Five Star Turns 20

In 2017 Five Star enters our 20th year, and the journey has been evolutionary! Back in 1997, the Internet was mostly accessed through dial-up, and Five Star was predominately designing programs delivered via CD-ROM. Today, we’re designing data-driven technology solutions that deliver real-time information on demand, responsively designed, directly to a device in your pocket. We all have come a long way, but the core of Five Star has remained constant. When we started, our vision was simple: to create a company where talented people could do challenging work, with interesting clients, in a fun environment that fostered growth. We also wanted to be easy to work with and give something back to the community. We’re happy to say that after two decades, our work is still challenging, our team more talented, our clients are as interesting as ever — and we are still having fun!

Celebrating 20 Years of Evolution


Dave Colaizzi and Lou Camerlengo incorporate Five Star Development in March 1997 and open their first office in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.



The team, small but mighty, moves into their first official office — it was located on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood.



Five Star wins their second of three Pittsburgh Business Times Top 100 awards.



This was a big year for Five Star: the team relocates to Pittsburgh’s Northside, accepts their first of two Inc. 5000 awards and a Pittsburgh Pacesetters award, and is recognized as one of the best places to work in Pittsburgh.


The team develops a landmark content management and publishing system for one of our Fortune 500 clients. The solution is still in place today, streamlining their everyday business needs.


The team embarks on our first iOS and Android mobile app development projects for one of our Fortune 500 clients.


This marks the tenth year that Five Star is recognized as a Microsoft Partner — a decade of strengthening capabilities, better serving our customers and building key connections that allow us to do the best work for our clients.


Five Star celebrates two decades of Insight, Ingenuity and Innovation!

As we look forward to the next 20 years, we are excited to continue to help solve your challenges and enhance your efficiency to make it easier for you and your teams to achieve your goals.