TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Impact Company of the Year
Throughout Pittsburgh, there are many influential businesses that impact our communities in
strong, positive ways. Trib Total Media is one of those companies.
Trib Total Media is the largest source of news and information in western Pennsylvania. With
a multi-media network of daily and weekly newspapers, weekly shoppers and websites, Trib
Total Media delivers news, information and advertising to more than 1. 2 million readers across
western Pennsylvania every week.
With the largest paid daily circulation in the tri-state area, Trib Total Media includes the fastest
growing newspaper in the country. Its reporters serve as watchdogs in our neighborhoods, region
and around the world. It delivers news, business, sports, lifestyle features, entertainment, special
interest sections and more, including Trib Total Marketplace, western Pennsylvania’s largest
Classifieds section. It also provides targeted direct mail, commercial printing and promotional-item services to help serve the advertising and marketing needs of businesses large and small.
With a commitment toward being a good corporate citizen, Trib Total Media is passionate
about the communities they serve. They have demonstrated this through their partnerships with
the likes of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Pittsburgh
Power. In addition, they donate time and resources to support a wide variety of nonprofit and
community organizations, such as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society,
American Heart Association, Pirates Charities, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Mario Lemieux
Foundation, March of Dimes, Bettis Caring for Kids, Western Pennsylvania Humane Society,
Western PA Trolley Museum, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, St. Barnabas Charities, the Bair
Find Foundation, and of course, Junior Achievement, to name a few. Ralph Martin, president and
CEO, represented Trib Total Media.
At Trib Total Media … they do things right.
Special Junior Achievement Section
CHRISTINA CUMMINGS & ANGELA CARR
Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Christina Cummings and Angela Carr were first introduced to the world of
entrepreneurialship by their father, James Zona, who founded Pittsburgh Plastics
Manufacturing, a global company that produces custom cushioning products/
In the early 1990s, he also created an absorbent fitted hair towel. The sisters
served as test marketers for the product that we know today as the Turbie Twist. While
the sisters were still in college, Zona sold the hair towel rights to them, setting in
motion a company that would change their lives and the way women dry their hair.
The sisters embarked on revolutionizing the Turbie Twist, and in a very short
period of time, they developed and expanded product distribution nationally and
internationally with retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, QVC and CVS. In 2009, their
company was ranked number 789 on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing, privately
held companies in the United States and was honored in 2010 as the 29th fastest-growing Pittsburgh company by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
The untimely death of their father in 2009 created a new challenge for Cummings
and Carr. Carrying on their father’s legacy, Cummings became sole president of Turbie
Twist, while Carr assumed the role of vice president for Pittsburgh Plastics. Their
mother, Susan Zona, is president of the company.
Both sisters are wives and mothers, with five children between them. Despite their
busy schedules, they regularly donate time and money to various worthwhile causes,
including Gilda’s Club of Western PA, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
and, of course, Junior Achievement, where they hope to inspire a strong work ethic
and the spirit of entrepreneurship with young people.
Eight out of 10 Junior Achievement students agree that participation in JA programs reinforce
the value of staying in school.