Sewickley resident named ‘Vetrepreneur’

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 6:00 AM


Michael Cherock, founder, president and chief executive officer of AE Works, has been named the 2019 Pittsburgh Vetrepreneur of the Year.

The award is presented each year to a Pittsburgh-area veteran business owner who demonstrates the principal attributes critical in leading a successful business with sustained business growth and also a desire and commitment to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company in the Pittsburgh area. The award is presented by veteran-owned Viqtory and sponsored by Fort Pitt Capital Group.

“Mike is a deserving recipient of this award for his service to our country, his service to the veteran community, and for building a very impressive organization,” said Todd Douds, director of Research and Operations for Fort Pitt Capital Group.

After serving in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained power plant operator aboard fast-attack submarines, Cherock used military education benefits and transferred his skills to pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in architectural engineering, specializing in power lighting systems, from Pennsylvania State University – becoming the first member in his family to graduate from college.

AE Works, a building design and consulting firm, is experiencing the firm’s largest growth period yet.

Cherok, a Sewickley resident, is involved with veterans organizations in the Pittsburgh region. He served on the board of Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA (VLP) and also the VA’s Community Engagement Board in Pittsburgh. He is currently on the board of the Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC).

“I am truly a lucky guy,” Cherok said. “I am beyond thankful for the opportunity the military provided and that today I have the opportunity to share what I learned with others to make a positive impact in our community.”