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Each month The Pittsburgh Social Exchange invites business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate-level executives and many other professionals to our exciting Pittsburgh networking events. If you are looking to grow your business, meet leaders in the business community, or just enjoy a great time with great people in the Pittsburgh area, then The Pittsburgh Social Exchange is for you. Register today for one of our upcoming Pittsburgh networking events and learn why we have been dubbed "The Premier Networking Group of the City.”

Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    The Pittsburgh Social Exchange in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Rotary Club, is proud to announce Pat DiCesare as our fourth speaker in our 'Executive Speaker & Luncheon Series'. Join us for this special luncheon! Limited to first 50 guests.

    Pat DiCesare is a concert promoter, songwriter, author and entrepreneur whose career began at the dawn of the rock-n-roll era.

    From his success in bringing The Beatles to Pittsburgh in 1964, to his staging of one of the country’s first major outdoor stadium concerts, he is regarded as a concert industry pioneer.

    Both independently and with his Pittsburgh-based company DiCesare-Engler Productions, he promoted every major entertainment act during the second half of the 20th century. His company was long considered one of the top grossing concert production companies in the country.

    DiCesare began his career in the music business as a teenager in 1957, when he and his hometown friends formed The Penn Boys, a Doo Wop group. He wrote and produced the group’s first record, “Gonna Have a Party.” That same year, he wrote “I’m Spinning” and “You Say You Love Me” for TheDel-Vikings, who were by then a top act following the release of their two gold singles, “Come Go With Me” and “Whispering Bells.”

    In 1958, DiCesare formed Bobby Records, naming it for Bobby Vinton, the label’s first recording artist.

    While attending Youngstown State University in 1962, he promoted his first concert independently when he presented The Four Freshmen at YSU’s Stambaugh Auditorium. Soon he was working for promoter Tim Tormey as a record “plugger” and assistant producer of the “Shower of Stars” concert series that featured top-selling entertainment acts.

    On September 14, 1964, DiCesare and his mentor Mr. Tormey promoted the Beatles in concert at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena.

    In March of 1965, he and his boyhood friend Sonny Vaccaro founded The Dapper Dan Roundball Classic. It was the first national high school championship basketball game, featuring the ten best high school all-stars from Pennsylvania competing against the ten best in the country. The event sold out the Pittsburgh Civic Arena every year and lasted over four decades.

    When Tim Tormey left Pittsburgh in 1965 to join Dick Clark as his concert division manager, DiCesare continued on his own. Naming his company University Attractions (later known as Pat DiCesare Productions), he brought the top acts of the day to Pittsburgh — everyone from Janis Joplin and The Doors, to The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. He held the exclusive leases on The Civic Arena, Three Rivers Stadium and the 3,700 seat Syria Mosque.

    This prompted Ed Masley of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to write, “If you expected to play Pittsburgh in the late ‘60s, pal, you either talked to Pat DiCesare or you stayed home.”

    In 1973 DiCesare invited Rich Engler to become a partner, and changed the name of his company to DiCesare-Engler Productions.

    In 1977, they purchased the 3,500-seat Stanley Theater (now the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts). During the 7 years they operated the theater, Billboard magazine regularly rated it as the “Number One Auditorium in the U.S.”

    Through 1998, DiCesare-Engler Productions filled every Pittsburgh area venue with acts of every genre: rockers such as Bruce Springsteen, punk acts like The Clash, country giants like Willie Nelson, and comedians such as George Carlin.

    Pat DiCesare is now an author with several new publications in the works. His first book, Hard Days Hard Nights, recounts his experiences in the concert business. The book was named the 2014 Independent Book of the Year, was the Grand Prize Winner at the 2014 Great Midwest Book Festival and was the Runner Up at the 2014 Southern California Book Festival.

     Space is limited for this luncheon. 


    • 05 Oct 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    The Pittsburgh Social Exchange in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Rotary Club, is proud to announce Carol Semple Thompson as our fifth speaker in our 'Executive Speaker & Luncheon Series'. Join us for this special luncheon! Limited to first 50 guests.

    American golf has been blessed by several extraordinary amateur champions who have played the game at the very highest level – Bob Jones , Glenna Collett Vare, Francis Ouimet, and, while still amateurs, both JoAnne Gunderson Carner and Tiger Woods. But there is one somewhat unheralded woman amateur who richly deserves to be included in this exalted company – Carol Semple Thompson.

    The record speaks for itself: seven USGA championships, a record 12 Curtis Cup selections (plus two more as non-playing captain) and a record number of appearances in USGA individual competitions.

    As an individual Thompson’s benevolence extends beyond the confines of the golf course. Her dignity, integrity and graciousness have made Thompson one of the game’s great ambassadors, and in 2003 the USGA bestowed its highest honor on Thompson by naming her the recipient of the Bob Jones Award. The award is annually given to an individual in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf and seeks to recognize a person who emulates Jones’ spirit, his personal qualities and attitude toward the game and its players.

    Golf was engrained into Thompson at an early age. Both her parents played and gave back to the game. Her father, Harton, served on the USGA Executive Committee and was president from 1974-75, and her mother, Phyllis, was on several committees. Two decades later, Carol would follow her father to the Executive Committee, serving from 1994-2000. Even after retiring from the Executive Committee, Thompson has remained heavily involved with the USGA’s Museum Committee, playing an active role in the renovations, along with the creation of the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History.

    On the golf course, Thompson has twice captained victorious USA Curtis Cup teams, in 2006 and 2008, the latter coming in June of 2008 at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

    While Thompson never won a U.S. Women’s Open – she played in 32 – her accomplishments would be the envy of anyone who has played the game at its highest level. She won the 1973 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the following year claimed the Ladies British Open Amateur title. When the USGA created a U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship for players 25 and older in 1987, Thompson managed to win that event twice: in 1990 on her home course, Allegheny Country Club, and again in 1997. Upon turning 50, Thompson turned the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur into her own personal invitational, winning four consecutive championships from 1999-2002, with the third in 2001 coming at Allegheny C.C.

    The 1973 Women’s Amateur title at Montclair (N.J.) Country Club remains a seminal moment. It was Thompson’s first national championship and brought her to the forefront of women’s golf. More importantly, it was the only USGA title her father, then a vice president of the USGA, saw her win. The other major Thompson highlight occurred at the 2002 Curtis Cup at Fox Chapel just outside of Pittsburgh.

    Playing in her 12th and final Match and near her hometown of Sewickley, Thompson came to the 18th hole of her Sunday singles match against Vikki Laing all square. Faced with a 27-foot birdie putt from the fringe, Thompson provided the Match’s poignant moment, holing the putt that sent an electrifying roar throughout the grounds and retained the Cup for the Americans. It was certainly an appropriate exclamation mark on a career that now includes her in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

     Space is limited for this luncheon. 


    • 19 Oct 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 910 Sheraton Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

    Be one of the first to experience the beautifully renovated and remodeled DoubleTree by Hilton in Cranberry as you network with hundreds of business professionals!

    Registration Open!

    • 07 Nov 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
    Members of the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, and the Butler County Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet-N-Move Progressive Luncheon on Monday, November 7th at the Pittsburgh Marriott North. Registration and networking will start at 11:30AM and the luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon and conclude at 1:30PM.


    Admission is $30 for members and the format will be the popular progressive dinner style. Guests will develop new business relationships and leads as they move from table to table over the course of the the multi-course lunch!

    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W. Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    Join the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, The Pittsburgh Technology Council, and MIT Enterprise Forum at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square! Get to know some of the the region's top Tech Executives over cocktails as we celebrate growth in Pittsburgh and mix with technology professionals from all over Western Pennsylvania.


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