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Pittsburgh Business 2001: The Leaders, 31 - 40

Sunday, March 25, 2001

By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No. 31. Marlee Myers

Managing partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Pittsburgh office

Myers, 50, has led the office since it opened in 1996. By winning heavyweight clients such Fore Systems and FreeMarkets, Myers cemented the local prominence of the Philadelphia-based law firm. She brings national attention to Pittsburgh's technology industry by speaking nationally, serving on the board of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and by co-founding its Information Technology Network. For 2000, Gov. Tom Ridge named Myers to the list of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business. Beyond running a law firm, Myers serves as chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a member of the board of the Rivers Club of Pittsburgh and a member of the board of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society.

No. 32. Chuck Queenan

Senior counsel, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart

Queenan, 70, is the current chairman of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a powerful consortium of leaders who spur community improvement. Quee-nan started with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in 1956 after graduating from Harvard Law School, and became a specialist in corporate and tax law. He also rose to managing partner during a period of rapid growth for the firm, which now is one of the region's largest. Today Queenan is Kirkpatrick & Lockhart's senior counsel, known internally as a turn-to guy for resolving conflicts.

No. 33. John E. Murray Jr.

President, Duquesne University

The 68-year-old president of Duquesne University will retire in June after 13 years as the Catholic institution's first lay leader. Besides turning around what was a financially strapped university when he arrived in 1988, Murray has been a key player in local government and community development.

Murray chaired ComPAC 21, the committee that recommended Allegheny County switch from a three-commissioner to single-executive style of government. He also has served on the Working Together Consortium, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation.

Under his leadership, enrollment at Duquesne soared from 6,000 to 10,000 students and the endowment has grown from $7 million to more than $100 million.

Murray won't be gone from the Uptown campus once he steps down from the top job, however. He's expected to teach law and serve as chancellor.

No. 34. Kevin McClatchy

Pittsburgh Pirates owner

When McClatchy purchased the Pirates in February 1996, he did so with the understanding that the city would help him build a new stadium within five years.

His plea worked.

Next month, the Pirates will open the 2001 season in the new, taxpayer-supported PNC Park. In his short time here, the 38-year-old California newspaper heir has done a lot to improve the Pirates' bottom line.

He also has brought a sense of excitement to the city in the form of a beautiful new ballpark that was brought in on time and on budget.

Last season, the team's finances were slightly in the red. But this year, even with a payroll of nearly $50 million, the team expects to make a modest profit due to an infusion of revenue from the new ballpark.

No. 35. -- David Dick

Chief executive officer, Dick Corp.

Dick, 52, the grandson of Dick Corp. founder Noble Dick, took over one of the region's largest construction companies in 1993 and grew it to one of the nation's 100 largest, with more than $1 billion in revenue.

Revenue jumped 68 percent last year, fueled by the 1999 acquisition of Hawaii-based Pacific Construction. Dick, which soon plans to move its headquarters from Large to Homestead, has landed a number of high-profile local projects recently -- PNC Park, PNC Firstside Center, portions of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, a new aquarium at the Pittsburgh Zoo and a Hyatt at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Dick also has been tapped to build a prospective $300 million indoor race track near the airport.

No. 36. Dr. Peter Johnson

Chairman, chief executive officer, TissueInformatics Inc.

Since the mid-1990s, Johnson has been one of the foremost promoters of the emerging biotechnology industry. In 1994, he founded and was first president of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, a collaboration among five regional research institutions and seven foundations. A principal aim was to make Pittsburgh a major center of biotech research and commercialization. Last year, Johnson, 46, was president of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, and recently became president of the Tissue Engineering Society International. TissueInformatics, on the South Side, specializes in creating and distributing images of body tissue.

No. 37. Charles Gregory

President, Sony Technology Center -- Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh native Gregory is president of Sony Technology Center -- Pittsburgh, the sprawling television manufacturing complex in Westmoreland County that has grown to employ 3,300 in a decade. Gregory, 54, joined Sony in 1990, the year the Japanese-based company announced it would convert a former automobile manufacturing plant into a $600 million-plus television manufacturing complex.

He played an instrumental role in setting up the Pittsburgh Technology Center as senior vice president of human resources for Sony Electronics, based in San Diego. He also worked for Sony in New Jersey before moving back to Pennsylvania nearly two years ago.

A 1964 graduate of Penn Hills Senior High School and a 1972 graduate of Point Park College, Gregory serves on the boards of the National Action Council for Minority Engineering, Pittsburgh Opera, Point Park College, Pennsylvania Economy League and Pittsburgh Technology Council.

The Fox Chapel resident also is a member of Gov. Tom Ridge's Team Pennsylvania Ambassador's Council and serves on the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board.

No. 38. Dr. Freddie Fu

Medical director, UPMC Health System Center for Sports Medicine

Completion last year of the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side underscored UPMC Health System's pioneering efforts in sports medicine -- a field where Fu has long been a leader.

Fu, 50, joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical School's faculty in 1982 as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and director of sports medicine. In 1985 he helped establish the Sports and Preventive Medicine Institute, now called the UPMC Health System Center for Sports Medicine, and has served as its medical director for 12 years.

Fu also has been a prolific researcher and author. Among other activities, he chairs the City of Pittsburgh Marathon and is its executive medical director; is a board member and company physician for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and is team physician both for the University of Pittsburgh and for Mt. Lebanon High School.

No. 39. Christine Jack Toretti

Chairman, chief executive officer, S.W. Jack Drilling Co.

Toretti took the helm of the family-owned natural gas drilling business in Indiana, Pa., when her father died in 1990. Jack Drilling now ranks among the largest, privately held gas drilling firms in the country.

Besides successfully cracking the gender barrier in an industry dominated by males, Toretti, 44, has immersed herself in political and community activities, including board positions on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Opera, Family House, Carnegie Institute and Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Perhaps her most influential role at the moment is Republican national committeewoman from Pennsylvania, a post in which she succeeded Elsie Hillman in 1997.

Toretti served recently on the energy advisory committee for the Bush/Cheney transition team and on the national finance committee of George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

No. 40. Tony Bucci and Michele Fabrizi

Chairman, chief executive officer, Marc USA; President, CEO, Marc USA/Pittsburgh

Bucci, 52, has spent most of his career with Marc Advertising, where he started as an assistant account executive in 1970. His career path hasn't limited his vision, which is credited with changing the place inside and out. The chairman and chief executive officer of the renamed Marc USA established a team-oriented approach to the marketing process.

He also envisioned an agency created by acquiring strategically placed offices around the country. With more than $680 million in billings and offices from New York to Chicago to Dallas, Marc now ranks as the largest Pittsburgh agency. Bucci serves as chairman of both the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and the United Way of Western Pennsylvania. He's president of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Public Theater and serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Students in Free Enterprise.

In the three years that Fabrizi has headed Marc USA/Pittsburgh, the agency has reported a 200 percent increase in billings. Fabrizi joined the agency in 1982 and became president and chief operating officer in 1998.

Last year, her title changed to president and CEO for the shop that now serves as the flagship for Marc USA. In the past couple of years, the local agency has picked up work for UPMC Health System, True Value Hardware, Mellon Financial Corp., the Pittsburgh Pirates and Eat'n Park Restaurants. Fabrizi, 47, is chairman of the board for both the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Family Health Council Inc., and serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Steel Industry Heritage Corp. and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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