Women in Business: July 2015
Shelly Bausch, Lori Albright, Rebecca Lucore and Carin Constantakis
Global Industrial Coatings
PPG Industries Inc.
Shelley Bausch never intended to make a career in manufacturing. In fact, it was a last minute change in major from medicine to business that led her to the chemical industry and 26 years with Dow Corning. A year and a half ago, Bausch accepted a job as Vice President of Global Industrial Coatings at PPG Industries.
PPG’s industrial coatings add function, provide protection or enhance appearance with color. The company’s industrial coatings are found on products that people use every day, including mobile devices, auto parts, busses, metal furniture and heavy-duty equipment used for construction or farming.
“I’ve had the opportunity in my career to see how things are made that you would never even think about,” says Bausch, who is a native of Michigan and earned her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Michigan. ”It’s really rewarding when you can connect everything from our production of coatings, to the application at the customer, to the final use and how it touches each of us.”
Bausch’s job is to enable all 4,500 employees of PPG’s industrial coatings business around the world to be effective and successful and aligned with the company’s mission. She does this by setting the mission and strategies for the business unit, ensuring the right people are in the right jobs and removing barriers so important decisions can be made quickly.
Armed with extensive experience, Bausch works to complement PPG’s strong acquisition strategy with organic growth that focuses on customers, customer intimacy and organizing and staffing teams around goals and opportunities that are defined by customers in the market. For Bausch, this diverse range of responsibility is what keeps her so excited about her role.
“One day, I can be at a plant wearing my steel-toed shoes and hard hat, or another day I can be meeting with a customer and discussing the future of artificial intelligence,” says Bausch. “I love constant challenge and problem solving — and that’s exactly what life is like in manufacturing.”
Stellar Precision Components
Aerospace machining and rock and roll are seemingly worlds apart – but in Lori Albright’s family, they’re closely linked. Albright’s father, Michael Vucish, was a machinist by trade, but his first passion was music. He spent the ‘60s and ‘70s playing bass for the rock band Tommy James and the Shondells. After that detour, he started his own company, called Stellar Precision Components in 1978.
His daughter, Lori Albright, who grew up in Penn Township, is now Owner/President of the company, which is a manufacturer of high- precision, tight tolerance parts and assemblies with a focus on aerospace machining. Since its creation, the company has transformed from employing one person to employing 65 people and generating between $6 million and $8 million in revenue.
“The aerospace industry requires consistent performance in its mission critical components,” says Albright, who recently graduated from the Owner, President, Management program at Harvard Business School. “When you’re launching an Atlas V Rocket into orbit, there is simply no room for error.”
Albright also sees the importance of diversity in the workplace. She works with the Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center to organize events to introduce young women to STEM education. She notes that “crippling college debt and shortage of skilled labor” makes it important to show young women opportunities that exist in the manufacturing sector.
In order for Stellar Precision Components to continue to thrive, Albright is focused on continued growth in square footage, an investment in the latest technologies and, of course, people.
“My goal for Stellar Precision is to be considered the leader in our industry, providing components that are ready to use ‘out-of-the-box,’ while providing our customers with reliable service and the highest level of support,” says Albright. “We’ll need to prepare the next generation of our family to manage the business – we have a legacy here!”
Chief of Staff
“I remember visiting Pittsburgh in high school as a dance student and looking up at the beautiful buildings downtown and thinking, ‘I’m going to work on the top floor of one of those buildings some day,’” says Rebecca Lucore, an Erie, Pa., native.
That day eventually came. Lucore earned her undergrad in public relations at Duquesne University and was an intern for what is now Bayer. That internship ignited a 21-year career with Bayer, where she is currently Chief of Staff for Bayer MaterialScience LLC, a world leader in the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials.
Lucore spent 12 years on the corporate side running Bayer’s corporate social responsibility programs, its foundation and STEM education initiatives. Three years ago, she moved to the business side with Bayer MaterialScience LLC as Chief of Staff. By the end of the year, Bayer MaterialScience will be separating from Bayer and will operate as a new company called Covestro.
“I’m looking forward to continuing our leadership and involvement in the region under a new name and letting people know that we’re still the same great
company,” says Lucore.
Lucore has also been instrumental in shaping and developing Bayer’s trainee and internship programs.
“I had spent all those years on the side of advocating and speaking on the importance of STEM programs, and now I’m working on the actual business side and seeing those shortages and seeing why that work is so important,” says Lucore.
In 2013, she created a program that allows employees to work as consultants for a nonprofit for several months. This experience allows employees the opportunity to explore other niches and to develop skills that they might not otherwise discover in their everyday jobs. This program has assisted more than 20 nonprofits, with employees logging over 1,000 hours of volunteerism.
“I have a personal passion for employee and community engagement and for developing programs that can help attract and retain talent,” says Lucore, who is a supporter of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.
Terra Essential Scents
Allison Park, Pa.
Carin Constantakis owns a child development center, a personal care residence and a soy candle and aromatherapy company, but she doesn’t call herself an entrepreneur.
“I’m a mission person,” says Constantakis, a native of Pittsburgh who graduated in 1990 from Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing. “I’m very passionate and committed to the care and healing of people.”
At 27, she opened a 25-bed personal care residence, and a child development center soon followed. In 2008, she took her longtime love of candles and aromatherapy and translated that into Terra Essential Scents. She operates out of a space that includes a gift and wellness shop. All of her products are hand-poured, prepped and shipped on site.
Constantakis creates 100 percent all-natural soy candles and aromatherapy products enhanced with gemstones. She says there’s a need and demand in the market for all-natural products, both nationally and internationally. Last year, her company went from shipping boxes of candles to shipping pallets internationally. Her international accounts are based in South Korea, Mexico, Azerbaijan and Japan. When a Japanese company was interested in her massage candles, Terra Essential Scents went through a year and a half of extensive testing before her products were approved.
“Japan is a gold star because it’s really tough to get into the Japanese market – they have the highest standards in the world for cosmetics,” says Constantakis.
In the United States, her products are found in Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Shoppe, Lucky Vitamin and 200-plus independent stores. Online retail sites include terraessentialscents.com, Etsy and eBay.
Constantakis, a strong supporter of various local and national charitable organizations, places an emphasis on high-quality, all natural ingredients.
“If you do good work, are truly dedicated and maintain the highest standards, then success follows.”
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