PAFP Annual Forum
Join us for what promises to be an exciting opportunity to network and listen to industry experts discuss financial trends, strategies and issues that will impact businesses throughout the area.
Rich Fitzgerald Mack Dryden
Allegheny County Executive Comedian
Morning Keynote Lunch Speaker
- Treasury Management
- Bank Relationship Management
- Risk Management
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton- 101 DoubleTree Drive Pittsburgh Pa, 15205 (GreenTree Location)Discounted rooms are available by calling 412-922-8400. Mention the TRFF conference when making your reservations!
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Rich Fitzgerald - Allegheny County Executive
Rich Fitzgerald took office on January 3, 2012.
The oldest son of Dick Fitzgerald and Pat Mangold, Rich grew up in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a business minor in 1981 from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1982, Rich started a small business, Aquenef, which provides water treatment equipment and services in the Western Pennsylvania region.
Rich worked on the campaign to change the form of government in Allegheny County and in 1999, ran for one of the district council seats on the newly-formed County Council. He represented District 11 from 2000-2011 and served from 2004-2011 as the President of Council, before resigning to run for the office of County Executive.
As County Executive, he is focused on economic development of the region and job creation and has made it a priority to begin visiting the companies located here in the county to talk with them about what they need to be supported and grow. Rich is also focused on growing the number of direct flights at our airport, making our public transit system reliable and sustainable, and on protecting taxpayers by taking steps to make county government more efficient and effective.
He and his wife, Cathy Tomasovich Fitzgerald, live in Shadyside. They have eight children: Jocelyn, Erin, Caroline, Tanner, Madeline, Louisa, Mara, and Jackson.Mack Dryden - Comedian
When groups want a message with their merriment, Mack is the motivational humorist they call. As a comedian he’s performed on dozens of TV shows, including The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. As an actor he’s appeared in several movies and on many other TV shows, including JAG and a recurring role as a judge on ABC’s The Guardian.
Creating hilarious custom humor for each client comes naturally to the former staff writer for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and his stories of surviving two battles with cancer, a stay in an African prison, “the sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front,” and one “near-fatal marriage” are as inspiring as they are laugh-out-loud funny.
Several years ago, after hearing of Mack’s harrowing survival stories, a friend asked him to speak to a group of graduating students. Mack’s presentation was so moving and funny that he was asked to speak to other groups, and since then has shared his inspiring story and unique, clean humor with thousands at corporate and association meetings nationwide. His ability to create custom comedy constantly amazes. As one client put it, “You took a dry subject like manufacturing software and made it funnyundefinedlike you’d been in the industry yourself!”
From humble beginnings as “the funniest paper mill employee in Mississippi,” Mack earned a black belt in karate as he was earning his Masters in Creative Writing. He won two Associated Press writing awards as a reporter in his home state, and finally became a professional comedian whose talent and perseverance landed him numerous TV appearances and got him hand-picked by Bill Maher to write on the acclaimed show. Now he spends his time writing and traveling the country bringing his special brand of Motivation, Inspiration and Jubilation to thousands each year. It hasn’t been an easy road; but, as he says, “Falling on your face is still moving forward!”