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Pittsburgh Tourism & Hospitality Champion Finalists

 

 

Sylvia McCoy

Burgh Bits & Bites (Food Tours)

is the founder and owner of Pittsburgh’s first culinary tour business, ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour, founded in 2008. ‘Burgh Bits and Bites is consistently ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the top three tour activities in the city, and has won numerous Certificate of Excellence awards.
In the past 7 years, Sylvia and her knowledgeable tour guides have shared Pittsburgh’s unique culinary and historic treasures with thousands of visitors and locals. She encourages everyone to be a tourist in their own city.
Sylvia is a proud first-generation American and Pittsburgher, her parents moved to the United States from Switzerland and Germany. Her language skills include German and Swiss-German.
Sylvia, a mother of two children ages 11 and 9, is also very active in her community, and passionate about community service. She teaches her kids to give back and help whenever possible, and as a family, they volunteer at various functions, including serving meals to the homeless. Sylvia was also recognized as a 2009 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40, and in 2011 received the "Legends of the Strip" award, for her community efforts.


She serves on the board of Destination:Greater Pittsburgh, Neighbors in the Strip, Pittsburgh Public Market, Swiss American Society of Pittsburgh and St. Philip’s church. She serves meals every month at Mooncrest Community Center, an organization near and dear to her heart. She is hoping to donate the $1,000 to the deserving kids and families at the Center.
Sylvia currently resides west of Pittsburgh with her husband and their two children.

 

 

Shelly Broadwater

DIPG Can't Beat Me / American Express

Professional Experience: Shelly Broadwater has been employed with American Express Global Business Travel since July of 1997.  Her career has included running the Executive Desk for one of Pittsburgh’s largest financial institutions, to Group Coordinator for one of Pittsburgh’s leading energy companies, where she continues to excel in her role.
In her time as Group Coordinator, Shelly has become the key point of contact for the line of business.  She collaborates with key preferred corporate vendors on frequent traveler programs, which resulted in a savings of several thousand dollars to the client.   She initiated changes to the group booking process which improved the overall efficiency, and as a result brought in additional revenues and increased compliance to the client hotel program.  Shelly quickly became the key point of contact for the line of business as well as the corporate Travel Manager. She has received numerous client accolades from the client VIPs and group travelers.
Shelly handles numerous special requests for the travel manager, clearing space, upgrading travelers, mini-leases for cars, long term leases for apartments/condos for project work to name just a few. Shelly also provides savings reports to the client which shows hotel savings which were negotiated above and beyond corporate rates or negotiated transient rates. She loves her job and it clearly shows in all she does.

Achievements: Shelly attended the Wilma Boyd Travel School, as well as the Westmoreland County Community College for Business. She is a Certified Meeting Planner. She has been recognized as a prestigious Trendsetter and American Express Global Business Travel Pacesetter, which recognizes the top 5% of employees globally.
Part of being an American Express Global Business Travel employee is also being a good corporate citizen.  Shelly takes pride in her volunteer work. The two causes that are dearest to her heart for personal reasons are The Race for Grace Foundation and the Miracles for Alyson Usher (DIPG Can't Beat Me). In addition Shelly coordinated a silent auction to benefit pediatric brain cancer and raised over $3000 for Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.

Shelly has three children Eddie, Alex and Lora.  She is also “Nunnie” to her 4-year old grandson, Brayden.  Shelly and her partner Jeff enjoy traveling, attending all Pittsburgh sporting events, and most weekends can be found cruising on the rivers on Pittsburgh.

 

 

Scott Wolovich

New Sun Rising

is a community innovation catalyst with New Sun Rising. After co-founding and volunteering with the organization for 10 years, he became their first full-time Executive Director in 2015. Scott operates at the intersection of innovation and community, leading development of the MODE urban impact incubator. He is dedicated to helping leaders of locally impactful organizations and initiatives reach their full potential. As a physical therapist working in community health, Scott also seeks solutions to transform the regional support system for aging citizens. He enjoys sharing a love of music and nature with his wife Amber, children Rowan and Maya, and their many pets. He can be reached by email at scott@newsunrising.org and on Twitter @newsunrisingpgh.

 

 

Leah Lizarondo

412 Food Rescue / The Brazen Kitchen

is one of the reasons that Pittsburgh is growing to be a healthier city. She is one of the most visible and vocal advocates for healthy food in the region. She writes about food and health in her popular blog The Brazen Kitchen and promotes Pittsburgh’s booming food scene and culture through her award-winning writing in many local publications including her regular columns in Pittsburgh Magazine and NEXTpittsburgh.

Leah is one of Pittsburgh’s recognized leaders in food, health and innovation and is a sought-after speaker. In 2014, Leah gave a TEDx talk, “Why the farm is not getting to the table” and tackled challenges in our education and food movement that we need to address to truly move the needle in changing our health.

Along with The Free Store’s Gisele Fetterman, Leah recently co-founded the nonprofit 412 Food Rescue-- an innovative technology-driven organization that fights hunger and waste. With an app that is still set to launch in the summer, 412 Food Rescue has already coordinated the rescue of over 25,000 pounds of food, all through the work of volunteers—Pittsburghers who want to help fight hunger. Their story has been featured on WTAE.

She serves on the board of Just Harvest, our region’s leading advocacy group that works to reduce poverty, improve access to healthy food, and remove barriers to critical public benefits in Allegheny County. She is also an Ambassador with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and volunteers in food education events throughout the region.

Leah received her Masters Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University graduating with Highest Distinction and is an advocate for healthy food accessibility, food safety policy and sustainability. She has trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and received her Certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Leah’s work has been featured in print and online publications including MSN’s Re:Discover Series, NPR, Oprah.com, and GOOD Magazine online. The Brazen Kitchen was named one of the Top 100 Foodie Blogs in 2013 by IPE and won the National City & Regional Magazine Awards for Best Blog.

For more about Leah, please visit www.brazenkitchen.com. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @brazenkitchen.