C.I.S.T – OVERVIEW
Commercial, Industrial Service Trade Group (C.I.S.T.), was founded by Jill McKibbin in 2005 and has continued to grow over the past 10 years. The organization has three Pittsburgh Chapters providing professional services for commercial buildings from the ground up, including but not limited to: construction, architects, engineering, interior design, landscaping, elevator services, office furniture, interior plant service, marketing and commercial cleaning.
Each chapter has one unique participant per trade to prevent competitors from learning of construction contacts shared by others in the group. In addition to monthly meetings, there are open quarterly networking events for all trades and business professionals wanting to interface with the construction industry.
Professional representation is available by McKibbin Consulting for members of C.I.S.T. at professional functions and trade shows.
C.I.S.T – ORGANIZATION RULES
There is no membership required to belong to C.I.S.T. Participation with lead referrals is a critical factor in holding the category specific trade slot in the group. Being prepared is key to your successful outcomes in the C.I.S.T meetings. The group is focused on construction and the maintenance of facilities. Participants in the group are asked to come prepared. Lack of participation or being unprepared may result in removal from the group, opening your category up for a competitor.
These are things to keep in mind:
- Monthly meetings are held the same time and location – please be prompt
- Meetings last an hour
- Mute all cell phones
- Bring 20 copies of your leads to share at the meeting
- Hold all conversations until the entire group has presented their leads
- Information shared within the group is confidential and should not be shared with competitors
Remember this is a commercial and industrial trade group; our focus is on construction and maintenance of facilities.
Monthly Meeting Locations –
- CIST North – First Commonwealth Bank – Wexford 9 am – 1st Wed.
- CIST East – Jendoco – 9 am – 3rd Wed
- CIST South – Millcraft – 9 am 4th Thursday
THANKS TO OUR C.I.S.T SPONSORS
C.I.S.T – MONTHLY LEAD SHEET FORMAT
In order for standardization of lead information, all participants are asked to present their leads in the following format:
- Your Company name and contact information
- The Lead Name and Title – contact information – phone number and or email
- The Best way to contact the referred lead and or time they may be reached.
- A description of type of work the lead is planning, i.e. relocation, build out, new construction, etc.
- The time frame where the lead is planning on said work
- Can we use your name in regard to the referral
The more information you can provide the more we can help each other in obtaining new business. The group serves as an extra people to market and look out for each other. Often, participants leave with 30-40 new leads or potential contacts in their industry each month.
C.I.S.T. – ENDORSEMENTS
The networking opportunities provided by the C.I.S.T. group have been very beneficial in promoting our business in the Pittsburgh market.
John A. Mele
Regional Property Manager
Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation
The CIST group has been a great way for me to not only learn about new leads of upcoming work, but to make new relationships with professionals from several industries. I attend every CIST group meeting that I can. I highly recommend contacting Jill McKibbin in order to participate in a CIST group near you.
Vice President – Business Development
Pedersen & Pedersen, Inc., WBE Certified in PA, OH, WV
Jill is hard-working, personable and dedicated. She has a broad knowledge of many industries, and of the people that work in them. We have enjoyed working with her on various projects and look forward to doing so in the future.
“The A/E/C industry is a diverse mix of companies and individuals with an extensive range of needs, priorities, and personalities. Few people navigate this field like Jill. Her genuine, honest, down-to-earth demeanor coupled with an unrelenting desire to take care of her clients makes her a valuable asset. She has an uncanny ability to make anyone feel at ease, which is critical to building relationships. Few people can match her commitment and work ethic. 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 knows just about everyone in our region that is in the A/E/C industry. She truly enjoys making connections happen for people to do business together.
Jill maintains a high level of professionalism through her dedication and determination. Her knowledge and experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry provides a positive advantage to her customers and clientele.
I met Jill a little over a year ago. It took little time working with Jill to realize that her work ethic is impeccable. She has proven to be a tremendous asset and continues to assist with networking and identify with new job opportunities. I highly recommend Jill to any company looking to take their business to the next level. She is someone who can open many doors to new business opportunities.
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.
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’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!
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…
We have worked with Jill for the past number of months. Her vast network of people and knowledge of the construction industry is key to the number of appointments she has set for Eisler Landscapes. The added bonus of her monthly and quarterly networking meetings allow Eisler Landscapes and me to further develop these relationships and meet new referral sources. I would recommend Jill McKibbin with McKibbin Consulting for your business development needs.