Tech 50 Preview: CEO of the Year

Don’t miss Tech 50 on November 1.

The Tech 50 Awards gala event is only a few weeks away so be sure to learn a little bit about each finalist beforehand. Below, are brief descriptions of finalists in the Life Sciences of the Year category. More information on each finalist can be found by navigating to each company’s website. Look for a preview of each Tech 50 category on TechBurgher every other business day until the event on November 1.

For more information on the Tech 50 event or to register, contact the PTC Events Team at (412) 918-4229.

Audrey Dunning, Summa Technologies

Dunning was appointed CEO of Summa in 2007 and has since grown the company into a leading consulting service provider and top employer of I.T. talent in the region. With Dunning as CEO, Summa has tripled its sales through organic growth and acquisition, while at the same time being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania for five consecutive years.

William Lambert, MSA

Shortly after becoming CEO of MSA in 2008, Lambert was faced with the challenge of successfully navigating the economic recession that dramatically changed the business landscape. By taking defensive steps never before taken in the company’s history, such as executive pay cuts and suspension of the company’s 401(k) match, MSA was able to weather the recession and emerge from it strategically positioned for the future.

Justin McElhattan, Industrial Scientific Corporation

Under McElhattan’s leadership, Industrial Scientific grew 2010-2011 revenue by the same amount as the 10 years prior of operation. As an independent, financially strong organization, Industrial Scientific is well positioned for future revenue growth and technology development.

Paul Musselman, Carnegie Speech

In the last year with Musselman at the helm, Carnegie Speech has transformed from a customer development services organization to a world-class software as a service (SaaS) company. In this time Carnegie Speech has defined and grown its presence in three markets, including Enterprise, U.S. Education and Aviation.

Scott Pearson, Aquion Energy, Inc.

Pearson’s considerable industry experience and visionary leadership has enabled Aquion to transition from an R&D/Engineering prototype stage with its energy storage technology to large-scale manufacturing in a very short time. Pearson’s creativity in solving problems and strategic vision will allow Aquion to progress from the lab to a dominant player in the energy storage sector by 2015, a timeline that is unheard of for advanced energy technologies.

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