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Behind Closed Doors: CEO Offices

The CEOs of two Erie hospitals and the founder and CEO at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing all have different offices that showcase what's important to them in their lives.
February 18, 2014 - It's not every day you get to see the space where CEOs lead the regions largest companies, but tonight we take you behind closed doors.

The CEOs of two Erie hospitals and the founder and CEO at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing all have different offices that showcase what's important to them in their lives.

Awards, recognitions, diplomas and pictures of family line the walls of executive offices.

That's no different for CEOs in Erie.

"A CEO office is really kind of a sanctuary for thought and meetings,” said Scott Whalen, President and CEO at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Three pictures line the wall across from Whalen's desk at Saint Vincent Hospital.

One of them is from the Daughters of Charity in Jacksonville, Florida that he says is a testament to his servant leadership philosophy.

Another picture on the wall is of the Saint Vincent Hospital chapel given to Whalen from the Sisters of Saint Joseph that serves as a constant reminder of his work in Erie.

"The roots and the heritage the 138 years, what they stand for, and I want to bring those values and keep those values at Saint Vincent as we're a part of the Allegheny Health Network," Whalen said.

At UPMC Hamot, Jim Fiorenzo is a huge University of Pittsburgh sports fan.

He surrounds himself with signed sports memorabilia, including an autograph from football coach Walt Harris.

But it's not all about sports in his office as he's reminded daily about his hard work and success from a magazine article.

"I was the only one of two pharmacists in the country that had a position as a hospital president so they wrote a little story on us and they published it in the National Pharmacy Journal," Fiorenzo said.

And at Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, it's all about Jim Rutkowski Sr. relationship with Arnold Palmer and his love for golf.

Rutkowski has a golf bag in his office with a Callaway club Palmer had that Rutkowski wanted.

There was one problem though -- it was a new club that wasn't yet made for left-handers.

"He says ‘Why can't you get one? Phil Mickelson has one.’ and the next day he came to the house and he had one specially sent from Callaway"

These three CEOs say they're grounded daily when they step into their offices and see what they surround themselves with.
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