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
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 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.
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.
As a breast cancer survivor, I work with a charity very near and dear to my heart called Blessed Bag. The charity was created in 2014 by Kristina Azur Mete after seeing the difficult journey that cancer patients travel in the battle for their lives. There are two types of Blessed Bags, one for adults and one for children. They contain comfort items to help anyone going through a difficult health issue.
Since 2014, the charity has given out over 500 bags nationally. Most recently, a bag was given to a mother of one of our Questeq team members, who was featured in this newspaper article.
If you know someone going through a health battle and would like to give them some comfort and a smile, please contact us with your request for a Blessed Bag.
The charity is currently in need of more bags to share with deserving individuals. If you would like to donate, please click here: http://blessedbag.org/donate.html
The owners of Questeq have graciously agreed to participate in a Questeq charity drive with Blessed Bag. For every dollar donated from a Questeq employee, Questeq will match the donation. At the end of November, Questeq will match dollar-for-dollar the money donated by Questeq employees!
Remember, if you know someone in need of a Blessed Bag, just contact us and I will send one out, no charge at all!
The Network Operations Center (NOC) and Project Services team at Questeq supports customer sites as part of our Educational Technology Management (ETM) service. We provide three classes of service:
- Preventative such as server maintenance and network monitoring
- Reactive by resolving tickets submitted to the NOC by Questeq onsite team members
- Transformative by implementing project requests for servers; storage area networks; switches; wireless; Office365; Google for Education; and backup / recovery just to name a few.
Prior to the 2016-17 school year, the NOC added more engineering talent to address the peak summer project season. Michael Lipnicky, Jason Allen and Curtis Smithley recently joined Keith Brant, Mark Wolfe, and Mike Miller. The new team members are quickly becoming familiar with Questeq processes and technology at our customer sites.
Looking forward, Questeq anticipates adding several more school districts to our customer list this year. The new team members will help maintain and grow our high level of customer support to both existing and new sites.
Now that the summer rush is over, Project Services is currently working with several of our districts on the following projects.
- Technical design for the 2017-18 school year E-rate bids
- Migrating to Gmail and G Suite for Education (formally Google Apps)
- Implementing inTune and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
- Moving on premise servers such domain controllers and email to the Microsoft Cloud
These are only a few of the projects and ongoing support that the NOC and Project Services provides to all of our ETM sites located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.