Special Junior Achievement Section
On Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania hosted the 26th Annual Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in
The event honors those who have made outstanding contributions to
the business, social and cultural assets of this region. Each year, the
chosen laureates exhibit strong leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and
adhere to the highest levels of ethical principles.
Each of the honorees met with a Junior Achievement high school
student several weeks before the event for an interview. The students
prepared their questions and used the information and experiences they
shared with the honorees to write an introduction for them that they read
on stage at the event.
Each student had a very special and unique experience with his or her
honoree. They were able to work with and create a relationship with some
of the most powerful and influential men and women in Pittsburgh.
CHESTER R. BABST III
Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award
Chester R. Babst III is the managing shareholder and chairman of the board of directors of
Babst Calland. With more than 40 years of experience in providing counsel on environmental
matters, his practice focuses on compliance and permitting issues and federal and state
Babst, a fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has been listed in The
Best Lawyers in America® for more than 20 years and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012
Pittsburgh Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year. He also has been listed in the highest-rated
category for environmental lawyers in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers
As a fifth generation Pittsburgher, he serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County
Health Department Air Advisory Committee, the treasurer of the Allegheny County Parks
Foundation and the vice chairman of the Allegheny County Air Quality Task Force.
He also serves on the board of directors of Communities-In-Schools of Allegheny County,
the Circles Board of the Cultural Trust as its co-chairman, the board of trustees of the Cultural
Trust, the board of directors of the Warhol Museum and as a fellow of the Allegheny County
Bar Association Foundation. His work with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law includes
developing and implementing an Environmental Certificate Program, serving as the chairman
of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Certification Program, developing and
implementing a Black Law Student Association mentoring program with the Allegheny County
Bar and serving on the Energy Law Advisory Board.
Junior Achievement reaches nearly 70,000 students in Western PA through more than 3,000 local volunteers.