The NFL has so many die-hard dedicated fans who stay with their team through the thick and thin, but maybe none more so than the Pittsburgh Steeler fanbase who display their pride with terrible towels and many other merchandise bought at the Steelers’ fan store. Heading up fan gear promotions for the gear and memorabilia is Susan McGalla, the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development at the storied NFL franchise. Recently she announced some new promotions that were coming to the fan store which included golf equipment with Steeler logos, jewelry with emblematic steeler engravings in it, new female jerseys and other tailgating gear. A new e-commerce website was also launched under McGalla’s directive a few years ago and she said that her department is committed to always improving the fan shopping experience and being inclusive of all device users. The Steelers have benefited greatly from McGalla’s input, but they’re far from the first to do so.
Susan McGalla’s business career began in the late 1980s when after graduating from Mount Union College she took a merchandising management job with the Joseph Horne company in Pittsburgh. She didn’t stay there long, but her resume of work there prompted American Eagle Outfitters to hire her next. She began as a regional merchandising officer charged with stocking primarily the women’s clothing line, but within several years she worked her way to becoming Chief Merchandising Officer and then president of the entire company. Her position was well-noted in the Pittsburgh media because few females had ever achieved the position she had at that point. McGalla was with American Eagle for about 16 years and then became a leader in several other companies including HFF Inc. and the founder of P3 Executive Consulting.
Susan McGalla has been asked about what her achievement meant when she became president of American Eagle and whether it would be a signature accomplishment for other women in business, but she said otherwise stating that it’s just an accomplishment for a person. To McGalla, this reflects the values that her family have held which are that both men and women should be expected to work hard at their craft and not expect any preferential treatment. McGalla certainly has encouraged other women to pursue their business dreams while also managing their life and she has spoken to young women at universities and various gatherings.
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Anthony ‘Tony’ Petrello, CEO of Nabors, sits on the board of trustees for Texas Childrens’ Hospital along with his wife. Petrello’s daughter, Carena who was born with Periventricular Leukemia (PVL.)
Cynthia Petrello gave birth to their baby girl when she was only 24 weeks pregnant, little Carena weighed just over one pound. Her brain did not receive enough oxygen during delivery. She soon developed Cerebral Palsy, with developmental issues and impaired fine motor skills. Tony and Cynthia are determined to find a cure for their daughter and others like her. At 8-years-old, she was able to master how to eat her breakfast without spitting it out for details: https://www.facebook.com/public/Anthony-Petrello click here.
Tony and Cynthia together made the initial commitment to start the Jan and Dan Ducan Neurological Research Institute. They remain fully committed to its development. The Petrello’s lead the campaign to raise money for the hospital and raised $500,000 in donations.
Tony, who graduated from Harvard and Yale, started work at law firm in 1975 as a corporate tax lawyer. In 1991 he put his work and education experience to good use and became the Director of Nabor and President of its subsidiary Nabors Industries. He helped former CEO Eugene Isenberg move the company to Bermuda. Anthony was made Deputy Chairman in 2003, October 2011, Anthony moved up in the ranks of Nabors again as Cheif Operating Officer (CEO), and in 2012 he was promoted to Chairman of the Board. Since then the share price went up 180 percent.
In 2014, Tony’s freshman year college roommate Lloyd Grove told the Daily Beast success was a shock. He could not believe Tony was on the highest paid bosses list of 2014. The Nabors CEO was from a New Jersey public school attending college on a scholarship. He had a genius I.Q. and was a math whiz. Although his Mannerisms were a bit on the grumpy side and suffered from suppressed conceit. Tony was known to be somewhat of a show-off in the dining hall with his classmates.
We live in a world where being a woman in the work place is a struggle. Although we have taken some major steps in the issues with unequal pay and inequality in the work world, things are still not as equal as they should be. Powerful and hardworking women such as Susan McGalla are helping to prove those who are still for inequality wrong. McGalla is the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, LLC based on Pittsburgh, as well as being the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is also has extensive skills in retail and clothing, as well as helping to attractive notable personalities in the finance sector on bizjournals.com.
Susan P. McGalla: Executive Profile & Biography
Susan P. McGalla
Susan McGalla is a business woman who serves as an excellent role model to many women today. Instead of competing with other women, she is willing to help them get to the top of their careers. Men are usually more likely to populate the business sector, but because of women like her things are beginning to change. Susan McGalla has so much passion and drive to do better and to help others improve as well. She knows that nothing is going to be handed to her on a silver platter and that nothing comes easy. McGalla is an inspiration and living proof that even though women have it rough in the work environment, hard work does pay off. Nothing is going to change unless you step up and make a change yourself. She knew she had potential and believed it was up to her to unlock her destiny of greatness. McGalla began working at Joseph Horne Company from 1986-1994 and later joined the popular company known as American Eagle Outfitters. She was so impressive that she soon earned herself the title of Presidency and Chief Merchandising Officer of the whole company.
Susan McGalla left the company on her own terms in order to become a private consultant for the financial investment and retail industries.