Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and the Energy Innovation Center Institute work closely through formal collaboration to implement the strategy and tactics of the Energy Innovation Center.
Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation is the founding organization of the entire Energy Innovation Center (EIC) eco-system and is the sole general partner of EIC LP, which owns, operates, constructs, leases and maintains the entire 6.4 acre campus and all buildings and outside spaces.
The Energy Innovation Center Institute, an independent 501c.3 organization, directs all training, education, events, conferences, commercialization activities and common activities on campus.
Responsible for developing and managing the mission strategy and tactics. Rich is also a founding board member and officer. He has over thirty years of private equity investing experience in energy and energy technologies, most recently as President and CEO of an energy-focused private equity fund he co-founded. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Hillman Energy Group which managed the energy investments of the Hillman Company in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the last 20 years, Rich has been responsible for investing and managing over $764 million of invested capital and has been involved in and often led the startup activities of dozens of For-Profit companies. Rich is a frequent lecturer and panelist at universities and conferences on the energy industry. He also brings considerable public and private education leadership experience and a passion for serving those often left behind.
Responsible for developing and managing all program activity. Bob completed his PhD in Higher Education Administration, with a specialty in curriculum development and custom job training. In 1998 he founded Gateways after 31 years experience in institutional administration and economic development, including substantial fund raising, strategic planning and partnering experience across 31 US States and seven countries. Over the course of his many projects he has raised over $670 million in funding from federal, state, corporate and philanthropic sources.
Responsible for providing centers of technology and regional businesses with manufacturing-related assistance, project management and staff oversight; project management for all construction related projects, facilities management, leasing activities and program development. Bill joined Gateways with over 24 years of experience as an entrepreneur founding and managing private companies in the Pittsburgh region (MMS, Business Concepts, Vesta Designs, and Prism Fiber Optics); previously had eight years of experience serving as a field supervisor and coordinator of the technical training facility for Dravo Corporation’s Engineering Works Division.
Responsible for developing and managing various programs with a special focus on secondary schools. Jessica also oversee most human resources processes and reviews all legal documents and contracts. In addition, Jessica is an Outreach Director with Pittsburgh Gateways, Inc. the founding organization of the Energy Innovation Center and the Energy Innovation Institute. She has extensive experience in all phases of entrepreneurship – both as a creative entrepreneur and as an experienced advisor and counselor to entrepreneurs across the industry sectors of technology, life sciences, arts/entertainment, environmental and more. She brings additional expertise in legal and regulatory matters with a law degree from the Duke University School of Law, in the funding of ventures with years of work in institutional investing, and in all matters involving human capital and human resources with certificates in coaching, mediation, facilitation and innovative education methods. At the EIC, Jessica oversees all Outreach initiatives, including collaborations with schools and universities, funding organizations, businesses and community organizations.
Responsible for administration and coordination of workforce development initiatives that include curriculum design, program facilitation, course assessments, funding, and key performance indicators. Her special focus is establishing, maintaining and expanding Energy Innovation Center community partnerships to enhance the ability to reach and provide careers and training to the surrounding neighborhoods and Western Pennsylvania residents. Her education and work experience include career development and management in both the non-profit and private sectors.
Responsible for curriculum design and coordination of the Surface Restoration and Treatment training program, that trains individuals in the specialized field of restoration and treatment of various surfaces. Jim is currently an adjunct instructor of construction supervision and contracting at Community College of Allegheny County. He is a registered professional engineer in both Pennsylvania and Indiana; past member of several zoning boards throughout Allegheny County; and over 50 years of professional experience with companies such as United States Steel Corporation in the field of structural engineering, metal fabrication, project engineering and general management.
Responsible for the implementation of the EIC event strategy. This includes producing EIC sponsored events and working with outside organizations to host events that are aligned to the EIC mission. Heath’s education and work experience includes integrated marketing communications and over ten years of event management in both for profit and nonprofit sectors.
Responsible for administration and coordination of workforce development initiatives that include curriculum design, program facilitation, course assessments, funding, and key performance indicators. Her special focus is financial management for the Energy Innovation Center Institute. Her education and work experience include over 25 years of financial and data management in both the non-profit and private sectors.
Responsible for curriculum design and coordination of the Introduction to Construction/Trades training program that provides individuals with pre-apprentice exams skills and knowledge regarding the local unions in Western Pennsylvania. Ron is a retired International Union of Operating Engineers business manager. His leadership, coaching and mentorship to the participants stem from his professional experience that include Vice President, Business Representative, Dispatcher, Executive Board, Trustee to Combined Funds, Inc., Construction Industry and Miscellaneous Pension Fund, Welfare Fund, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program and Advisory Board.
Energy Innovation Center Institute
Board of Directors
Robert A. Meeder is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Bob is the Founder (1998) and President and CEO of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation (PGC).
Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation’s mission is to provide strategic planning, development and direct management assistance for communities, community-based economic development organizations, research and academic institutions, and private entities seeking the acceleration of technology-based businesses. Incorporated into this mission is the goal to combat community deterioration in the City of Pittsburgh and other economically distressed areas of Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
During his 15 years at PGC and his previous 14 years as a developer and manager of business incubation programs, Bob has contracted with universities and government organizations in 31 U.S. states and 9 foreign countries (Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, Japan, Northern Ireland, Slovenia and Sweden). He has raised more than $730 million in grant funding from federal, state, and local governments and corporate and philanthropic organizations to advance the development work of PDC, its clients and affiliates. Bob has been instrumental in the creation of thousands of jobs, hundreds of new business ventures and dozens of University and Community Centers for the development of Technology and the Arts.
Bob is a member of the Boards of The Clemente Center; the Animal Care and Assistance Fund; Pittsburgh Green Innovators; Crawford Grill, LLC; AMTV-First Link and eCap Network, LLC.
Bob has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College (Pennsylvania), a Masters of Arts from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Reynolds Clark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Renny is Vice Chancellor for External Relations of the University of Pittsburgh, and Chief of Staff in the Office of Chancellor. Since joining the senior administrative team of the University in 2000, he has also served as Vice Chancellor for Community and Governmental Relations. He has responsibility for governmental relations, local economic and community development initiatives and the daily operations and programs of the Chancellor’s Office.
Renny retired from the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation in April 2000 after a 34-year career where his final responsibilities as Chairman of the Westinghouse Foundation included corporate philanthropy and community sponsorship programs and serving as Executive Director of the Corporation’s staff services functions. In 1998, he received the Order of Merit – the Corporation’s highest employee recognition award.
Renny is a graduate of Geneva College, from which he received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and the College’s highest award, the Life “G” in 2005 and he previously served on the college’s Board of Trustees. He is very active in a number of cultural, civic and sports organizations and serves on a number of non-profit boards, including that of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation.
Randall S. Dearth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Randy is Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Calgon Carbon Corporation. In August 2012, Randy accepted the role of President and CEO after having served on the Board of Directors since 2007. Effective May 2014, Randy also serves as Chairman of the Calgon Carbon Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Calgon Carbon, Randy served as the President and CEO of LANXESS Corporation for eight years. LANXESS is an international chemical manufacturer that was spun out of the Bayer Group. From 2002 until the carve-out of LANXESS, he was the President and CEO of Bayer Chemicals Corporation. Randy started his career with Bayer in 1988 and held various positions within the company including sales, marketing, product management and applications development. From 1993 through 1997 Randy worked at Bayer’s headquarters in Germany where he was responsible for market development in Europe and Asia for the Coatings Division.
In addition to the Calgon Carbon Corporation Board of Directors, Randy also sits on the boards of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Stepan Company. Randy is a trustee with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Hiram College.
Randy has been recognized as an emerging top CEO with a Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award. He has also won a PRSA Renaissance Award as the CEO Communicator of the Year, and Junior Achievement’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2013 he was recognized with the Community College of Allegheny County’s Legends in Leadership Award for his work in the community.
Randy holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hiram College, and a master’s degree in polymer science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Richard A. DiClaudio is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc., and Treasurer of the corporation.
Rich is Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Tip Energy, LLC, and has 26 years of private equity investing experience focused primarily in the energy industry. Blue Tip Energy makes direct investments in on-shore oil and natural gas assets in the United States for a select group of private equity investors. Operated by a team of experienced energy industry executives and operating professionals, Blue Tip Energy is dedicated to creating meaningful risk-adjusted returns for its investors through a disciplined and highly-focused acquisition, exploitation and development strategy.
Prior to co-founding Blue Tip Energy in 2006, Rich was Chief Operating Officer and board member of the Hillman Energy Group, a wholly-owned investing and operating subsidiary of The Hillman Company, a privately-owned investment company located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role and prior positions there, Rich helped manage a large and diversified energy portfolio, of direct and indirect investments in all segments of the energy, natural resources, and energy service industries. During his 17 years at Hillman, Rich learned all phases of private equity investing, portfolio management and operations, including: extensive due diligence, structuring, financing, work-outs, deal-sourcing and divestitures, general investment management, energy asset operations management and development and effective board leadership. Additionally, Rich has developed a strong operations background throughout his career.
Rich has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Saint Vincent College, of which he is a Trustee, and he pursued graduate business studies at both Duquesne and Baldwin Wallace Universities. Rich is involved in, and sits on the boards of, a number of nonprofit institutions, including several faith-based institutions.
Susan S. Everingham is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Susan is Director of the Pittsburgh Office of the RAND Corporation, and a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.
A quantitative policy and senior operations research analyst at RAND since 1988, Susan has been involved in a diverse array of policy studies, concentrating on military personnel management, drug and criminal justice policy, the mathematical modeling of complex systems, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of policy alternatives. Additionally, she has served in a number of management positions, including Director of RAND’s International Programs, five internationally-focused centers that support RAND’s globalization agenda, as well is several management roles in RAND’s National Security Research Division.
Susan is very involved in the Pittsburgh community, serving as a Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, and as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Carnegie Science Center, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, POWER, the Chatham Center for Women and Politics, and the Regional Indicators project.
Susan has a BA in Mathematics and Biology from Williams College, and an MA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
William Generett, Jr. is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute,
William is the inaugural President and CEO of Urban Innovation21. He is responsible for the overall management of the organization’s public private partnership and its work to connect the Pittsburgh region’s successful innovation economy to underserved communities. William’s responsibilities include the following: developing a shared vision for the organization, defining and implementing programs, communicating the organization’s vision and economic model to local, regional and national stakeholders and fundraising. William and the Urban Innovation21 team have been recognized locally and nationally for their groundbreaking work to connect underserved communities to the region’s successful innovation economy. Most recently William was named a Finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia 2013.
William’s career includes that of an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, corporate executive, attorney and teacher. From 2007 – 2009 William worked as the part time Executive Director of the Hill House Economic Development Corporation, where he led the organization’s effort to engage in successful social entrepreneurial ventures. William was the founder and president of a non-medical homecare company, ComForcare Senior Services Allegheny County (ComForcare), where he managed forty employees who provided services to hundreds of clients throughout Allegheny County. In 2007 William sold Comforcare and it is now one of the largest home care companies of its kind in the United States. William served as the Vice President of legal staffing and recruiting for one of the nation’s largest legal staffing agencies, Compliance Inc., in the Washington D.C. area. William taught English for one year in Shimabara, Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. For six years, William practiced corporate and real estate law in various capacities as a law clerk, associate and senior associate with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
William is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish. William was the recipient of the Emory University Presidential Scholarship, a full tuition merit-based scholarship to attend Emory University School of Law. William received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University and is licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and Georgia. William is a very active member of the Pittsburgh Community where he serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory committees including the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems, Pittsburgh Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (Commercial Lending Arm of the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority), The Green Innovators, Phipps Conservatory, Innovation Works and the Renewable Manufacturing Gateway.
Josephine B. Moore is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Jodie is President and Co-Founder of the Neighborhood Academy, a non-sectarian, faith-based college preparatory high school for students in grades 8-12 who come from families that demonstrate financial need. The Academy is dedicated to developing the minds, bodies and spirits of students so that they become fully productive members of our society, breaking the cycle of generational poverty that has held them captive and deprived society of the value of their lives.
Founder and Principal-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh office of a regional interior architectural design firm, Jodie put her design career on hold to answer a call to ministry. In the late 1980’s, supported by five East End churches, she started and led the Larimer Avenue Youth Club, three groups for inner-city youth in several distressed Pittsburgh neighborhoods. In 1998, after six years of partnering with Tom Johnson in founding and running a successful Summer School for at-risk teens, R.K. Mellon Foundation funded her study of successful inner city schools and the development of the business plan that would become The Neighborhood Academy on September 12, 2001.
Jodie is the recipient of a number of community awards, including the Robert J. LeFort Award for Excellence in Leadership (Interspace, Inc.), the Charles Partee Church History Award (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), the Andrew W. Mathieson Award (FAME Fund), the 2010 A Tribute to Women Leadership Award (YWCA) and the 2014 Women of Achievement Award for Executive Leadership (Allegheny Health Network Cribs for Kids).
Jodie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Russian History and from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity.
Timothy P. McNulty is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Tim is Associate Vice President for Government Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University (“CMU”), directing CMU’s Office of Government Relations, which acts as an advocate for the University on the federal, state and local levels. Tim came to CMU in 2003 to be Associate Provost for Strategic Technology Initiatives, following eight years in the administrations of former Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker.
While working in Pennsylvania state government, Tim held several senior positions in the Department of Community and Economic Development (including Acting Secretary) and the Governor’s Office (including Deputy Chief of Staff) and was engaged in a wide range of technology development initiatives.
Prior to joining the Ridge Administration, Tim was Executive Director of the Center for Economic Development at CMU, and Executive Director of The Council of Great Lakes Governors.
Tim is a member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation.
Tim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
J.C. Pelusi is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
J.C. Pelusi is an International Director with the multinational commercial real estate firm of Jones Lang LaSalle. J.C. oversees Jones Lang LaSalle’s Transaction Advisory Service Line within Corporate Solutions. The Transaction Service Line is responsible for the delivery of strategic-led transaction services to the firm’s 100+ corporate clients in terms of insuring product innovation and best practices for all account teams, and providing talent management and training for the employees within the Americas.
J.C. also manages the firm’s Corporate clients and local offices in the Great Lakes region consisting of Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, delivering an extensive real estate services platform to an impressive client roster.
During his time with Jones Lang LaSalle, J.C. has held several key leadership roles, including Managing Director of the Corporate Solutions Account Management program and Senior Vice President for the firm’s Tenant Representation practice, where he provided management oversight for acquisitions and dispositions, lease negotiations, renewals and sale/leasebacks.
Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, J.C. served as Vice President of Facilities Management with Mellon Bank, N.A. for six years. Additionally, he spent three years with PNC Bank, N.A., overseeing real estate lending and real estate finance activities, following a three-year professional football career.
J.C. holds an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a four-year letterman in football, captain of the 1982 team, and an Academic All-American. He has served as the President of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of CoreNet, and is an active member of various local and national professional real estate organizations.
Michael A. Polite is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Mike serves as Chairman and CEO, and majority owner, of Ralph A. Falbo, Inc., a developer of unique and innovative urban residential properties.
Prior to joining Ralph Falbo, Mike was Director of Economic Development of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Mike’s experience includes public and private housing and economic development, program management, minority and micro-business development, and community outreach.
Mike serves as a board member of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Finance and Development Commission and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Inc. Previously, Mike has served on the boards of Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, Catholic Charities and Angel’s Place.
Mike holds a Master of Science degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Niagara University.
Charles A. Schliebs is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc., and Secretary of the corporation.
Charlie Schliebs is a co-founder and Managing Director of Stone Pier Capital Advisors, LP, a Pittsburgh-based Merger & Acquisition-focused boutique investment bank. Stone Pier serves a wide variety of clients, including many companies in the healthcare/life sciences, energy and manufacturing sectors. Charlie has over 30 years of experience as a dealmaker and strategic advisor in a variety of industries, for many years as a lawyer and more recently as an investment banker, as well as a venture capital and private equity professional.
Following graduation from the Wharton School and Vanderbilt Law School, Charlie returned to his hometown of Kansas City and joined the firm of Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi [now Husch Blackwell], a pre-eminent law firm in the Midwest with a premier corporate and securities practice. He advanced to partner at age 29, as the firm’s youngest ever partner. Following several years in the corporate world, Charlie was a partner from 1988 through 1999 in Jones Day, a 2,500-lawyer, international law firm. At both firms, his substantive expertise was as a securities/corporate finance/merger & acquisition partner, and at Jones Day he was also an international business law specialist, with his primary industry specialization being in the inter-related pharmaceutical, medical device/diagnostic, agricultural chemical, animal health and biotech fields, principally counseling multinational healthcare/life science companies. At Jones Day, he was the entrepreneurial founder of the highly successful Pittsburgh office in 1988, and served as the office’s Adminstrative Partner and International Practice Coordinator. Charlie formed the Life Sciences Practice Group at Jones Day, and was the Group’s worldwide head until he left the firm to co-found iNetworks, a private investment/venture capital/private equity firm in late 1999.
While at Jones Day, Charlie was the lawyer responsible for all client service worldwide to Bayer AG, the international pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate, for which Charlie acted not only as counsel but also as a trusted senior business advisor and dealmaker. For Bayer and many other multinational companies, Charlie directed all types of investment, acquisition and finance transactions, as well as the negotiation of research and collaboration agreements, product co-development agreements, co-promotion and co-marketing agreements, and license agreements.
In between his law firm partnerships at Blackwell Sanders and Jones Day, Charlie served in executive positions at NYSE companies including Hospital Corporation of America (“HCA”), where he co-founded HCA Venture Capital, the company’s in-house venture arm, investing in emerging healthcare companies. After concluding his legal career, Charlie joined the board of directors of Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., a Tucson, Arizona-based healthcare information systems company (SUNQ: NASDAQ-NMS) for which he had served as outside securities counsel while at Jones Day. In his board role, he oversaw the sale of the company to Misys plc for three times the price of the company’s stock when he was appointed ($8 to $24 in 18 months).
In late 1999 Charlie co-founded iNetworks, LLC, and iNetworks Advisors, Inc., together with a highly-regarded, multi-billion dollar, family-owned multi-industry holding company. iNetworks and its affiliates have invested in numerous companies in the healthcare/life science and energy-related fields, and continue their investment activities today. Beginning in early 2008 and until January 2010, Charlie and iNetworks were retained by Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the nation’s second largest producer of natural gas, to facilitate the entry of Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC into the Pennsylvania portion of the Marcellus Shale. Following his retention by Chesapeake, he was trained at Chesapeake’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK, and elsewhere with respect to unconventional oil and natural gas exploration and development, shale geology, land and rights acquisition, hydraulic fracturing, domestic and foreign natural gas markets, CNG and LNG, etc.
In 2012, Charlie and Dale Killmeyer, a partner in an iNetworks affiliate, International Capital Networks, LLC, co-founded Stone Pier Capital Advisors, LP, to act as merger & acquisition, financial and strategic advisors across a variety of industries.
Charlie was the Elliot E. Cheatham Scholar in Law at, and received his J.D. from, the Vanderbilt University School of Law (receiving a full, merit-based scholarship award covering tuition, room and board, and other expenses, Vanderbilt’s largest scholar award at the time). He also holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. as well as a B.S. Econ. from the Wharton School (concentration and senior thesis in international business). He attended Penn/Wharton on a competitive merit scholarship for children of pipefitters, provided by the Pipe Fitting & Air Conditioning Council.
In addition to serving on the boards of for-profit companies, he serves or has served on a variety of boards involving entrepreneurship, social, public policy and ethical issues, including Pittsburgh’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Cross-Cultural Ethics (Board Chair) at LaRoche College, the President’s Visiting Committee on Social Justice at West Virginia University and the National Executive Committee of the RAND Corporation’s Policy Circle.
Jerry R. Whitaker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc.
Jerry is the retired President of Electrical Sector – Americas, Eaton Corporation. Eaton is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, aerospace and mission critical electrical markets. Eaton’s annual revenue is approximately $21 billion.
Jerry joined Eaton in 1994 as Marketing Manager of the Assemblies and Systems division. In 1997 he was asked to serve as the General Manager for Cutler-Hammer’s Engineering Services and Systems Division. He was responsible for developing the business model and start-up of the division. Under his watch, the business grew to over $600 million in annual revenue.
After starting the Engineering Services and Systems Business, Jerry was promoted to Vice President of Power Distribution and Control and served in that capacity for three years. He moved on to the position of President of Power Components and Systems with global responsibility for nine divisions and a specific focus to grow globally. During this time he was responsible for numerous key acquisitions and took the business from a predominantly North American business to a balanced global organization with 50% of the sales outside of the U.S.
As President of Electrical Sector – Americas, Jerry oversaw the P&L, manufacturing operations, sales, marketing, technology and product development for four operational groups comprised of twelve divisions, 17,900 associates, and $4.3 billion in revenues. His Group successfully integrated eight substantial acquisitions and implemented the Eaton Business System, Eaton Lean and Six Sigma processes throughout its operations.
Jerry previously served on the board of Tuomey Medical Center in Sumter S.C., and was the Chairman of the United Way for Sumter and Clarendon Counties in South Carolina. He is currently on the Boards of Matthews International Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation and Crescent Electric Company, and the Advisory Board of Universal Electric Company. He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, American Middle East Institute, Syracuse University School of Engineering and Renewable Manufacturing Gateway.
Jerry was the Chairman of the Eaton – Caterpillar ISO JV and also served on boards of several Eaton subsidiaries.
Before joining Eaton, Whitaker spent 22 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp., serving in various management positions.
Jerry has a BSEE from Syracuse University and an MBA from George Washington University.
Bill Recker is a founding partner and CEO of IronBridge Partners and a partner and co-founder of the Cranberry Business Park.
Bill is an accomplished business leader whose skills in management, corporate structuring and financing were demonstrated as the CEO of several multinational corporations before his semi-retirement in the early 2000’s. He maintains a full schedule devoted to real estate investment, high tech start-ups and the advancement of the Pittsburgh region’s educational and training efforts to provide all elements of the energy industry with the optimum workforce for the 21st century.
Bill served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Gretag Imaging Group Inc. from 1990 to 1998, and as Chairman of the Board of Gretag Imaging Holding AG from 1998 to 2000. He took the company public on the Swiss Exchange in 1998. He was also a founding partner and director of Amazys AG and took this company public on the Swiss Exchange in 1997. Prior to leading a leveraged buyout of Gretag Imaging from Ciba-Geigy AG (now Novartis AG), he served as Chairman of the Board and President of Mettler/Toledo USA from 1989 to 1990. He founded Science Group International, a management consulting firm, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 to 1989. From the beginning of his career in 1968, Bill served in various positions of increasing responsibility with Fisher Scientific Company, culminating in his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer.
Bill holds various board positions domestically and internationally, including member of the Board of Directors since 1997 at Breeze-Eastern Corporation [NYSE MKT: BZC], where he serves on the Audit Committee and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. He is a Board member of Beaufort Solutions Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador; Advisory Board member of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Middle East Public Policy; Trustee of Hiram College, and Founding Member of Hiram’s Garfield Institute of Public Leadership; Advisor, Shlomo Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy, IDC Herzliya, Israel; and Advisory Committee member, Angel Energy, LLC. He also serves on the Boards of Wearever Inc., Boardbookit, Inc., Cepstral Inc. and ROS Schweiz GmbH. He is a founding member and serves on the Board of the Crawford Grill LLC.
Bill earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Duquesne University. In addition, he completed graduate studies and research in virology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Bill has been married for more than 50 years, walked across Switzerland, biked across France and Spain and enjoys skiing, tennis, sailing, furniture making, jazz and being a grandfather.
Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation
Board of Directors
G. Reynolds Clark, Chair (Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Retired, University of Pittsburgh)
Ann Dugan, Audit Committee (Founder and Assistant Dean, Retired, Katz Graduate School of Business, Institute of Entrepreneurial Excellence, University of Pittsburgh)
Dawn Fuchs, Weavertown Environmental Group
Franco Harris, (Retired NFL, Owner and President, Super Bakery and Parks Sausage
Michael Kane, (President and Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies)
Dan Leri, Vice-Chair (Director, Innovation Park & Research Commercialization, Penn State University)
Tim McNulty, (Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University)
David Motley, Blue Tree Venture Fund- Co Founder and General Partner
Joshua Pollard, Omicelo- Founder and CEO
Stephen Robinson, Audit Committee (Managing General Partner, Robinson Venture Partners and Founding Partner, Pittsburgh Equity Partners LP)
Paul Svoboda, URA of Pittsburgh- Manager, Special Projects
Walter Turner, Retired-Pres. & CEO- Koppers