Stairways in the News

William F. McCarthy Receives Bankable Consulting Award

Monday, February 24, 2014

ERIE, Pa. – William F. McCarthy, President and CEO of Stairways Behavioral Health, has been named winner of the inaugural Bankable Consulting Excellence in Leadership Award at a ceremony and celebration at the ExpERIEnce children’s museum Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The honor is awarded to a successful area leader who is adept at “building self-esteem, setting demanding goals, always being positive, establishing good habits, mastering the art of communication, learning from role models, thriving on pressure, being ferociously persistent and surviving success" according to James W. Martin, principal of Bankable Consulting, LLC.

McCarthy is the President and CEO of Stairways, a provider of mental health services to Erie County residents for more than 50 years. He began his Stairways career 40 years ago and has served in a variety of positions before becoming the organization’s leader in 1998.

Martin presented McCarthy with the award, a jeweled globe, before an audience of 60.

“His passionate and knowledgeable actions on behalf of mental health issues and helping others is the real testament to his leadership,” Martin said. “We are fortunate to have the caliber of expertise and experience that he demonstrates and willing shares with others in our community.”

A total of 54 individuals were nominated in November and December at Nine national judges whittled the field to 10 before four finalists were revealed at the ceremony.

The 10 nominees were:

McCarthy, Luther Manus (Lifetime Community Inspiration), Linda Stevenson (Athena PowerLink Program), Edison Nicholson (Youth Leadership Institute of Erie), Homer Smith (Ambassador of Goodwill), Cynthia Lomax Muhammad (Black Yellow Pages), Paul Lukach (Crime Victim Center), Peggy Schwab (Community Volunteer), Denise Olczak (Mystic Mountain), Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA (NAMI of Erie County). 

The group of finalists consisted of McCarthy, Kolivoski, Lukach and Schwab.

McCarthy was nominated by Skip Simmons, owner and president of Abbatron, LLC., and member of Stairways Board of Directors, of which he is the immediate past Chairman.

Bankable Consulting is a consulting agency headquartered in Erie specializing in solutions for small business and nonprofit organizations.

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