Technology Director Honored as CIO of the Year Finalist

Dave CharlesQuesteq Technology Director, Dave Charles has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Pittsburgh CIO of the Year Awards. As the Technology Director at North Hills, Dave is responsible for strategic IT planning and ultimate IT oversite, as well as the overall management of Questeq’s onsite technology staff. North Hills has been a valued Questeq partner since 2011.

Each year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group honors the region’s top information technology and information security executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year. The 2017 awards will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. You can learn more about the event here.

We congratulate Dave on this wonderful accomplishment, which is well deserved. Members of the Questeq leadership team will be at the event to celebrate this honor with him. Congratulations and good luck!

ACLD Tillotson School Expands Partnership with Questeq

ACLD Tillotson School Powered by Questeq
After three years of using Questeq for augmented technology services, the ACLD Tillotson School is expanding their partnership with Questeq to include full Educational Technology Management (ETM) services. This expanded partnership will provide management of the entire technology department with the addition of an onsite Technology Coordinator. The newly approved plan begins with investments in infrastructure and applications designed to meet the specialized needs of their students.

ACLD Tillotson School, located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, services children who have autism, specific learning disabilities and other various diagnoses from thirty different school districts and one charter school. The school provides an elementary, middle and high school special education program for students who range in age from seven through twenty-one.

Questeq plans to build upon the current successes at ACLD Tillotson School by providing a high level of support and continuous technology innovation. We look forward to our ongoing and expanded partnership with the ACLD Tillotson School.

Questeq & Odato Marketing win AMA Marketer of the Year Award

Members of the Questeq Leadership Team attended the American Marketing Association Pittsburgh chapter’s tenth annual Marketer of the Year Awards, held December 8th at the LeMont restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA. Questeq along with our advertising agency Odato Marketing Group, won the 2016 Marketer of the Year Award in the Technology Products and Services Marketing category.

“What an honor it was to watch my father accept the 2016 Marketer of the Year Award for our category!  We are so proud of Questeq and how far we have come over the past 30 years.  A big thank you to Odato Marketing who knows who we are and how to represent our company!” – Jessica Azur, Director of Business Administration

AMA 2016

Pictured: Ron Main, Chairman of the Board; Lynda Main, President; Jessica Azur, Director of Business Administration

Past winners in technology category have included Verizon, CombineNet and Carnegie Mellon University. Notable 2016 winners in other categories are KRAFT HEINZ, Allegheny Airport Authority and Butler Healthcare System. In total, ten Marketer of the Year winners and one Grand Marketer were honored for 2016.

The Marketer of the Year is Pittsburgh’s only results-based marketing competition, open to any 2016 marketing campaigns created for a marketer based in Western PA, or, by a marketing/advertising agency based in Western PA.

In 2013, we were awarded the Grand Marketer of the Year award with Odato Marketing Group. You can read more about that award here.

Hopewell Area School District Expands Partnership with Questeq

Hopewell Area School District has agreed to expand their existing partnership with Questeq to include full educational technology management services, with the unanimous backing of its Board. The district serves approximately 2,100 students in Beaver County, which is located in southwestern Pennsylvania. Questeq has provided technology staff to Hopewell since 2009. With this new expanded partnership, Questeq will now manage the entire technology department.

The newly approved plan begins with right-sizing the technology department staff, including the addition of a full time technology director. This brand new position will be responsible for daily technology operations and innovation. The partnership will also bring enhancements to technical competencies, improvements in administrative and instructional application management, data integration, support and classroom innovation. Questeq plans to build upon the current successes at Hopewell by providing a high level of support and positive changes towards digital transformation. We look forward to continuing our ongoing and expanded partnership with Hopewell Area School District.

Assemblies Bring The Challenge Program to Students at BCCTC

BCCTC Assembly

Pictured from left to right: Jessica Azur, Questeq Director of Business Administration; Jeff Main, Questeq CEO; Rodney Davis, Questeq Technology Coordinator @ BCCTC; Laura DelVecchio, BCCTC Assistant Administrative Director

The Challenge Program was presented to Questeq over the summer by Joe Oliphant. We were very excited about the opportunity to work with our partner school, the Beaver County Career & Technology Center. Our first event was an interactive assembly for the students at BCCTC and I was really not sure what to expect.  The assembly script given to us a month prior to the October kick-off date outlined the format and content of the upcoming presentations. It was an interesting concept but as the kick-off assembly drew closer, I was beginning to worry that the students would not be engaged during the presentation.

On assembly day, we were pleasantly surprised how interactive the students were and how interested they became in the program after each presentation.  We participated in six assemblies over the course of the day with over 100 students and faculty members in each session.  I enjoyed the chance to work with Questeq’s CEO, Jeff Main on this project. We have the unique dynamic of working together as a brother and sister in our family owned business.  While we have been working together for over 15 years, this was the first time we worked together as a team with students in a school setting.  Jeff took part in the first half of the assemblies and I presented the second half.  During the presentations we explained who we are as Questeq and why we partnered with The Challenge Program.  We then were joined by seven student volunteers and Mr. Oliphant for a 25-minute skit.  The skit showed how the students could successfully complete The Challenge and stay in the race over the course of the year to win $200.00 prizes and a $1,000.00 prize.

In the end, the students had fun and were motivated to win The Challenge at the end of the school year.  We are really excited to present the checks to the winners in the Spring and Fall of 2017 and congratulate them on their achievements!

You can learn more about our partnership with BCCTC and The Challenge Program here. The Beaver County Times also wrote an article about the assembly and program here.