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COMMITTED TO OUR COURAGEOUS MEMBERS OF THE US MILITARY, PAST AND PRESENT SINCE 2004

In 2004 Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) was founded to serve Active-Duty Troops deployed during the war in the Middle East with their own specific requests like replacement boots destroyed after a battle, Under Armor® T-shirts and more. Today, OTA supports not only our soldiers currently serving, but our veterans returning home who are struggling financially, physically and mentally through our Veterans Welcome Home Program. The Welcome Home program serves veterans residing in Western Pennsylvania. In 2022, OTA hit a milestone of serving 200,000+ troops and veterans since its inception. Operation Troop Appreciation is 100% volunteer run with 90% of donations going directly to soldiers and veterans.

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Troop Letters

Happy Holidays!

My team and I can’t thank you enough for sending out those Christmas stockings to us that were full of awesome goodies. It really lifted our spirits during the hard days we’ve had lately being

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Happy Troops in Afghanistan!

Good morning, I just wanted to take a quick minute to say THANK YOU for the  care packages!!! It’s a great feeling to see my troops get excited seeing me walk in with the packages

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Help Support Operation Renovation!

We need your help!

In September of 2022, OTA purchased an older building to house the OTA Program.

It needs major renovation.

David leads the build-out of First Commonwealth’s advisory talent, with a particular emphasis on retirement and estate planning, and customized investment solutions. He is committed to providing a culture of customization and flexibility, ensuring superior service to the client.  

Before joining First Commonwealth, he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director at FNB Wealth Management, responsible for the organization’s wealth management sales strategy, revenue retention efforts, investment agency accounts, employee benefit plans, foundations, endowments and trustee relationships. He also spent time at Federated Investors and PNC Wealth Management earlier in his career.  

David is a Certified Public Accountant, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Ohio and received his MBA from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

Lesley brings over 25 years of experience in financial services, focusing on Insurance & Annuity marketing, product and distribution. Before Joining GBU, Lesley served as the CMO and Head of Distribution for Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company, as founding leader driving the company’s growth to over $2 Billion in assets under management. Lesley spent 20 years with Prudential Financial as SVP, Relationship Management for Prudential’s annuity business, responsible for the management, business development, sales, and marketing for the firm’s 300 institutional clients. She grew sales from under $10 billion a year to over $21 Billion, becoming the largest distributor of annuities in the industry.

As a senior executive, Lesley’s passion is around growing, developing, and evolving businesses, while leveraging the strengths that already exist in the business. She works to understand the culture, the business framework, and the people, shaping her determination to build high-performance teams and successful organizations. Lesley holds B.A. In Economics & Political Science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.