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, CEO OF WOLFE LLC & GIFTYA

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.

Jason discusses lessons from his past business wins.

Jason discusses lessons from his past business wins.

The more love that we can give to other people, the better off our world is going to be. Look for someone who you can pull upward.
— Jason Wolfe

COOPER MUNROE

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. 

Cooper talks about the origins of Influencer Marketing.

Cooper talks about the origins of Influencer Marketing.

Surround yourself with smart people you trust and who can give you good advice.
— Cooper Munroe

PRIYA AMIN

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. 

Priya discusses how to hone your presentation skills, the founding story of her company, and how to create a more inclusive community.

Priya discusses how to hone your presentation skills, the founding story of her company, and how to create a more inclusive community.

What we believe is that if childcare were incorporate at every level of the professional ecosystem, there are more opportunities for inclusivity.
— Priya Amin

DAVID ALAN 

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.

David delivers an actionable challenge to recognize that there will always be disruption, so focus on your ability to deliver in spite of that disruption.

David delivers an actionable challenge to recognize that there will always be disruption, so focus on your ability to deliver in spite of that disruption.

The trust in yourself has to be there first and foremost.
— David Allen

MARK DESANTIS

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. 

Mark discusses training machine learning algorithms, the career arc of an entrepreneur, and what he has learned from his past startups.

Mark discusses training machine learning algorithms, the career arc of an entrepreneur, and what he has learned from his past startups.

If you believe that you were meant for another life, follow that life.
— Mark DeSantis

JIM GIBBS

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.

Jim discusses how he sells into municipalities, why his technology is revolutionary, and how the Pittsburgh scene has evolved.

Jim discusses how he sells into municipalities, why his technology is revolutionary, and how the Pittsburgh scene has evolved.

You learn how to build an object, you learn how to build another object, and you deal with the interactions between the two... With that in mind, you can start building some really amazing things.
— Jim Gibbs

TERESA HUBER

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.

Teresa discusses how to establish a healthy company culture, where Teresa went to raise funding for Intervala, and why thinking long-term is a strategic advantage.

Teresa discusses how to establish a healthy company culture, where Teresa went to raise funding for Intervala, and why thinking long-term is a strategic advantage.

When we’re hiring new employees, the culture is part of what we’re trying to assess before we bring them through the door.
— Teresa Huber

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