• November 12, 2013 9:13 AM | Brittney Stock

    November 11, 2013 - Warrendale, PA (USA) - The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

    TMS was one of 114 companies awarded the honor, 78 of which, like the Society, are considered small companies (fewer than 50 employees). The Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania program is designed to recognize the Pittsburgh region’s leading employersundefinedcompanies that go beyond the norm to foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees, according to the Business Times.

    Companies are judged based upon the results of an online employee survey that evaluates: team effectiveness, retention, employee alignment with company goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, work engagement, and people practices.

    “Speaking on behalf of the staff, we are really quite delighted to have our workplace recognized in this fashion,” said James J. Robinson, TMS executive director. “As a small nonprofit, it is challenging to provide the same kind of workplace amenities that many commercial organizations supply. So, we try to close the gap by providing an encouraging environment that emphasizes collaboration, flexibility, and effectiveness in working toward our goals on behalf of our constituency. Having a great team of co-workers doesn’t hurt, either!”

    TMS was the only professional society on the list and ranked third among its fellow non-profits awarded Best Places to Work honors. A plaque commemorating the honor was presented to Robinson and will be displayed in TMS’s Warrendale, Pennsylvania, offices.


    TMS is a member-driven international professional society dedicated to fostering the exchange of learning and ideas across the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production, to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its 12,000 professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents.

    Media Contact:

    Maureen Byko

    Senior Manager, Editorial, Content, and Communications

    The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

    Telephone: 800-759-4867, ext. 250 (U.S. and Canada only)

    Direct: 724-814-3162

  • November 04, 2013 4:07 PM | Brittney Stock
    Our friends from VisitPittsburgh shared some information on new properties being planned for the Pittsburgh area over the next few years.

    Hotel Monaco
    Kimpton Hotels is bringing Hotel Monaco to Downtown Pittsburgh. The hotel will be located in the converted James Reed Building and feature 249 rooms, a rooftop hospitality suite, fitness center, banquet and ballroom space and a restaurant. Construction schedule has not been set.

    Embassy Suites
    Pittsburgh will soon have an Embassy Suites. The hotel will be located on the top 11 floors of the 24-story Oliver office building. Construction on the 228-suite hotel is expected to be completed first quarter of 2015. The Embassy Suites will include a restaurant and lounge, a fitness center and swimming pool, plus conference and banquet facilities. Its entrance will be off Smithfield Street with guest check-in at either the first floor concierge desk or the Sky Lobby on the 24th and 25th floors.

    Hyatt House Pittsburgh-South Side
    Pittsburgh has opened its first Hyatt House in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. The hotel includes 136 studio, one- and two-bedroom kitchen suites; free Wi-Fi access and remote printing services; complimentary full hot breakfast; more than 1,500-square-feet of meeting and function space; a 24-hour workout room; guest laundry facilities; an indoor pool and 6,000-square-foot outdoor patio. Kitchen suites will feature a full kitchen, living space, and bedroom. The hotel also offers a 24-hour guest market, plus complimentary grocery shopping available to the extended stay traveler. This new property is located along the Monongahela River with close proximity to the Great Allegheny Passage trail.

    Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
    The 200-room Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, previously the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh–International Airport Hotel, opened April 2013 after a multimillion dollar renovation. The hotel features new Sheraton design standards, such as the Link@Sheraton Café social hub in the lobby, as well as oversized work desks, ergonomic chairs, high-speed Internet and LCD TVs in the guest rooms. The hotel offers about 9,000 square feet of meeting space in addition to a restaurant, a lounge, an outdoor pool and a renovated fitness facility.

    Hampton Inn & Suites-Waterfront

    Located at the Waterfront entertainment complex in West Homestead, this newly opened hotel features 113 rooms, 33 suites, 1,000-sq.-ft. of meeting space, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, an indoor pool and a 1,500-sq.-ft. outdoor terrace and deck.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Greentree

    The hotel is undergoing a $17 million transformation that has turned the Radisson Hotel-Greentree into a DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Greentree.

    Renovations include revamped guestrooms and suites, a new entryway leading guests into an expansive lobby, along with all public spaces, such as the lounge and sports bar, marketplace, health club and pool area. The final phase will focus on the conference center and ballroom expansion, increasing the space from 6,500 to 10,000 square feet. The entire project is to be completed end of 2013.

    Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

    The Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, located in Downtown Pittsburgh, is in the process of a $7 million property redesign. The most impressive element of the new design is the transformation of the former lobby into the new Great Room. The new space includes seating areas with LCD televisions, a communal table and semi-private areas for working/socializing. The hotel also renovated all 402 guest rooms, the Steelhead Lounge and the 24,000-sq.-ft. of event space on the second floor.   

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North Shore

    This will be the third property located between PNC Park and Heinz Field. The 10-story, 135-room hotel will include a lounge and breakfast area. Completion date is TBD.

    Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
    Market Square, the European-like piazza, in Downtown Pittsburgh, will include another new development. Gardens at Market Square, to be completed early 2014, will include a 176-room Hilton Garden Inn, office and retail space and a 300-space parking garage.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton

    A six-story, 120-unit hotel is planned for Baum Boulevard and Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield.  The hotel will have 80,000 square feet of space, including 5,500 square feet of retail space as well as corporate and banquet meeting rooms.  The hotel will be adjacent to a new 105-vehicle parking lot that will also have space for 48 bicycles. The new hotel is expected to cost $23 million – no construction information has been released.

  • October 24, 2013 9:46 AM | Brittney Stock
    Check our the PSAE Facebook page for photos from the Fall Networking Event on the 23rd.

    Special thanks for Sara Holzer from VisitPittsburgh and Joyce Perhac for coordinating the event. We all had a great time!
  • October 15, 2013 9:58 AM | Brittney Stock

    Join your PSAE friends for a fun and relaxed evening of socializing at the Rivers Casino (Levels Bar on the main floor of the casino).

    Registration fee includes food and beverages. Cash bar.

    !! Every attendee will receive $10 in free slot play !!

    Special thanks for Sara Holzer for coordinating this event! 

  • October 07, 2013 9:48 AM | Brittney Stock
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown was named as a 2013 Top Workplace in Pittsburgh. The organizations were singled out as outstanding by their employees in categories ranging from Leadership to Work/Life Flexibility. 

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  • September 17, 2013 9:25 AM | Brittney Stock
    Our October meeting will focus on the use of Social Media. Are you connected to PSAE? Join us on LinkedIn and Facebook!

    And of course, don't forget to register for the October meeting at the Wyndham Grand Hotel.
  • September 10, 2013 9:54 AM | Brittney Stock

    The Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. Founded in 1960, the CAE program stands as a mark of excellence and has evolved to reflect what it takes to manage an association in today's challenging climate. The CAE program was accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies in 2010.

    The first step toward earning your CAE after you've met your experience and education eligibility requirements is to submit an application. You should submit your application once you meet the application criteria and are prepared to sit for the exam within the next twelve months. The application deadline for the Friday, December 6, 2013 exam date is by close of business on Friday, September 27, 2013. 

    Learn more at 

  • August 20, 2013 11:59 AM | Brittney Stock

    WASHINGTON - ASAE Business Services, Inc. and Studley, an ASAE-endorsed Real Estate Solution, are starting a new awards program called Association Real Estate Awards that will recognize associations and nonprofits whose office space best reflects their organization’s mission. Submissions for the awards are due by September 6.

    There will be an overall winner as well as four awards for excellence that will be given out to organizations in different categories: philanthropic/nonprofit/charitable/foundation; professional association; trade association; and association management company (AMC). Participants will submit photos of the lobby/reception, signage, overall design, conference facilities, individual work spaces, etc.

    A total of 409 companies representing 701 booths exhibited in the expo hall this year, which resulted in a strong ratio of 62 percent buyers (association staff) to 38 percent sellers (industry partners).

    “We had our highest number of association executives in five years, which demonstrates the value of professional development and face-to-face meetings,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “Throughout the conference, we had terrific speakers, a variety of high-quality content that members found valuable, and attendees that were raving about the entire experience.”

    “This is a new way to showcase how our members are sharing their mission through branding and design within their office space,” said ASAE Business Services, Inc. President Dixie L. Arthur. “We saw this as a great opportunity for associations to show off their creativity.”

    A committee comprised of association professionals, real estate, and interior design experts will judge the effectiveness of the office space in conveying each organization’s message. To submit entries and see full details about the awards, please visit Winners will be announced during an awards reception on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the ASAE Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

    “We are excited to join forces with ASAE to launch the inaugural Association Real Estate Awards. It will give ASAE members a chance to demonstrate how they are strategically designing their office environment to communicate their overall message and support their mission,” said Studley Executive Vice President Tom Fulcher.

    For more information, please contact

  • August 20, 2013 11:42 AM | Brittney Stock

    PITTSBURGH  VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the "Healthiest Employers of 2013." The award was given by Healthiest Employers, a privately-held technology and data research company.

    "There are well-documented business and productivity reasons to support a wellness program in the workplace," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. "But the best reason is because it is the right thing to do for our employees."

    2013 is the sixth year of VisitPittsburgh's wellness initiative, coined "Fit for Six." Wellness and employee well-being is a year-round commitment at VisitPittsburgh. The Fit for Six initiative encourages employees to strive to be healthy and active, as well as rewards employees for healthy decision making, including visiting doctors for preventive exams and participating in wellness programs such as "10,000 Steps" and personal nutrition coaching.

    "Employee well-being has become the new measure of success. This impact is measured in terms of lower health care costs, increased productivity, better work-life balance and enhanced employee engagement," says Mary Grasha Houpt, VisitPittsburgh's vice president of human resources. Sixty percent of the staff at VisitPittsburgh participated in the 2012-2013 programs.

    The Healthiest Employers award program honors organizations that are successful in creating healthy environments in the workplace and measures wellness in the workplace through an online assessment tool with six key categories.

    This is the third consecutive year VisitPittsburgh has won this award.

    VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.

  • August 20, 2013 9:58 AM | Brittney Stock

    PITTSBURGH, PA – August 9, 2013 – The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of workplace flexibility in employee retention and business strategy.

    This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes a diverse group of employers in the Pittsburgh area and across the country.

    “We are delighted and proud to receive this recognition of our workplace practices,” said Paula Trahan Rieger, MSN, RN, CAE, FAAN, chief executive officer of ONS. “ONS’s flexibility and telecommuting program is highly valued by our employees, and staff works together with management to adhere to the program principles to ensure that it works for everyone. This flexibility allows ONS to retain valued employees when a move out of the area is necessary, and it helps attract and retain talent in different parts of the country.”

    “As a recipient of the 2013 Sloan Award, ONS ranks among the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI president. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated this, affirming that it is indeed an effective and flexible workplace.”

    The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

    Workplace flexibility undefined such as flextime, part-time work, and compressed workweeks undefined has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. Flexibility in combination with other aspects of an effective workplace, including learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success, can have a powerful impact on employee engagement and motivation.

    “Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health,” Galinsky said.

    When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and by conducting the annual Sloan Awards. It is an ongoing initiative of FWI and SHRM.

    For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, visit

    ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more

    When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as part of an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Learn more at