As the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse marks its 15th Anniversary this year, one member of the team has enjoyed the long view of the organization’s history, evolution, and impact. His is the first face you see when you walk into PLSG’s offices – mine, in fact.
Holding the record as the longest-serving PLSG employee at 13 years, I joined the organization in 2004 and have enjoyed the every bit of the ride. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to experience the ever-changing, ever-expanding, ever-exciting environment the Greenhouse generates.
I’ve seen so many changes, in management, initiatives, even how we’re funded. Even though I’ve been here all these years, it feels like I’ve had the chance to work at a number of new places along the way.
My history with PLSG began when I was asked to help with promotional activities like setting up and conducting trade shows. Soon my role evolved into a variety of responsibilities, to the point where my job today encompasses so many areas that no day is like the one before, or the one tomorrow. Through it all, I have to say, the Greenhouse’s mission provides the central theme and reason I have chosen to stay.
After all, our challenge is to attract and keep top talent in this region. We have the resources here in Pittsburgh with the universities and the hospital systems, and the Greenhouse’s role is so important in bringing all of those pieces together. When I started here, medical equipment was the big driver. Now it’s more health care IT. Who knows what it will be in the years to come?
There’s an air of excitement here these days. The 15th Anniversary is a good reason to celebrate, but to me this has always been an enjoyable place to be. I’m proud to be part of this group. I have never actively sought to find another place to work. It would be nice to be here another 13 years. I’m sure the Greenhouse will be here a lot longer than that.
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