7 CEO’s in Pittsburgh to Watch
At Piper, we've conducted more than 300 interviews with CEOs Founders and executive leaders around the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Over the course of those series of conversations, we've come to particularly admire a few local CEOs that we are confident will be making waves in the near future.
Make sure to follow each of these leaders on LinkedIn so that you can stay in the know Pittsburgh of the business scene.
Jason Wolfe has an absolutely incredible story. Rising from humble beginnings to successfully sell different businesses for multimillion-dollar sums.
He claims his latest venture, GiftYa, is poised to be his biggest success yet. We Believe Jason not just because of his sterling track record but also because many of the talented team members that have joined him in his past successes are running it back with him again.
Influencer marketing is all the rage, this has led to a bunch of amateurs rushing into the space. Cooper Monroe is a pioneering veteran in the influencer marketing arena.
Cooper has been utilizing executing and contemplating influencer marketing for almost two decades. She started her own blog and facilitated Hurricane Katrina relief using the skills of activating people around the country with significant social media accounts.
Today Cooper operates her agency out of Sharpsburg and executes campaigns that get results. Expect to see her and tThe Motherhood grow as buyers get savvier about who can help them with influencer marketing.
Priya Amin epitomizes founder-problem fit. Founder-problem fit is when the problem that a company solves is perfectly aligned with the pain and skill set that its founder possesses.
Priya left a career where she had worked at multiple large Fortune 500 organizations when she started her family. After becoming a mother she quickly learned that childcare made previous business opportunities she had engaged in inaccessible.
Instead of wallowing or giving up she partnered with Jess Strong to found, flexable, which provides quality adaptable childcare solutions for organizations looking to make themselves more inclusive for parents.
Pittsburgh is not a particularly fashionable City. That did not stop David Alan starting a custom suit business that now serves professional athletes musicians and business icons.
Through perseverance and grit, David has established a supply chain that spans from East Asia tip Pittsburgh, PA. As he racks up celebrity clients to wear his suits at award shows and on television appearances, the upward potential of his brand continues to expand.
David proves that tenacity and persistence work.
Like Jason Wolfe, Mark DeSantis has had multiple past entrepreneurial successes. In fact, after his last successful acquisition, Mark planned to take extended time off to read and relax.
However he quickly realized that the entrepreneurial bug had bitten him far too drastically and he had to get back in the game.
When the opportunity to run RoadBotics, a CMU technology spin-out, came across is radar Mark jumped at the chance to steward a technology firm that helps governments across the world better care and maintain their infrastructure.
Earlier this year RoadBotics announced a 7.5 million dollar series a round of funding enabled by their excellent sales to date. With more than a hundred fifty customers, in 23 U.S. States and more than 11 countries, DeSantis is poised for another big win.
Jim Gibbs’s company MeterFeeder got into Y-Combinator, the most prestigious early-stage startup incubator on planet Earth. instead of staying in Silicon Valley, paying exorbitant rent, and building a company in an environment where employees often jump from job to job, Gibbs instead chose to return to Pittsburgh.
Today the tech firm is headquartered in Braddock and helps smaller municipalities modernize their parking payment systems.
In his limited free time, Gibbs also co-operates start-up boost Pittsburgh a local incubator that does not take equity in the startups it assists. Gibbs is an enormous asset to the Pittsburgh startup scene and is building an exciting company with serious potential.
It's a great sign when employees Rave about their leader two strangers when that leader is not around.
This is exactly what we experienced with Teresa Huber.
Teresa is turning around Intervala, a full-service manufacturer that specializes in building electronic parts for the industrial medical and transportation sectors.
She found her way to the CEO role after rallying private-equity investors to acquire the manufacturing firm that was falling short. in a short amount of time, she's turned the firm's fortunes around and been named the 2018 Pittsburgh Technology Council CEO of the year.