“Pittsburgh is a beautiful and ever-changing city.”
Growing up in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln/Lemington neighborhood, Wade Lipscomb learned the value of hard work from an early age. He’d often help his father at the family business, Wade’s Barbershop on Kelly Street, opening the shop, sweeping up and eventually cutting hair, squirreling his savings away for college. With the help of a Pittsburgh Promise scholarship, Wade earned a degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and now works as an operations engineer at Range Resources.
His relationship with the Washington County-based natural gas producer began even before graduation, with an internship after his freshman year. Wade clearly liked what he saw, turning down interviews from companies in Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota to pounce on an offer at Range. “I really wanted to come back to Pittsburgh.”
Working with well-rounded employees is what he enjoys the most about his job. As overseer of well production – ensuring wells are installed and flowing safely at maximum capacity - Wade can join a department or team on and off the field and everyone will know what he’s talking about. “Range Resources is a great company: a positive atmosphere, friendly people. They treat their employees well.”
In his spare time, Wade hits up Pittsburgh’s Boxing Club in Mount Washington, where he’s been a regular for the past 13 years. His experience and skill offered him the opportunity to meet and train with Cuban boxers in Havana and compete in the Duelo Del Siglo Pittsburgh Boxing on the Bridge event last summer. Wade is also a licensed real estate agent and gets a kick at showing homes to natives and newcomers alike, introducing them to parts of the region they haven’t explored before.
“From the North Shore to East Liberty, there are a lot of positive changes and things to do that weren’t here 10 or even five years ago. It is a beautiful and ever-changing city.”
In his free time, Wade enjoys walking the trails in Frick Park and running the reservoir in Highland Park, sometimes stopping at Angelo’s in Bloomfield for a steak hoagie. He also takes in the waves at the county’s pools at South Park and Settler’s Cabin Park.
He makes his home in Brookline, a large neighborhood in the southern part of Pittsburgh. “It has easy access to downtown, the South Side, Station Square, Mount Washington. Brookline Memorial and Moore parks offer lots of activities for kids and adults. It’s just a nice, quiet, friendly area.”