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.

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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

Robert (Bob) Aleksivich

Co-Owner and VP of Engineering

Vision Quality Components, Inc.

Bob Aleksivich started full time work in the Powdered Metals industry in June 1981 and obtained an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State in 1983. He worked for Atlas Pressed Metals and Clearfield Powdered Metals for 22 years before starting his own Powdered Metal company in 2003.

“The decision to start my own business was the best in my 35 year career,” he said.

Aleksivich has been married for 23 years to Janice (McKenzie) Aleksivich. He has a 30-year- old son, Tim, to a previous marriage and a 21-year-old daughter, McKenna.

His hobbies include travel, fishing, golf, poker and coaching/managing youth sports.

For the past 15 years Aleksivich has been involved with the Clearfield Soccer Association and has served as president for the last 12 years.

“I am blessed to have other opportunity to work with great people on the board and directly with the kids and coaches,” he said.

It took Aleksivich a little while to learn how to delegate and trust in his peers’ abilities.

“One aspect of self-worth is believing in yourself, but in the majority of situations I learned that involving, empowering and relying on others accomplishes more. Each of us has talents and abilities to see and do things in our own way. As I learned and accepted this, my leadership in business and the community transformed. There is joy is bringing people together for a common cause. Those who know me best might say that I am still transforming and I accept that as a compliment! Continuous improvement is in my DNA,” he said.

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