The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association (PGAA) will present its Alumnus of Distinction award to Jesse Brocious ’05 at the PGAA Alumni Celebration Dinner to be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Registration for the dinner, part of the Blue & Gold Celebration: Homecoming 2022, is available here.
The PGAA Alumnus of Distinction Award acknowledges excellence among alumni of Pitt-Greensburg. Candidates are evaluated on their outstanding level of professional achievement, service to the community, service to the University of Pittsburgh, special recognition or honors, and any other special efforts or success. It is the highest honor given by the PGAA to an individual alumnus/alumna annually.
A resident of Greensburg, PA, Brocious and his wife Ashley, are the parents of three children, Evan, Amelia, and Miles. Brocious is well-known in Westmoreland County through his work with First Commonwealth Bank and, more recently, with his own business, West Point Auto Works.
For the past 14 years, Brocious has worked at First Commonwealth Bank. Today he is senior vice president of real estate and facilities, a position he has held since 2015. He and his team play an integral role in anything that impacts First Commonwealth’s owned or leased properties, including the entire network of 119 branches and 16 corporate facilities. He started with First Commonwealth in 2006 as vice president/staffing manager and moved to vice president/senior compensation analyst (2010) and vice president/sales development integration manager (2012) prior to his most recent appointment.
In 2020, Brocious received the Strategic Thinker Award at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s (PA Bankers) Emerging Leader’s Conference. The award was presented as part of the PA Bankers Highlighting Young Professionals’ Excellence (HYPE) Awards program and highlights the accomplishments of young banking professionals within their financial institutions, the banking industry, and their communities. The Strategic Thinker Award celebrates a professional who is a forward thinker, shows business acumen, and has a good understanding of the market and industry in which their organization operates.
In 2017, Brocious, his wife Ashley, and long-time friend Robert Marsh founded and opened West Point Auto Works in Greensburg. Brocious noted that the business concept is focused on creating a better automotive repair experience for their customers. The company “brings together more than 100 years of combined experience with the goal to provide premium service with honest prices.” In 2021, Brocious and his team opened a second West Point Auto Works location in Monroeville, PA. The 2022 issue of Ratchet and Wrench, an automotive magazine, featured the team on the cover and included an article showcasing the business. Brocious plans to continue expanding the business and adding a specialized off-road component.
Jesse and Ashley believe that it is important to support the communities they serve, assisting a wide variety of local organizations, including local fire departments, CASA, Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity, Westmoreland County Athletics, West Point Little League, and Derry Area Football.
Brocious continues to support Pitt-Greensburg as a volunteer at PGAA events and by sponsoring campus and alumni events like the Art Show @ Pitt-Greensburg, the Pitt-Greensburg Golf Outing, and Casino Night during the Blue & Gold Celebration, as well as the Merry Mingle alumni Christmas event. Those sponsorships often include providing giveaways or raffle items that enhance the attendees’ experience.
Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 31 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in data analytics, nursing, and healthcare management, as well as 30 minors and four certificate programs. With nearly 1,400 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st-century liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is surrounded by the region’s outdoor recreation venues and rich history. It is a five-minute drive from uptown Greensburg and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.