2022 Pittsburgh Sensible 50 Awards acknowledge area’s prime management

2022 Pittsburgh Sensible 50 Awards acknowledge area’s prime management

The Pittsburgh Sensible 50 Awards acknowledge the highest executives of the neatest firms within the Higher Pittsburgh area for his or her capability to successfully construct and lead profitable organizations. Right here’s who we honored this 12 months:

Honorees listed in alphabetical order by firm


2022 Pittsburgh Sensible 50 Awards acknowledge area’s prime management
Head of engineering
412 Meals Rescue

Ameesh Kapoor is head of engineering for 412 Meals Rescue’s modern and important tech platform, Meals Rescue Hero. The management group is extremely collaborative and works with belief in every individual’s strengths, insights and skillset.

The tech platform and app are disrupting a meals help system that hasn’t been meaningfully up to date in many years. By the app, volunteer drivers are alerted when surplus meals is out there at a restaurant, grocery retailer, catered occasion, cafeteria, and so forth. When volunteers settle for the rescue, (sometimes inside 10 minutes), the app guides them to the pick-up location, supplies instructions for methods to choose up the meals and navigates to the supply location. Many rescues are accomplished inside one hour, and meals that may in any other case go to waste will be consumed the identical day.


Charlie Bitzer
ABARTA Coca-Cola Drinks

As a family-owned enterprise, ABARTA Coca-Cola Drinks is dedicated to placing individuals first and serving its prospects on the highest degree, with excellence and integrity. It considers its staff to be an extension of this time-honored, deeply held dedication.

The corporate lives by six core values that outline it and distinguish ABARTA Coca-Cola drinks from all different firms — integrity in all issues, respect for individuals, contributing to the success of its prospects, risk-taking, innovation and studying, long-term perspective and dedication to protected residing.

Led by CEO Charlie Bitzer, the corporate takes pleasure in partnering with and supporting its communities. ABARTA Coca-Cola has 14 distribution facilities throughout its territory in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Every location exhibits dedication to native occasions and organizations.


Kinesh Doshi
Founder and CEO
Accion Labs US Inc.

Accion Labs is an modern engineering agency that makes use of rising applied sciences, a variety of accelerators and a field-tested gated innovation supply course of to create transformational software program. Kinesh Doshi, founder and CEO of Accion Labs, fosters innovation via collaboration and steady studying, key rules which have been the cornerstones of Accion’s success. Over the previous 12 months, the group has taken a number of steps to strengthen these beliefs all through the group.

First, to drive collaboration, Doshi has revamped his function to permit extra time to have interaction instantly with key stakeholders, together with shoppers and staff. By eradicating day-to-day duties, he’s spending extra time constructing communication via common checkpoints with shoppers and staff. These periods are key drivers to options for mission points, organizational enhancements and studying alternatives for your entire firm.


Brett Randall
President and CEO

Aliner is rising sustainably and steadily to assist each the local weather and its group.

For almost 40 years, Aliner, led by President and CEO Brett Randall, has produced top-quality towable tenting trailers. Whereas being on the forefront of engineering designs has at all times been its specialty, it’s proud to say that its devoted group members, office satisfaction and excessive retention charges have led to a year-over-year income development of almost 120 %.

After numerous hours of strategizing, it has rolled out its highest sustainable product but — the Evolution. Every unit makes use of over 350 sq. ft of repurposed supplies, preserving them from a landfill. Each 164 constructed equals the equal of 57,400 sq. ft, or almost the scale of knowledgeable soccer subject, of upcycled supplies.

Furthermore, all of its merchandise have zero emissions and 0 carbon footprint.


Rama Subba Rao
Government Vice President
Aquatech Worldwide

Established in 1981, Aquatech Worldwide is a worldwide chief in water purification know-how for industrial and infrastructure markets, with a deal with desalination, water recycle and reuse and 0 liquid discharge.

Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Aquatech — with Rama Subba Rao serving as Government Vice President — has workplaces all through North America and subsidiaries in Europe, the Center East, India and China. By its worldwide operations, Aquatech has executed greater than 1,000 water administration tasks in over 60 international locations.

The phrase “From Innovation Flows Management” affirms Aquatech prospects of its dedication to offering new applied sciences and processes that clear up distinctive mission challenges, meet particular {industry} necessities, improve system efficiency and reliability, and considerably cut back set up time and prices.


Jessica Gibson
Ariel Precision Drugs

Ariel Precision Drugs — led by CEO Jessica Gibson — is closely reliant on its present prospects and advisers when it develops and commercializes new merchandise. The corporate, which makes use of precision drugs for the prognosis, monitoring and tailor-made therapy of advanced ailments, is headed by former clinicians who information its efforts with their expertise and experience, and depends closely upon its medical group for an understanding of what’s required from a compliance, regulatory and technological perspective. As soon as it has decided what the product ought to appear like and accomplished growth, it solicits and incorporates suggestions from its medical advisory board. It then supplies them an early entry interval to work out any unexpected issues earlier than launching via its salesforce, with a corresponding advertising effort, extra broadly.


Rodney King
Automotive Methods Warehouse

Based in 1978, Automotive Methods Warehouse is a wholesale warehouse distributor of automotive allied merchandise to the collision restore worth chain. The corporate, via its 5 strategically positioned warehouses, consolidates 300-plus core distributors to supply tens of hundreds of distinctive automotive merchandise. Rodney King has spent 24 years with ASW and serves as president.

He prides himself on providing distinctive customer support, which confirmed via quite a few buyer calls performed as a part of a transaction diligence course of in late 2021. Suggestions from prospects was excellent, noting King and ASW are valued companions via high-touch service and robust on-time supply charges. ASW operates as an extension of King’s drive for excellence. His participating impression on the tradition and strong organizational imaginative and prescient have allowed ASW to attain important development.


Sreekar Gadde
Government director
BlueTree Allied Angels

Sreekar Gadde, govt director for BlueTree Allied Angels, leverages his background in engineering, regulation and enterprise to determine and analyze early stage firms for potential funding alternatives. As well as, he assists administration groups of early and mid-stage firms in growing an IP technique that enhances the corporate’s enterprise technique.

Gadde’s work expertise spans fields together with synthetic intelligence, drugs, information analytics and client items. Unbiased of {industry}, Gadde works with firms to determine what differentiates them from their competitors and decide what types of IP present them the perfect strategic worth to guard that differentiation.

Previous to becoming a member of BlueTree, Gadde labored as an IP litigator and IP prosecutor at two prime regulation corporations and was a validation engineer and group lead for Intel’s microprocessor design enterprise unit.


Oliver S. Schmidt
President and CEO

A wise administration consultancy systematically identifies alternatives and seizes upon them. It is usually nimble, reacting when enterprise situations change, by no means forgetting that enterprise success is predicated on laborious work, incomes belief, serving to shoppers develop into extra profitable and serving the group. President and CEO Oliver S. Schmidt has constructed C4CS® with the assistance of a devoted group. Schmidt’s management encourages individuals to reside as much as the corporate’s tag line: “Leaders in Strategic Communication and Disaster Administration.”

Schmidt and two now-retired colleagues based C4CS® in 1998 in Charlotte, North Carolina; it has been headquartered in Pittsburgh since 2004. Schmidt had newly immigrated to the US from Germany within the Nineteen Nineties when he recognized a necessity to mix extremely specialised strategic communication and disaster administration consulting, coaching and govt teaching providers.


Charles Yhap
CleanRobotics Applied sciences

CleanRobotics Applied sciences combines {hardware}, software program and the Web of Issues to convey new life to recycling packages and the round economic system. Based in 2015, the CleanRobotics group is pushed by the core perception that sorting waste earlier than it reaches recycling services is the simplest strategy to retrieve and preserve the worth of recyclable commodities. Its flagship product, TrashBot, reduces contamination on the level of disposal, with a sorting accuracy of 95 %.

The corporate, led by CEO Charles Yhap, is the producer of a wise trash bin robotic for sorting recyclables from landfill waste. It makes use of superior robotics and synthetic intelligence through the sorting course of. The product screens the waste processed and analyzes the info about recycling and supplies an internet dashboard to view on the spot waste-related information.


J.D. Ewing
Chairman and CEO
COE Distributing

J.D. Ewing is an excellent chief and motivator. The cornerstone of his capability to run a wise group is individuals. Ewing believes in recruiting, coaching and retaining A gamers who’re devoted to excellence in all sides of the enterprise. He personally set a normal of excellence and guaranteeing the corporate’s strategic imaginative and prescient is aligned with service to prospects, staff and the group.

Ewing, chairman and CEO, is personally accountable for beginning, constructing and rising COE right into a $100 million firm over a decade by consistently innovating and adapting services and products to satisfy and exceed buyer wants. The corporate operates with a tradition of steady enchancment although innovation at each degree. Whether or not it’s new merchandise, providers or course of, Ewing cultivates an environment the place each worker feels empowered to innovate.


Pat Cavanaugh
Founder and CEO
Come Prepared Meals

Pat Cavanaugh has boot-strapped a smaller, entrepreneurial-based group that entered a really aggressive market of practical and sports activities diet merchandise (Coke and Pepsi-beverages, Clif and Form-bars). By shrewd methods and the mindset of outworking the competitors, he has constructed a $100 million-plus firm and Prepared® Model, with its merchandise featured within the very largest gamers within the mass retail, grocery and membership channels.

He has completed this via best-in-class product innovation and high quality together with his Prepared® Model, together with constructing a company tradition that values the problem of competing as an underdog with a dogged perspective to succeed. Cavanaugh has needed to make the neatest use of his comparatively restricted sources, in contrast in opposition to company giants, to get his merchandise into {the marketplace} and be accepted by customers.


Thomas Longenecker
President and CEO
Commonwealth Constitution Academy

Commonwealth Constitution Academy, a Ok-12 public cyber constitution college, supplies a versatile, customizable training to college students throughout Pennsylvania for free of charge to households. Based in 2003, CCA has helped change the narrative on on-line studying throughout a worldwide pandemic.

CCA, led by President and CEO Thomas Longenecker, almost doubled its enrollment of 10,200 college students within the 2019-20 college 12 months to 19,200 within the 2020-21 college 12 months. CCA additionally doubled the scale of its employees from roughly 500 to over 1,000 in six months in 2020.

As of June 2022, CCA served 23,000 college students and the college employees grew to 1,500 staff. CCA is now the second-largest Ok-12 public college in Pennsylvania — solely under town of Philadelphia Faculty District.


Edward Gunner Saxon
Conco Providers

Conco Providers is a supplier of cleansing providers and nondestructive testing for industrial services and energy vegetation. Edward Gunner Saxon started working at Conco in 1977 and have become CEO in 1992. He leads Conco with the “Complete Efficiency Program — Safer, Quicker, Cleaner, Greene.” It prioritizes security, which Saxon reinforces throughout the group, as he sees security not solely as a duty however an ethical obligation.

To perform this mission, Saxon fosters a tradition of collaboration and steady enchancment utilizing his efficient work ethic, communication expertise and frequent conferences with all ranges of staff. Below his management, the group’s most impactful current accomplishments embody three consecutive years with “Good Data,” as described by the Nationwide Security Council, and excessive retention charges with staff and prospects via COVID-19.


Kevin Walker
President and CEO
Duquesne Gentle Co.

Duquesne Gentle Co. is the biggest supplier of electrical energy to the Higher Pittsburgh area, servicing greater than 600,000 prospects. Based in 1880 — only one 12 months after the sunshine bulb was invented — with $90,000 in pooled funding funds, DLC (recognized then as Allegheny County Gentle) turned Pittsburgh`s first electrical utility firm. This was across the similar time that Thomas Edison started producing energy for just a few dozen Manhattan residents utilizing alternating present (AC). In Pittsburgh, DLC’s pioneers knew that AC was the way in which of the longer term and labored collectively to convey electrical energy to our area.

Immediately, DLC is dedicated to delivering protected and dependable power for patrons’ on a regular basis wants. It’s one of many highest-ranking utilities in reliability and customer support, and was named a 2022 Most Trusted Utility Model.


Laura Maines
Each Youngster Inc.

Each Youngster Inc. supplies prevention, behavioral well being and foster care providers to youngsters and their households all through Southwestern Pennsylvania. The people served are among the many most weak.

When CEO Laura Maines arrived at Each Youngster eight years in the past, its future was unclear. Relationships and partnerships had been strained, commitments weren’t met and worker turnover was unmanageable. Maines constructed an govt management group to stabilize the group, constructed a sustainable but aspirational strategic plan and started the transformation. The main target is on what Each Youngster does higher than anybody else, and the way it may convey that to extra youngsters in want.

The group started flourishing, stabilizing contracts and funding sources whereas attracting prime human service expertise and persevering with to develop to be a pacesetter in its subject.


J. Christopher Donahue
President and CEO
Federated Hermes

After working at Federated Hermes for 50 years — 24 of them as CEO — J. Christopher “Chris” Donahue has a deep ardour for increasing the corporate’s footprint in accountable investing and Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), along with rising the enterprise on a global scale.

In 2018, it acquired London-based Hermes Fund Managers Ltd., a personal fairness and infrastructure supervisor centered on creating sustainable returns for traders, bolstering the corporate’s bench power in accountable investing. The agency rebranded in 2020 as Federated Hermes Inc. and renamed its merchandise to replicate its new id. Now, Federated Hermes is a worldwide chief in energetic, accountable funding administration, with $632 billion in managed property that may incorporate ESG components alongside conventional monetary analysts.


Jennifer Owen
Flyspace Productions

Jennifer Owen is principal of Flyspace Productions, Pittsburgh’s fastest-growing and solely licensed woman-owned full-service occasion producer. Collectively together with her companion, she has managed the strategic development of the corporate, which began in 2006 with annual income of $15,000 and now has 40 full-time employees and a considerably elevated projected income this 12 months.

She has guided the corporate via fast development, recessions, a pandemic and an ever-changing {industry} with foresight, compassion and keenness. In March 2020, she helped navigate her firm via probably the most tough interval in its historical past. In a single day, the occasion {industry} shut down and the corporate was confronted with an open-ended timeframe stuffed with unknowns. She made each effort to maintain the employees employed and their medical insurance paid.


Thanassis Avgerinos
Vp of engineering
ForAllSecure Inc.

Thanassis Avgerinos is vice chairman of engineering at ForAllSecure Inc. His work has basically modified how firms take into consideration cybersecurity. He has translated pure tutorial analysis right into a product utilized by Fortune 500 firms. Most merchandise iterate on detecting assaults. Avgerinos envisioned a completely autonomous system — a self-driving automobile for safety — that constantly hacked your personal stuff and, when it discovered an issue, robotically patched it.

In 2016, DARPA (Protection Superior Analysis Initiatives Company) requested whether or not a system like Avgerinos proposed was sensible in actual life. It launched a Cyber Grand Problem with a $60 million funding to anybody who may win the problem. Avgerinos’ analysis was the basic foundation for the successful entry, resulting in the U.S. Smithsonian recognizing his invention as distinctive and historic.


Jonathan Garlow
President and CEO
Ford Workplace Applied sciences

As president of Ford Enterprise Machines since 2010, Johnathan Garlow additionally assumed the function of CEO in 2018 after the passing of his father and the corporate’s founder. His perception into the rising {industry} has led to additions to the corporate’s resolution portfolio, in addition to a rebranding in 2021 to Ford Workplace Applied sciences. This has allowed Ford to totally outline its providers and dedication to prospects by serving to them determine with its model within the market.

12 months after 12 months, Garlow continues to take heed to the wants of shoppers and shifts the main focus of the corporate’s choices to replicate their total present workplace environments. This steady introspection ensures it’s at all times providing the newest in cutting-edge workplace know-how, options and unparalleled buyer experiences.


Robert Fragasso
Founder, president and CEO
Fragasso Monetary Advisors

Robert “Bob” Fragasso, founder, chairman and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Fragasso Monetary Advisors, is celebrating 50 years within the funding {industry} in 2022. The son of hard-working immigrant dad and mom, Fragasso was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. As a younger boy, he managed a paper route and saved the cash he earned to put money into mutual funds. Finally, he used the cash he earned as a baby for a down fee on his first house.

Fragasso turned a monetary advisor in 1972. He based Fragasso Monetary Advisors Inc. 26 years in the past as an unbiased Registered Funding Advisor on the premise that shoppers’ monetary success needs to be made private, and investments needs to be chosen by what’s finest for them.


Frank Leonello
CEO; President
Franjo Building

Franjo Building is a normal contractor, development supervisor and design/builder. It’s a

Joe Leonello
CEO; President
Franjo Building

privately owned company servicing the wants of shoppers regionally via its constructing, restoration and development administration working divisions.


Franjo is a pacesetter within the Pittsburgh area in constructing modern and cutting-edge tasks. Immediately, greater than 100 commerce staff work at Franjo within the subject and the workplace. Worker retention is excessive, with a quantity celebrating 10 or extra years with the corporate. Though the corporate was integrated in 1997, 2002 was its first 12 months of income. Joseph Leonello Jr., together with his father, began working full time at Franjo in 2002. Supplementing their efforts have been Frank Leonello, who joined Franjo full time in 2003 and is now CEO, and Joe Leonello, who serves as president.


Matthew Ferrari
President and CEO
GAMMA Sports activities

Matthew Ferrari leads GAMMA Sports activities after taking up as president and CEO from his father and organizational founder. When Ferrari took the helm, the corporate was experiencing declining income and earnings tied to the decline of the recognition of tennis. In 2015-16, he set GAMMA on a path to recreate itself. Specializing in the racquet and paddle sport {industry}, he recognized an rising market that was utilizing present tennis grip merchandise on their gear. Pickleball paddle producers had recognized the dominance of GAMMA in tennis grips and started utilizing its product on paddles. It recognized pickleball as the following large vertical and dove in. Income has turned to the optimistic, the group at GAMMA Sports activities is rising and it just lately hosted the biggest indoor pickleball match within the U.S.


Jason Wolfe

Jason Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur who has created and grown quite a few firms, together with MyCoupons.com, Direct Response Applied sciences, GiftCards.com, PerfectGift.com, Present Card Granny and now GiftYa. Wolfe, CEO of GiftYa, frequently takes what he has realized from prior firms and merchandise and applies it to his present firm, making enhancements alongside the way in which. He has a drive and dedication to disrupt the present card {industry} and repair the brokenness of the present card, altering and enhancing the way in which we present.

A peer-to-peer gifting know-how permits customers to ship cash simpler and extra securely. GiftYa hyperlinks on to a person’s Visa, Mastercard or American Specific debit or bank card and robotically credit their account once they pay at a service provider the individual gifting the cash has picked.


Robert Stape
Interim president and CEO
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, headquartered in Lawrenceville, has been serving Southwestern Pennsylvania and North Central West Virginia for over 100 years. In 2021, Goodwill SWPA fulfilled its mission to assist individuals enhance their high quality of life via work and associated providers by serving 12,411 adults and youth, had 5,207 members obtain digital providers, employed 1,137 individuals and had 123 firms rent Goodwill members. People positioned by Goodwill earned a median of 70.5 % above minimal wage, and providers created an financial impression in Southwestern Pennsylvania of greater than $90 million.

Reuse of things via Goodwill’s thrift shops retains hundreds of thousands of kilos of useable items out of landfills, supplies jobs, job coaching and different alternatives, and supplies a gradual stream of reasonably priced, high-quality objects for resale.


James Gillespie

GrayMatter CEO James Gillespie has prioritized GrayMatter’s Good Operations providing to handle a expertise hole that represents an pressing problem for big and mid-sized producers and industrial organizations. Retirements, a aggressive job market, availability of distant work choices and provide chain constraints have made it tough for industrial firms to search out U.S.-based staff to work in factories and industrial vegetation.
Organizations are on the lookout for new methods to make use of information and know-how to enhance their operations and help the operators they’ve with their work. GrayMatter’s Good Operations helps firms fill that expertise hole. Its industrial management system engineers, information scientists and manufacturing execution system experience enable industrial firms to beat the constraints of the tight labor marketplace for industrial know-how expertise and to search out methods to maintain innovating.


Kyle Gillis
Iconic Air

Iconic Air is on the reducing fringe of oil and gasoline carbon accounting, working with shoppers so as to add much-needed options to the corporate’s SaaS platform that handle frequent ache factors for upstream operators. Throughout onboarding, Iconic Air’s engineers work carefully with the shopper to customise the platform, guaranteeing that it integrates into their workflow and has desired options.

Led by CEO Kyle Gillis, Iconic Air works with oil and gasoline upstream and midstream firms to scale back carbon emissions. Traditionally, carbon has been tracked manually by way of spreadsheets in a time-consuming course of. Now, Iconic Air shops, tracks, benchmarks and visualizes this information on one platform. Operators can take an operational view of property with unprecedented granularity, serving to them meet emissions discount targets on their path to internet zero.


William Baker
President and CEO
Irwin Automotive and Tools

Irwin Automotive and Tools is a 130-year-old engineering and manufacturing firm that makes a speciality of the design and manufacturing of modern, heavy-duty materials dealing with tools for an enormous array of heavy industries and specialty purposes.

For the final 29 years, Irwin Automotive and Tools has mirrored President and CEO William Baker’s imaginative and prescient for a corporation that’s composed of a number of niche-like enterprise models associated at a standard degree but present a sound and diversified mixture of markets, merchandise and industries. This has supplied a dependable engine for continued development for the person enterprise models of Irwin Automotive and Tools and the corporate as a complete.

Since Baker acquired Irwin Automotive and Tools in 1993, the corporate has had constant, secure and at occasions fast development.


William C. Polacek
President and CEO
JWF Industries

JWF Industries designs, manufactures and integrates steel centric merchandise by rising with individuals, processes, markets and prospects. The corporate is devoted to its staff, communities and world prospects within the protection, power and industrial industries. Below the management of President and CEO William “Invoice” C. Polacek, JWF Industries has develop into a pillar within the Johnstown group and surrounding areas.

Polacek believes that “Religion-Household-Nation” are the important thing elements to a profitable life, and JWF Industries adopted the time period as its mantra. These values run from the highest down, permitting staff to be part of the group’s total imaginative and prescient. In 1987, Polacek based Johnstown Welding and Fabrication. Diversification led to a reputation change, JWF Industries, to offer higher development into newer markets and capabilities.


Brian Quinn
Keystone Foam PA LLC

Based in 1983, Keystone Foam PA LLC is a fabricator of froth merchandise and purposes that serve the medical, packaging, furnishings and different industries. Keystone focuses on personalized foam options utilizing polyurethane, latex and viscoelastic foam.

CEO Brian Quinn has spent 25 years with Keystone Foam. He and the corporate pleasure themselves on providing industry-leading customization, capabilities and high quality, which confirmed effectively via buyer calls performed as a part of a transaction diligence course of in mid-2022. Buyer suggestions was excellent, noting Quinn and the corporate are valued companions via high-touch service and robust compliant merchandise shipped charges.

Since turning into CEO, Quinn has helped speed up the enlargement of the enterprise via strategic development initiatives, together with the enlargement of the warehouse in 2019.


Kristy Knichel
President and CEO
Knichel Logistics Inc.

Knichel Logistics Founder William Knichel started working within the railroad {industry} in 1974. In 1986, he moved to a third-party IMC. After working for years as an unbiased agent for a nationwide provider, he shaped Knichel Logistics in 2003 together with his daughter, Kristy.

In 2007, Kristy Knichel took over the household enterprise as president, and is now president and CEO. Her brother, William Knichel Jr., is vice chairman, and her sister, Kandy Knichel-Barkley, is vice chairman of administration. Being a household enterprise has helped form the corporate’s tradition, and it views all staff as an extension of the household. That tradition helps drive the dedication Knichel Logistics has towards offering best-in-class customer support.

Knichel Logistics’ mission is to be the perfect third-party logistics supplier within the {industry}.


Mary Yohannan
Life is Higher Touring LLC

Practically 10 years in the past, Mary Yohannan left behind a profitable profession in forensic science to comply with her ardour for journey. With a rising household, she wished to be house together with her daughters. She channeled her love of journey into Life Is Higher Touring LLC (LIBT) in 2013 as its sole worker, creating a distinct segment round Disney holidays and shortly turning into a part of Disney’s unique Earmarked program. She quickly started to department out.

Immediately, LIBT hosts 17 different brokers. Yohannan fosters their development — and hers — via a proprietary, personalized on-line coaching college. Modules vary from Mastermind periods, the place Yohannan leads discussions on gross sales, advertising, promotions, guidelines and laws and new journey developments to a Leads program designed to assist brokers pinpoint their area of interest journey market.


Jim Berlin
Founder and CEO
Logistics Plus Inc.

With a background as a truck driver and political activist, Logistics Plus Inc. Founder and CEO Jim Berlin took of venture 26 years in the past with one buyer, a one-year buy order and three staff to create a extremely profitable world logistics enterprise. The corporate continues to develop and broaden below Berlin’s distinctive and passionate management. His philosophy of claiming sure to nearly any problem has led to an organization that gives virtually any resolution wanted throughout a provide chain.

In 2003, he purchased the dilapidated Union Station constructing in downtown Erie for his world headquarters. Investments in charities, the commissioning of murals to fight blight and the continuing coaching of lots of of interns have created a corporation that’s as dedicated to the group as it’s to its success.


Lou Plung
Managing companion
Louis Plung & Co.

The accounting agency of Louis Plung & Co. was based in 1921 by Louis Plung and his spouse, Jane, of their kitchen in Pittsburgh to offer distinctive auditing, tax and enterprise advisory providers to Pittsburgh companies.

Their son, Donald, took over as managing companion in 1960. In 1984, Donald’s son, Lou, joined the agency and in 1992 turned the third managing companion. As Lou grew the agency, the unique premise of offering distinctive accounting providers and serving to shoppers succeed remained the main focus.

Lou and his group vowed to stay an unbiased agency and engaged in a means of steady strategic planning. To supply extra focus, they employed a facilitator in 2020 who labored with the companion group to ascertain objectives to maintain and develop the agency.


Vivek Gupta
President and CEO
Mastech Digital

On the onset of the pandemic, when IT firms have been nonetheless making an attempt to determine methods of wading via the COVID waves, Mastech Digital President and CEO Vivek Gupta was forward of the race with the profitable and well timed launch of Distant Staffing Providers, branded as MAS-REMOTE.

IT staffing providers that Mastech Digital had supplied till then have been at shopper areas or at Mastech Digital workplaces. With MAS-REMOTE, its U.S. shoppers now had entry to the highest 10 % of remote-working IT professionals across the nation. In 2021, Gupta took MAS-REMOTE and prolonged distant staffing to Offshore Staffing out of India. This can be a well timed providing; with a looming recession, organizations are tightening their belts, on the lookout for extra for much less in IT providers, and Offshore Staffing satisfies the necessity.


Chris McMahon
President and CEO
MFA Wealth Administration

For over 30 years, MFA Wealth Administration President and CEO Chris McMahon has suggested shoppers in complete monetary planning, asset allocation, retirement planning and property tax administration methods. McMahon is an {industry} useful resource serving as a guide and adviser to {industry} professionals, giving readability within the areas of follow administration, shopper care and complete monetary planning.

McMahon based his personal wealth planning agency in 1986, which in 2014 turned MFA Wealth Administration. As a Registered Funding Advisor (RIA) agency, MFA Wealth Administration has a fiduciary duty to solely present funding recommendation that’s of their shoppers’ finest pursuits. It was this driving drive that propelled McMahon to undertake know-how years earlier than different monetary planners. That’s one of many causes the agency has a 99 % shopper retention charge.


Gina Luffy
Proprietor and operator
p.r.n. Well being Providers

In 1979, Gina Luffy based p.r.n. Well being Providers with the aim of serving to seniors and individuals with disabilities reside higher lives via private, caring service tailor-made to their wants, supplied by extremely certified professionals. Luffy began the corporate whereas on the lookout for an answer for her grandmother who lived alone and wanted assist. She had a stroke in her early 70s and required each day help to reside her life with as a lot dignity as doable.

The need to assist her shoppers preserve a standard, unbiased way of life whereas receiving the perfect house well being care doable has motivated her to proceed investing in offering extra providers. For over 35 years, p.r.n. Well being Providers has supplied skilled, certified, reliable house care and transportation providers for shoppers within the Pittsburgh space.


Kevin Acklin
President of Enterprise Operations
Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been thrown a serious curve on the onset of the pandemic, when followers weren’t permitted to attend, adopted by limitations for the primary half of the following season. Each had a serious impression on its main income, ticket gross sales. Nonetheless, the Penguins, with the help of the NHL, its banks and homeowners, emerged stronger than in pre-pandemic occasions. Attendance by year-end averaged 90 % of capability, with season ticket gross sales robust for the upcoming season. Sponsorships and TV income are at all-time highs.

Led by President of Enterprise Operations Kevin Acklin and Kevin Hart, vice chairman of finance, the Penguins answered every of the challenges they confronted. Acklin is in his fifth season within the Penguins group, and his first as president of Enterprise Operations.


Joel Reed
Government director
Pittsburgh Robotic Community

Joel Reed, govt director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community (PRN), describes himself as an entrepreneur in a guide’s physique. He’s a start-up savvy, passionate robotics enterprise chief with 25 years of technique, buyer growth, gross sales, advertising and operational expertise who makes use of a mixture of management kinds to ship worth within the face of danger and uncertainty.

Highlights of his profession embody introducing autonomous cell robots as a brand new class of logistics robots, commercializing 3D LiDAR information processing software program, which was acquired by Autodesk, and eCommerce choosing robots, for which he raised $20 million and secured key prospects. He’s a fierce advocate for robotics firms and devoted to constructing an impression aligned together with his imaginative and prescient for the area.


Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Pittsburgh Technical Faculty

Two- and three-year schools specializing in technical training play an necessary function in constructing the workforce of tomorrow. Below the renewed management of Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D., Pittsburgh Technical Faculty is positioned to not solely be a pacesetter in utilized technical training throughout the area, but additionally nationally.

Harvey-Smith is strategically positioning PTC as an educator of selection for technical training and careers of the longer term as packages are explored and expanded. With greater than 30 tutorial packages, she has bolstered PTC’s function as a main pathway for filling center expertise jobs and fueling financial growth via sector partnerships and profession pathways.

Within the final 12 months alone, she has shaped articulation agreements with Robert Morris College and West Liberty College to make superior levels reasonably priced and accessible.


Dr. Douglas Gebhard, PharmaD MBA
RareMed Options

Dr. Douglas Gebhard, PharmaD MBA, has devoted his life to connecting underserved sufferers with much-needed therapies. He’s president and of RareMed Options, the nation’s solely concierge affected person providers supplier. RareMed companions with biopharma to remodel the lives of sufferers with uncommon and devastating situations by accelerating entry to biomedical breakthroughs and therapy. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, RareMed affords case administration, co-pay, monetary help packages, reimbursement assist, nursing assist, well being care skilled training, affected person adherence and training, and noncommercial pharmacy meting out providers to all 50 states.

Gebhard leads over 200 people with a breadth of expertise growing, launching and sustaining therapy-specific groups.


Jeff Eiben
Founder and CEO
River Level Expertise

River Level Expertise continues to be acknowledged as a pacesetter inside its market. Founder and CEO Jeff Eiben has instilled an modern tradition since founding the corporate in 2011. River Level is acknowledged inside its {industry} as a pacesetter inside cloud automation, and corporations akin to HP, PWC, Trace3 and others companion with RPT to convey this experience to their prospects. This management out there is principally as a consequence of Eiben’s imaginative and prescient and executing it inside a aggressive market.

Outdoors of River Level management, Eiben is sharing his sensible methodology, Worth Creation Expertise, in a soon-to-be-released ebook. His aim is to share the sensible mannequin that River Level has efficiently used to assist firms and technologists have extra success with enabling rising know-how.


Graham Rihn
RoadRunner Recycling

Graham Rihn believed there was a greater manner for firms and organizations to recycle waste. On a mission to unravel the operational inefficiencies that almost all usually include conventional waste and recycling administration, he launched RoadRunner Recycling in 2014. The corporate is now setting new and actionable sustainability benchmarks for companies and dramatically growing America’s recycling charges.

Earlier than RoadRunner Recycling, a enterprise would contract with a stable waste firm, the place about 95 % of supplies go to landfills due to conventional hauling and materials separating inefficiencies. When a enterprise indicators with RoadRunner, it turns into its supplies administration companion, onboarding present incumbent stable waste firms whereas implementing versatile recycling choices personalized to suit their enterprise.


Timothy A. Haluszcak
SteelBridge Labs

SteelBridge Labs is an early stage Fintech Enterprise Capital agency. The funding agency grew via its individuals’s expertise as world-class administration consultants. By its consulting work with PE and VC corporations, it recognized the necessity to create an ecosystem for Fintech firms to sort out real-world issues and develop.

The lab supplies a protected house for innovation. Entrepreneurs, coders, traders and technologists trying to take an concept from its infancy and develop it from the bottom up now have a spot to name house. SteelBridge Labs desires founders who’re captivated with what they do and can work tirelessly to win. It takes an energetic function in all firms by offering steerage, management and, in some circumstances, a hands-on function inside the corporate.


Stephen Gurgovits
Managing companion
Tecum Capital

Tecum Capital was based by Managing Associate Stephen Gurgovits in 2013 and is headquartered in Wexford. Tecum Capital invests in lower-middle-market companies with distinctive administration groups. On behalf of a extremely seasoned group of institutional, household workplace and high-net-worth particular person traders, Tecum Capital has invested over $850 million in roughly 100 platform and add-on acquisitions.

Gurgovits was the driving drive in growing the imaginative and prescient of Tecum Capital because the main supply of versatile capital for lower-middle-market companies by creating worth for all key stakeholders in a portfolio firm. He envisioned a collaborative, relationship-focused strategy, which is the place he selected the title Tecum, a Latin adverb that means “with you.” Partnership and collaboration are exemplified not solely within the investing relationships, however within the group inside Tecum.


Christy Pietryga
Veterans Management Program

Christy Pietryga began with Veterans Management Program in 2014 as a housing case supervisor, helping veterans experiencing homelessness transfer into everlasting housing. By this expertise and efficiency, she moved to housing supervisor, program director then COO. Since turning into COO, Pietryga has helped VLP almost triple its annual variety of veterans served, tripled the group’s annual price range and almost tripled its employees. Most necessary, by growing the annual price range of the group, VLP has been in a position to broaden its providers from 18 counties in Pennsylvania to 30 counties in Western and Central Pennsylvania, serving extra veterans in want of help. She has carried out an information and compliance group to make sure efficiency measures are being met and veterans are supplied the very best degree of care.


Sharise Nance
Founder and Proprietor
Vitamin C Therapeutic LLC

Sharise Nance based Vitamin C Therapeutic in 2016, two years after the discharge of her first ebook, whose mission is to advertise life steadiness, satisfaction and success. Vitamin C was created to deal with the therapeutic of the entire individual, with the hope that its providers will present the same expertise because the nutrient.

Vitamin C has advanced into a corporation that enhances the emotional wellness by serving to professionals, entrepreneurs and caregivers combating self-care, work-life steadiness, compassion fatigue and burnout via group teaching, workbooks, reside and digital workshops and on-line programs. Since 2017, Vitamin C has collectively helped over 100 instructional services, nonprofit, social service, group psychological well being and well being care organizations.

She additionally co-founded HandinHand Counseling Providers in 2013.


Douglas Muetzel
Wesley Household Providers

Wesley Household Providers, led by CEO Douglas Muetzel, is a nonprofit group that yearly impacts greater than 20,000 people and households in Western Pennsylvania. WFS’ skilled employees of over 900 individuals is dedicated to offering high-quality behavioral well being care providers and assist packages to youngsters, adults and households over the course of their lifespan so they’re empowered to achieve their full potential.

WFS’ mission is to empower youngsters, adults and households by offering transformational care, whereas its imaginative and prescient is to do extra for youngsters, households and adults by being more practical, environment friendly and sustainable, and persevering with to innovate in what they do and the way they do it.

WFS has a confirmed dedication to creating and sustaining a tradition that focuses on empowering individuals.


Philip Brenckle
West Shore Residence

West Shore Residence has advanced and honed its enterprise mannequin during the last 15 years and has grown from two areas in Mechanicsburg and Pittsburgh to over 30 areas, with an aspiration to quickly develop into the main nationwide model within the same-day tub/bathe, home windows and door set up enterprise. The corporate, with CFO Philip Brenckle, has been fueled by natural development in every market location, greenfield de novo start-up areas and acquisitions. The frequent denominator is to leverage the confirmed enterprise mannequin that typically completes the set up jobs in at some point, makes use of synthetic information intelligence to determine seemingly households to focus on, deploys their very own staff in telemarketing facilities to make contact, makes in depth use of tv advertising to construct their model and makes use of company-employed installers.


David M. Wilke, CPA, MBA
Founder and co-managing companion
WILKE CPAs & Advisors

When Founder and Co-Managing Associate David Wilke began his accounting agency in 1998, it was simply him and one shopper. Immediately, he has grown that imaginative and prescient to just about 60 staff and greater than 2,000 shoppers in Western Pennsylvania and nationwide. Up to now three years, their development charge has averaged 10 to 12 %.
The agency’s defining precept is, let staff select their very own path. He compensates staff based mostly on particular person effort and agency profitability. Compensation is predicated on a simple hourly charge, which makes it simpler to price range for bills, reduces administrative duties and places the management squarely on the workers. Bonuses are based mostly on a group members’ outcomes and effectivity. It’s predictable, simple to handle and incentivizes staff to achieve their very own private objectives. ●