PITTSBURG — President of Pitsco Education Lisa Paterni receives the Kaye Lynne Webb Influential Woman in Business Award.
During the 2018 Women in Business Breakfast, presented by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeman Health System and Watco Companies, the Influential Woman in Business Award and the Women of Distinction were recognized on Friday.
Friend and former co-worker Robbin Mussa introduced Paterni to the crowd.
“I had the opportunity to work alongside Lisa for 24 years, and one thing I learned very, very early in my career is that you will never outwork Lisa,” Paterni said jokingly during the introduction.
According to Mussa, Paterni works hard to balance life and work, and “strives to lead by example,” she said.
“A few things I learned about Lisa while working with her is that she’s not a morning person,” Mussa said. “There’s only one five o’clock in her world and it is not 5 a.m.”
“No, she’s not having coffee with you, she’s very content with hot chocolate at 9 a.m.,” Mussa said.
“Unless you plan to pack a gym bag, you will rarely meet with Lisa for lunch,” Mussa said. “My idea of lunch was not going to the gym and jumping up and down — it’s visiting one of our local restaurants.”
Mussa applauded her ability to balance her professional and home life, along with her unique quirks — such as Zumba during lunch and cocoa over coffee.
“On a serious note, Lisa is very well rounded and a woman like no other,” she said. “Many think she’s all business, but I stand before you today and promise you that she’s an avid sports fan, very dedicated to her family, friends, her community and truly has a softer side.”
Paterni said she was honored and humbled to have received the recognition.
“I was shocked, there are so many deserving women in the Pittsburg area,” she said. “ I’m just very pleased and I can’t say enough how I felt when I received the award.”
Paterni thanked the people who helped her become the person she is today.
“First I would like to thank my parents,” she said. “They taught the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of faith and family, I carry that with me today.
“They were always very supportive and there for everything for us.”
Paterni thanked her sisters and brother who were there to support her.
“I know that whatever I need, they are there for me,” she said.
She also thanked her husband and children.
“They pick up the slack and put up with the craziness that’s me,” she said. “They are very supportive.”
Paterni worked for NPC for eight years and recognized the company as well.
“I worked with some of the best they and they were very generous with their time and their expertise in helping me grow as a business person,” she said.
Paterni also thanked the Chamber, Kaye Lynne Webb and many others.
Last but not least, she thanked her “Pitsco family.”
“You couldn’t find a better group of people to work with, and that starts with Harvey and Sharon Dean.
“I love what I do, I get up every morning knowing that what we do at Pitsco is helping teachers and students be successful in the classroom all over the world, you just can’t get anything better than that in my book.”

About Lisa Paterni
As president of Pitsco Education, Lisa directs the strategic vision for the Pitsco family of companies and development of relationships with key industry partners, including National Instruments, Amazon, and FIRST ®. She also chairs an eight-person leadership team that establishes and communicates global strategy and ensures business is conducted The Pitsco Way.
A graduate of Pittsburg State University, Paterni earned a BBA in Accounting, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a master’s degree in Teaching.
Pittsburg State University recognized her professional achievements with the Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award in 2011.
Paterni has served on the board of directors for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Pittsburg Public Library Board, as a Relay for Life volunteer, a substitute server at the Lord’s Diner and as chairperson for the Faith Forward Committee in her church.
Paterni has been featured in the publications Education Executive and Management Today and was named a Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce “Woman of Distinction” in 2010.

Women of Distinction:
Jamie Brooksher
Haley Bugni
Bev Clarkson
Jami Crowder
Ruth Duling
Peggy Kimmel
Nanette Azamber Krumsick
Rebekah Lynch
Kayla Riggs, D. C.
Kathleen Sandness, M.D.
Heather Spaur
Kari West