Inaugural Smart 50 Class Honored in Pittsburgh

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Top business leaders honored for building, leading successful organizations

Smart Business magazine announces the first Smart 50 Awards in Pittsburgh, recognizing the top 50 executives in the region for effectively building and leading successful organizations.

The awards ceremony will take place Nov. 19 at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center in downtown Pittsburgh and will include an awards presentation and a keynote address on what it takes to lead a successful “smart” company.

“We’re excited to honor the inaugural class of Smart 50 winners in Pittsburgh, to recognize the leadership and impact they have on the community and the region,” said Dustin S. Klein, publisher of Smart Business, a publisher of 14 regional business publications including Smart Business Pittsburgh. “Each of them demonstrates what it takes to be a strong and innovative leader by effectively building and leading successful organizations.”

A select few Pittsburgh honorees will also be recognized at the event with special awards for their innovation, impact and sustainability.

In Pittsburgh, the Smart 50 is presented by Chase and is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, Fragasso Financial Advisors, the HDH Group, Clark Hill and the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center.

In addition to the Nov. 19 awards event, the Smart 50 2014 honorees will be recognized in a special editorial report in the November edition of Smart Business Pittsburgh.

The inaugural class of the Smart 50 Award honorees in Pittsburgh include:
Richard J. Alfera, Goff, Backa, Alfera & Company
William Baker, Irwin Car & Equipment
Neil Campbell, Helomics Corporation
Carlos Cardoso, Kennametal
Noah Cohen, Premier Innovations Group
Chuck Cooper III, Chuck Cooper Foundation
Frank J. Cservak Jr, CM Services, LLC
Jeffrey T. Deane, BKD, LLP
Randall Dearth, Calgon Carbon
Gary DeJidas, P.E., GAI Consultants, Inc.
Nick Deluliis, Consol Energy Inc. CNX Center
Kate Dewey, The Forbes Funds
John R. Dickson IV, Redstone Highlands
Jim Droney, Mt. Lebanon Office Furniture and Interiors
J.D. Ewing, JMJS, Inc. dba COE Distributing
Michele Fabrizi, MARC USA
Thomas Joseph III, Epiphany Solar Water Systems LLC
Danielle Julia Cuomo, MBA, Virtual Assist USA
Edward Kennedy, Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
Jack Kimbell, The Rivers Club
Josh Knauer, Rhiza
Jeff Kuhn, Elite Orthotics Inc.
Dennis Lejeck, Black Knight Security Inc.
Greg Lignelli, System One
John Patrick Lydon, Auberle
Mark Marmo, Deep Well Services
Kraig McEwen, Aesynt Inc.
Sam McWilliams, SMC Consulting, LLC
Rosemary Mendel, Tickets for Kids Charities
Catherine V. Mott, BlueTree Capital Group, LLC
Dennis M. Oates, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.
Amelia Papapetropoulos, Fire Within
Rocco Petrilli, SAMI LLC
Loriann Putzier, IntegraCare Corporation
Toby Rice, Rice Energy Inc.
Michael P. Robb, Center for Community Resources, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, Nonprofit Development Corporation
Robert Rogalski, Excela Health
Lance Ruttenberg, American Textile Co.
Harish Saluja, Silk Screen
Charles “Chuck” Sanders, Urban Lending Solutions
Jesse Schell, Schell Games
Herb Shear, GENCO
Chris Simchick, Scott Barnyak, & Christy Maruca, SDLC Partners
Dick Singer, Vistage
David J. Stern, Paris Companies
Ted Teele, SnapRetail
Pete Tsudis, TruFoodMfg.
Henry Wang, TMD Holdings LLC
Bill Wolfe, Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Jason Wolfe, GiftCards.com

To receive a nomination for the 2015 awards program, or to learn more about the Smart 50, please contact: Meredith Rankin at mrankin(at)sbnonline(dot)com, or (440) 250-7023.

About the Smart 50 Awards
The Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. Eligible “Smart 50” nominees must lead organizations that are either headquartered in the region where the awards are being presented or have a physical presence.

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