Sierra w/o Wires Named Best Places to Work in PA 2013

Sierra w/o Wires, Inc. has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2013. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

- Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business

- Be a publicly or privately held business

- Have a facility in Pennsylvania

- Have at least 25 employees working in Pennsylvania

- Be in business a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

Sierra w/o Wires, Inc. will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pa. Rankings will be revealed at the ceremony. To learn more about the event, visit:

Sierra w/o Wires on CRN’s Next-Gen 250 List

Sierra w/o Wires, Inc. is proud to announce that it is ranked on CRN’s Next-Gen 250 List!

Solution Providers on the Next-Gen 250 list are culled from research, vendor and analyst interviews, and CRN editorial coverage. This list recognizes new solution providers bursting into the channel with a new approach to client support. The goal of this list is to showcase solution providers that have been founded in the past 15 years that are focused on emerging technologies such as cloud computing, mobility, virtualization and unified communications.

CRN’s annual Next-Gen 250 identifies solution providers that are on the cutting edge of technology and business model shifts, driven by their focus on markets such as virtualization, cloud computing, data center and mobility.

A sampling of 2013 Next-Gen 250 will be published in the August issue of CRN Magazine as well as on the CRN Website, and the full list can be found on the CRN iPad and Windows 8 device app.

The celebration will take place at the Best of Breed (BoB) Conference 2013, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL October 15th-17th. This exclusive event is fully accommodated and available only to those companies placing on one of CRN’s solution provider-based lists in 2013.

For more information about the event, visit: Best of Breed (BoB) Conference.

TechVibe Radio to Feature Avere Systems and Sierra w/o Wires

Be sure to tune in to TechVibe Radio this Saturday at noon on FM News Talk 104.7.

Get a double dose of serial entrepreneur Ron Bianchini from Avere Systems. We have two segments detailing how he has grown the company from an idea to a company that it is redefining data storage architecture. Also stopping by is Sierra w/o Wires to introduce its new President of Sierra Connectivity Services Stan Stanek.

Hosted by the PTC’s CEO Audrey Russo and Director Visibility Initiatives Jonathan Kersting with cohost Charlie Batch, TechVibe is on the air every Saturday at noon bringing you interviews and conversations from the Pittsburgh region’s fast-moving technology and entrepreneurial communities.

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TechVibe Radio is sponsored by Bill Few AssociatesBuchanan Ingersoll & RooneyChorus CallEyeFlowLincoln FinancialPTC Employee Benefits GroupPittsburgh International Airport and PNC.

CIO of the Year Finalists Announced!

The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group are proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 CIO of the Year Awards. The following executives lead the information technology strategy and deployment of some of the region’s most successful and innovative companies. Be sure to attend the Awards Gala on Thursday, March 7 to meet the finalists in person and learn the winners of each category listed below. For more information on the CIO of the Year program, visit

2013 Finalists Announced!

Enterprise Category, Greater than 1,500 Employees
Mark Braden, ServiceLink, Chief Information Officer

Michael Keslar, BNY Mellon, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Global Transactions

Greg Wilson, CentiMark Corporation, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer

Nancy S. Wolk, ALCOA, Inc., Chief Information Officer


Enterprise Category, 250-1,500 Employees

Rex A. Althoff, Federated Investors, Inc., President – Technology, Chief Information Officer

Sarampal Matharu, Aquatech International Corporation, Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Joshua Stauffer, Industrial Scientific Corporation, Global Director, Information Technology


Growth Category, Less than 250 Employees

Bruce E. Freshwater, Sierra w/o Wires, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Information Officer

Michael Hemy, iCarnegie Global Learning, Chief Information Officer

Douglas R. Prom, Innovate E-Commerce, Inc., Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer

Christopher Radi, Foundation Radiology Group, P.C., Chief Information Officer


Non-Profit Category

Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D., The Ellis School, Director of Instructional & Informational Technologies

George W. Appley, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Charles Mance, California University of Pennsylvania, Vice President for University Technology Services

Edward McCallister, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Chief Information Officer, Insurance Services Division

David K. Thompson, Software Engineering Institute, Director, Information Technology and Security


About CIO of the Year

It takes great leaders to keep southwestern Pennsylvania’s technology sector on the cutting-edge. The Council, along with the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group, honors top technology executives who work in industry, non-profit, academia and government, and who use their innovation and creativity to improve our region. Nominees, including chief information officers or those in equivalent positions, are recognized for their innovation and creativity in planning and deploying their enterprise systems, future technology goals, management philosophy and service to the industry and community.


Event Sponsored By:

Event Partners

Pittsburgh Technology Council | Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group

Event Sponsors:

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Comcast Business Class | Donwil Company | UPMC Technology Development Center

Supporting Sponsors:

Allegheny County Airport Authority | CDW Corporation | CGI | Data Recovery Services, LLC | DQE Communications | Expedient Communications | MCPc | Pomeroy, an HP Elite Partner | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP | SDLC Partners L.P. | ServiceNow | Synergy Staffing

Production Sponsor:

Wrecking Crew Media

Sierra w/o Wires Amongst Best Places to Work in PA

Sierra w/o Wires, Inc. was ranked #22 among the top 71 small/medium employers in Pennsylvania, according to the thirteenth annual Best Places to Work in PA awards program.

This program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the State based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. The Best Places to Work in PA includes two groups of companies: 71 small/medium-sized firms with 25-249 employees and 29 large-sized companies with 250 employees or more. The top 100 companies were honored with an awards ceremony at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

For more information on the Best Places to Work for in Pennsylvania program, please visit The Best Places to Work in PA program is a partnership between Team PA Foundation, The Department of Community and Economic Development, PA SHRM and the Central Penn Business Journal. The 2012 program was sponsored by Team PA Foundation, ParenteBeard, Wells Fargo, Saul Ewing LLP, Capital BlueCross, Comcast Business Class, Comcast Spotlight, Purpose1, LLC and Global HR Research.

Sierra w/o Wires, Inc. and Sierra Data Centers, Inc., both founded in 2006, are Pittsburgh-based Information Technology service providers specializing in remote systems monitoring, remote systems management, cloud/virtual hosting, physical machine hosting, software development and hardware and software reselling. The Sierra companies provide services and support to customers across the United States and in four countries and meet mission critical computing needs and help customers to improve IT operations.