KIT Solutions President and CEO Named 2010 Pacesetter

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Xiaoyan Zhang recognized by Smart Business Pittsburgh for setting the ‘pace’ in the region

Xiaoyan Zhang, president and CEO of KIT Solutions, LLC, was recently named a 2010 Pacesetter by Smart Business Pittsburgh. Smart Business, a management journal providing insight, advice and strategy for C-level executives of fast-growth, middle-market and large companies, honored Zhang at the 24th annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference at the Kean Theatre in The Washington Place in Gibsonia, Pa.

The Smart Business Pacesetters Awards recognize 13 outstanding business and community leaders who have had a significant impact on the region. These honorees represent innovative leaders whose savvy leadership is setting the pace for the Pittsburgh region.

“Xiaoyan is an inspiring leader and very deserving of this award,” said Dr. Lun Wang, vice president, CTO and co-founder of KIT Solutions. “He has demonstrated this through his loyalty, hard work and commitment to both KIT Solutions’ customers and employees.”

Zhang founded KIT Solutions, a Pittsburgh-based provider of real-time, data-driven decision support services for human services organizations, in 1992, when he envisioned the idea of combining social science knowledge with information technology to develop Knowledge-based Information Technology (KIT) Solutions. In 2007, KIT was awarded its first five-year, multi-million dollar federal government contract and today, the company has several federal agencies as well as state and local agencies in 17 states and has grown to 70 employees with an annual growth rate of 30 percent and revenue of $7 million.

Zhang has also had an impact on the minority community. In 2009, the Pittsburgh Business Times ranked KIT Solutions the 12th largest minority-owned company in the region. As a native of China, Zhang realizes the significance of the relationship between the U.S. and Chinese economies. This was evident recently at the 18th Annual Chinese Association for Science & Technology (CAST-USA) National Convention, held in Pittsburgh, where Zhang spoke.

“I am honored to have been named a 2010 Pacesetter, and I have the hard-working employees at KIT Solutions to thank for helping me attain this award,” said Zhang. “My personal philosophy is that success can be achieved through hard work, integrity, and technological excellence by consistently exceeding customer expectations, and our employees exemplify this everyday.”

Zhang, a PhD in sociology, is also a board member of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh where he gives back through his work to provide a sanctuary for people to learn about and enjoy many threatened and endangered birds from around the world.

To read more about 2010 Pacesetter Xiaoyan Zhang in Smart Business, click here:

About KIT Solutions:
KIT Solutions, based in Pittsburgh, provides real-time, data-driven decision support service with Knowledge-based Information Technology (KIT) to health and human service sector agencies across the United States. KIT Solutions delivers Software as a Service (SaaS) over the Internet through dashboards, scorecards, and GIS mapping. This enables clients to cost effectively manage social service programs by helping them better measure impact and performance outcomes, improve decision making based on increased knowledge, implement best practices, and track funding and satisfy grant reporting. Since its founding in 1992, KIT Solutions has grown to more than 70 employees and its clients include several federal agencies and state and local agencies in 17 states, including California and New York. More than 15,000 social service professionals use KIT Solutions’ on-line data service daily in more than 2,400 agencies and provider organizations across the nation, enabling them to turn information fragmentation and overload into actionable intelligence. For more information, visit


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