Don’t miss UPMC Health Plan President & CEO Diane Holder at the next Huntington Bank Breakfast Briefing on July 1

UPMC Health Plan

UPMC Health Plan

Join Diane Holder, President and CEO of UPMC Health Plan, as she outlines her organization’s efforts to bring innovative new services and world-class health care benefits to the more than 1.4 million men, women and children that utilize UMPC for their insurance services. Ms. Holder will share important insights about the rapidly changing nature of health care delivery in the U.S., including recent trends toward patient-centered health care, the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and opportunities associated with new technology and greater transparency in the market.

Ms. Holder holds several key positions at UMPC including Executive Vice President of UPMC, which is one of the world’s largest and most successful integrated health delivery organizations. She also leads UPMC’s Insurance Services Division, which encompasses UPMC Health Plan, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and Work Partners. Combined, those health benefits organizations manage benefits for Medicaid, Medicare, commercial, behavioral health, employee assistance programs (EAP) and workers’ compensation programs.

Event Details:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |   7:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Location: The Rivers Club, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

7:00 a.m. Registration, Networking and Coffee
7:45 a.m. Breakfast Served
8:15 a.m. Presentation
9:00 a.m. Q&A
9:15 a.m. Adjourn

Cost: $45 Member / $175 Non-Member

Title Sponsor: Huntington Bank
Supporting Sponsor: PTC Corporate Coverage Group
Coffee Sponsor: The Webb Law Firm

Click here to register.

Applications2U Promoted to Platinum Level Citrix Solution Advisor



The Pittsburgh-based complete IT-solutions provider now one of less than 50 companies in the United States with Platinum Level Citrix Solution Advisor status.

Applications2U announced today that it has become a Platinum Level Citrix Solution Advisor. Platinum-level advisor status demonstrates the highest level of commitment and expertise.

The Citrix Solution Advisor partnership offers channel partners a wide range of marketing, sales and technology tools to build partners’ technical and sales expertise, win a larger share of the market and surpass the competition. As a Platinum Solution Advisor, partners work side-by-side with customers to plan, design, implement and maintain Citrix mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing solutions. Membership in the program is the best way for partners to help customers gain the simplicity and flexibility of mobile work styles and cloud computing.2014-06-25_1252

“It is very exciting for us to have reached Platinum level Citrix Solution Advisor status,” says Applications2U founder and CEO Dan Dillman. “Being a Citrix Platinum Advisor means that we will have a closer relationship with Citrix, ultimately allowing us to better serve our customers. Reaching the highest level of partnership is a real honor and a testament to our team’s expertise and our commitment to providing customers with quality service and support.”

In accordance with the requirements of Citrix Platinum Level Solutions Advisor status, Applications2U has a highly trained, highly certified staff, including a Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization, Citrix Certified Professionals for Networking and Virtualization, and Citrix Certified Sales Professionals for a number of Citrix products.

About Applications2U

Applications2U was founded in 2003 as a cloud hosting and consulting provider before the term “cloud computing” had reached widespread mainstream use. Applications2U specializes in complete IT solutions, particularly within the healthcare, financial, manufacturing and education industries.  Applications2U has been Citrix Advisors since 2013 and is certified to sell many Citrix products, including Citrix XenApp virtual application delivery, Citrix XenDesktop full virtual desktop solutions, and Citrix XenMobile for mobile device management. More information about the services provided by Applications2U can be found by visiting or by directing inquiries to

Oxford Development breaks ground on Hot Metal Flats apartment complex

Hot Metal Flats

Hot Metal Flats

Oxford Development Company and its partners recently broke ground on the 117-unit Hot Metal Flats apartment complex in the South Side works development in the City of Pittsburgh. Hot Metal Flats will provide residents with the city’s premier bicycle friendly facilities and provide amenities to encourage active and sustainable living.

“Hot Metal Flats tells the story of the next Pittsburgh — it builds upon our past while looking to the future. From its green building standards to its integration with the city’s trail systems, it is another example of why we are taking our place on the world stage,” Mayor William Peduto said.

Designed to LEED® Silver standards, Hot Metal Flats will provide amenities beneficial to sustainable living and active lifestyles.

“Our philosophy with multifamily projects is to create communities with their own individual identities,” said Steve Guy, President and CEO, Oxford Development Company. “With 68 individual bike storage stations, a bike repair shop, a bike cleaning area and direct access to the River Trail, Hot Metal Flats is one of the most commuter friendly developments in the city.”

Encouraging active living, the residence welcomes pets and features a mudroom with pet wash stations and outdoor green space. Additional amenities include a professional grade fitness center, oversized gathering places including a private lounge and bar area and an outdoor lounge with sundeck and grills – heated for year-round use.

Hot Metal Flats will provide studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom urban style apartments ranging from 550 square feet up to 1,280 square feet.

Interior features include 9-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and hard surface flooring. All units feature views of the city, river, and/or South Side Slopes. Balconies or Juliette balconies are available, unit depending. An integral parking One Oxford Centre | 301 Grant Street | Suite 4500 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219 | Phone: 412.261.1500 

level with over 90 spaces provides parking protected from the elements as well as enhanced building security.

Features such as EV charging stations, car sharing, exterior lighting displays and public art are also part of creating vibrancy . Restaurants, retail venues, a movie theater, grocery store, and other service providers, as well as two hotels (HYATT house and Springhill Suites) are within walking distance.

Oxford currently has over $90 million dollars in new housing development within the City of Pittsburgh underway or in planning through 2016. Working alongside Mayor Peduto and his new City housing initiative, Oxford has plans for additional new rental units in the Strip District, and in Homewood, senior housing is nearing completion. Plans for additional rental units adjacent to that project will follow in the next year.

Hot Metal Flats was designed by WTW Architects with PJ Dick as general contractor. Leasing inquiries should be directed to Walnut Capital at 888.862.8173 or at Pre-leasing will begin in January 2015, with occupancy anticipated during May 2015.

“We’ve discovered that there’s three key ingredients needed to ensure long-term success of residential properties – great location, great amenities and last but not least, top-of-the-line customer service. We thank Oxford for choosing us to help deliver another great project for Pittsburgh,” said Todd Reidbord, Walnut Capital Partner.

About Oxford Development Company 

Based in Pittsburgh, Oxford Development Company is the largest privately owned real estate services firm in Pennsylvania. With 50 years of experience in the local, regional and national marketplace, Oxford provides a full range of commercial real estate services, including real estate development & construction management, property management, brokerage and investment advisory services.

Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative, mentor2.0 to prepare Brashear High School students for life after high school

Imagine if every student had his or her own guidance counselor throughout their high school years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is taking steps toward that goal by currently recruiting 120 professionals for its innovative one-on-one mentoring program, mentor2.0.

Launching in September of 2014, the program matches college-educated mentors with ninth grade students from Brashear High School, a classified Title I school. Each month the pairs will meet in-person at the school for prescheduled events.

And each week, as part of the students’ Civics curriculum, the pairs will meet online – over a secure and professionally-monitored interactive platform.

“The intentional focus is on mastering non-cognitive skills like perseverance and love of learning. The students will also learn to navigate all aspects of pursuing post-graduate training whether it be a 4-year college or a vocational school,” said Jan Glick, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

mentor2.0 is based on an existing program, iMentor, that has had proven success across 19 Title I schools in New York City. iMentor is providing the technological support and platform for mentor 2.0.

“The program fits well into our district’s vision that every student have access to an adult to help them with issues academically and non-academically. The mentors will also help ensure the students are ‘Pittsburgh Promise-ready,’ maintaining at least a 2.5 gpa with at least 90 percent attendance,” said James Doyle, coordinator of afterschool programs for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

mentor2.0 is being funded through significant grants from the Kresge Foundation, Heinz Endowments and the Birmingham Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh provides children facing adversity professionally supported one-to-one relations that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency’s evidence-based programs empower these children to achieve educational success, avoid risky behaviors, set higher aspirations and develop greater confidence. BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh serves about 1,200 children annually in Allegheny, Green and Washington counties and has earned national recognition for program quality and organizational excellence.

Syndicus Inks Deal with Large Consulting Firm; Expands Reach Domestically and Overseas

Syndicus, Inc.

Syndicus, Inc.

As a result of its commitment to working with companies to achieve Good Manufacturing and Good Pharmaceutical Practices, Syndicus, Inc. (, an Annapolis-based IT staffing and solutions firm, expanded both its domestic and international reach by signing an agreement to provide Life Sciences Solutions to one of the largest consulting firms.

This Life Sciences Solution entails the Infrastructure Qualification for portions of data centers in Metro NYC area, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Syndicus intends to develop more and more of this business for the pharmaceutical industry.

About Syndicus, Inc.
Syndicus was established in 2007 in Annapolis, Md., as a technical recruiting and staffing company. In 2009, the company expanded its services to include staffing and solutions. Our focus areas for consulting are Health IT, Life Sciences and Technology Services, especially cyber security resources.