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TiE Talks Features: Ray Betler on “Harnessing Power and Luck”

July 25 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Modeled after TED Talks, TiE Talks feature eminent speakers who are thought leaders, serial entrepreneurs, investors, and philanthropists in our community.  The intent of a TiE Talk is to have the speaker share “Two Pearls of Wisdom” — one professional, and one personal — having reflected on their own life experiences, in under 20 minutes.  Unlike, TED Talks, the audience will have the unique opportunity to ask questions.  We expect the Q&A to also be a significant component of the event.

All the talks will be recorded in high definition and the video footage will be made publicly available on the web.  We expect that these forums will provide both the speaker and the audience to explore areas that largely remain unspoken and get lost through history.  Our hope is that TiE Talks will provide a platform to share the intimate trials and tribulations gained from decades of experience with our budding entrepreneurial community, and boost the impact of TiE Pittsburgh — not just locally but world-wide.

TiE Talks are held once every quarter and will also serve as a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and charter members.

Date: July 25th, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Alloy26 | Nova Place | Suite 102 | 100 Commons Avenue | Pittsburgh  15212

5:30 PM: Networking & Appetizers
7:00 PM: Introductions
7:15 PM:  Keynote Speaker
7:45 PM: Q & A
8:00 PM: Networking

Keynote Speaker
Ray Betler – Former President & CEO, Wabtec Corporation

Ray started his career as a design engineer for Westinghouse, and he became the youngest President and CEO in the 120-year history of the company.  He served with the same company under different ownership and corporate structures for 30 years as the company changed its name to AEG Westinghouse and eventually Bombardier.  Ray not only led the worldwide Total Transit Systems business, headquartered in Pittsburgh, he also lived and worked for two years in the United Kingdom to lead Bombardier’s London Underground Division, a $7.5 billion business, and the largest transportation industry public private partnership effort in the world.

He joined Wabtec in 2008 as Group Executive Transit and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2010.  He was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2013, and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014.

Ray was a significant driving force behind the company’s acquisition of Faiveley Transport in 2017, and the merger with GE Transportation business during 2018/ 19. Under Ray’s leadership Wabtec corporation grew three times in size to join the coveted S&P 500 index.

A native of Pittsburgh, Ray holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics as well as a degree in Administration/Management Science, both from Carnegie Mellon University.



July 25
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Alloy 26


Alloy 26
100 South Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 United States
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