Pittsburgh Business Times, MAY 19, 2023
President/ Center of Influence at McKibbin Consulting
Jill is known as a Center of Influence and Consultant with over 30 years of experience in working with companies locally, nationally, and internationally by providing unique growth strategies to connect with all industries and verticals. She is the Founder of the Commercial Industrial Service Trades Organization (CIST) which focuses on the A/E/C industry and provides consulting services for growing MWBE and Veteran-owned companies.
A Classic Car show and summer bash was held in South Park to raise monies to purchase a service dog for a local veteran in Bethel Park. Partnering with the Allegheny Rockets, McKibbin Consulting was the main sponsor for the event that raised $28,000 for the Rescue 22 Foundation.
Rescue 22 Foundation was co-founded by Angela Connor, the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran. The 22 stands for the 22 veterans we lose to suicide a day. The dogs are an important tool to combat depression, anxiety and other challenges associated with PTSD.
For every dollar raised $ .97 of that goes to the foundation and not overhead. Those involved in the organization are all volunteers who have either served in the military or are somehow drawn to the cause. Training costs for each service dog runs $25,000. Unlike other organizations, Rescue 22 matches the appropriate dog to the veteran’s needs and train them in the support before presenting the service dog to the veteran.
The Veteran Service Dog Trust [VSDT] fulfills out foundation’s primary mission in order to provide the highest quality task trained dogs on behalf of our nation’s veterans. Our foundation provides psychiatric, mobility and medical service dogs to our veterans at no charge and without geographic restrictions. Service dogs that meet the needs of veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress remain our most requested type of dog. The VA does not provide funding for service dogs for PTS, TBI or other non-mobility diagnoses at this time.
Generous donations from our supporting individuals, companies and sponsors provides for the following services that make our life-saving dogs possible:
• Training (the average service dog trains for over a year)
• Animal care including food, veterinarian services and grooming
• Service dog and handler equipment
• Handler education
• Service dog and handler integration
McKibbin Consulting is proud to support our local veterans in this cause as there are currently 10 veterans in the Pittsburgh region on a waiting list for a service dog. To learn more about how you can support Rescue 22 Foundation, contact Angela Connor at 302-272-8029 or email [email protected].
Dubbed “the queen of Pittsburgh networking,” Jill McKibbin is an expert business development consultant with over 35 years of sales experience. In 2010, she became the owner and president of McKibbin Consulting, a Pennsylvania-based firm where she implements her own signature approach to connect businesses across diverse backgrounds. With the help of a highly dedicated team of skilled professionals, Jill provides numerous companies with the tools necessary for growing their businesses, building sales teams, reaching different markets, and using new networking strategies. She credits her success to the long-term relationships she has maintained with a plethora of customers: architects, general contractors, surveyors, and construction mangers as well as audio visual, civil, environmental, geotechnical, structural, and MEP engineers. As testimony to her accomplishments, Jill was the recipient of the 2014 Women in Business Award and is a multi-nominee of the Athena Award.
Jill’s multifaceted background makes it easy for her to connect with clients. Nothing has ever been freely handed to her, and she is a survivor having overcome countless obstacles and hardships. “Early in my career, I did all kinds of jobs,” Jill says. “I even toured as a professional singer for a number of years.” As the mother of an ailing child who required extensive medical attention, she was also forced to hold her fair share of difficult roles. However, each job introduced her to a vast network of people, taught her the importance of teamwork, and enabled her to personally relate to the challenges of her clients.
Jill’s career took a positive turn in 2005 when she accepted a position at a mechanical contracting company. She was involved with several organizations in her city and knew that meeting more people would be key to building sales and procuring larger industrial accounts, so that same year, she founded a networking organization called Commercial Industrial Service Trade (CIST). Over the years, as Jill transitioned into other companies and moved into different roles, her network continued to grow.
In 2010, an architect recommended that she take all her skills and experience—and her special brand of relation building—and branch out on her own, and McKibbin Consulting was born. Now, for more than a decade, Jill and her team have been serving as a one-stop shop—connecting clients with property owners and managers, directors of operation, purchasing agents, architects, and facilities directors. The private consulting firm has also been a conduit for those interested in working with local universities, women, veterans, and minority-owned companies. No matter what kind of company Jill looks at—from the billion-dollar, publicly traded to the small, privately owned—she identifies ways to connect them to the right people, whether local, national, or international.
Jill also during COVID 19 never turned away her clients when some of them had an inability to pay. “That’s what makes both my firm and the CIST network unique—we are all from different backgrounds and industries; we are transparent; and we go above and beyond for each other and for our clients,” she explains. “At McKibbin Consulting, people come first, and the money is secondary.”
Part of Jill’s determination to serve others stems from her own past f struggles. She learned firsthand how daunting it is to battle seemingly insurmountable difficulties. Therefore, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jill not only recommended strategies to help other companies survive, but she also drew upon her experience to expand McKibbin Consulting.
Jill would like to include a special thank you to Autumn Edmiston, the CEO and owner of The Edmiston Group based in Allison Park, PA. Autumn has been instrumental in helping Jill to reach her current level of success and to become the versatile businesswoman she is today. Jill also wishes to thank God.
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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.
“CIST is the best organization I’ve been associated with in my forty years of business development. If you need an introduction or a meeting arranged, Jill McKibbin, CIST President, is more than willing to assist. She is the ultimate leader in our business!”
I’ve known Jill McKibbin, owner of McKibbin Consulting, for over four years and have been actively part of her CIST groups. These are the best networking groups that I’ve found in the area that bring people together from the construction industry in one forum to discuss a multitude of projects that any one person finds as solid economic information to help further his/her business. Each person within the group is also welcoming and provides attentiveness to introductions for other group members.
I’ve been working with McKibbin Consulting for a few years now. Whatever Jill tells you that she’ll get done for you and your company….you can strike it off your list….it will get done. Jill hustles for her clients.
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 dynamic and works very hard on our behalf. She is willing to focus her efforts to meet Huckestein’s particular needs and tailors that approach to fit the needs of each of her clients. There is excellent follow through for meeting setup and she pushes us to maintain and execute our part in the sales process. These efforts have resulted in helping us secure our largest maintenance contract. I would recommend Jill McKibbin with McKibbin Consulting to help your grow your business.
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 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.
Working with Jill is a real pleasure. She knows the industries, runs a “Swiss watch” of an organization, never wastes time, and provides the forum to get results. McKibbin Consulting has been a great investment for us. I HIGHLY recommend them!
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.