Dagostino Electronic Services, Inc. is a Pittsburgh based company that designs, sells, installs, and maintains information communication technology systems for voice, data, security, IP surveillance, multimedia, fiber optics and structured cabling. Since 1973, DES has implemented innovative and effective solutions for K-12 and higher education, small businesses, large corporations, manufacturing and government. While partnering with end user customers, as well as contractors, architects, and design firms, DES merges technology from premium providers with comprehensive service and support to give customers the most advanced hardware, software and service solutions that address their technology needs.
As the preferred technology provider for the Pittsburgh Steelers, DES implements everything from the stadium’s cabling infrastructure to telephony and data needs to multimedia and wireless. Recently the stadium underwent a multi-million dollar wireless upgrade to provide a custom experience to stadium guests. DES was also an integral part of the South End zone and Champions Club addition, providing cabling, fiber, and multimedia services.
Data Centers are the lifeblood of any organization’s data. DES utilizes best practices in design construction to support customer relocation of equipment from multiple sites and applies green technologies to help to reduce carbon footprint. The company holds LEED-AP certification and is staffed with five BICSI registered communication distribution designers (RCDD).
Whether you seek a standard telephony solution or one that converges voice, data services, applications or multimedia, a DES solution can be the foundation for the continuing success of any size organization providing end-to-end solutions for your company to accomplish its technology goals.
Hancock Architecture – Designing Character and Functionality
For more than 20 years, Hancock Architecture has worked with businesses, communities, and individuals throughout the tri-state area building a reputation for quality design.
Through innovative solutions and a commitment to detail and sustainability, they have restored historic structures, brought vitality to main streets, and improved the lives of people where they live and work.
Their disciplined approach follows a project from conception through completion. As a small, independent firm, they work collaboratively to achieve a design aesthetic and functionality that fulfills every client’s individual requirements. Their work buildings and interior designs have lasting character and many have won national recognition.
Hancock’s extensive portfolio of work includes industrial businesses, commercial firms, retail, government agencies, non-profit groups, and individuals. Each project is approached with a goal of affordable sustainability – with a balanced consideration of the environment, current technology, and a client’s budget. Buildings are designed to minimize impact on the environment, reduce energy consumption, and be functional in purpose.
• Interior Architecture and Design
• Code Compliance Services, including ADA
• Master Planning
• Adaptive Reuse – redesigning old structure for new purposes
• Project Management – turnkey supervision from planning and design through construction
HANCOCK ARCHITECTURE: A View from Inside and Out
Hancock Architecture is licensed in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia. We are certified by the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Review Board.
EISLER LANDSCAPES – Green Rooftops and Sustainability
Founded in 1926, Eisler Nurseries has evolved into one of the region’s foremost production nursery and landscape installation firms now called Eisler Landscapes. As a WBE landscaping company, they have worked with a number of Pittsburgh’s blue list clients and transitioned the firm into commercial landscape construction with strong emphasis on green infrastructure.
Over the course of the past number of years, Eisler Landscapes has evolved into a modern company with a dedicated fleet of the latest equipment, an in-house design team and horticulture, landscaping and construction experts, and 250 acres of nurseries.
Eisler Landscapes is popular with institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University as they integrate green infrastructure into their building projects. Amenities with green roofs, outdoor planter’s plazas, roof top gardens combined with outdoor seating and living areas utilize the best management practices for managing storm water run-offs.
The company has long standing employees that have grown with the company. With a staff of horticulturists and landscape professionals, the organization has the resources for all sizes of projects.
Projects in both residential and commercial cross over between manpower, skills and equipment. By having state-of-the-art equipment and skilled staff, it saves the client time and money. Eisler Landscapes bring great value to the table for their customers.
Some recent project highlights:
• Green Roof and David Lawrence Convention Center – high profile green roof.
• East Liberty Town Square – green infrastructure solutions like rain gardens were used
• Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University– greenest college campus in the world
• Green Roof Carnegie Mellon University – Scott Hall project
To review their projects, check out the portfolio page on their website.
Did you ever wish you could be in two places at the same time? Do you ever reach networking burnout where one more event just isn’t in the cards? With so many networking opportunities, how can you capitalize on the best events?
Jill McKibbin, owner of McKibbin Consulting, has found a solution to the networking dilemma. She attends events on behalf of her clients. The connections made can then result in appointments and may lead to business.
At a recent Pittsburgh Business Times Corridors of Opportunity event, William Mura of Pedersen & Pedersen, Inc. and Jill McKibbin of McKibbin Consulting, discuss how to grow new business leads for 2016.
McKibbin offers these effective networking tips:
- Be prepared have an ample supply of business cards, but don’t pass them to everyone in the room. Quality connections versus a quantity of business cards are more beneficial.
- Follow-up promptly – have some type of process in place when you meet someone at a meeting – either fold the corner of the business card down or make a note on the back of the card.
- Create a diverse network of business associates and be a giver, offering to make introductions on behalf of others and follow through with that promise.
- Organize your contacts by category and influence level
- Befriend gatekeepers, they often hold the key to the executive’s calendar
Develop a passion for connecting influencers in various fields to see how they might compliment and do business with each other. When networking, recognize yourself as a catalyst for helping others and remember the saying – “giver’s gain”. Be genuine if your effort to support business. There is strength in collaboration through individuals of various businesses in a team-setting creating powerful strategy for combined growth.
To learn more about how McKibbin Consulting can help you grow your business, contact 412-498-3572 or email email@example.com.
About the Author: Jill McKibbin, of McKibbin Consulting combines sales experience, sales processes, developing ideal business relationships, and contractual skills. These supportive services make increasing business opportunities easier for clients. Through a variety of networks McKibbin has the ability to match any client with a contact or potential opportunity, whatever the need. McKibbin formed a Commercial Industrial Service Trade Group (CIST). With chapters throughout the region, this highly organized networking group brings together a variety of trades to network and pursue construction focused project opportunities.
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.
Jill McKibbin is a very well connected, polished and confident resource in the real estate industry. She prides herself on offering top notch services to all of her clients and friends. She has a command of the real estate business and the players. I highly recommend that you avail yourself of her service.
McKibbin Consulting has helped Forkner Engineering grow quickly in our first year. The contacts that they have helped us make and the support they provide in building a business have been invaluable. Ms. McKibbin is truly invested in helping my company succeed.
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.
Front Studio Architects has been working with Jill McKibbin – McKibbin Consulting for six months and we are very pleased with her efforts on our behalf. Jill is familiar with “how business is done” in the A/E/C world and is always available to assist or supply a creative solution to a problem. In addition, she is so high energy and positive, that it’s enjoyable to be in her company.
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 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.
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 diverse backgrounds. I find Jill to be an honest and motivated person who truly enjoys team-building. I highly recommend Jill to anyone looking to broaden their network in our industry.
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.