WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Steve Pietropaolo, of LGI Forensic Engineering in White Plains, was recognized Tuesday as the owner of one of Westchester County’s most outstanding family-owned businesses.
The company, which features an accredited materials-testing laboratory, provides forensic analysis for architectural, scientific, civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering and specializes in insurance claim and litigation support.
It was one of 26 family-owned businesses in Westchester and Fairfield County, Conn., honored this year by Westfair Communications, Inc., publisher of the Westchester County Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal and WAG, a regional lifestyle magazine. It was the fourth year Westfair has given the awards.
LGI was founded in 1952 and has been under the leadership of the Pietropaolo family since 1999. Steve works in the business with his wife Karen and and his two brothers, Joe and Andrew.
“The best decision I’ve made is to bring my wife on board to help me run the business end of it,” he said. “I’m an engineer, I’m a technical guy, she handles all the business stuff.” He noted that his sons “have a passion for engineering as well, so I want to teach them about hard work, and about keeping the family close.”
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Doug Wade, fourth generation owner of Wade Dairy in Bridgeport, Conn., which was founded in 1893. He noted he started in his family’s business at age eight and attributed the company’s longevity to his family’s dedication.
The awards were decided by local judges, all with backgrounds in business and economics: Anthony Davidson, dean of Fordham University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Marcia O’Kane, president and CEO of Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, Pete Gioia, vice president and economist with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and Andi Gray, President and founder of Strategy Leaders Inc., business consulting firm.
Ethan Gresko is a member of the Purchase College Community Reporting Team.