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Rich Engler, Music Promoter and Entrepreneur

by Jeff Sewald
I was born in New Kensington, Pa., and grew up in Creighton, across the river. My father was a glass worker at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. My mother worked for the county. I studied art education at Youngstown State, then at Carnegie Mellon.

Jeanne Pearlman, Philanthropy Executive

by Jeff Sewald
I was raised in Squirrel Hill. It was a close-​knit community that valued ideas and intellectual activities. For my parents, dinnertime was not only about eating.

Nathan Davis, Music Educator, Performer, Composer

by Jeff Sewald
Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, are twin cities, with nightclubs and great musicians in both places. The only thing that separates the two cities is a bridge.

Joseph A. Hardy III, Entrepreneur and Civic Leader

by Jeff Sewald
Money. That’s your scorecard. Absolutely. But anyone who is financially successful is so because of the contributions of many people. I don’t say that because I’m a good guy. I say that because it’s true.

Astro Teller, Entrepreneur and Author

by Jeff Sewald
I’m an entrepreneur, the CEO of a company. That takes up a lot of my time. But I love playing with my kids, doing things with friends and getting exercise. I’ve also found that I need artistic stimulation to exercise the other part of my brain.

Andy Russell, Businessman and Former Steeler

by Jeff Sewald
I grew up with a father who had come over on the boat from Scotland. We moved around a lot. My parents convinced me that every move presented an opportunity to meet new and different people.
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