Year after year, it has been Pennsylvania Business Central’s honor to celebrate the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned through failures and successes how to develop both their organizations and communities.

To gain insight into how these industry leaders have learned through experience, we asked each one to name a mistake they have made in the past and how they have learned from it. How each selectee reacted to the mistakes in the past reveals how important real-life experience is to developing both the acumen and wherewithal to make it in business. It is our hope that after reading the profiles, you will realize that people are not defined by their mistakes nearly as much as by their ability to recover and learn from them.

To see how they would like to apply their expertise to their community, we asked each selectee what they believe the hidden potential of their community is and how they will help to realize it. Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working communities and we believe that the Commonwealth will continue to grow with the leadership exemplified in this edition.

Our editorial team once again had hundreds of nominations to select from to form this year’s list. Narrowing the total number of nominees down to 100 proved to be as difficult as ever.

Wehopethatthefinallistrepresents corporations and organizations large and small while also covering every region of our readership. Readers will see that whether you are a small tech company in Centre County or a paper manufacturer in Lewistown, there are always ways to excel in your field and help your community grow.

Now that this latest edition of Top 100 People is finalized, Pennsylvania Business Central is moving on to finalizing the list of Top 100 Organizations, which will be published in February.

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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Debra Dellaposta

President & CEO

Doing Better Business, Inc.

Debra Dellaposta is the president and CEO of WPS Office Solutions and Doing Better Business, Inc., two local family-owned and operated technology businesses.

This year, Dellaposta and her two siblings will be acquiring WPS and merging it into Doing Better Business, Inc., which they formed to acquire two companies in Pittsburgh and Latrobe. Outside of WPS, Dellaposta serves on the National Dealer Councils for Ricoh Corporation and for Great America Financial Corporation and is a regular contributor for Channelnomics and ENX Magazine.

Dellaposta continues to mentor students locally, two at Penn State Altoona and one at University Park, and believes that there is great potential in our regional educational institutions that can be tapped into with new business creation.

“We are making investments in Penn State Altoona, Bishop Guilfoyle High School and young entrepreneurs like Catalyst Space by donating 3D printers and interactive whiteboards. These advanced technology devices in learning and creative environments will generate innovative new business ideas,” she said.

She is currently the chairperson of the business advisory board for Penn State Altoona’s ENACTUS student group and is active in the Blair Chamber of Commerce.

Dellaposta served as assistant governor for Rotary District 7360 and as president of the Rotary Club of Altoona in 2005. She is currently the District Chairperson for Inbound Student Exchange.

Dellaposta notes that her greatest mistakes have been in keeping a wrong hire for too long.

“I have learned that while firing someone is unpleasant, keeping someone too long can turn into a cancer that destroys the morale of all your great employees,” she said.

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