330 21 Years of Business “Built to Evolve” w/ Lou Camerlengo

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Lou Camerlengo founded fivestar*, a custom technology design, development, and consulting firm, in 1997.  Lou leads fivestar*’s business development and client retention efforts, driving company performance while maintaining a deep involvement in higher education, workforce, and nonprofit projects.


In this podcast, we discuss starting the business, building a cohesive team, and how Lou has been forced to evolve over the life of the company.


fivestar* has been twice ranked as an INC 5000 company, been named a Top 100 Best Workplaces in Pennsylvania, was twice named as a Best Places to Work in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and has appeared on the Pittsburgh Business Times Top 100 list four times.


Through their fivestar* Cares program, fivestar* provides volunteer time, project, and financial support to charitable organizations selected by an employee committee.

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Lou’s Challenge; Go do some form of volunteer work.



Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins


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If you liked this interview, check out episode 273 with Ryan Gayman where we discuss Pittsburgh being the “Silicon Valley of nonprofits”.

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