Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards

Since 2014, the Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Greater Pittsburgh region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. All 50 winners will be honored at a special celebration, and three organizations will receive specialty awards for their achievements in three category areas – innovation, impact and sustainability.

The Smart 50 Awards currently takes place in the cities of ClevelandColumbus and Pittsburgh.

Eligible Smart 50 nominees must be a top executive of an organization with a physical office in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Specialty award winners will be recognized for Innovation, Impact and Sustainability.

Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards • Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Presented by: Smart Business


The Westin Pittsburgh • 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. (NEW TIME!)

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

Joe Altieri

Dimitrios Apostolopoulos
ProtoInnovations, LLC

Jenn Beer
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

Charlie Bitzer
ABARTA Coca-Cola Beverages

Nisha Blackwell

Mike Blehar
Fort Pitt Capital Group 

Andy Bradigan
Bradigan’s Incorporated

Mario Cafaro
Management Science Associates

Christina Cassotis
Pittsburgh International Airport

John Chamberlin
YaJagoff Media, LLC

Jennifer England
412 Food Rescue

John Erkert
IPEG Industrial Group |
Piovan North America LLC

J.D. Ewing
COE Distributing

Sreekar Gadde
BlueTree Venture Capital

Douglas Gebhard
RareMed Solutions

Jeffrey Gilmore
Beemac Inc.

Jordan Golin
Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh (JFCS)

John Graf
Priory Hospitality Group

Anil Gupta
Gupta Permold Corp
dba diamondLife

Amy Hancock
Advantage Home Health and Hospice/AdvantageCare Rehab

Dena Haritos Tsamitis
Carnegie Mellon University

David Heckler
Comfort Supply, Inc.

Teresa Huber
Intervala, LLC

Jason Jedlinski

Justine Kasznica
Keystone Space Collaborative

Roy Kern
Equipment Corporation of America

Kristy Knichel
Knichel Logistics

Dustin Kuhlman, P.E.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Jeremiah Leiter
Acoustic Research Systems

Thomas Longenecker
Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA)

Randal Lutz
Baldwin-Whitehall School District

John Lydon

Laura Maines
Every Child, Inc.

Matt Mastarone
TTG Imaging Solutions

Charlie McIlvaine
Nexus Energy Services, LLC

Tom Michael

Jessica Minkus

Mark Nicklas
Nicklas Supply/Splash

Nadyli Nuñez

Mona Pappafava-Ray
General Carbide Corporation

William C. Polacek
JWF Industries

Ven Raju
InnovationWorks; Riverfront Ventures LLC

Jason Riley
Tickets for Kids

Dr. Ariella Samson
Humane Animal Rescue
of Pittsburgh

Matthew P. Sasko
Regal Industrial Corporation

Benjamin Shelton
Argo Navis Technologies

Scott Simmons
ScareHouse/Undead Productions LLC

Robert Stein
University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Nicholas Subich
YTS Wealth Management

Nick Zapf, CPC, QPA
Dunbar, Bender & Zapf

For more information, contact Lisa Dore at [email protected] or 440.250.7050


The 2022 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards was held on November 1, 2022 at The Duquesne Club.

CLICK HERE to view the 2022 Honorees!

The 2021 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards was a Virtual Conference held on November 18, 2021.

CLICK HERE to view the 2021 Honorees!

The 2020 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards was a Virtual Conference held on November 19, 2020.

CLICK HERE to view the 2020 Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2019 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards held on November 20, 2019, at The Fairmont Pittsburgh.

Click here to view the entire photo album on our Facebook page. CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Pittsburgh Honorees!

Take a look back at the 2018 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards held on November 29, 2018, at The Fairmont Pittsburgh.

Click here to view the entire photo album on our Facebook page. CLICK HERE to view the 2018 Pittsburgh Honorees!

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