Meet More PowerLink's Executives-In-Residence (EIR)
PowerLink exists to help business owners get to the next level of growth. An important part of that journey involves sitting in a meeting with a group of advisors giving lots of insight and knowledge. It can get overwhelming - that's where the EIR comes in. They are a specialized group of people who understand the building of a business, possess a unique expertise and have the time to give back. EIR's facilitate meetings and work with business owner/s and advisors to keep meetings productive and moving forward. We are proud to present three more EIR's currently working with PowerLink Advisory Boards.
Anita Brattina, CEO of AllFacilities, Inc., founded and built three multi-million dollar businesses in her 30-year career as an entrepreneur. Her two active investments are: AllFacilities, Inc.: a research, marketing, and database management company that provides access and information about more than 1 million facilities, landlords, and building owners in North America and program management to utilities and manufacturers in the U.S.; RCx Building Diagnostics: one of the oldest energy audit companies in Pennsylvania which provides energy efficiency document retrieval, review, and analytics for the utility industry (founded in 2006 and acquired by Ms. Brattina in 2014). Prior businesses also include: AllFacilities Energy Group, LLC and Direct Response Marketing, Inc. In 2015, Anita became chairman of PowerLink, a national non-profit that provides advisory boards to small and emerging companies. Through their work, companies that receive PowerLink boards grow, on average, 87% in sales and 55% in net profit. PowerLink recruits advisors on a custom basis in the areas of finance, marketing, strategy, sales, technology and operations to help their clients grow. She is also an author and lecturer on business growth, entrepreneurship, energy management, and business strategy. She has authored numerous blog posts and articles about energy, business strategy, and growth including, “Diary of a Small Business Owner”, AMACOM 1993 and Athena Foundation Press (2005). An Athena award recipient (Pittsburgh 2000), Anita was born and raised in Philadelphia and a graduate of Duquesne University, BA 1978; Ms. Brattina, her husband, and children live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Autumn Edmiston is the Chief Executive Officer of the Edmiston Group, a Pittsburgh-based branding and marketing firm that has consistently delivered and implemented proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business growth. The firm works with businesses to build brand identity and strategic marketing plans utilizing print, web and social media channels. From corporate brand development, digital marketing, websites, marketing strategy, public relations to social media management; clients served by the Edmiston Group receive Chief Marketing Officer Level Services in senior leadership, personalized attention, and experienced support – bringing fresh ideas for YOUR growing business. Autumn is the recipient of the 2014 Women Entrepreneur Award and 2012 Prestigious Business Leader of the Year Award presented by The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, a Master Certified Constant Contact Solution Provider, past Business Mentor for My Business Start-up at Chatham University, past Powerlink Board Member with Seaton Hill University, a Business Marketing Technical Consultant for Bridgeway Capital, a member of the Pittsburgh Northern Regional Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Board for Treasure House Fashions and a SCORE Volunteer.
Don Morrison is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the growth and development of several businesses, including American Eagle Outfitters, from 1 to 165 stores (as President/CEO), Sundance Catalog Company (as Executive Director), and Bear Creek Corporation (as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing). He is currently Chairman of Deal Flow for BlueTree Allied Angels and Chairman of the Linden Pointe Development Corporation (LDC). In addition to his roles at the LDC and BlueTree, Mr. Morrison also serves on several Boards of Directors/Advisors including, Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance, The Forbes Fund UpPrize Advisory Committee, Innovation Works Technology Commercialization Advisory Board and the Penn State Tech Collaborative. He also serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute. Mr. Morrison is actively involved in mentoring and coaching numerous start-ups and early stage companies in the region through the Alpha Lab and Alpha Lab Gear accelerators, and the eCenter@LindenPointe and Ascender incubators. has founded and run several companies