Leadership

Chairman
Kenny Ogilvie, EHS Support

Kenny is currently Chairman of the Board at EHS Support. Over the past 28 years Kenny Ogilvie has been providing environmental management consulting support working with corporate environmental health and safety (EHS) and financial industry managers to design and integrate value measurement techniques, cost savings measurements, and corporate programs for mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, compliance, reserves and SEC reporting, and environmental cleanup liabilities. Kenny has worked on hundreds of mergers and acquisitions including joint ventures, divestitures, and teaming arrangements. Kenny has also been very involved in Superfund site management for both corporations and PRP groups as a project coordinator, technical representative, and lead consultant. Kenny has worked on over 100 RCRA and voluntary remediation related projects throughout the United States – including numerous special assignment projects related to SEC audits, insurance reviews, and liability management programs. Kenny has worked with clients in the chemical, petroleum, specialty metals, financial, communications, mining, pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, and wood treating industries. His project work has taken him across the United States and internationally with work in Australia, China, and Europe. Through these relationships, companies have shown dramatic increases in return on investment (ROI), financial allocations, shareholder perception, and cost savings.

He is a frequent speaker and presenter to a variety of special interest groups including The National Environmental Policy Institute, The ERRA, The American Society of Safety Engineers, The Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Water and Environment Federation.

Kenny has also published several articles in journals including the Environmental Quality Management Journal, The Remediation Journal, The Environmental Claims Journal, and The Hazardous Waste Strategies Update.

Kenny is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School Foundation for Management Excellence Program, The University of Michigan School of Business Management Program; and holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.

 

President 
Kelly Szejko, ACG Pittsburgh

Kelly has served as President of the ACG Pittsburgh since 2010, a trade association that advances corporate growth through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures by connecting middle market deal makers and business leaders, providing a thought leadership platform and advancing best practices through educational forum.

Kelly spent several years working as an accountant and corporate controller before launching Tikes, Inc., a firm that provides executive leadership and specialized services like membership development, fundraising, marketing and strategic planning to a wide range of associations.

Kelly has successfully leveraged her gift for growing organizations and building expansive networks of volunteers to more than a half-dozen organizations, including the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors - Three Rivers Chapter, the Turnaround Management Association - Pittsburgh Chapter, the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh & Invent Penn State.

She attended the University of Pittsburgh and resides in South Fayette.

 

Vice Chairman
Pamela Gill, BNY Mellon Wealth Management - Escrow Services

Pamela Gill is the escrow services manager for BNY Mellon Wealth Management in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago markets. Pam facilitates third party escrow agency accounts and agreements to service M&A cash holdbacks, settlements from corporate disputes, court ordered personal injury or divorce settlements, contractual obligations or disputes, bankruptcy liquidation proceeds and other transactions.

Pam joined the firm in 1995. Previously, Pam served as a middle market lender with Marine Midland Bank, N.A., Westinghouse Credit Corporation and Parkvale Savings Bank, in addition to several years as a private banking relationship manager. Pam managed legacy Mellon’s Wexford and Sewickley wealth management banking and financial services advisory offices.

Pam received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and also holds an executive certificate of financial planning from Duquesne University and FINRA Series 7 and 63 Licenses.  Pam’s community involvement includes past board member of the Northern Allegheny Chamber of Commerce, Butler County Literacy Volunteer, member of the Women’s Business Network and past treasurer of the Westchester Condo Association II.  She is a member of the Association of Corporate Growth, Pittsburgh Chapter, Commercial Real Estate Women and AM &AA The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors.

 

Treasurer
Ron Herring , (Retired) MSA Safety Inc.

Mr. Ronald N. Herring, Jr., serves as Senior Vice President of MSA Nederland B.V. Mr. Herring served as the President of MSA Europe & International Segments and Senior Vice President at MSA Safety Incorporated from May 2015 to October 1, 2017. He served as the President of MSA Europe, Russia, Middle East & India at MSA Safety Incorporated (formerly, Mine Safety Appliances Co) from November 2011 to May 1, 2015. Mr. Herring served as Vice President of MSA Safety Incorporated since January 1, 2004 until May 2015. He served as the President of MSA International, Western Europe Zone & Middle Eurasia Zone at Mine Safety Appliances Co. since November 1, 2011. He served as Vice President of M.S.A. International SA until November 1, 2011. He served as Vice President of Global Product Leadership at Mine Safety Appliances Co. since May 2007.

Mr. Herring was responsible for MSA's global product development efforts, as well as advanced technology, product marketing and corporate branding activities that support initiatives in these key areas. He served as Vice President of Mine Safety Appliances Co. since January 1, 2004. He was primarily responsible for research, product development, manufacturing and marketing of safety products in North America. He served as the General Manager of the safety products division since January 1, 2003 and Director of marketing for the safety products division. Mr. Herring joined MSA as a Sales Associate in 1983.

 

Secretary
Jim Nickel - Managing Director, Head of PA Region - CIBC US.

Jim Nickel is a native of western Pennsylvania and is Managing Director and Head of the Pennsylvannia Region out of a Pittsburgh office for CIBC US. Over his 25-year banking career, Jim has focused on providing relationship-driven commercial banking services to middle market companies.

He joined joined The PrivateBank & Trust Company (acquired by CIBC June 2017) in September 2014 to spearhead the founding of a Pittsburgh office. Prior to that, he was with TriState Capital Bank and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. He began his career with PNC in Pittsburgh. Jim has a finance degree from Bucknell University and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, is a member of the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is President of the school board of directors at Seneca Valley School District. Jim has been married for 29 years and has two sons, ages 24 and 21.

 

 

Chairman Emeritus

Steve Gurgovits, Tecum Capital Partners 

Stephen J. Gurgovits, Jr. is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Tecum Capital, a $500+ million private investment firm based in Pittsburgh, PA, which oversees pools of committed capital focused on mezzanine debt, subordinated notes, and private equity via two active funds, Tecum Capital Partners II, LP, and Tecum Equity Partners III.  Tecum Capital Partners II, LP is a $250 million committed fund licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), and Tecum Equity Partners III, which is a family-office platform, focused on control equity with $100 million of committed capital from Western Allegheny Capital.  In his current role, Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. is responsible for providing strategic, operational and investment management leadership to the funds, including its overall planning, fund raising, growth and execution of strategy.   Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. also currently serves on the board of directors for Western Allegheny Capital, Gibraltar Cable Barriers, Uncle Charley’s Sausage Company, Auburn Gear, Inc., and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG).

During his career, Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. has been directly involved in over $1 billion of aggregate financial transactions, both public and private.  Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. has also served as the investment and portfolio manager for over $200 million of publically-traded securities. 

Prior to founding Tecum Capital, Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. was President and C.E.O. of F.N.B. Capital Corporation, LLC, a wholly-owned merchant banking subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB) from its inception in 2005.  Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. started his career with KPMG and was also the controller for The Sports and Exhibition Authority prior to joining F.N.B.  He graduated with High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University after earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and subsequently obtained his MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Gurgovits, Jr. holds a CFA Charter designation and is a licensed CPA in the state of Pennsylvania.  A native of western Pennsylvania, he currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

 

Andrew De Silva, Farell Finch

After entering the private wealth space and spending time with so many entrepreneurs and business owners,  Andrew started Farell Finch, a professional services firm dedicated to solving clients’ interim/project needs, while continuing to leverage my network and business development skills to further the Waldron Private Wealth brand in Western PA. 

Waldron Private Wealth is a boutique wealth management firm that advises a select group of high net worth individuals, families, and family offices. We limit the number of our engagements so that we are able to offer each client greater focus on how best to simplify the complexities of their significant wealth.

At Farell Finch, we connect your organization with top-level consultants through our proven tools, technology, and resources. Not only is finding the right consultant a challenging endeavor, but it takes time and money. You need a partner who can help you manage this process in a streamlined, cost-effective, and timely fashion.

Prior to joining the firm, Andrew was the Managing Director at RGP, where he was a leader within the firm’s Advisory Services Group and was responsible for business development, client relations and all administrative matters for the Western Pennsylvania practice.  During 2010 – 2011, Andrew did a secondment with the RGP Mexico City, Mexico practice assisting them through a period of growth by focusing his efforts on US Fortune 1000 clients who needed professional services assistance in Latin America.  Andrew spent the early part of his career in the Assurance & Advisory practice of EY.

Andrew is the Board Chairman, of a Pittsburgh-based non-profit, Southwinds.  Additionally, Andrew is involved Urban Youth Action and St. Bernard Church.

Andrew resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife Ashley and two daughters.

 

Erin Farabaugh, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Erin is an experienced transactional attorney and focuses on providing legal counsel to privately held businesses at all stages of the business life cycle. Her focused approach to growth and exit planning includes providing business owners with assistance to grow and protect their business while engineering an optimal exit. She is pleased to engage with her clients as both a lawyer and a trusted business adviser.


She also serves as outside general counsel to entrepreneurs, private businesses, and private equity-backed portfolio companies, and is committed to partnering with her clients through an integrated understanding of each client’s industry, business operations, and strategic goals. She assists clients in various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, health care, technology solutions and staffing, software development, professional services, emerging technologies, real estate development and retail, on matters spanning from corporate
governance, to commercial contracts, growth initiatives, and business succession planning.


Her proactive approach to helping clients protect, grow and engineer an optimal exit includes strategizing and documenting business continuity plans for business owners. Erin’s vast experience in successfully completing a variety of transitional changes in ownership through mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private equity, reorganizations, and generational transfers affords her the ability to best serve her clients.


She is vice chair of the firm’s Business, Acquisitions and Securities practice group, and sits on the Opinion and Audit Letter Review Committee.

 

Jeffrey Ford, Grossman Yanak & Ford, LLP

Jeff has focused his career on providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to privately held companies and not-for-profit organizations. His experience includes furnishing compliance services such as audits; providing due diligence and investigation services related to business acquisitions; performing fraud investigations; developing and compiling projected and forecasted financial statements; and evaluating, selecting and implementing information systems for companies in the wholesale, service, manufacturing, construction, distribution and not-for-profit industries.

Through the over-30-year span of his career, Jeff’s experience includes significant advisory and accounting services related to business acquisitions and sales. In this arena, he has assisted many companies with due diligence, transaction structuring, transition consulting and dispute resolution. Jeff has served diverse ownership groups including public and private companies, private equity groups and foreign investors. He has provided expert testimony and services related to litigation support, arbitration and mediation in connection with business acquisitions, contract disputes and certain bankruptcy matters.

Prior to joining the Pittsburgh office of an international accounting and consulting firm, Jeff earned a B.S. in Accounting from Duquesne University in 1983 and an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.  Jeff frequently speaks at seminars and business association meetings and has written and instructed classes regarding LIFO inventories, business acquisitions and the impact of information technology on accounting controls and audit risks. He serves as the North American Audit Practice Chair for Geneva Group International (GGI), the world’s sixth largest organization of independent accounting law and consulting firms with over 500 members, including nearly 100 in North America.

Jeff is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA Management Consulting Services Division. He serves as the Chair of the PICPA Professional Ethics Committee. Jeff is also a member of the Advisory Board for a sporting goods company and an officer on the Boards of Directors of several local tax-exempt organizations.

Jeff resides in Westmoreland County with his wife, Beth. They have two daughters.

 

Matthew Gleason, Gleason Advisors

Matt joined the firm in 2016. He primarily focuses his efforts within the Gleason Advisors division.

Prior to joining Gleason, Matt worked in Corporate Development for RTI International Metals. At RTI, he focused on acquisitions, divestitures, and corporate financing activities in executing RTI's strategic plan. Matt has also worked in investment banking and financial services, developing an expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, business valuations, and strategic planning.

 

 

Megan Harmon, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Ms. Harmon is a partner in the Business Services Department, a member of the Firm's Executive Committee, and co-chair of the Energy & Environmental Practice Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in counseling businesses including transformative transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, project development, and public-private partnerships, and has extensive experience in contract negotiations, finance, compliance matters, employment issues and procurement. Ms. Harmon represents family businesses, start-ups and both publicly and privately held organizations dealing with permitting and regulatory issues. Her clients are typically in heavily regulated industries. She also represents clients in various forms of financings, including tax-exempt financings, private placements, convertible securities and credit facilities. She has represented venture capital funds, angel investors, and institutional investors in various investments, loans and capital contributions. Ms. Harmon joined Schnader after being deputy general counsel for an environmental services company, where she was responsible for all facets of operations, integration of acquisitions and divestitures.


AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Corporate Practice
Ms. Harmon has represented individuals, private and public companies and strategic and financial buyers and sellers in numerous transactions involving the environmental services, recycling, steel, transportation and chemical industries. She also counsels businesses in corporate governance, structure and compliance. Ms. Harmon has been involved in hundreds of purchase and sale transactions involving strategic buyers, both public and private, private equity and financial institutions. Ms. Harmon has been involved with siting and development of waste transportation, treatment and disposal facilities, privatization and public private partnership projects and community benefit and community impact agreements with various municipalities and governmental entities. While with Schnader, Ms. Harmon has acted as regional counsel for what is now the largest waste services firm in North America. In that capacity, she supervised the providing of all legal services for a geographic region with more than $1 billion in revenue and was responsible for litigation, acquisitions, personnel matters and asset and operations integration. Ms. Harmon has acted as special counsel for litigation representing business interests of her clients in negotiating the resolution and settlement of complex litigation matters. Ms. Harmon has also represented chemical manufacturers and distributors in various aspects of their operations.


Energy & Environmental Practice
Ms. Harmon represents organizations in heavily regulated industries, involving extensive permitting and regulatory compliance matters. She has experience in compliance counseling, environmental auditing, investigation and remediation of contaminated properties and corporate environmental strategic planning. She also has experience in sustainability issues such as recycling, composting and beneficial use. Ms. Harmon also has been involved in a number of waste-to-energy and methane-to-energy projects throughout the Eastern United States. She has negotiated methane supply and purchase agreements, electricity supply agreements, natural gas agreements and mineral and bio fuel agreements.


Real Estate Practice
Ms. Harmon has commercial real estate and transactional experience including retail leasing experience for a regional chain, siting, development and financing of incinerators, landfills, transfer stations, material recycling facilities, methane gas-to-energy projects, waste-to-energy projects and other projects in highly regulated fields. She has participated in the development of brownfield facilities and beneficial re-use facilities. Ms. Harmon has been involved in the siting and negotiation of projects involving long term leases, operating and maintenance agreements and financing arrangements. She has also negotiated leases related to timber, mineral rights and gas exploration.


Employment Practice
In connection with her business counseling and transactional practice, Ms. Harmon has represented businesses and negotiated employment contracts, noncompete contracts, severance and discharge releases. She has handled issues with hiring or on-boarding employees, terminations and regulatory matters in connection with transactions.


Financial Services Practice
Ms. Harmon represents clients in various forms of financings, including taxexempt bond financing, private placements, convertible securities and revolving credit facilities. She has represented venture capital funds, structured investments, loans and capital contributions.

 

David J. Hirsch, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur

David is a partner in Porter Wright’s Pittsburgh office who has over 30 years of experience in helping clients successfully grow and sell their businesses, and bring their inventions to the world.

His experience includes leading hundreds of mergers and acquisitions, acting as outside general counsel to numerous mid-size businesses and assisting mid-size public companies with securities law compliance and public offerings. David also represents clients regarding investments in private equity, hedge and venture capital funds. He works closely with emerging businesses and their stakeholders on angel rounds of funding through multiple series of venture capital funding.

David has negotiated, analyzed and drafted commercial contracts of all varieties; developed the capital structures of acquisition companies and operating companies; negotiated merger and acquisition terms and analyzed related business and legal issues; drafted public offering and private placement documents; represented lenders and borrowers in connection with financings; and advised boards of directors regarding corporate governance and shareholders' rights matters.

Prior to entering private practice, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank D. Celebrezze, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

Dennis Magulick, PNC Financial Services

Dennis Magulick is an accomplished senior finance executive with more than 20 years of experience in banking, consumer goods, retail, and e-commerce. Leveraging extensive experience in Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, Treasury, Financial Planning and Analysis, Risk Management, and Strategic Planning, Dennis possesses a proven record of leadership working directly with Boards of Directors, Capital Structure, Business and Growth Strategy, Shareholders and Research Coverage Analysts, Investment and Commercial Banks, Leveraged Finance, Rating Agencies, Public Relations, and Crisis Management. 

Since 2017 Dennis has served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of PNC Bank’s (NYSE:PNC) Business Banking unit.

Prior to joining PNC, Dennis was Vice President - Treasury, Investor Relations & Risk Management at GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GNC). Dennis joined GNC in 2010 as Director - Financial Planning & Analysis.

Prior to joining GNC, Dennis held a variety of positions at Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS), including Director of eCommerce, Strategy and New Business; Director of Investor Relations & Risk Management; and Strategic and Financial Planing & Analysis from 1999 to 2010.

Prior to Dick's, Dennis served in Financial Management and Operations roles at General Electric (NYSE:GE) from 1994-1999, completing their Financial Management and Six Sigma Black Belt programs.

Dennis serves on the Board of Directors and is Treasurer of Miracles in Moon (a 501c3 organization) and was an inaugural member of the Board of Trustees for the River North Core Opportunity Fund (NASDAQ: RNCOX)

Dennis has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, with an emphasis in Finance from Penn State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of PIttsburgh.

 

Michelle L. Patrick, Ph.D., Robert Morris University

Michelle Patrick is currently the Dean and Professor of Marketing of the School of Business at Robert Morris University. Prior to this position she was the Dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. in Marketing from Kent State University and her MBA from Youngstown State University. She has held a variety of positions in Market Research firms. Michelle has been honored with several teaching awards in her career and has integrated her research efforts with her teaching interests. Currently, Michelle’s focus includes working with the academic departments in an effort to ensure interdisciplinary curricular offerings and expand student engagement opportunities (such as internships, international offerings, co-oops and interactive lab courses) that will help better prepare students for their professional careers. Her research in marketing has been published in a number of journals such as The Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, The Journal of Marketing for Higher Education and Marketing Health Services. Her research stream focuses on marketing issues related to satisfaction, service quality and on factors that influence a company’s ability to extract value from its consumer base.

 

Colin Powell,  Pinnacle Accounting and Finance

Upon graduating from Ohio State University, Colin started his career in public accounting before advancing into the corporate accounting world. Throughout his own personal career advancement decisions, and from experiencing firsthand how difficult it can be for companies to fulfill diverse staffing needs, Colin developed a passion of helping organizations in talent acquisition, and professionals in career advancement. He decided to focus his career on fulfilling this passion.

Colin’s client experience ranges from Fortune 500 companies to smaller private organizations. His deep-rooted professional network within the Pittsburgh region is attributable to his strong personal ties, having grown up in Mount Lebanon and in working for accounting and finance companies across the Pittsburgh area.

Colin prides himself on a genuine passion for helping Pittsburgh-area organizations gain access to the top talent for their interim staffing, consulting, and permanent hire needs, and helping such professionals make decisions to reach their career aspirations.

 

Jill Yahnite, RGP

Jill Yahnite is Vice President, Revenue for the RGP Pittsburgh office. RGP helps clients get work done. RGP is a global consulting firm that engages accomplished professionals to help get their project and initiatives done. We are truly Human Capital on Demand.

Jill is responsible for more than 90 people in the Pittsburgh market. Jill joined RGP in February 2018, and prior to RGP was in several Leadership and Business Development roles in Pittsburgh since January 2004. Prior to Xerox moving Jill to Pittsburgh in 2004, she was in various accounting roles within Xerox in Rochester, New York for over 8 years.

Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and a Masters of Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been a Board Member of the Pittsburgh Area Airport Chamber of Commerce and the River’s Club.