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Influential: The incredible (Jake) Haulk

| Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Who: Jake Haulk

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Position: President, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy

Influential because: Since 2001, he has headed the conservative Western Pennsylvania think tank that has propelled discussion and debate on numerous public policy matters. Haulk should have an “I Brake For Free Markets” bumper sticker on his vehicle, as he is a steadfast advocate for free enterprise who always takes the reasonable and rational offramps to the conclusions at which he arrives.

Influential watchdog: Under Haulk's direction, the Allegheny Institute has closely monitored Pennsylvania's public sector retirement system, the Marcellus shale industry, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's mounting debt, Allegheny County's controversial property reassessment and its aftermath and the Port Authority of Allegheny County's financial troubles, among many other issues.

Influential enemies: The affable, unflappable Haulk probably doesn't have many human foils but can count among his foes burdensome taxation, inefficiency and ever-expanding government intrusiveness.

Influential education: Haulk was schooled along Tobacco Road, earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Duke University. It's safe to assume he applauded the University of Pittsburgh's recent move to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Influential online doppelganger: Twitter boasts a Jake Haulk (@JMoneyMizzles) of Montgomery, Ala., who asserts in his profile, “I think I'm pretty funny. Nobody else seems to share my sentiments.”

Influential man of many occupational hats: Before joining the Allegheny Institute, Haulk worked as a chemical process engineer, university instructor, Federal Reserve senior business economist and Mellon Bank's head of regional research.

Influential outreach: In addition to his Allegheny Institute duties, Haulk also sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association and the Lincoln Institute for Public Opinion Research. He also regularly appears on local TV and radio talk shows.

Haulk's a fan of free markets. He obviously is far less a fan of free time.

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff.

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