Agnoli ’86, Bluemling ’85, and Stapleton ’84 honored at 40th Annual Business Day

Posted on 4/18/2018 9:12:03 AM

Business Day 2018 Networking SessionMore than 500 students had the opportunity to attend the 40th annual Business Day, the premier professional development and networking event for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology on March 29, 2018. They joined more than 100 alumni and business partners in morning panel sessions, a networking session, and a luncheon program focused on highlighting student achievements during the year and recognizing prominent business alumni as inductees into the IUP Business Hall of Distinction.

Hall of Distinction honorees included Steven Agnoli ’86, David Bluemling ’85, and Rebecca Stapleton ’84.

Business Day 2018 Hall of Distinction Inductees. L to r:  Dr. Driscoll, IUP president, Bluemling '85, Stapleton '84, Agnoli '86, Dr. Strittmatter, assistant dean, Dr. Camp, dean.

Left to right: IUP President Michael Driscoll, David Bluemling, Rebecca Stapleton, Steven Agnoli, Assistant Dean Cyndy Strittmatter, Dean Robert Camp

Steven W. Agnoli ’86

Chief Information Officer, Reed Smith

Being inducted into the Eberly College Business Hall of Distinction was a great privilege and honor. It has been a pleasure to serve on the Eberly College Business Advisory Council and witness first-hand the school’s growing capabilities, reach, and reputation. I highly recommend to our alumni to give back your time, talent, and experience to IUP. The students will benefit from it, and you’ll be enriched by it.
—Steve Agnoli ’86

Steve Agnoli is chief information officer at Reed Smith, a global Top 20 law firm of 1,700 attorneys in 28 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is responsible for global information technology strategy, firm-wide systems operations, process improvement, client technology solutions, and new technologies development. Throughout his career he has successfully led business and IT transformation initiatives, ensured value realization from technology and process investments, and built innovative, multi-disciplinary teams in global environments.

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Steve was head of Global IT Transformation for Mylan Pharmaceutical, one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharma companies, where he was responsible for aligning its overall IT capabilities with business strategy, process, and future plans. Before that, Steve served as president of HGO Technology, an information technology and strategic advisory firm, where he helped clients to effectively utilize technology to add value, raise service levels, and enhance business results. Steve also served as the chief information officer of K&L Gates, one of the world’s largest legal firms. During his tenure he architected a global information technology strategy and capability that supported significant domestic and international growth and sustained the highest levels of client service.

Steve has been recognized as a leader in the use of technology to sustain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. He has six times been selected to receive the CIO 100 Award from CIO Magazine in recognition of successful technology and business process integration activities. Business technology organizations under his direction have been three times named to the InformationWeek 500 list of the most innovative users of business-focused technology and in 2018 won the Digital Edge 50 Award, given to a select group of global companies whose organizations have achieved success in becoming digital-centric businesses. Steve has also been named as the inaugural Global CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Steve holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the IUP Eberly College Business Advisory and Advancement councils and has served on Duquesne University’s business advisory board. He is a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University’s graduate school and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on technology strategy and the business value of IT. Steve and his wife, Beth, also an IUP graduate, live in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and have two grown daughters.

David Bluemling ’85

Tax Partner (CPA), BKD CPAs & Advisors LLP

I am truly humbled by this honor from Eberly. Yet, it is me who should be thanking IUP for helping to shape and propel both my career and life. That’s why I chose to serve the university through the Eberly Business Advisory Council, the Foundation, and the Alumni Association. I’m hopeful all IUP grads find their own way in which to give back.
Dave Bluemling ’85

Dave, a native of the West View neighborhood of Pittsburgh and a graduate of North Hills high school, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from IUP in 1985. He is a tax partner in the Pittsburgh office of BKD LLP, currently the 12th largest CPA firm in the United States with over 2,600 professionals. Since before his graduation, Dave has worked for BKD and its predecessors, ascending to partner in 1991 and at one point serving as CEO of the regional CPA firm known as Malin Bergquist and Company prior to its merger with BKD.

Dave specializes in both domestic and international tax and wealth transfer planning, including fiduciary representation for foundations, trusts, and estates. He works extensively with pass-through entities and their owners offering business, tax, and succession planning advice.

Dave is a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of CPAs. He is a leader of the German-American Chamber of Commerce–Pittsburgh Chapter and its German Executive Group, and he is also is a past board director of CPAmerica International. The Pittsburgh Business Times previously named him a Fast Tracker, and he was honored in 2009 with the Eberly College of Business Outstanding Entrepreneur Award. He is also is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, the Association of Corporate Growth, and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Dave currently serves his alma mater as a director on the boards of the Foundation for IUP and its sister organization, Residential Revival Indiana, as well as sitting on the Eberly Business Advisory Council. In the community, Dave currently serves as vice chair of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Board of Directors and is a past board advisor for the Baierl Family YMCA and the Kon-O-Kwee/Spencer YMCA camps located near Zelienople, Pennsylvania. Dave and his wife, Sheila, also an alumna of IUP with a degree in criminology, have three grown children and live in the Warrendale area of Pittsburgh.

Rebecca Stapleton ’84

Senior Executive VP, Chief Banking Officer, S&T Bank

At the end of the day, it isn’t about what I've accomplished in my career. It is about mentoring students and sharing what has worked for me and providing them with guidance so that they learn what I have learned in a better, quicker, and faster manner so that they can go on to do bigger and better things to make this world a better place for all of us.
—Becky Stapleton ’84 

Becky Stapleton is currently the SEVP, CBO at S&T Bank, where she is responsible for the Retail and Marketing divisions, the coordination of efforts with the market executives/presidents and their markets and advisory boards, and the collaboration between all lines of business at the bank. Becky has worked at S&T Bank for almost 30 years, starting her career as the training manager in 1988. Working her way through various roles in the human resources department, Becky assumed the role of executive vice president and director of Human Resources and Employee Communications in 2008 and chief banking officer in 2014.

A strong advocate for women, Becky has spearheaded many women’s initiatives at the bank, including its sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Magazine Women in Business series, Women’s Health Conversations, and the PGA Executive Women’s Day. She was recently award the inaugural Champion for Women honor at the PA Bankers Women in Banking Conference for her creation of several female-centric policies and programs, such as a mentorship program, book club for women, and health and wellness programs. Becky also serves as a leader for the PA Bankers Women in Banking Committee, serving as one of its founders, and, in July 2018, will assume a PA Bankers board seat as Group One chairperson. She is a long-tenured member of the Business Advisory Council at the IUP Eberly College of Business and Information Technology and served as a founding member and served on the selection committee of its Hall of Distinction.

She is a frequent guest in the classroom and believes paying it forward so other women have greater opportunities. She is a board member of the Indiana Regional Medical Center, where she sits on the Quality Committee. She has a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University–Bloomington, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and public service and a minor in Economics from IUP. She and her husband, Wally, live in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and have three grown daughters. Leslie is a 2016 graduate from IUP with majors in biology and chemistry and a minor in business. Audrey expects to graduate from IUP this spring in sport administration. Haley is a wildlife biologist currently living in Colorado.

Business Day 2018 Networking Session“Business Day is always a special event for our students, staff, faculty, administration, alumni, and other business partners. It’s an opportunity to discuss current issues in each of the business disciplines, to recognize the many achievements of the college over the past year, and to feature accomplishments of our hall of distinction inductees,” said assistant dean Cyndy Strittmatter, coordinator for Business Day. “We are very fortunate to have so much support from our alumni and business partners who commit time, expertise, and funding to support our students.”