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Aerotech executive active in helping hospital foundation

| Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Stephen “Steve” Botos Jr.
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Stephen “Steve” Botos Jr.

About 45 workers at Aerotech Inc., based in O'Hara's RIDC Park, will be part of UPMC St. Margaret Foundation's 28th annual Fitness Classic 5K Run/Walk on May 15.

For Stephen “Steve” Botos Jr., vice president of marketing and sales at Aerotech, it's a win-win situation.

Steve joined the foundation board last year and sees the local not-for-profit as pacing the Lower Valley.

“What attracted me to the board was a very direct link between what they do and how they serve the community,” Steve said.

The foundation, which is a separate entity from the hospital but supports the UPMC site, has a mission to support the health and wellness of the area. A shuttle that picks up senior citizens who need to get to doctor appointments is only one of the foundation's initiatives.

Steve said he believes in the foundation's work and sees his volunteer work overlapping with his business.

UPMC St. Margaret is five minutes from Aerotech's Zeta Drive facility, which employees about 300 people. The hospital not only is the closest for medical needs, but many employees also live locally, just like Steve.

In addition, employees who participate in Sunday's 5K are winners. They can race with elite runners, walk with families or run as teams. Then everyone joins in the after-race activities. Again this year, about a dozen local restaurants will be there for a Taste of Fox Chapel. While sampling goodies, participants can rock with a live band.

Steve, 52, will participate and plans on running “in quotation marks,” he said.

Training is difficult with his schedule, however. There is a walking/jogging lane in the industrial park that is about two miles long. As marketing chief for the maker of motion control systems and other equipment, though, Steve travels worldwide.

“We have sales and service in all manufacturing economies,” he said.

One type of device that Aerotech is known for is nano-positioners, used to make high-tech tools for cataract surgery, for example.

Steve describes Aerotech's work as “very high-end automation for manufacturing or testing.”

The company has an employee stock ownership trust plan and is 45 years old.

Steve's father was one of the founding engineers and served as CEO. His brother, Mark, now is CEO.

Not surprisingly, Steve is dedicated to the company and its hometown. He grew up locally, attended Fox Chapel Area High School and earned bachelor's and a master's degrees in business from the University of Pittsburgh.

He and his wife, Lisa, and three sons, Tilman, Evan and Liam, live in O'Hara.

Steve said, “I'm painfully native. This is our home.” He calls on others to take advantage of local benefits.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for the Tribune-Review.

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