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Pittsburgh Business 2001: The Leaders, 41 - 50

Sunday, March 25, 2001

By the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

No. 41. Lou Astorino

Chief executive officer, LDA-L.D. Astorino Cos.

Few architects are busier than Astorino, 54, the head of LDA-L.D. Astorino Cos., the firm Astorino founded in 1972. In recent years, he has worked on a string of high-profile projects. They include PNC Park, PNC Firstside Center, UPMC's sports complex on the South Side, a restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and a building for the Vatican, in Italy. The Zweig letter, a publication that covers the architectural industry, recently named Astorino the 30th fastest-growing architectural firm in the country, based on billings. From 1997 through 1999, revenue increased 82 percent, from $11.2 million to $20.4 million. In 2000, billings jumped again, to $25 million.

No. 42. -- William R. Newlin

President, chief executive officer, Buchanan Ingersoll

Newlin, 59, has led the Downtown law firm through two decades of dramatic growth, capped last year by the addition of roughly 60 lawyers as the firm acquired law practices in several eastern cities and in London. Buchanan Ingersoll's growth last year, accomplished largely by drawing partners away from other firms, placed it fifth in a national survey by The American Lawyer. Also in 2000, the National Law Journal named Newlin one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. He is active in local economic development and entrepreneurial efforts, and is co-founder of CEO Venture Funds and chairman of Kennametal.

No. 43. -- Howard "Hoddy" Hanna III

President, chief executive officer, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Hanna, 53, heads a family-owned business that under his direction has grown to 58 offices and 1,100 agents in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, making it the largest independent brokerage in the region. The company closed early this year on the $7.8 million purchase of Seven Fields, a financially troubled home development in Butler County. Besides assuming a hands-on role in his real estate business, Hanna is among Pittsburgh's most active community leaders.

He co-chaired the Allegheny 200 Citizens Committee, which successfully campaigned to create a county executive and county council form of government. His philanthropic work includes Family House and the Children's Hospital/Free Care Fund. He also chairs the Fannie Mae Foundation Western Pennsylvania Board and is on the board of the Pittsburgh Film Office. Hanna's company in 1999 was named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation of the Year by the local chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.

No. 44. -- (TIE) -- Thomas Golonski

Chief executive officer, National City Bank of Pennsylvania.

Former Integra Financial Corp. senior executive Golonski has survived no fewer than five bank mergers in his career. He stepped into his current role as head of National City Corp.'s Pennsylvania operations in 1996 when the Cleveland-based bank swallowed up Pittsburgh-based Integra. The 58-year-old Western Pennsylvania native has guided National City -- the region's third-largest bank -- as it carved a niche for itself as a leading place to turn for small business loans in the region. National City Bank of Pennsylvania and its predecessor, Integra, have captured the No. 1 spot for U.S. Small Business Administration loans in Western Pennsylvania for nine straight years.

No. 44. -- (TIE) -- Stephen Hansen

Chief executive officer, Dollar Bank.

Hansen gets kudos for enhancing Dollar's reputation as the bank for the little guy at a time when big banks nationwide are less interested in small-balance accounts. Chairman of the Regional Industrial Development Corp. and a member of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Hansen, 60, joined Dollar in 1976 from Washington, D.C., and has been at the helm since 1982.

Recently, Dollar spearheaded the formation of the no-surcharge Freedom ATM Alliance. Banks that join the 2-year-old alliance agree not to charge each other's customers for using their automated teller machines, giving customers more places to get cash without getting socked.

No. 45. William Strickland

President, chief executive officer, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center

Strickland is a much-honored teacher, motivator, community activist and fund-raiser. Strickland, 53, uses Bidwell, a nonprofit vocational school, to prepare at-risk youths and adults for jobs in fields such as business travel, culinary arts and information sciences. The nationally recognized guild, a co-sponsor of the Mellon Jazz Festival, conducts arts education and presentation programs with the aim of inspiring inner-city youth to become productive and entrepreneurial citizens. Its varied programs include arts partnerships with city schools, lectures and Living Masters concerts with jazz greats.

Last year Strickland began promoting a new idea, a $3 million greenhouse that would be built on the city's North Side near Bidwell. It would produce orchids and serve as a basis for horticultural education.

No. 46. -- Robert Kampmeinert

Chairman, chief executive officer, Parker/Hunter

Former Kidder Peabody investment banker Kampmeinert, 57, has built Parker/Hunter into a strong regional investment firm that manages more than $7 billion for 45,000 clients.

Kampmeinert joined the firm in 1971 to head its investment banking business, was named CEO in 1985 and chairman in 1991. The employee-owned firm's value, measured by stockholders' equity as of Oct. 27, was $25.3 million, a 19 percent increase from the previous year.

In addition to keeping Parker/Hunter's house in order, Kampmeinert wields influence as a director of Tollgrade Communications, which Parker/Hunter took public, and West Penn Allegheny Health System.

No. 47. Milt Washington

Chief executive officer, Beacon Construction; president, Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corp.

Washington, 65, recently sold his stake in SSM Industries Inc., which had been one of the region's largest minority-owned companies.

The sale, however, allows Washington to pursue other ventures. He still runs Beacon Construction and Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corp., an East Liberty firm that manages, builds and renovates housing for low- to moderate-income families.

Washington, considered an icon among young black entrepreneurs, was the first African-American to be named to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, an influential public policy group.

No. 48. Ed Stack

Chairman, chief executive officer, Dick's Sporting Goods

Stack, 46, heads Dick's Sporting Goods, a chain that has grown to 108 stores since moving its headquarters from Binghamton, N.Y., to Pittsburgh in 1994.

The eldest of founder Dick Stack's five children, Stack planned a career in law but was tapped to lead the business when his father became ill in the early 1980s. Under his leadership, total annual sales reached $900 million last year and regional employment hit 850 people.

Despite a decision to close Dick's online store this year, employment here is expected to reach 920 by year-end. A new distribution center opened in Westmoreland County in February 2000, and the company is now looking for a bigger headquarters. Stack also serves on the board of directors of Seton Hill College.

No. 49. -- Maggie Hardy Magerko

President, 84 Lumber Co.

Magerko, 35, runs the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, the Fayette County retreat that under her direction and expansion is becoming a magnet for high-powered executive meetings. She also runs the country's largest privately owned lumberyard chain, 84 Lumber Co.

She is one of the region's wealthiest women, with a net worth of $765 million, according to Forbes magazine. Magerko is now in her eighth year running 84 Lumber, which her father Joe Hardy started in 1956. After taking control, she shifted the company's emphasis to contractors and professional builders, away from retail customers. Now, builders account for 75 percent of the company's sales, which topped $1.8 billion last year. Magerko's company employs 5,000, with 414 stores in 31 states.

No. 50. -- Jim Broadhurst

Chairman, chief executive officer, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group Inc.

It was Broadhurst, 57, who wanted to move Eat'n Park's corporate headquarters from Robinson to an old mill site in Homestead.

The deal, signed last year, provided the battered Mon Valley with a symbolic boost. "Jim wouldn't let it die," Eat'n Park President Basil Cox said. Broadhurst has been with Eat'n Park for 28 years.

He joined in 1973, after a seven-year banking career, and he became president in 1975. Nine years later, he became chairman and chief executive officer of a company perhaps best known for its Smiley Face cookies.

Today, Eat'n Park has more than 75 restaurants in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It also employs more than 9,000 people. Broadhurst also serves as chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Foundation.

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