Mr. Perkins served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned as a Communications Officer, where he was responsible for long range, multi-channel and satellite communications. He was responsible for the management of equipment and staff to provide voice and digital communications support for the east-coast operational requirements. During his tenure, he also served as the Director of the Performance Counseling Center. In this position, he provided substance abuse counseling and training to Marines and their dependents.
As the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of MTS Technologies, Inc. (MTS), founded in 1991 by Mr. Perkins, he served as the senior executive responsible for all aspects of Firm’s business. In this capacity, he oversaw day-to-day operations and administrative management. He directed all marketing and business strategy development efforts.
In the two years prior to founding MTS, Mr. Perkins was employed by Dual & Associates as the Vice President of Administration and member of the Board of Directors. In this position, he managed all administrative functions for the Firm and in the absence of the President assumed responsibility for overall company management.
Mr. Perkins was Manager of Staffing with Booz•Allen & Hamilton, Inc. for thirteen years. He was responsible for the strategy development and coordination of efforts to hire staff to satisfy employment openings in the technology arena. He also recruited senior professionals who had responsibility for building new business thrusts.
Mr. Perkins is a 1974 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University.
Barbara Grandinetti has spear-headed The Challenge Program, Inc.’s outreach and recruited talented development and support personnel. Grandinetti opens doors to fundraising opportunities and develops lasting relationships with business partners, foundations and individual donors all with a single mindedness to spread the word about the program. She has a unique ability to discover and tap into people’s special talents needed to grow and expand the program. She is passionate about the program, just ask her!
Grandinetti was integral in creating The Challenge Program, Inc.’s now signature fundraising event – The Crystal Owl Gala held each spring. She helped businesses supporting high schools apply for Earned Income Tax Credits in Pennsylvania and the Neighborhood Investment Program in West Virginia. Through her efforts, The Challenge Program obtained their Non-Profit Organization 50l(c)(3) status of the Internal Revenue Code with contributions to the program being deductible under Section 170 of the Code.
Treasurer of Allegheny Co.
John Weinstein is a lifelong resident of Allegheny County. He has served as the elected Allegheny County Treasurer since 1999; being re-elected countywide to four (4) consecutive terms. In addition to overseeing the collection, investment and disbursement of over one billion dollars of county funds on a daily basis, Mr. Weinstein is also serving in the capacity of the President of the Retirement Board of Allegheny County and oversees the pension investment portfolio of nearly $800 million.
Mr. Weinstein is currently the only Treasurer in Pennsylvania that has won, several years in a row, the coveted “Award of Excellence” by an organization representing the United States and Canada, for the investment policy he has written and implemented in Allegheny County designed to protect the taxpayer’s money. In addition, the Treasurer has become a leader in green initiatives implementing e-taxbilling in Allegheny County making the region the only county in Pennsylvania to have this innovative technology available.
John belongs to the Association of Public Treasurer’s of the USA & Canada, PA County Treasurer’s Association, PA State Tax Collectors Association, Financial Executives International, Government Finance Officers Association, and the Northeastern Regional Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association. He is active with UPCI – University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Institute, Animal Friends, Inc., Phipps Conservatory, Roberto Clemente Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa.
Principal – Marbury Group
Douglas Shriber is a Pittsburgh resident and principal owner of Marbury Group. Shriber formed the Marbury Group in November 2011 and is already ranked within the top 30 Pittsburgh Advertising agencies. He is involved with American Century Investments Advisory Board, American Kidney Foundation Planning Committee, Pittsburgh Association Board of Directors, Animal Friends and Strazl Transplant Institute. Doug is a proud living kidney donor and happily married to his wife, Sarah Shriber.
CEO/President Ford Business Machines, INC.
John Garlow, the CEO of Ford Business Machines in Connellsville, PA, is a recognized technology leader known for his strategic vision to achieve business goals. As CEO, John has built an organization that consistently delivers results by aligning quality service and support to improve the efficiency of the business goals of our customers. John was an enlisted member of the United States Navy and was a Weapons System Fire Control Technician. He was responsible for and maintained and repaired computerized on-board radar and weapons systems. He earned the rank of Third Class Petty Officer and was honorably discharged after four years of service. John has attended Penn State University Fayette Campus and completed Post Secondary coursework. John has built the business from the ground up working as a copier technician for eleven years in Western Pennsylvania. He is trained in photocopier and fax machine installation and repair. John incorporated his own business in 1991.
John employs over 50 employees that range from salespersons, copier technicians, Information Technology, as well as Document Imaging Specialists. John is not only an employer but also a confidant and friend and has always had an open door policy. The business has vastly expanded from copier sales and service to IT Services, Managed Print Services and Document Imaging. With the growth in technology and the business John plans to continue creating more jobs in the community. John is proud that his family is involved in the business with Tammy supporting him and being by his side for 20 years and taking on various roles throughout the company. He is also honored to have his son Johnathan as President of the company and his son Justin in sales and hopes that his youngest, daughter Jordyn, a seventh grade student at St John the Evangelist, will also be a valued member of the team someday. John believes that hard work truly pays off and you have to give back to the community and others.
John supports a number of organizations in and out of the area. He has been a major supporter of Penn State Fayette Campus, The Uniontown YMCA, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Links, Lifesteps, WCCC Education Foundation, Jumonville, and The American Heart Association to name a small few. He is a member of Fayette Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member for the Uniontown YMCA and Twin Trees, Inc. John has served on the board of directors for the Westmoreland-Fayette Council Boy Scouts of America, and the Uniontown Chapter Rotary club, as well as being a member of many area Chambers of Commerce. He is also been a strong supporter of St John the Evangelist R.C. Church and School for 25 years. John is humbled in saying that he could not have achieved his goals and thanks his family and many friends for all of their continued support.
Chairman, The Hite Company
Lee Hite joined The Hite Company in 1968 after graduating from Westminster College in 1966 with a degree in finance. He worked in the finance department with US Steel before returning to the family business as Vice President of Marketing. He assumed the role of President in 1976 when his father, Bob Hite, moved to Chairman. Bob Hite, original founder, passed away in 1986.
Lee has been quite active in the electrical industry having served as Chairman of IMARK, a marketing co-op organization representing over 170 companies. He also was Chairman of NAED the nation industry trade association, and served on various key committees as well as several terms on the Board of Governors. Lee recently was recognized with the Arthur W. Hooper Award, his association’s highest honor, in 2007.
Besides his involvement in the business, Lee has been quite active in his community. He currently serves or has served on many local boards including United Way (Board and Campaign Chair), ABCD(Altoona Blair County Development)Corporation, Home Nursing Agency, Penn State Altoona, The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation, Rotary Club, and the Altoona Regional Health System, where he held the position of Vice Chairman for many years. In 2008 he was presented the Blair County Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Business Excellence(the highest award granted by the Chamber).
Lee has been maried to Jane Purdy since 1969. Jane received her art history degree from Wilson College and worked for several years as a teacher in the Altoona Area School district. Jane and Lee have three daughters:Laura, a graduate of Lehigh University and Penn State Graduate School of Counseling Education, was employed as a guidance counselor at the Altoona Area School District and is married to Scott Lawhead, President of The Hite Company; Katie, a Penn State University graduate, is Vice President of Marketing at The Hite Company and is married to Tom Brouse; III D.C.; Betsy, a graduate of Penn State University University resides in McLean, Virginia, and is married to Ryan Bensten, Vice President of The Merion Group, a real estate development company.
Senior Vice President, CS McKee Investment Managers
Robert Rossi’s 20 plus years in the investment management industry include prior positions as Vice President and Director of Investment Research at Invesmart, various managerial positions at Federated Investors and analyst positions at Kidder Peabody. He has managed multi-asset, multi-strategy retirement portfolios representing more than $1.2 billion, provided services to and negotiated arrangements with more than 200 mutual fund firms, served as liaison to the consulting community, and developed retirement-plan investment processes, among other activities.
Mr. Rossi holds an MBA with a concentration in finance and marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lehigh University.
Outside of work Rob describes himself as an avid golfer, but “less accomplished,” neglecting to say less than whom.(His partners would have no doubts, he maintains.) Among other community arrangements, he sits on the Board of Trustees of the Laughlin Center, a children’s learning and developement institute in Sewickly, Pennsylvania. Rob and his wife, Nancy, have a daughter, Nicole, who has followed him-to his pride and pleasure-into the financial service industry.
Chairman & CEO, MARC
Tony Bucci is chairman and chief executive officer of MARC, one of the nation’s largest independent marketing communications companies with more than 200 associates and full-service MARC USA offices in Chicago, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
Tony began his career at MARC USA as an assistant account executive and moved steadily up the ranks to be named Chairman in 1997. He is a pioneer in advertising agency management and re-engineering. Tony authored the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Management Guide as well as numerous articles on agency structure, advertising and branding and has spoken to business groups all over the world.
Mr. Bucci is widely recognized for his leadership and philanthropic efforts and has won many honors for his contributions to his profession and to the community, including induction into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. Other awards include the Junior Achievement Golden Achievement Award, the Pittsburgh Opera Maecenas Award and the Vectors Man of the Year Award in Communications.
Tony is currently the Vice-Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Girls Inc., President of the Board of Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Board Member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is an Emeritus Board member of Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Manchester Craftsmen Guild, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CLASS), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania & Southern West Virginia.
He is also past Vice Chairman of Duquesne University, past Chairman of the Board of United Way of Allegheny County, past President of the Pittsburgh Public Theater, past National Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and past Board Member of KaBoom.
President & CEO, JMJS, Inc. dba COE Distributing
J.D. Ewing is the president and CEO of COE Distributing. The evolution of COE started over 70 years ago as a woman owned business in the basement of a tavern in Hopwood, PA out of necessity to support her two sons. JD grew up in the family business, learning the importance of work ethic and taking care of customers from his grandmother and father. Taking over the business in 1989, JD has been able to take the lifelong knowledge from his family, share it with current management and employees to create a company that always takes care of customers and will work relentlessly in pursuit of customer satisfaction. Since 2010 JD has more than tripled the size of the organization. A native of Fayette County, he is proud to be able to provide career jobs for this area with a company that offers multiple benefits. Most recently, hiring his sister, Jennifer Jubin as VP of operations, was something he knew his grandmother would be proud of in keeping the tradition of a family business.
COE Distributing has been a business sponsor of The Challenge Program, Inc. since 2013 in Fayette County, partnering with Geibel Catholic High School and Brownsville High School.
In addition to COE Distributing, J.D. has business interests in real estate development in and around Uniontown, Downtown Pittsburgh and the Tampa, FL area, with combined square footage totaling over 700,000.
J.D. believes in giving back to his community. Besides his involvement with students through The Challenge Program, Inc., he is currently serving on several non-profit boards in Fayette County, including the Community Foundation of Fayette County. J.D. is a newly appointed board member for The Challenge Program. Additionally, J.D. is the communications officer for YPO, a global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow.
General Manager ,
Hajoca Corporation – Pennstan HVAC Supply
Jane Wieland is the General Manager for Hajoca Corporation – Pennstan HVAC in Sewickley, PA. Hajoca is the largest privately held distributor of plumbing, HVAC and industrial supplies in over 500 locations nationwide. Wieland manages and has responsibility for the P & L statement of operations and ensures the growth and profitability year over year. She is responsible for the strategic planning and direction for the Sewickley location including development and execution of strategic initiatives.
Throughout her career, Jane has received numerous industry and leadership awards. She is a proven leader who utilizes continuous improvement skills and methodology to deliver double digit expense reductions while still exceeding organizational metrics, including sales, and focusing on talent development.
While the Market Manager at W.W. Grainger, Jane was very involved with workforce development. This experience, along with her passion for shaping and raising the awareness of high school students to the career opportunities that exist in their own communities is what led her to become involved with The Challenge Program, Inc.
Jane holds a master’s in business administration from Ohio Dominican University and a bachelor’s in communications from John Carroll University.
An active citizen, Jane is a member of the Executive Women’s Leadership Council for the United Way, a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Western PA, a member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc. and a CCD Teacher at St. James Catholic Church in Sewickley, PA.
Jane lives with her husband John and two sons in Moon Township, PA.
Managing Partner, Merrill Lynch
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