Dateline Pittsburgh: 02/23/14

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Mullen promoted Michael Smylie to search and digital analyst and Nicollette Bevec to assistant media buyer/planner.


Bradley Brown Design Group hired Heather Pollier as sales director.


Robert Morris University appointed three new members to its board of trustees: Deborah A. Cunningham, executive vice president, chief investment officer global money markets, and senior portfolio manager, Federated Investors; Alex Johnson, president, Cuyahoga Community College and formerly the president of the Community College of Allegheny County; and Karen L. Larimer, executive vice president of and chief marketing officer, PNC Financial Services Group.


GENCO promoted Tom Perry to chief technology officer and Mike Simpson to president, retail logistics business unit.


Cygnus Manufacturing Co. appointed John J. Maholtz as president and chief executive officer and hired Tuan Tran as director of process engineering.


NPC Productions hired Suzanne Meyer as director of sales and marketing.


Comcast's Keystone Region named Robert DeFord vice president of sales and marketing.


Vivian Lee Croft joined New Sun Rising as the director of social impact.


Parkhurst Dining appointed Chris McDonough director of partnership development.


AIReS promoted Barbara Zuendt Overbay to eastern regional operations director.

Awards and Honors

As the visionary behind Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' innovative Center for Sustainable Landscapes, Richard V. Piacentini, executive director, was named as the recipient of a Catalyst Award -- one of more than 20 honors bestowed upon individuals and organizations in Western Pennsylvania who have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines through the 2014 Carnegie Science Awards. Since his tenure began in 1994, Mr. Piacentini has not only made great strides to revitalize Phipps but he has also taken the lead on its transformation into a global model of sustainability with the building of the first LEED-certified visitor center in a public garden, the first LEED-certified greenhouses, and the Tropical Forest Conservatory, the most energy-efficient structure of its kind in the world when it opened in 2006. Phipps' latest accomplishment under his leadership is the CSL, a net-zero energy and net-zero water facility that has been designed to meet the progressive Living Building Challenge.

The Appraisal Institute awarded John Dudash, a Pennsylvania General Appraiser at Hanna Appraisal Services, the SRA designation. The SRA membership designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property. Mr. Dudash is a real estate appraiser at Hanna Appraisal Services, a division of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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