge solutions from scratch. We see solutions where others see problems.

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Huntington Bank

Welcome ‘smart businesses’

At Huntington, we believe in celebrating the talents, contributions and hard work that sets Western Pennsylvania apart generation after generation.

There are so many positive things happening in our region. We see it in the continued economic stability and job growth. We see it in the smart businesses that are growing and expanding here. And, we see it in the smart, energetic leaders who invest their time and talents to make a difference.

Thanks to all the “smart businesses” for your shared commitment to our region and for creating a positive impact within our community.

Helping bring progress and promise to communities since 1866

150 years ago, Huntington opened our first branch. There were no debit cards, ATMs or mobile apps. There wasn’t even electricity. All we had were our bankers, their pens and a promise — a promise that we’d help build the community; a promise to communicate honestly with our customers; and a promise to do the right thing.

Keeping this promise has led to some extraordinary things over the last century and a half, but none greater than the privilege of helping transform the lives of people and businesses right in our own backyard.

Huntington has been serving generations of individuals, families, small and large businesses and communities. We provide full-service consumer and commercial banking services, as well as wealth management, treasury management, equipment financing, automobile financing, trust services, brokerage services, commercial real estate financing, insurance programs and other financial products and services.

About Huntington

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with approximately $100 billion of assets and a network of 1,103 branches and 1,976 ATMs across eight Midwestern states.

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Clark Hill PLC

Clark Hill PLC is an entrepreneurial full service law firm serving clients in all areas of business legal services, government and public affairs and personal legal services. Clark Hill is built upon a core set of values that guide us in our relationships with our clients, our interactions with each other and our connection to the communities in which we serve.

These values have a real and lasting impact on the way we conduct our business, the way we treat our clients and colleagues, and the way we go about growing our firm. We believe these values come into play in each and every client experience, and are essential to the ultimate success of our lawyers and our firm. We believe these values are essential to a “smart” leader:

Relationships Fuel Our Firm. Respect is the foundation of our strong relationships with clients and colleagues. We are tenacious advocates for our clients while being approachable and supportive.

Everyone Matters. We value the contributions of each individual in our firm and encourage fresh ideas and diverse perspectives. We embrace the differences among our colleagues, enriching our experiences.

It’s Not Just About Us. Making a positive impact is central to who we are. We devote our personal and collective time, talent and resources to making our communities better places to live and work.

By embracing new ideas, technologies and cutting-edge business solutions, we provide relevant legal counsel with industry perspective. Our experienced attorneys and other professionals consistently deliver client-centered solutions. Clark Hill clients expect the best, and we deliver by responding quickly to their needs, understanding their business issues and providing outstanding legal advice.

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Fragasso Financial Advisors

Fragasso Financial Advisors, located in Downtown Pittsburgh, has been making the financial success of our clients personal for over 40 years. And while the company has grown into a successful independent investment management firm, one thing has remained constant — our commitment to the highest level of personal service.

Our clients, who range from affluent individuals to retirement plan sponsors and nonprofit institutions, deserve sound financial planning and asset management. Our structure helps us remove conflicts of interest and concentrate on the things that truly matter — our clients’ goals. It is our responsibility to understand the unique needs and challenges of each and every one of our clients, while at the same time wrapping our services in a superior experience that is uniform across the firm and that happens every step of the way.

Providing every client with quality, standardized service through all departments is important enough to us that our staff dedicated more than a year building and training on the Fragasso client experience. We don’t just give lip service to our standards of care. It is engrained in our culture. With a 99 percent client retention rate1, we believe many of our clients would agree.

1Based on accounts January 2009 to December 2015

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All Covered

There are many qualities that make a leader great. Leading by example, being humble and remaining positive are the three most important. It’s not just one of these three qualities that make a great leader, but a combination of these, along with a certain amount of luck and intuition, that make leaders excel.

Leaders must lead by example. Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself or have attempted to do in the past. Be everything you want the team to be. Share the vision for the company with the team and act it every day. Leading by example puts leaders in a position to delegate and communicate more effectively with their teams.

Leaders must be humble. It is important to have a realistic view of one’s own importance. Employees don’t want to work for a leader who is full of him or her self. Be everything you want your team to be, and realize they are an intricate piece of getting it done (so let them know it). Interact with the team and learn from them every day to enable you to be more creative and gain confidence from your team.

Leaders must remain positive. Never let the unexpected get you down. Stay positive and don’t foster negativity with the team. Get leaders under you who encourage team members to be passionate about the vision. Optimism is contagious to both your employees and customers. Even when enforcing hard policies, remaining positive and describing the reasons are paramount.

All Covered – Managed IT from Konica Minolta

Who is All Covered? Your single point of accountability for all your technology needs.

We provide support across the entire IT spectrum, from optimizing resources to maintaining infrastructure to migrating to the Cloud. With over 700 engineers in more than 30 locations nationwide, All Covered helps companies through a full range of IT services and technology support.

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Fairmont Pittsburgh

A “smart” leader cares about his or her employees, demonstrates clear and effective communication and is passionate about selecting and developing talent.

A Fairmont Pittsburgh leader inspires trust through actions that demonstrate empathy and genuine care for others. This creates a motivating and energizing work environment in which employees are empowered to take ownership of their efforts. Smart leaders recognize that their personal influence is more powerful than their positional authority.

Clear and effective communication is also crucial. In order to set employees up for success, leaders must first make sure they know what is expected of them. Employees look to their leaders to communicate clear expectations for their roles and to provide ongoing performance feedback. They also rely on their leader to follow up and assist them when expectations are not being met. At Fairmont Pittsburgh, leaders are viewed as coaches who understand that effective feedback drives positive behavior and achieves results.

A Fairmont Pittsburgh leader understands that skills, knowledge and experience are important but selecting talent is the key to building a high performing, talent-based organization — and establishing a true competitive advantage. A successful leader hires for talent and trains for technical skills. Leaders at Fairmont Pittsburgh are also passionate about developing that talent once it is in place and providing the guidance and resources employees need to grow within their careers.

In practice, these three traits can be seen in a variety of personalities and management styles within the leadership team at Fairmont Pittsburgh. They provide a solid foundation while still allowing individuals to execute their leadership authentically.

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Event Marketing Strategies

Event Marketing Strategies, an experiential engagement agency focused on non-traditional face-to-face marketing, is proud to be a sponsor of the Smart 50 Awards. We believe fully in hiring and training SMART: Strategic, Motivated, Adaptable, Responsible and Trusted leaders.

When analyzing an organization’s success you tend to look from the top down. Three traits we believe successful leaders embody include excellent communication, attention to detail and strong creativity. Our agency was started and continues to thrive on these principles. Communication, both internally and externally, is key — from securing new business to serving your clients or stakeholders to engaging with your employees through social outings. The success is in the details … or at least that’s how we feel. Every element is important and we believe in treating it as such. Regardless of the industry, companies must be creative. Rather than thinking outside of the box, we don’t even allow a box to exist.

Congratulations to the honorees, it’s incredible to be a part of such a SMART community.

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Convero

Engagement doesn’t happen overnight. It is the result of a long-term commitment by your organization to connect with and invest in the wants and needs of your target audience.

Convero develops content marketing programs that increase engagement and performance. Our five-step process delivers detailed plans — from strategy and planning to execution and measurement — for organizations across a wide range of industries, including banking and finance, health care, higher education, manufacturing and associations.

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WordWrite

In the beginning, there were fires, caves and the story. Since the dawn of civilization, humans have embraced story as our fundamental communication style. Story is hardwired into our psyche, has driven the growth of civilization and frames our experience in the 21st century.

At WordWrite, the importance of an authentic story drives everything our leaders do:

Rooted in truth: The best leaders anchor everything they do in what their employees, customers and other stakeholders know to be true. We all have opinions and interpretations — the ones that win the day are those that come from a place of truth.

Fluent storytellers: Leadership is about engagement and motivation. Great leaders are great storytellers. They enable their teams to do the unthinkable, create solutions that delight their customers and add lasting value to society through persistent commitment to advance more than their bottom line.

Engaging the audience: Remarkable leaders understand that if their audience isn’t engaged, there’s no success. The best leaders continually read their audience to ensure they are engaged — and they adapt their messaging, their tone and their approach to ensure engagement that delivers results.

WordWrite has spent years perfecting an approach that helps organizations develop and share their valuable, unique story in a way that is unique, compelling and memorable. StoryCraftingSM links our expertise in marketing, messaging and public relations with our clients’ business expertise to reach and engage their important audiences.

What’s your great, untold story? We’d like to help you share it.

(412) 246-0340
www.wordwritepr.com/smartpittsburgh
[email protected]

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Digizoom Media

We are visual storytellers who believe that creativity should arise and flourish without boundaries. Whether it’s bringing your brand, your value proposition or your organization’s culture to life, we accompany our award-winning visuals with carefully crafted scripts that support your messaging objectives, engage your audiences and inspire action. Telling your story, engaging your audience and driving results is what we do best. Your vision is our passion.

We amplify your presence by providing high quality, cutting-edge video content. We are dedicated to warm, professional standards of service, and guarantee satisfaction with our products and your experience. Our primary focus is to serve the business community through producing content engineered to expand your reach.

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