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1/24/2013 Chamber Events


MOON TOWNSHIP, PA (January 24, 2013) – The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce (PAACC) announced today that its Immediate Past Chair, Bernadette (Bernie) Puzzuole of Rothman Gordon, P.C., will serve as the PAACC Interim President/CEO after the recent passing of Sally Haas who served as President/CEO over the past 14 years. Puzzuole’s new role at the PAACC is effective for a 12-month period beginning February 4, 2013.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more capable and knowledgeable person to step up for such a challenge,” said Dean Hastings, PAACC Chair and Multi Print Media, Inc. President. “Bernadette is a longtime board member who has worked closely with Sally for many years on some of the PAACC’s most monumental initiatives, so she brings to the table a great depth of knowledge and passion regarding the PAACC mission, operations and membership. We will surely move through this transition period with more ease and fluidity with Bernadette at the helm.”

Much like Haas, Puzzuole is a woman of extraordinary achievement. Puzzuole is an attorney at Rothman Gordon, P.C., practicing in the areas of real estate and non-profit law. She earned a B.A. in education from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty University) with honors, an M.A. from West Virginia University in speech communications, and her J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University.

While practicing law, Puzzuole was active in the Allegheny County Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Women in the Law Division in 2002-2003 and co-Chair (with the Honorable Livingstone Johnson) of the Gender Bias Committee from 2008 to 2013.

Puzzuole has been closely involved in the PAACC, serving as a member of the PAACC Board of Directors, Executive Committee and first female Chair of the Board. She also chaired the incubator committee for the PAACC, which is working to implement a state grant to create a business resource center in the airport corridor. Puzzuole also lectured for the PAACC’s Fast Trak and Core Four Business Entrepreneurs Programs, participated in the Women’s Interest Network, and volunteered as a teacher in the PAACC Choices program for middle school students.

“It was always an honor to work with Sally on projects and initiatives that were so relevant to our business community. I am looking forward to helping carry on the mission she had so tirelessly dedicated herself to over the years,” said Puzzuole.

The PAACC is pleased to welcome Puzzuole into her new role and to reassure members and colleagues that PAACC operations will continue to run seamlessly. Membership programs, events and resources are being provided and executed as usual.

For more information about PAACC programs, events and membership, visit www.paacc.com or call 412.264.6270.

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