Who’s Next: Business & Finance; These 11 Pittsburghers are shaping the city’s boardrooms and banks

From accountants to entrepreneurs, these rising stars are making a difference in our region.

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MJ Slaby

Updated, 7:40 a.m.

They’re the people behind the financial reports and the budget documents.

They’re starting companies and guiding future generations.

Meet the 11 young leaders in our Who’s Next: Business & Finance class. At work, they’re shaping Pittsburgh’s businesses and board rooms as accountants, entrepreneurs, recruiters and more. After work, they’re in the community and making a difference through volunteering.

The Incline’s Who’s Next series, presented by S&T Bank, is an opportunity to recognize the city’s rising stars in various fields from health to tech to food and more. Honorees are selected from nominations submitted to our staff.

Come meet The Incline’s 15th Who’s Next class at a March 28 happy hour in their honor. Get your ticket now.

Celebrate Who’s Next: Business & Finance with The Incline

Join us as we recognize the stellar under-40 young stars behind the Pittsburgh companies we all know — and companies that we will know soon — through Who’s Next, a series presented by S&T Bank. Your ticket includes appetizers, beer, wine and spirits, as well as your chance to meet The Incline's Who's Next: Business & Finance class. Read about them here.

Where:Alloy 26 at 100 South Commons; Suite 102 (Allegheny Center)

When:March 28, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much:$25 for public | Free for Who's Next: Business & Finance honorees

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Erin Baker

Strategy and Planning Manager, PNC Financial Services
40 years old

For most of her career at PNC Financial Services, Erin Baker has worked with college students and young professionals just starting their careers. As vice president and director of campus recruiting and development programs, Baker led campus recruiting, interns and multiple early career development programs as well as oversaw hiring and onboarding for early career staff. In that role since 2014, she was recently named strategy and planning manager for corporate and institutional banking at PNC. Baker previously worked as the director of recruitment and outreach for Coro Center for Civic Leadership and at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. She volunteers with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, is a Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, and serves as secretary of Get Involved!, Inc. A graduate of Duquesne University and Millersville University of Pennsylvania, she lives in Ross Township.

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Serina Green

Director of Strategic Growth & Operations, Signature Financial Planning
36 years old

After finishing a master’s degree at Robert Morris in 2008, Serina Green planned a career in education. But after three years as a substitute teacher, she decided to change her path and started working at State Farm Insurance before moving to Signature Financial Planning in 2013. Like teaching, working in finance is a way to educate people and help them achieve their goals, Green told The Incline. As director of strategic growth and operations for Signature Financial, she focuses on the firm’s community involvement and growth, as well as managing the non-advisory staff and more. Her nominator described her as the “the hardest worker and [she] possesses the strongest work ethic of anyone I have ever known” who has advanced in her career through “sheer will and hard work.” Outside of work, Green enjoys spending time with family, running and volunteering with United Way. She’s current participating in Leadership OnBoard, a program through Leadership Pittsburgh that educates professionals about being board members. Green is a graduate of Robert Morris and lives in Point Breeze.

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Justin Kline

Investment Services Associate, Colliers International
35 years old

A graduate of Schenley High School and University of Pittsburgh, Justin Kline moved back to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. in September 2014. As an associate in investment services at real estate agency, Colliers International, he works in commercial real estate on everything from finding the property to advising clients and more. He was named Pittsburgh’s Emerging Broker in 2016 by the local chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Kline is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative and is a board member for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Ascend Pittsburgh. He is vice co-chair for the Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh Young Leaders Group. Kline lives in Shadyside.

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Ashley Lopez

Associate Executive In Residence, Innovation Works
34 years old

As an associate executive in residence at Innovation Works, Ashley Lopez works with entrepreneurs and founders of early stage technology companies including those in AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear. Lopez manages a portfolio of companies and promotes entrepreneurship and technology throughout the region by representing Innovation Works at various events. Lopez is “consistently striving to make sure [Innovation Works], and Pittsburgh as a whole, continues to support entrepreneurs who have historically been underserved,” a nominator wrote. She previously worked as a disability examiner at UPMC and disability case manager at Cigna Healthcare. Lopez is the vice president of the board for Get Involved! Pittsburgh. She’s a member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development Pittsburgh chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. An alumna of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Point Park University, Lopez lives in Crafton.

Simone P. Quinerly
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Simone P. Quinerly

President and CEO, Quinerly Financial Group
31 years old

Simone P. Quinerly founded Quinerly Financial Group in August 2015 to provide client-focused financial services and to empower people to solve their financial problems. “Sick of the economic status of African Americans, I am dedicating my career to becoming a guru in the financial sector so I can teach others and help them manage and obtain wealth,” Quinerly told the New Pittsburgh Courier. Quinerly works with small businesses, nonprofits and individuals. She’s provided financial literacy classes through BizU. Last fall, Quinerly Financial held a block party in Allegheny West to teach kids and their parents financial literacy, especially for college and college aid. Quinerly was previously the director of the Adonai Center for Black Males, where she led the financials and worked as an accountant for Citco in Philadelphia. A native of Stanton Heights, she is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and lives in Shaler.

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Bradley Roth

President and Founder, Kattan Ferretti Financial, LP
33 years old

Bradley Roth wanted a better way to give people investment advice, so he founded Kattan Ferretti Financial, LP in 2013. “It is our belief that by stripping out conflicts of interest and embracing technology, we will deliver better results over the long term,” he told The Incline. Kattan Ferretti Financial also has its own algorithmic and automated investment platform, ELLE. Roth is also a partner of McDowell Associates Insurance, which he purchased in 2014, and managing partner of start-up Waystone Capital LLC, a private investment manager that invests on behalf of clients to help them exceed their long-term goals. Roth is treasurer for the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, a board member for the Greensburg Community Development, and a member of the investment committee for the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Roth is a graduate of Duquesne University and has a certificate in financial planning from New York University. He lives in Aspinwall.

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Nick Santillo

Senior Analyst and Owner, Anny.Biz
34 years old

As senior analyst and owner of Anny.Biz, Nick Santillo works to help businesses improve performance by streamlining processes and finding better ways to complete tasks. Founded in October 2015, Anny.Biz creates customized business reports and helps companies with processes like financial reporting and inventory management. Santillo previously created website commenting plug-in Conva and worked at Idea Foundry, Bank of America and Bank of New York Mellon. Santillo, who lives in Mount Washington, is an alumnus of West Virginia University and will attend an executive MBA program this fall. He is also getting married in the summer to fiancee Jessica Higgs.

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Deanna Sieberkrob

Controller, Carlow University
36 years old

As controller for Carlow University, Deanna Sieberkrob, combines her professional experience with her love for education and service. In her role since January 2017, Sieberkrob manages the university’s accounting, helps create and review the budget and Carlow’s long-range forecast, and focuses on projects that “support Carlow’s strategic plan and its Mercy values.” Outside of the office, Sieberkrob is a baseball coach for the Miracle League of the South Hills (Casey’s Clubhouse), which teaches baseball to children of all abilities, and is a supporter of Penn State’s THON. She’s also a board member for YouthPlaces, nonprofit that provides neighborhood after-school programs to high risk youth. A graduate of Penn State University Behrend and Argosy University, Sieberkrob lives in Wexford.

A previous version of this article misspelled Deanna Sieberkrob's last name.

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Nathan Stockman

Owner and business development manager, Stockman Lawnscape, Inc.
32 years old

A lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, Nathan Stockman left to attend Penn State Behrend, then returned home to run the family business. As owner and business development manager, Stockman is responsible for the big picture goals of Stockman Lawnscape, Inc. “I want to leave a positive impact on our community, while growing our company, and building relationships around the Pittsburgh area. My goal is to have our home grown landscaping company be the "go-to" company that everyone in the greater Pittsburgh area knows they can call if they need something done affordably and professionally,” he told The Incline. Before his current role, Stockman served as vice president of marketing and sales from 2012 to 2014. He is a graduate of Penn State Behrend and lives in Monroeville.

Megan Elyse Walsh
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Megan Elyse Walsh

Consulting Director, Sisterson & Co. LLP
35 years old

Megan Elyse Walsh was named director of consulting at Sisterson & Co. LLP in January, making her the youngest person to hold the title of director in the company’s history. Walsh has spent her nearly 10-year career at accounting firm Sisterson, rising through the ranks of consulting services. Currently, she works to oversee the department, build relationships with clients and more. “Her ability to bring the human side into accounting and finance is not lost on her peers within the banks and corporations she works with each week,” her nominator wrote. Previously, she interned at CORO Center for Civic Leadership, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Legend Financial Advisors. She is an alumna of Carlow University and lives in Mars, Pa.

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Robert Allen Young

Broker, Simpson | McCrady
37 years old

Robert Allen Young strives to serve the city through his work and volunteerism. Young is an account executive and broker of commercial lines at insurance agency Simpson | McCrady where he works with businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions, helping them reduce risks and avoid significant financial loss. He also founded CEMY, LLC to provide development and fundraising pro bono consulting, as well as project management aid. Young volunteers for multiple Pittsburgh organizations including Family Resources, Gwen’s Girls and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Per his nominator, “I have come across many leaders in my own volunteering experiences and professional network in the Pittsburgh area, but not one as committed as Robert is to the community of Pittsburgh that is based in culture, religion, art, and the rich history of Pittsburgh.” Young, who lives in the Strip District, is a graduate of Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh.