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Letter from the Executive President Dear members, neighbors, and friends:
2014 – off to a great start
We thank all of the businesses and visitors for being a part of the Southpointe Tradeshow for 2014. Although this is our 20th year celebration we now hold two shows each year putting us at 24 shows in total. Our special thanks goes out to WPXI-TV News for their second year as official TV media sponsor. As our official radio sponsor, KeyMarket of Pa with Froggy along with their 50 local community stations, has been a partner for 10 years. We appreciate the public service announcements with Froggy and sister stations. Our official print media sponsor is the Pittsburgh Business Times with ads, event announcements and articles. We are always looking for new opportunities with media, marketing and business partners in the future. Just call us with your ideas for trade, partnerships or mutually beneficial marketing proposals. We have evolved into a ‘Regional Chamber’ with members around Pittsburgh from as far away as Monroeville, Cranberry, South Hills and the Airport Corridor. Our members from neighboring cities include Wheeling, Morgantown and the city of Cleveland and others on the Eastern side of Ohio. Don’t forget to attend our monthly Network Lunch which has become the largest lunch networking event around Southpointe with as many as 200 attending. We have had a two year relationship with Bella Sera. Owner and chef Jason Capps has given us the best of Italian cooking with minimal cost. For more information visit www.southpointeevents.com. Our thanks go out to the advertisers in this publication and most importantly to our 20,000 readers. Our first magazine was published in the summer of 2011 making this our 9th edition. Our signature copywritten map has been published since 2004. We appreciate your suggestions and input. Please be sure to support our businesses listed in the magazine. As always, we would like to have breakfast, lunch or cocktails with you to discuss your business and how the Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber can help you grow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-873-7777 Thank you,
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Letter from the Executive President..............................Page 04 Career Advancement Seminar at Southpointe...............Page 08 Chasing the Dream of Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas.......................................................Page 12 President Obama Visits Area.........................................Page 14 Shale Lease Agreements................................................Page 18 Southpointe Lifestyle Section........................................Page 19 Happy 2014 from Rita Yunker Lifestyle Editor....................................Page 20 Dr. Geno Pisciottano: Chiropractic Center at Southpointe.....Page 21 Local Updates...................................................Page 22 Dining out Map.................................................Page 23 Southpointe Map and Directory................................Page 24-26 Energy Contractor Expands in Pittsburgh......................Page 30 Memorial to Chester J. Risker.......................................Page 34
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Chasing the Dream of Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
A startup called Siluria thinks it’s solved a mystery that has stymied huge oil companies for decades. • By Kevin Bullis on January 15, 2014 those used to make plastics. And it is relatively expensive to convert natural gas into liquid fuels such as gasoline. It cost Why It Matters Shell $19 billion to build a massive gas-to-liquids plant in The world depends almost exclusively on oil for chemicals Qatar, where natural gas is almost free. The South African and liquid fuels. energy and chemicals company Sasol is considering a gas-toliquids plant in Louisiana that it says will cost between $11 At a pilot plant in Menlo Park, California, a technician pours billion and $14 billion. Altogether, such plants produce only white pellets into a steel tube and then taps it with a wrench to make sure they settle together. He closes the tube, and oxy- about 400,000 barrels of liquid fuels and chemicals a day, which is less than half of 1 percent of the 90 million barrels gen and methane—the main ingredient of natural gas—flow in. Seconds later, water and ethylene, the world’s largest com- of oil produced daily around the world. modity chemical, flow out. Another simple step converts the ethylene into gasoline. The white pellets are a catalyst developed by the Silicon Valley startup Siluria, which has raised $63.5 million in venture capital. If the catalysts work as well in a large, commercial scale plant as they do in tests, Siluria says, the company could produce gasoline from natural gas at about half the cost of making it from crude oil—at least at today’s cheap naturalgas prices. If Siluria really can make cheap gasoline from natural gas, it will have achieved something that has eluded the world’s top chemists and oil and gas companies for decades. Indeed, finding an inexpensive and direct way to upgrade natural gas into more valuable and useful chemicals and fuels could finally mean a cheap replacement for petroleum. Natural gas burns much more cleanly than oil—power plants that burn oil emit 50 percent more carbon dioxide than natural gas ones. It is also between two and six times more abundant than oil, and its price
Powerful pills: Two versions of catalysts developed by Siluria to convert natural gas into ethylene, which can be used to make gasoline and chemicals.
The costs are so high largely because the process is complex and consumes a lot of energy. First high temperatures are required to break methane down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen, creating what is called syngas. The syngas is then subjected to catalytic reactions that turn it into a mixture of hydrocarbons that is costly to refine and separate into products.
For years, chemists have been searching for catalysts that would simplify the process, skipping the syngas step and instead converting methane directly into a specific, desired chemical. Such a process wouldn’t require costly refining and Quick screen: A technician separation steps, and it might consume less energy. But the at Siluria operates some of chemistry is difficult—so much so that some of the world’s the company’s equipment for top petroleum companies gave up on the idea in the 1980s. quickly making and testing Siluria thinks it can succeed where others have failed not new catalysts. because it understands the chemistry better, but because it has developed new tools for making and screening potential catalysts. Traditionally, chemists have developed catalysts by has fallen dramatically now that technologies like analyzing how they work and calculating what combination of elements might improve them. Siluria’s basic philosophy fracking and horizontal drilling have led to a surge is to try out a huge number of catalysts in the hope of getting of production from uncon- lucky. The company built an automated system—it looks like a mess of steel and plastic tubes, mass spectrometers, small ventional sources like the Marcellus Shale. While oil costs around $100 a barrel, natural stainless steel furnaces, and data cables—that can quickly synthesize hundreds of different catalysts at a time and then gas sells in the U.S. for the equivalent of $20 a barrel. test how well they convert methane into ethylene. But until now oil has maintained a crucial advantage: natural gas is much more difficult to convert into chemicals such as Continued on page 28
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President Obama Touts Shale-Fueled Growth in Manufacturing
President Obama traveled to the Marcellus Shale region and spoke at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, just outside of Pittsburgh. The president touted the resurgence of manufacturing jobs in the area, which has been fueled by abundant natural gas production. Mario Langhi, President and CEO of U.S. Steel Corporation, introduced President Obama and provided some much-needed context into how the steel manufactured there is used in our daily lives. More specifically, the steel made at this facility is being used to manufacture pipelines needed to bring natural gas to our homes. And while the steel industry manufactures and provides pipelines, the natural gas industry has supplied steel plants like Irvin with cheap natural gas, which keeps production costs down. “Steel made at our Mon Valley area locations by our more than 3,000 employees is transformed into objects which are essential to modern society,” Langhi said. “Items like cars and trucks, household appliances, industrial equipment, parts for jewelry, watches, computers, and robotics.” Langhi also added, “Every steel manufacturing job creates seven jobs in the U.S. economy.” These plants are not only providing high-paying jobs to hardworking Americans, but they also supply other industries with the necessary materials needed to do their jobs — from fertilizer plants in the Dakotas to steel industries located right here in southwestern Pennsylvania. Natural gas is fueling these facilities and making it economically viable for companies to invest in America. As President Obama stated during his speech at U.S. Steel: “Business leaders are starting to realize that China is
no longer the best place to invest and create jobs, America is.” Thanks in no small part to increased natural gas production and availability, companies are now moving to the United States, and we’re also seeing a considerable amount of reshoring here in America. President Obama noted that this reinvestment in America “is creating a manufacturing renaissance, resulting in the lowest employment rate in five years.” He added: “This company helped build America and over 100 years later we’re still at it. It’s manufacturing the pipes to transport cleaner burning natural gas and the production of light weight alloy used to make fuel efficient cars. You’re part of the rebound of the great American steel industry. Businesses like U.S. Steel have created eight million new jobs over the past four years.” President Obama went on to say that for the first time since the 1990s, manufacturing is adding jobs, not losing them. Natural gas production and end use have not only cut air emissions and helped reduce CO2 levels to what they were in the mid ’90s, but it has also created hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Now with the manufacturing industry having easy access to cheap and abundant natural gas, a proud American industry once again has the ability to expand and create more well-paying jobs. The Pennsylvania State Energy Plan estimated that, “by 2020, shale gas development will contribute nearly $14 billion in economic activity to Pennsylvania and generate $5.6 billion in federal, state and local taxes.” With President Obama backing this industry and all the jobs it creates, manufacturing will have the continued opportunity to grow not only here in southwest Pennsylvania, but all across the county. BY FEED: ENERGY IN DEPTH MARCELLUS IN GAS INDUSTRY JANUARY 30, 2014
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Welcome To Our New Life Style Section
LifeStyle Happy 2014!!! As the New Year begins, I find myself, as we all do, making New Year resolutions that are both personal and business oriented. I shall not bore you with my personal goals, but I shall share with you my number one business goal which is to grow Lifestyles. In my last editorial, I mentioned that this section will be a work in progress. Having been in business all of my life and growing up Rita Yunker Southpointe Telecom with family members that have been business owners, I realize that money Magazine & only stretches so far and that, if you are Lifestyle Editor a smart business owner, you pick your poison. However, in order to thrust this section to the level that I would like to see for our spring issue, I do need your help. Since the third edition of Lifestyle will be our spring issue, I would like to concentrate on fashion and beauty for men and women, arts and entertainment and health and wellness. Of course, education and general business will always be included within the section. That's me to your right - C.J., Carole Hoag of The C. J. Hoag Recruiting Group. I specialize in understanding the recruiting needs of law firms and corporate legal departments to provide the best resources in law firm management and support staffing. I also provide support staffing for all industries. My focus is on the unique needs of each client to match the business culture as well as the skill set. I am the founder and CEO, with a reputation for more than 15 years built on confidentially, trust and personalized service. I am a Pennsylvania Certified Women Owned and Operated Company. I would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with paralegals, legal secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, oil/gas abstractors, accountants, office managers, and other support staff on temporary or direct employee hire basis. Carole Hoag The C. J. Hoag Recruiting Group (412)276-3150 email@example.com
We are very fortunate that Pittsburgh is not only a fashion oriented city, but also has much to offer with our excellent and varied performing art programs. In the style of Pittsburgh, we also have those establishments that can teach those various skills that help to channel the talent that is needed. In addition, we are flooded with many outstanding preschool and private educational establishments that many people are not aware exist. Since the chamber’s number one goal is to introduce business owners to other business owners, I would like to let Lifestyles help with that process. Therefore, if any of you have any suggestions concerning businesses or educational institutions that I might contact, have any connections within any of these organizations, or would like to write an article and/or advertise, please reach out to me. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-873-7777 Ext.5. Finally, please plan to attend our monthly networking lunch. It will give you an opportunity to say hello not only to me, but also to a room full of smart-minded business owners who also want to grow their business. I can promise you that it will be money well spent. Happy Reading, Rita Yunker
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Unfortunately, you don’t. What you feel is a symptom – pain, tenderness, swelling, tingling, numbness or spasms in the area of the back, neck, hips or extremities. Symptoms, which can be labeled as arthritis, headache, carpal tunnel, sciatica… all respond to chiropractic care. Let’s discuss what is commonly known as arthritis. As we age, many of us start to feel pain in certain joints. A doctor might make the broad diagnosis of arthritis, an inflammation of the joint that causes pain and stiffness. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs when the cartilage between the bones in the joint breaks down, causing pain as the bones grind against one another. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid, gout, lupus, and scleroderma. Depending on the type and severity of the condition, physical therapy and different combinations of drugs are often prescribed to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Chiropractic care may be helpful in reducing pain and lack of mobility in arthritic patients. Lack of movement reduces the use of the joint and decreases range of motion, which
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LifeStyle: Health & Local Updates “Doctor Geno” Continued from page 21 makes the condition worse. Chiropractic adjustments may help to increase mobility in the joints, causing more movement and a reduction in pain, also helping to slow down the progression of the condition. So, the next time you find yourself having just ‘a little arthritis’, before you reach for an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication, consider the alternative, chiropractic – a centuries old profession that helps the body heal itself – naturally. Dr. Geno Pisciottano is the owner of The Wellness Chiropractic Center at Southpointe which is located within The Health Club at Southpointe at 1001 Corporate Drive Canonsburg, PA 15317. For more information, please visit our website at www.thesouthpointechiropractor.com or call us at 724.743.4500. Let us help you to Live the Wellness Lifestyle.
Southpointe Chamber-Non Profit Status We are pleased to announce that the “Southpointe Shale Energy Chamber of Commerce” has been assigned a non-profit status from the IRS. “This status will open many doors for the chamber and for members of other non-profit organizations who would like to expand their resources and partner with us.” Stated Don Hodor. “Our next step is the organization of our Board of Directors and detailed mission statement. We are asking for volunteers to help with this important change and direction that we feel will have a major impact on the region as it grows.” The Southpointe Shale Energy Chamber is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations and will be working closely with the state organization based in Harrisburg. PANO is a community benefit organization for Pennsylvania 501(c)3's.
Update on Southpointe Town Center II
The Southpointe Town Center is on schedule in spite of the severe weather over the past two months. GMH’s plan for the multi-family housing portion of the Southpointe Town Center includes a four-story 376 unit luxury apartment community built on 8.10 acres. The building design will be a continuance of the highly successful Southpointe development and Southpointe Town Center. It will enhance and embrace the natural connection of the live/work/play philosophy that is being established at this key gateway location. The grand entrance to the property will be situated along Main Street and will be an extension of the urban streetscape consisting of high-end retail and quality restaurants. Additional pedestrian entrances will be on all sides of the building. Southpointe Town Center II has plans for Saga Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, All Star Sports Bar & Grill, Zoup!, Crazy Mocha Coffee, Yogurt shop, Nail Salon, and more.
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AAU Insurance Services, Inc. ABM Building Solutions with Linc Service ABM Franchising Group Accelero Health Partners AccuTrex Products, Inc. Ad-Gen Solutions Adler Tank Rental AES Drilling Fluids, LLC Air Force Health Professions Air Force Recruiting AJA Cigar Company Akman & Associates, P.C. Align Networks All Star Sports Bar & Grill Allied Oil & Gas, LLC American Destiny Real Estate Services American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc. American Income Life Insurance Co. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.-Johnston/Evans Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.-Poach/Sluss Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.-Thomas Bouchard Amica Insurance Andritz Bricmont Inc. Andritz Metals ANSYS, Inc ANSYS, Inc ANSYS, Inc (Future Corporate Headquarters) Appalachian Producer Services, LLC Apria Healthcare ARM Group Inc. Auma Actuators Inc. AVIS Budget Group AWHR B & Z Industries Inc. Bailey Technical Services Baker Hughes Incorporated Baltec Beaconsfield Financial Services, Inc Bear Construction Inc. Bella Sera Blvd Pub & Kitchen BodyTech Boord, Benchek & Associates Inc. Bopland Services Bourland Leverich Supply Co, LLC Bowles Rice Attorneys at Law Bradley Physical Therapy Clinic, Inc. Brant & Associates, P.C. Bryan & Bryan Partners Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Bug-’O Systems International Bug-’O Systems International Burleson L.L.P. Burnett Oil Co, Inc CalFrac Well Services Corp. California University of Pa Cameron International Capital Retirement Plan Services, Inc CardConnect Casedhole Solutions, Inc. CDMG CentiMark Champion International
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Moving, Ltd. ChemSteel Chesapeake Energy Corporation Cimation Club Bistro II Columbia Gas of Pa. Community Bank Community College of Beaver County Compliance Staffing Agency Computer Aid Inc. Consol Energy Corfield, Good Consulting Group Crazy Mocha Coffee (Future Home) Creehan & Company Crown Castle International Crown Castle International Crown Castle Midwest Area CurrentSAFE Dawood Engineering, Inc. Dawson Geophysical Company DCI Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Dewey Cheatum & Miles LLC Discovery Oil and Gas. LLC DPS Land Services Dr. Joseph Wateska, DMD Eastern Palace Eckert Seamans EdgeMarc Energy Edgen Murray Corporation Elexco Land Services, Inc. Empire Energy E & P EOG Resources, Inc. Express Energy Fairmont Supply Company Fairway at Southpointe Family Wealth Management First Investors Corporation Fives North American Construction, Inc. Fives Stein Inc. FL Industries Flare Industries Fletcher Industries FMC Technologies Forge Group FTS International GAI Consultants Geokinetics Gray Wireline Service LLC GreenHomes Gregg Staffing Solutions Guckenheimer H Financial Management H.W. Lochner, Inc. Halliburton Hatch Mott MacDonald Heeter Direct Hershey Leasing Company Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn Express Suites Holloman Corporation Homewood Suites Horizon Hospitality LLC Horizon Properties Group, LLC Hutchison & Company Hutchison Whitehead Wealth Management LLC Iceoplex @ Southpointe Inflection Energy, LLC innovations InventSAI Network IPS Engineering/EPC Ironwood II J P Phillips Incorporated
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Rice Energy LP Right of Way Services, Inc. ROC Service Co., LLC Rockwater Energy Solutions Sadler Law Firm LLP Saga Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (Future home) Sagemark Consulting Schlumberger SciCan, Inc Select Energy Services Selker Advisors RJFS Siemens Industry, Inc SingleSource Property Solutions Smith & Smith Attorneys Smith Butz Attys at Law Southpointe Dentistry Southpointe Energy Resource Group LLC Southpointe Financial Services Southpointe Golf Club Southpointe Industries Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce Southpointe Staffing Southpointe Telecom Technology Southpointe Town Center II Stallion Oilfield Services State Farm Insurance Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Stevens Stoll Keenon Ogden Strata Worldwide Strategic Advisors Inc. Stratos Wealth Partners Stu Williams WSGR Subway SunTec Business Solutions, Inc Superior Appalachian Pipeline, LLC Superior Energy T.S. Dudley Land Company. Inc. TEGG Tenaska Resources Inc. Tetra Technologies The AYCO Company, L.P. The Cutting Edge Salon on the Green The Gateway Engineers, Inc. The Health Club at Southpointe The Innovation Group The Reserve at Southpointe The Spa and Salon at Southpointe The Wellness Chiropractic Center Tisco Trading USA, Inc. U.F.C.W. Local 23 UBICS UBS Financial Services Inc. USG Insurance Services, Inc. Utility Service Partners, Inc. VITAC Wallace & Pancher, Inc. Washington Co Chamber of Commerce (Satellite office) Waynesburg University Weatherford International Ltd. Weld Tooling Corporation West Penn Energy Services, LLC Western Land Services, Inc. Wild Well Control Willbros Engineering Windows R Us Wood Group Mustang Inc. WPX Energy Zenith Ridge
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The system works by varying both what catalysts are made The process of making and testing catalysts isn’t completely random—Siluria has the work of earlier chemists to guide it, of—the combinations and ratios of various elements—and their microscopic structure. Siluria was founded based on the and it has developed software that sorts out the most efficient way to screen a wide variety of possibilities. The result is work of Angela Belcher, a professor of biological engineering at MIT who developed viruses that can assemble atoms that what used to take chemists a year Siluria can now do in a of inorganic materials into precise shapes. Siluria uses this couple of days, Scher says. “We’ve made and screened over 50,000 catalysts at last count,” he says. “And I haven’t been and other methods to form nanowires from the materials that make up its catalysts. Sometimes the shape of a nanowire counting in a while.” Nonetheless, some seasoned chemists are skeptical that changes the way the catalyst interacts with gases such as methane—and this can transform a useless combination of Siluria can succeed. Siluria’s process is a version of one that chemists pursued in the 1970s and 1980s known as oxidative elements into an effective one. “How you build up the structure of the catalyst matters as much as its composition,” coupling, which involves reacting methane with oxygen. The problem with this approach is that it’s hard to get the reacsays Erik Scher, Siluria’s vice president of research and deSouthpointe tion Magazine to stop at ethylene and not keep going to make carbon velopment. dioxide and water. “The reaction conditions you need to convert methane to ethylene do at least as good a job, if not better, of converting ethylene into carbon dioxide, which is useless,” says Jay Labinger, a chemist at the Your Success matters. 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The plants are designed to prove to investors that the block off of Route 19. • Extensive meeting and banquet • Extensive meeting and banquet technology can work at a commercial scale, and that capabilities the process can be plugged into existing refineries and • capabilities Extended Stay accommodations • Guest Suitessuite and with a offerRooms, a two room chemical plants, keeping down capital costs. The comking sizeStay bed,accommodations a living room with Extended pany hopes to open its first commercial plants within a pull outroom sleeper a offer a two suitesofa withand a king kitchenette. Fully equipped with four years. Siluria can’t tell you exactly how it’s solved size bed, a living room with a pull refrigerator, microwave, stove the problem that stymied chemists for decades—if outtop, sleeper sofa and a kitchenette dishwasher, coffee pot, and indeed it has. 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It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Dale Riskerâ€™s father (Chester J. Risker, age 92) who died peacefully with family at his side. Dale has been our chamber president for 4 years and board member for 20 years. Pictured is Dale with his father receiving a military award from Congressman Tim Murphy at a special event held by the chamber to honor WWII veterans. Chester J. Risker (May 21, 1921 - January 21, 2014), 92, of Elizabeth Twp., died Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was born May 21, 1921 in West Newton and was the son of the late George and Laura Curry Risker. He was husband of the late Ethel L. Maurer Risker, who died August 14, 2007. He was a retired Motor Inspector and Electrician for the former US Steel National Tube Works. He was a member of F & AM Blythe Lodge 593 in West Newton, Elizabeth VFW, South Pointe Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce, and the Honda Gold Wing Club. (He rode his motorcycle till he was 85 years old). Chester was a WWII Veteran, inducted into the Air Force as an airplane mechanic and then was transfered to the Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He received numerous medals including the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze stars, the WWII Victory
Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the American Campaign Medal. He was the first of three generations of licensed airplane pilots, which includes his son, Dale and grandson, Cody He is survived by his sons, Chester G. "Butch" (Vicki) Risker of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Dale W. (Deborah) Risker of Joffre, grandchildren, Scott Risker of Forward Twp, Chad Risker of Cedar Key, FL, Blake Risker of West Chester and Cody Risker of Olmsted Falls, OH, great-grandsons, Joshua, Trey and Colton, sister-in-law,Daryl Risker of West Newton, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded indeath by sisters, Betty Belser, Joan Messner and Gladys Kane and a brother, Norman Risker. Condolences may be made at www.gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Chamber Board and Staff
Chamber Board and Staff Members
Don Hodor Southpointe Chamber Founder, Executive Director, Telecommunications Engineer and Owner of Southpointe Telecom
Dale Risker President of Southpointe Chamber, Owner/Operator of World Wide Technical Services, Franchisor of Shake â€˜n Twist stores
Victor Cabiles is our Social Media and Membership Director.
Jim McDonald President of Monaloh Basin Engineers, a Pittsburgh-based Civil Engineering firm
Lou Gadani Local Canonsburg Businessman, Distributor for Vernon Sales Marketing and Promotional Products
Bill Gardner Senior Business Systems Consultant with Amcom/ Xerox
Joyce Salizzoni Banking Advisor PNC Wealth Management
Bill Griffin On Site Technician for Southpointe Telecom & Staff Photographer
STAFF MEMBER Mike George is our Director of Technology. Mike handles everything from video production to magazine design and layout, network and computer repair.
STAFF MEMBER Terry Caldwell Director of Business Development and Magazine Publications
STAFF MEMBER Brad Herman is our new Videographer and Video Editor
Ellie Nesser California University of Pennsylvania, Southpointe Campus
Karl Skrypak Vice President and General Counsel, HyitaTech Consulting, LLC
Nancy Wood Southpointe Telecom Marketing Agent
Rita Yunker Southpointe Telecom Magazine & Lifestyle Editor
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