The PLSG invests in and supports the growth of biosciences companies in western Pennsylvania. The PLSG has investment and business growth programs to increase the linkage between research, technology and commercialization; nurtures and develops entrepreneurial biosciences enterprises; grows the region’s talent pool in the life sciences; and helps biosciences firms start-up, expand and locate in the Greater Pittsburgh region. So far 13 life sciences companies have relocated to Pittsburgh.
Ed Price is the President and CEO of PCI Synthesis. PCI Synthesis is a 15-year-old custom chemical manufacturer of new chemical entities (NCEs), generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other specialty chemical products. A contract manufacturing organization (CMO), PCI provides small and mid-sized companies with expertise needed to manufacture complex small molecules to be used in both the branded and generic market.
Quiet Light Brokerage makes buying and selling a website profitable and stress free. Mark Daoust, launched Quiet Light Brokerage, Inc. in 2007 and it was one of the first brokerage firms to help Internet business owners sell their websites. Since then, the company has facilitated the sale of hundreds of web-based businesses, with more than 80 percent of listings sold within 90 days or less.
BusinessInterviews.com: What are some key ways that Quiet Light Brokerage has evolved since launching in 2007?
Satya Krishna Ganni is the Founder and CEO of MartMobi. Satya and his team founded MartMobi because they believe that mobile is the present, not the future. MartMobi is a mobile e-commerce platform that helps online retailers dramatically improve their conversions on mobile, by enabling merchants to go mobile instantly by seamlessly integrating with their back-end systems (Magento, Bigcommerce, Shopify, Volusion and custom-built sites). Merchants go live with mobile sites and mobile apps in 2-3 days without writing a single line of code, giving them new channels of revenue and customer engagement. MartMobi is headquartered in Chicago and is part of the Techstars family.
BusinessInterviews.com: Can you elaborate on the importance of having a multi-channel presence?
Chef Tonne: Management Consulting Includes, however not limited too.As institutional food service consultants, we can undertake a myriad of projects.
Set up an In-house Food Service Operation: We organize and operate a in-house program. Every aspect of food service is treated with special emphasis on the specific needs of your facility.
George Hines is the chief information officer and head of innovation at Global Experience Specialists and has 20 years of experience in various B2B companies in the marketing, live events, telecommunications, outsourcing, and travel industries. You’ll have no problem recognizing him. He’ll be the only one in GES’ Las Vegas headquarters wearing the uber-chic and cool Google Glass. But don’t let that fool you. He’s experienced a civilian version of Navy SEAL training in an Extreme SEAL Experience bootcamp, been dropped in the middle of Morocco and found his way back to the airport, and leads team GES in Ragnar Relay Series races.
Businessinterviews.com: Tell us more about your role with GES.
George: I’m the global chief information officer, the head of innovation, and an executive team member of GES. My role requires me to be a technology visionary, a business-focused manager, a service provider, and an expectation-setting expert.
It’s a lot of fun because my team works on all aspects of technology, ranging from client-facing product development to internal systems that make our business more efficient. We’ve recently integrated “design thinking,” which is the leading methodology for innovation, and it really focuses on human-centered design for ease of use and delighting customers. There’s never, ever a boring day in my line of work.
Businessinterviews.com: What was the most challenging project you’ve been involved with, and why was it all worth it in the end?
Founded by Gene Schafer in 2005, ARC Athletics® is a New York City-based fitness, sports rehab and performance training facility. ARC Athletics has everything you need to help you reach your fitness goals. Gene’s TriBeCa studio is equipped for general fitness training as well as sport specific functional exercises.
BusinessInterviews.com: How did you know it was the right time to start your own business?
Kevin Xu is the CEO of MEBO International and Skingenix, specializing in human body regeneration science and the development of its applications. He also founded MEBO Campus, a virtual education platform for organ regeneration science. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Kevin is an appointee of the California-China Advisory Group and the founder of the Regeneration X Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing support for the establishment of in-situ regenerative life science education systems and research collaboration.
Businessinterviews.com: Tell us a little about Skingenix. What are your goals, and what makes this endeavor unique?
Kevin: Skingenix is the only company in the U.S. authorized to use human body regenerative restoration science to develop a drug to regenerate damaged organs. My father, Dr. Rongxiang Xu, is the inventor of human organ regeneration science, and our mission is to translate his vision into standardized applications in the U.S.
Currently, Skingenix is focusing on the external organ branch of this area of research, developing organ in-situ regenerative products for improving human health and quality of life. With more than 20 years of clinical experience in science worldwide, we’re able to provide the highest quality standards, which ensure safety and efficacy to deliver our research in the U.S.
Businessinterviews.com: Your applied research recently completed phase two of FDA trials. Tell us why this milestone is so important.
Meg Hall is a celebrity chef, caterer and owner of Made by Meg – a catering commissary and test kitchen in Redondo Beach, California. She specializes in healthy farm-to-table meals, local farmer’s markets and catering for parties.
Chef Meg has trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, CA, followed by a job alongside a renowned chef at Michelin-star restaurant Ortolan. She has worked with high-profile companies including Absolut Vodka, Citysearch.com, Paramount Studios, Seacrest Productions and the Supper Club, as well as celebrity clients such as Kaley Cuoco, Jaime Pressley, The Jonas Brothers, The Kings of Leon, Tori & Dean Spelling and more.
BusinessInterviews: Tell me about your catering company, Made by Meg.
Sandy Korem is the founder of The Festive Kitchen, a premiere catering company in Dallas, Texas, featuring recognizable gourmet food. Self-taught in the culinary arts, Sandy started the business in 1991 by providing handcrafted brownies to a local upscale casual restaurant. Within its first 10 years, The Festive Kitchen experienced annual double-digit growth in catering sales.In 2000, The Festive Kitchen began selling some of its most requested items from its production catering kitchen that had previously only been served for catered events. This concept proved to be explosive in the growth of the company and absolutely something that is recession-proof.
BusinessInterviews.com: At what point did you decide that catering was the industry you wanted to start a business in?