General Carbide CEO Mona Pappafava-Ray named regional Entrepreneur of the Year |
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Deb Erdley

Mona Pappafava-Ray, president and CEO of Hempfield-based General Carbide Corp., is a finalist for the national Entrepreneur of the Year Award after being named East Central Entrepreneur of the Year last week.

Now in its 33rd year, the competition recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The award established by Ernst & Young, LLP, has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Pappafava-Ray, who was named a finalist in the regional competition earlier this year, was recognized as a regional winner at a gala at the Cincinnati Music Hall.

The second-generation owner of General Carbide has built and expanded on the diversified tool and die company founded by her father, the late Premo Pappafava.

She will advance to the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., this November.

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