MACConnections - Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce



MACConnections - Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce
MACC onnections
Make Your Reservations
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Ribbon Cutting & Grand Reopening
Thursday, February 6
Dollar Bank
Miracle Mile Shopping Center
William Penn Highway
5:15 p.m. (Open House 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
No charge for MACC members
RSVP by Monday, February 3
February Member Luncheon
Featuring Chris Allison
Wednesday, February 12
Holiday Inn
2750 Mosside Blvd.
11:30 a.m. – Registration and Networking
Noon – Lunch and Program
$23 for MACC Members; $30 for non-members
RSVP by Monday, February 10
New & Young Professionals Network
Happy Hour
Wednesday, February 12
The Beer Market
110 Federal Street, Pittsburgh
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
No charge
RSVP by Monday, February 10
Professional Development Power Tools
“It’s All in the Vision”
Thursday, February 20
Rivertowne Pourhouse
312 Center Road
4:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Workshop
$40 for MACC Members; $60 for non-members
Space is limited
RSVP by Monday, February 17
Women in Leadership Luncheon
Friday, February 21
Comfort Inn
699 Rodi Road, Pittsburgh 15235
11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch and Scramble
$23 for MACC Members; $30 for non-members
RSVP by Tuesday, February 18
Business After Hours
Thursday, February 27
Three Rivers Bar & Grill
1741 Golden Mile Highway
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
No charge for MACC Members
RSVP by Tuesday, February 25
February 2014
2014 Speakers
To Offer a Variety of Can’t-Miss Topics
As part of our mission to offer members valuable
business-building opportunities, the Monroeville
Area Chamber has lined up a series of speakers
designed to do just that. The year kicked-off with
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
offering his “State of the County” address
in January. From there, the remainder of the
first half of 2014 promises to provide a number
of great local leaders who will address topics
from management to Pittsburgh sports.
This month, Chris Allison, former CEO of
Tollgrade Communications and author of
“You’ll Manage: Lessons Learned from a
Former CEO” will speak about what he
learned as the leader of one of Pittsburgh’s
most successful communications corporations,
Speakers at a Glance
February 12 - Chris Allison,
former CEO of Tollgrade
March TBD - Stan Savran,
Pittsburgh Sports
Broadcasting Icon
April 9 - Deb Acklin,
president and CEO of
WQED Multimedia
May 17 - John Friel, former
June 11 - Dennis Yablonsky,
CEO of the Allegheny
Chris will explain
his theory that
each of us has
FIVE MOMENTS that will influence how we live our lives in the coming years. Chris’ book will available for purchase after the luncheon.
For the 25th consecutive year, Stan Savran,
Pittsburgh Sports Broadcasting Icon, will give the “State of Pittsburgh
Sports” this March.
Stan is one of the most respected sportscasters in
Pittsburgh and serves as the primary host of Pirates
and Penguins pregame shows. During football season,
Stan hosts The Mike Tomlin Show and the Mike Tomlin
Press Conference. Honored in the Western
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Stan celebrates
over 35 years of experience in the Pittsburgh sports
arena. Stan also hosts Savran on Sports on ESPN Radio 970 weekdays from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
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Women in Leadership
Networking Scramble
Board of Directors
Gary Nowading, Chairman
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
Tom Tevis, Vice Chairman
Standard Bank
Friday, February 21
Comfort Inn
699 Rodi Road
Pittsburgh 15235
Jackie Zorzi, Treasurer
Amore Management Company
Christian Fyke, Past Chairman
Rivertowne Restaurants
Paul Campbell
Campbell Alliance, LLC
Thomas Gerber
CBL / Monroeville L.P.
Dirk Harper
#1 Cochran
Walt Henry
THE pt GROUP Physical Therapy
Reese Jackson
Forbes Hospital
Barry J. Layton
Penn Center East
LG Realty Advisors, Inc.
Charles Martoni, Ph.D.
Community College of Allegheny County
Boyce Campus
Ed Michalek
Giant Eagle
Aimee Miller
Compunetix / Chorus Call
Mark your calendars!
Jill Burgman
First National Bank
11:30 a.m. - Registration
Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Networking Scramble Luncheon
Kick-off another year of great Women in Leadership programs. See the
purple insert in this issue for more information and to register.
Legislative Speaker Series
featuring Congressman Mike Doyle
Friday, March 7
2775 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville
Donna Padezan
NPV Productions
Matthew Prather, Esq.
Sebring & Associates
11:30 a.m. - Registration
Noon - Lunch and Program
$15 for MACC Members; $30 for Non-Members
Lance Rihn
Doubletree Hotel
Monroeville Convention Center
Jack Rupp
Breathe Pennsylvania
Mark Sevco
UPMC East & UPMC Healthplan
Terry Wiechmann
CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy
Sean Logan
Visit Monroeville (ex-officio)
Dr. Nina Zetty
Gateway School District (ex-officio)
Congressman Mike Doyle will discuss pertinant issues to the area and field
questions from participants.
M.O.R.E. meets
every Thursday
Sponsored by
Frank Horrigan
Christine Schnelbach
Vice President of Operations/Controller
Kelly Fennessy
Director of Communications
Contact Us
2790 Mosside Blvd., Suite 715
Monroeville, PA 15146
412.856.0622 phone
412.856.1030 fax
[email protected]
Office Hours: M - F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
MACC Training Center
2790 Mosside Blvd.
Suite 170
FREE to MACC members
No RSVP necessary
Check the
Weekly Calendar of Events
for the schedule of speakers
and facilitators.
The Monroeville Area Chamber office will be closed
Monday, February 17, in observance of
President’s Day. Normal business hours
will resume Tuesday, February 18.
Event Cancellation Policy:
The Chamber maintains a 48-hour cancellation notice (unless
otherwise noted) for any registered attendee for any paid event.
Registered attendees may receive a full refund or credit if a
cancellation notice is provided at least 48 hours (unless otherwise
noted) in advance of an event. Substitutions for attendees are
welcome. No refunds will be issued for no-shows for any event.
President’s Message: 2014 Full of “Can’t-Miss” Events
One of the key components of
the Chamber’s
is the phrase, “to
advance and
excellence.” We strive to build that
principle in to every program that
we present to our members. (OK,
we will exclude our Business After
Hours from this discussion for the
moment. The Chamber can’t be all
work and no play.) As we embark
on the new year, I wanted you to
be able to plan around some of the
programs and events that we have in
the pipeline for this year.
Our member meals this year feature
some of the region’s corporate
leaders who will talk to us about
building excellent organizations.
Chris Allison, the former CEO of
Tollgrade Communications, will
speak to us this month. In March,
Stan Savran is scheduled to
address the Chamber for the 25th
consecutive year. In April the CEO
of WQED, Deb Acklin, will join us.
May brings our B2B Expo, which we
are redesigning to include a
luncheon keynote speaker, will
feature John Friel, who was the the
CEO of MEDRAD, a company that
won two Malcolm Baldridge Quality
Awards. And in June Dennis
Yablonsky, who leads the Allegheny
Conference on Community
Development, will address the
membership about the region’s
economic trends. That is a strong
first half lineup, and the second half
of the year promises to be just as
strong. I hope that you consider
these speakers to be “can’t miss”
events. We are bringing regional
leaders to Monroeville, so they can
talk from experience about business
strategy and building excellence.
By contrast, our Power Tools
workshops are designed to give you
the tactical advice you need to face
the day-to-day challenges of running
your business. We have surveyed
you as to what some of those
challenges are, and you have come
back with topics like: finding and
keeping good employees; leveraging
social media; striking the right worklife balance; and incorporating
wellness in the workplace. You have
told us that these are among the
tools you need to advance and
promote business excellence.
This is what you can expect from
your Chamber in the coming year:
Business leaders to give you insights
into their strategic thinking,
combined with practical, on-theground tools to help you implement
your chosen strategy. And we have
not forgotten the events that help
knit this community together –
Ribbon Cuttings, Business After
Hours, Celebrate Monroeville, and
Women in Leadership, in addition to
some new events in the pipeline.
It’s going to be a big year. I hope to
see you at many of these events.
Include a promotional flier
in the next
Your business message
will be carried to MACC’s
700+ mailing addresses
for only
$100, plus tax.
Call Kelly Fennessy
at the MACC office
at 412.856.0622
to reserve your spot
Just Added!
“It’s All in the Vision”
Member Kudos
Professional Development
“Power Tools” workshop
Presenter Ken Wasco asks, “Remember when you
first started and how confident you were of your
success? Let’s get your vision for success back
on track!”
Thursday, February 20
Rivertowne Pourhouse
312 Center Road
4 p.m. - Networking and Registration
5 p.m. - Workshop begins
$40 for MACC members; $60 for non-members
See the flier in this issue for more details.
Operation Thank You Volunteers Needed
Operation Thank You is a yearly program that helps members connect
through hand-delivering the annual Membership Directory. This year,
Operation Thank You will kick-off in early February with a small army of
volunteers who will brave the winter weather to bring the 2014 MACC
Directory to you.
Once again, we are asking for volunteers to help with this project. On
designated days, volunteers will select which businesses they want to visit
and will have about two weeks to complete their deliveries. This allows
members to get to know other members, as well as thank them for
supporting the Monroeville Area Chamber and the community.
Operation Thank You not only is an effective and efficient way to
distribute the directory; it also provides an opportunity to network and
learn about other businesses. If you are able and willing to volunteer and
help us with this special project, please call the MACC office at
412-856-0622 or e-mail Kelly Fennessy at
[email protected]
Thank you!
Congratulations to Joe Bello and The Wooden
Nickel, winners of the best preview dish for this
year’s Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. The winning
dish featured jumbo seared shrimp with crab and
Tahitian vanilla bean sauce. Joe’s vanilla bean sauce
was inspired by his 2010 honeymoon, which
included a layover in Tahiti, where all of The
Wooden Nickel’s vanilla beans are grown. Joe
created the sauce after promising he would
incorporate vanilla beans into a dish for his wife
Kudos to Monster Mini Golf of Monroeville,
who earned franchise-wide recognition for most
creative special event with their New Years Eve
pumpkin drop. Instead of waiting for a midnight
countdown, Monster Mini Golf offered
countdowns earlier in the evening, catering to
those with small children, families that spent that
wanted a pre-midnight event and those who could
not stay up until midnight.
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Speakers feature CEOs, Local Successes
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Deb Acklin, president and CEO of WQED Multimedia, will discuss her role at the nation’s first community-owned public media company, also known worldwide as “Mister
Rogers station.” Deb has served in multiple executive roles in public broadcasting, the cable television industry, and commercial broadcasting. At WQED Multimedia, she
manages or has managed the operations, strategies, and fundraising to create original multi-platform content distributed across three television channels, three radio signals, an interactive Web-based learning channel, an interactive global media distribution portal, an education department, a publishing division, and PBS, NPR and their member stations.
In May, as part of a reimaged B2B Expo that will include a
luncheon kick-off, the Chamber will welcome John Friel,
former CEO of MEDRAD. John had been a leading architect
and prime mover of MEDRAD’s worldwide strategies for two decades, with particular
emphasis on sales and marketing, international expansion, and research and
development. MEDRAD is the winner of two Malcolm Baldridge Quality Awards.
Before joining MEDRAD, he was an independent consultant for the
International Trade Commission and the American International Group, and Senior
Accountant with Deloitte Touche (formerly Touche Ross & Company) in Pittsburgh.
John has been a Director of Neuro Kinetics, Inc. since December 13, 2012. He serves on the board of directors of
APQC Consulting Group, Inc., Lifecor, Inc., Pittsburgh, the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the American Productivity
& Quality Center.
June will bring Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community
Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of
Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.
A native of the Pittsburgh region, Dennis is an accomplished and experienced veteran of managing and leading dynamic business growth – as a private business leader, a nonprofit economic development professional and a high-ranking appointed government official.
He has grown companies from the ground up to a greater profitability and success both in the private sector and as the founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, revolutionary models for the focused
growth of technology companies. During his service as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community
and Economic Development (DCED), he brought together both an economic stimulus program and the policies
needed to support business growth, expansion and location and to build economic vitality in communities across the
Please plan to join us for these great speakers – watch future issues of the MACConnections newsletter, Monday
Morning emails and the MACC website for registration information.
Chamber Happenings
M.O.R.E. Celebrates the
Members Check Out
Unified Alerts New Location
MACC President Frank Horrigan presents the Unified Alerts team their
official certificate during the ribbon cutting.
Mary Beth Kratsas, MBK Photography, surveys the grab bag table before
making a selection.
Attendees eagerly open their gifts. Each participant brought a grab bag
item to share at the M.O.R.E. Holiday Party.
Everyone is all smiles as they show off what they received during the
gift exchange. Grab bag items ranged from food items to gift cards to
decorations and more.
Rob Welts, Unified Alerts, explains some of the technology the company
offers. Examples of their alerting systems are set up on site in the “blue
room,” designed to allow customers to see everything in action.
MACC Members explore the new Unified Alerts location and offer their
congratulations at the New Stanton building.
Chamber Happenings
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Offers Annual Address
In keeping with Monroeville Area Chamber tradition,
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald kicked off
the 2014 events calendar with his annual “State of the
County” address. During the breakfast, hosted and
sponsored by Forbes Hospital, Rich discussed a variety
of topics dealing with Allegheny County overall, as well
as issues pertaining specifically to the eastern suburbs.
MACC Board of Directors Chairman Gary Nowading, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh,
Reese Jackson, Forbes Hospital, Dr. Mark Rubino, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny County
Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Kathleen McKenzie, Allegheny Health Network, and Dan
Onorato, Highmark, pause for a photo following the breakfast at Forbes Hospital.
Some of these topics included the state transportation
bill, improvements to the region’s parks, including
Monroeville’s Boyce Park, creating a synergy between
city and county governments, and the abundance of
opportunity for young professionals throughout the
area, in areas from education to technology to medicine.
“It really is all of us working together,” Rich said of the
future for Allegheny County as whole. “We’re all in this
The Monroeville Area Chamber
invites you to
Join the Conversation!
Tom Bills, Ameriprise Financial, Barry Prior, Priority Financial Services,
Dave Majernik, guest, and Dick Reid, Coldwell Banker, take a break from
discussion what they learned at the county executive’s annual address.
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MACC Board of Directors members Matt Prather, Sebring & Associates,
and Jill Burgman, First National Bank, talk with Dr. Mark Rubino,
Forbes Hospital, before the breakfast.
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This issue of MACConnections
is underwritten in part by
MACC Directory Update
Please cut out and add the page below to your MACC Membership Directory.
January 2014
New Member Listing
Join the Monroeville Area Chamber and New Member Sponsor Huntington Bank
in welcoming the following new members who have joined in the past month. Be
sure to add those listed below to your MACC Directory.
Welcome Wagon
Advertising & Media: Adv/Mktg/PR, Business
Writing, Graphic Design
Barbara Sheffield
6207 Antler Hill Dr.
Level Green, PA 15085-2311
Phone: 412.951.0902
[email protected]