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Passionate About Inspiring Others

A western Pennsylvania native, Leigh Gerstenberger is the founding member of Strategic-Connecting, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to “inspiring intriguing ideas” that help individuals and organizations exceed their career, financial and personal potential.

Prior to founding his own firm, Leigh spent his entire career in the financial services industry holding senior leadership positions at PNC Bank, Huntington Bank, Mutual of New York, and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. 

Leigh serves on the boards of: Nashville, TN based Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC), an organization committed to helping men become stronger leaders in their family, community, church and businesses; northeast Ohio based EMERGE Consulting Services, a 40-year old faith-based mental health organization; and SummaCare, the for-profit insurance subsidiary of the Akron, OH SummaHealth System.

Networking Assistance

​"I met Leigh's wife while shopping one day and mentioned to her that I had been out of work for almost a year.  Without any hesitation she suggested that I send my resume to Leigh as he enjoys connecting people and helping folks with career networking. Within a few days I received a call from a recruiter who was doing a search for a manufacturing company in need of someone with a regulatory and compliance background.  Over the next 10 days I had three interviews with the company and a job offer to start the first of the month!  Thanks Leigh, I'll be forever grateful." 

— Jackie S. 


"A friend from church introduced me to Leigh as a person with good contacts who might be willing to help me with my job search.  We spent an hour together over coffee reviewing my resume and brainstorming about how to build on my extensive experience in the transportation and logistics industry to "market" myself and identify my next career opportunity.  I was surprised at the number of people he knew in my industry and the introductions he was willing to make.  By far, Leigh has been the most helpful person I've met with as I go through the networking process in search of my next position."

— John J.



Partial list of organizations in Leigh's network.

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