Mover & Shaker of the Month: Chandler Carranza

        On March 8, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) kicked off its ninth annual Man & Woman of the Year campaign (MWOY).  The contest will run until May 19.  This year, there are a total of nine candidates (three men and six women) in the running.  One of those vying for the title is illustrious local philanthropist Chandler Carranza. 

        Carranza, 36, of Bloomfield (formerly Jackson Township), is committed to helping with the LLS cause.  “I have had a number of family and friends affected by cancer.  By helping LLS in the fight to cure blood cancers, I am able to help those I care about fight their own personal battles,” Carranza said. 

        Carranza graduated from Duquesne University in 2005.  He is the Division Director of Control States at Ole Smoky Distillery.  “When I was the Western Pennsylvania sales rep for Sazerac, I sponsored the LLS Pineapple 5K and also sampled at the event.  I used my brands to help support good causes, and I always try to give back to the community.  I know the LLS campaign manager, Jen Miller. She and I are both Seneca Valley graduates.  With my local connection, it seemed a natural fit to run for the LLS “Man of the Year,” Carranza added. 

        When Carranza graduated from Duquesne, he was a NCAA Division I wrestler.  He coached eight seasons at various schools including – Hershey, Milton Hershey, Seneca Valley and most recently Mars Middle School.  He is also an avid triathlete and a runner qualifying for the Boston Marathon and Age Group Nationals for Olympic distance Triathlon. 

        This month, Carranza has an upcoming event to raise funds for LLS.  “I am sponsoring a fundraiser at 8 p.m., April 24, at Tequila Cowboy on the North Shore.  Total Sports Enterprise and local stations such as Y108, STAR and 93.7 The FAN will be helping with the event.  Drink specials include – Fireball and Ole Smoky Moonshine.  People can donate at my website by going to and searching for ‘Chandler’ to link to my personal page,” said Carranza. 

          For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit 

 By Paula Green