For more than a quarter century, well-respected architect Gregory Etter ’72 has been involved in construction projects across a broad arc of the globe. During many of those years, he designed and developed buildings in the Middle East and North Africa, all during a period of intense turbulence for that region. Working and traveling in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria, he’s been an observant witness to the beauty and hardship of a fractured part of the world in the process of remaking itself. Along with his keen interest in language, Greg’s career as an architect continues to allow him to pursue his quest for lifelong learning, a passion he first acquired at Sewickley Academy.
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As Pittsburghers, we are a proud people. As residents of the "burgh," we are thrilled to see our city receiving so many accolades on the news. Listed as one of the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States, Pittsburgh has achieved this status according to the likes of National Geographic Traveler Magazine, which ranked Pittsburgh highest in their Best Cities in the United States Top 30 List. TripAdvisor also touted Lawrenceville as one of the 14 coolest hipster neighborhoods in the U.S. in 2018.
An environmentalist at heart, Dr. Robert “Bob” Hedin ’74 didn’t anticipate starting his own business. As a scientist, he was used to studying the environment and enjoyed working for the government. That was until he realized he didn’t want to just study things, he wanted to take action and build things. As one of the leading authorities on the treatment of mine drainage and the restoration of streams polluted by mine drainage, Bob took matters into his own hands and founded Hedin Environmental in 1994.
Making a house a home is never easy; it’s an ongoing process. Part of the “home” feeling comes from the town or village one resides in. So how do you market a town and make it feel like home? That’s where Jennifer Markus ’89, co-founder of Explore Sewickley, steps in.
Ask the Smith Brothers about their approach to the advertising business and they’ll tell you it’s simple: you have to know the rules well enough to break them. Having returned to Pittsburgh from Manhattan to start their own firm back in 2002, their smart and provocative work (think “Making Bar Fights Safer” for Iron City Beer’s new aluminum bottles or “Fruit Undressed” for Del Monte’s Fruit Naturals) quickly set their clients apart from their competitors and their company on a path to becoming one of Pittsburgh’s most successful advertising agencies.
Tom Droney ’10. The name is a staple to many in the Sewickley Academy community. His basketball skills set him apart on the court, and his drive for greatness has propelled him in sports and in life. He’s talented, determined, and passionate both on and off the court. And in his post-professional career, he’s taking on the role of coach and mentor, setting youth up for success by paying it forward.