Lester Fortney is named new PIPLA President

Lester N. Fortney, a Director of The Webb Law Firm, was named President of the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA). Mr. Fortney previously served as Vice President of the organization and will be assuming the top leadership role at PIPLA for the 2014-2015 term. PIPLA is an association for Intellectual Property attorneys that provides continuing legal education and legal resources for its members. PIPLA annually presents an Inventor of the Year Award to inventors who directly benefit the Western Pennsylvania region, and also annually presents an Intellectual Property Leadership Award to a local law student to honor excellence and achievement in the field of intellectual property.

Mr. Fortney is an Intellectual Property attorney with a background in chemistry and chemical engineering. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Messiah College and an M.A. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a J.D. degree from the Notre Dame School of Law and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Fortney joined The Webb Law Firm in 1993.

The Webb Law Firm has been helping innovators safeguard their discoveries, advance their technologies and achieve historic milestones since 1845. The Firm’s patent attorneys hold dual degrees in law and the sciences and combine their legal expertise with an in-depth personal understanding of business and industry. The Webb Law Firm is located in One Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Governor Corbett Announces Computer Aid, Inc. to Expand in Harrisburg, Creating 50 New High-Paying Jobs

Computer Aid, Inc.

Computer Aid, Inc.

Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett recently announced that Computer Aid, Inc., an IT services firm, has established an office in Harrisburg, a move that will create 50 new high-paying jobs.

In 2012, Gov. Corbett launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four years.

“Our economy continues to rise and everyday companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their business,” said Corbett. “My administration is proud to partner with Computer Aid to provide high-paying jobs to our citizens and real-world experience for our students.”

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI) has entered into a lease for space in Harrisburg University in downtown Harrisburg. The company plans to invest nearly $1.3 million in the project including fitting out the building space to accommodate new computer systems, new offices and conference rooms. CAI has also committed to creating at least 50 new jobs and retaining 619 more positions over the next three years.

CAI has entered into a contract with Highmark to manage its IT revitalization project for its subsidiary United Concordia Dental. CAI will be using part-time college students to fill some project roles, providing the students with real world experience.

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $225,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation. Computer Aid has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for the grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

Computer Aid, Inc. is a global IT services firm with a network of support centers in the U.S. and abroad. CAI was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1981 and is headquartered in Allentown.

For more information on Computer Aid, Inc. visit www.compaid.com.

For more information about Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.

CEI hires Christine Locklin as Vice President


Computer Enterprises Inc.

Computer Enterprises Inc.

Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Pittsburgh-based information technology firm, announces the appointment of Christine Locklin as Vice President.

“We are excited to be able to add Chris to our growing team,” said John Hillenbrand, CEO of CEI. “She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships that will significantly impact our footprint in the Pittsburgh area.”

Locklin’s role is to help execute CEI’s growth strategy and strategic initiatives. She is a well-respected IT Executive with 25 years of experience in strategy and planning, general management, sales leadership/management and P&L management. Prior to joining CEI, she held regional and Pittsburgh based sales and operational leadership positions with Ciber as Regional Vice President and Vice President/Area Director of Pittsburgh branch. Under her leadership, she led her business unit into a more diversified business model and had a consistent track record of meeting goals resulting in constant growth with high customer and employee satisfaction. The Pittsburgh branch was one of the largest and fastest growing business units at Ciber.

Locklin is results oriented and known for her entrepreneurial style, ability to build and develop effective sales teams and excellent relationship and people management skills. As a strategic thinker, she feels that CEI should not only grow but continually evolve to meet the changing business and technology needs of our customers.

“I am elated to join CEI as the new Vice President and join an organization that has a long history of delivering high quality solutions to their clients,” said Locklin. “I look forward to working with the leadership team to build upon CEI’s solid foundation, and take it to the next level.”

Additionally, Locklin is involved with various technology groups as well as local charities serving on the Board of Arsenal Family and Children’s services.

About CEI
Since its founding in 1992, CEI has delivered high quality software development solutions to companies of all sizes across most industries. Our architects use their substantial experience to deliver complex projects that solve real business problems. CEI strives to be a thought leader in Microsoft, Java, Open Source and Mobile development.

CEI has been assessed at CMMI Level 5 and has been recognized by Forrester for innovation through our Global Agile Methodology. CEI is also certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. This certification assists our clients in meeting their vendor diversity objectives. CEI received the Microsoft 2013 East Region Rookie Partner of the Year award.

CEI’s vision is to be the leading service provider in contracting and project-based solutions to a diverse and targeted base of established and emerging corporations.

Fostering Effective Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a common tool for developing teacher practice and increasing student learning. But what is a PLC and what makes one impactful?

Please join us for an evening of discussion on barriers to and strategies for convening meaningful PLCs. We hope to engage a variety of individuals across disciplines and professions.

This event is hosted by Fox Chapel School District and sponsored by BloomBoard. Click here to register.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Fox Chapel Area High School
611 Field Club Road, Blawnox, PA
Large Group Instruction (LGI) Room
Enter & Parking @ Gate/Lot D
Entrance @ Fox (statue)

The Webb Law Firm Hires Business Development and Marketing Administrator

The Webb Law Firm

The Webb Law Firm

Kathleen M.  Bodenlos has joined The Webb Law Firm as a Business Development and Marketing Administrator.

For the past 20 years, Ms. Bodenlos has worked in business development for several diverse industries including medical devices, industrial equipment, hardware and software, design and engineering services and plastic injection molding.  Prior to joining The Webb Law Firm, she led the business development initiatives for a private equity firm’s design and manufacturing acquisition.  Ms. Bodenlos is a Pittsburgh native and a member of the Legal Marketing Association.

The Webb Law Firm has been helping innovators safeguard their discoveries, advance their technologies and achieve historic milestones since 1845.  The Firm’s patent attorneys hold dual degrees in law and the sciences and combine their legal expertise with an in-depth personal understanding of business and industry.  The Webb Law Firm is located in One Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh.