Greg Coticchia, MBA, PC
Greg is an award-winning technology executive with over twenty-five years of experience in high tech products and services. He has led or been a major contributor in two of the largest and most successful software companies in the world, LEGENT (now CA) and AXENT (now Symantec). Greg has been in fourteen start-ups, founding four, and has held executive positions for better than two-thirds of his career, participating in various size organizations, from $0M to over $1B in revenue. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Industrial Engineering, where he also received his MBA, he currently teaches several courses including B2B marketing at the University Of Pittsburgh Katz School Of Business. He holds certificates in Entrepreneurial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and Professional Coaching from Duquesne University. Greg was named as a finalist three times for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and for the Tech 50 CEO of the Year. He was also named a 2006 Distinguished Graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (Katz).
Randy has over 30 years of successful start-up, product commercialization, sales, and management experience in a wide range of companies and industries. A four-time entrepreneur with one exit under his belt, Randy has been successful as an executive, a business development professional, and an investor. At Carnegie Mellon University he managed corporate relations for the College of Engineering. Also at CMU, he built an industry consortium for the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT) in the Robotics Institute. Randy was an Executive in Residence at Innovation Works (IW), a leading regional seed stage investment organization, where he worked with startup tech companies to identify and address critical business issues. He earned an MBA from Pitt, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State.
Alan Martello is a life long Pittsburgh native with 4 degrees from Pitt including an Engineering PhD and MBA. He started and ran a software and hardware company for over 20 years before a successful exit to a public company. Today he keeps busy coaching entrepreneurs, mentoring businesses and advising non-profits. He evaluates companies and pitches for investors and regularly provides feedback to startups seeking funding. Alan specializes in facilitating effective decision making, product positioning, customer engagement and team building using design thinking and visual problem solving.
Jeanine is the President of the McCreary Group, a company which helps large and small organizations with project analysis, development, implementation, and management. Jeanine has extensive experience in program & curriculum development in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, life skills training, and real estate. Jeanine served on the board of directors of the Erie School District and has been nominated to be seated on the National School Board of Directors. Previously she served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Jeanine holds a BS degree from Penn State University.
Don is a serial entrepreneur and visionary leader who has consistently leveraged technology to improve the customer experience and top and bottom-line results. Don has been involved in the growth and development of several businesses, including American Eagle Outfitters, from one to 165 stores as President and CEO, Sundance Catalog Company as Executive Director, and Bear Creek Corporation as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. He is currently chairman of deal flow for BlueTree Allied Angels, a Pittsburgh-based angel investment organization. Mr. Morrison is actively involved in mentoring and coaching several startup and early-stage companies in the region and serves on several boards of directors and advisors including, Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance and The eCenter @ Linden Pointe.
Joanna is a Business Innovation Advisor with Brights Lights Innovations helping small businesses create profitable growth with accelerated times to market. Since 2007, she held various B2B Marketing Executive roles with Westinghouse Electric Company. She helped create numerous business opportunities leveraging a range of advanced technologies. Joanna’s specific expertise includes business model design, product concept development, financial planning, and partnerships with early-adopter customers. Joanna has collaborated with a number of educational organizations on the cutting edge of marketing and innovation, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Institute for the Study of Business to Business Markets (the only B2B Think Tank) at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, and the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.She also earned a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.