For over the past decade, Connections 4 Success’ president, Vanessa Dodds, has successfully been bringing business growth, strategic innovation, expansion opportunities, alignment, and professional skills development to the public sector, small businesses, large nonprofits, and most recently the AEC trades’ industries. Connections 4 Success is a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business providing business strategies, organizational training series, and workforce training solutions for skilled trades, information technology companies, large nonprofits, the public sector, and their peripheral business partners.
Experience has included projects with a funding capital of over $4.5 million dollars. Various programs that were overseen experienced an increased return on investment of at least 50% up to 200%.
Their organizational development agency offers business evaluations, needs and jobs analysis, risk assessments, business alignment strategies, growth and strategic plans for innovation and advancement, organizational restructuring, organizational training series, onboarding plans, as well as, professional development and skills training. Driving success with quality solutions is the Connections 4 Success promise. Vanessa’s high energy, “think-outside-the-box” strategies, and determination to help Connections 4 Success’ clients’ experience increased profits, performance, efficiency, and accountability is what differentiates Connections 4 Success from their competitors.
Recently, Connections 4 Success worked with Cadnetics on their business and operational alignment to launch them to the next phase of their expansion opportunities. Their services focused on restructuring Cadnetics’ organizational structure, addressing their need for increased accountability, and improved standard operating procedures. Connections 4 Success’ efforts will allow for Cadnetics to experience cost savings in reduced project overages, an improved business model, and accountability for the executive and project management team to improve project oversight.
Connections 4 Success also worked with the Ward Home, to assess the operational risk of their Supervised Independent Living Program in accordance with required government regulations, policies, and procedures. Connections 4 Success’ risk assessment and recommended mediation measures has allowed the Ward Home to correct operational procedures to avoid incompliance to state regulations, policies, and procedures while continuing to offer a premier independent living program for the regions foster youth and young adults.
For over 35 years, Tech 2000 Woodworks President and Owner, Keith Geller has been designing, building and installing fine custom woodwork cabinetry for residential and commercial applications, growing Tech 2000 Woodworks into one of the top custom cabinetry shops in the Pittsburgh region.
The experienced team and the very latest equipment enable Tech 2000 to work with all types of wood and a myriad of other materials, including bamboo, laminate, solid surfacing, granite, and marble. The finishing department offers custom finishes and stains to make your project unique in both design and color. Tech 2000 is a FSC® Certified Millwork Company FSC-C109135 and have participated in a number of LEED projects throughout the region.
Preserving history and the original architecture was key in the resent renovation of St. Peter’s Church in Pittsburgh. It was the church’s desire to bring this historical building back to as close to its original looks and condition as to when it was built back in 1855, before fire destroyed the structure in 1870. Working from original photographs provided by the church staff, Tech 2000 manufactured and supplied all of the new wood work to match existing wood work within the church, such as the HVAC Covers in the center and sides of the church, new front kneeler walls and ramp with railing to the Main Altar, Reconciliation Rooms, Statue Niches at the back of the Church, Choir Loft Cabinets with wood paneling to match original wood panels, base board and casing to match original just to list some of the items that were fabricated.
Tech 2000 worked closely with Nick Rosky of Volpatt Construction who was the general contractor on this project along with the architect Ian Morrison of the architectural firm of Radelet, MCarthy & Polletta Inc. throughout the project to help achieve the goal of matching as much of the original details possible to the beauty of intricate wood working centuries ago.
For the past 70 years, Excel Glass and Granite has progressed with technology, skilled labor training and design expertise to bring the newest designs in the Kitchen and Bath Industry. We offer a variety of the latest in quartz and granite from which to choose.
The Excel Glass Division, a full-service installer and fabricator of commercial and residential glass provides custom shower doors, shower door enclosures, custom mirrors, replacement glass and much more. Featuring the area’s largest selection of custom mirrors in any size, shape or color, the company specializes in the custom design, manufacturing and installation of framed or unframed mirrors to match any specification.
Excel Hospitality Stone works with construction companies, project managers and commercial developers in providing granite, stone and/or glass products to fulfill multi-unit or hotel project needs by furnishing and installing countertops, sinks, vanity bases, shower bases, and L.E.D. Mirrors.
A recent commercial project highlights construction of The Foundry at 41st, featuring a variety of apartment types from nano units to two bedrooms providing luxury living in the heart of one of the hippest neighborhoods. The open floorplan design features an incredible list of amenities, including high-end apartment features and finishes. Working with Fort Willow Developers and Walnut Capital, Excel Hospitality Stone provided 171 apartments with 209 vanities, mirrors and porcelain sinks, 26 shower doors and 171 kitchen quartz tops and stainless sinks for this high end apartment complex.
Versatile, customizable and reliable – experience the “Excellence of Excel!”
Jill is the go to person for linking people and business together. If you have never worked with her it is just amazing how she never stops thinking of how to network and partner people together. She’s a person you want on your side helping you day in and day out. Although she seems to work nonstop she’s a very approachable down to earth people person as well. I would recommend her to anyone looking to expand your networking capabilities.
Jill’s incredible energy and enthusiasm have made her the “queen of Pittsburgh networking”. If you want to make connections, she’s the one to talk to!
Jill McKibbin is fabulous. She’s a networking queen and extremely hard working. Her loyalty and ability to utilize her referral skills for those she represents and who are involved with her networking groups is top notch. I would highly recommend McKibbin Consulting for your business development needs.
I have worked with Jill McKibbin for three years, and would not do without her services. As a small company, we do not have the resources to connect with the multitude of prospects that Jill provides. She accelerates our ability to reach out to many kinds of prospects (whether Architect, Engineer, Real Estate Developer or Contractor). Jill has an amazing talent of making that first contact with a new prospect and catching their interest. She has the tenacity needed to get her clients in the door and marketing their strong points. People listen to Jill because she is down to earth and approachable. She creates the bridge for the client to have an opportunity at a level of success they may not otherwise have. I would recommend Jill to anyo…
I have worked with Jill for over two years and find that she brings a team approach for business development in garnering new relationships. Through Jill’s vast array of contacts, Desmone Architects has been able to secure new business and build lasting relationships. Jill is a dynamic, personable woman bringing a strong skillset that resonates confidence into developing these relationships. She enables Desmone Architects to continue to build and grow our business. I would recommend Jill to anyone seeking to take their business to the next level.
Jill is Pittsburgh’s A/E/C professional matchmaker, and I greatly respect what she’s been able to accomplish. On top of that, it’s just a true joy to know and collaborate with her.
Jill McKibbin has a rare talent for networking. Her energy and social ability allow her to make connections and put people together in win-win situations that others could easily overlook. I enjoy watching her get a charge out of putting people and firms together. Plus she has the tenacity to follow up and make sure that the connection was made. We should all be as enthused doing what we love to do.
Jill is fearless! She has the unique ability to get a connection to anyone. Jill is a great matchmaker, putting together professionals in the building profession with clients with projects. She is personable, dedicated and loyal.
Jill’s is an expert business development agent. Jill’s network specifically encompasses the A/E/C construction industry, including construction users, architects, engineers, and contractors. She is skilled at bringing successful teams together across a diverse background. I find Jill to be an honesty and motivated person who truly enjoys team-building. I highly recommend Jill to anyone looking to broaden their network in our industry.
Jill is a tenacious business development person. Her ability to find leads, contacts and work is incredible. I am continuously amazed at her ability to make things happen.