Alumni Success Stories
Bud Coy Class of January 1997-Graphic Design
Senior Artist-Disney Interactive
Bud’s busy career in design has led him to Disney in San Diego as a game designer for Disney Interactive Social where he is a Senior Artist. His passion is video game art. Bud’s career started before he even graduated from PTI when he was offered an Artist position for a screen print company in Butler called World Wide Art Attack. He moved to Custom Printed Graphics, one of the largest print shops in the area, and spent eight years as one of their main artists.
He found his passion at Metaplace where he developed a game engine that allowed people to design their own games. His company was purchased by Disney and Bud found himself in San Diego pursuing his passion of game design art.
Bud says “I’ve been able to work on so many different art fields in my career that has led me to be very versatile. I‘ve designed T-shirts I see people wearing to this day, plus posters, logos and now games. All while still expanding my skills and learning new things. If I take anything away from my time at PTI was the great teachers I had and the opportunity to work and learn Photoshop and Illustrator which I use every day.”
Jason Pope Class of July 2003 – Information Technology
Cloud Architect Engineer-Microsoft
In his role as Cloud Architect Engineer for Microsoft, Jason works with Microsoft Solution Architects and Microsoft Sales to provide customers with superior cloud IT experiences. He began his IT journey at PTI in 2002 and interned with Fiserv which turned into a full time position and allowed Jason to expand his IT skills.
His career ladder led him to Advanticom as a manager and then to ServiceLink as an Assistant Vice President. In each of these roles he expanded his management and consulting skills leading him to a role as Principal Consultant at BinaryTree and then to his current senior position at Microsoft.
Jason recently shared his successful career path with PTI students and presented a dynamic workshop at PTI in September. With over 36 technical certifications to his credit and his track record of success Jason is an excellent role model for PTI IT students.
Amy Isett Class of July 1996 - CAD
Amy has used her CAD expertise to research and draw new roads and bridges for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Her career takes her out into the field to research new roads and also involves converting old designs and drawings to new, modern construction designs as well as designing new projects from the beginning.
After graduation in 1996, Amy relocated to New Jersey and worked for the RBA Group as a Drafter.She came back to Pittsburgh with the same company until she got a great opportunity to work for the STAGE II Light Rail System for Mahan Rykiel Associates. Here she created 3-D and design concepts for transit stations. At each stop in her career she added skills and expertise.
"It is a very rewarding career" Amy tells us. "I can drive by something and say I designed that!"
Theresa Gentile Class of July 2009 – Travel and Tourism
Operations Supervisor – Courtyard by Marriott
Theresa is the Operations Supervisor at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Settlers Ridge. She manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, hiring, and works with clients of the hotel. Theresa was part of the “Opening Team” of this new property and her hotel was awarded the distinction of Marriott International’s Opening Hotel of the Year.
Theresa began her career with a PTI internship at CAM Hospitality at the Radisson - Greentree, Pittsburgh. She worked at the front desk and began to learn her profession. She then accepted a position at Concord Hospitality Enterprises and worked in a number of departments until moving to the Settlers Ridge opportunity.
Theresa has set her career objective to become a General Manager of a hotel in the next few years. She is well on her way. Her hotel has won the Trip Advisors Certificate of Excellence and a Four Star Rating, A Green Leader Bronze Award, and Marriott International’s Silver Circle Award.
Jim Piergrossi Class of July 1994 - CAD
Senior Information Management Analyst - BGE
In his position at BGE, Jim has a multitude of responsibilities. He maintains all CAD standards both internally and externally and is responsible for quality assurance at his company. One of his most significant achievements was his design of a Downstream Feedback system. Jim set up a companywide system that allows BGE customers to provide specific feedback by job, by department. His system has improved both internal training and customer satisfaction.
Jim started his career at Michael Baker Corporation after graduation from PTI in 1994. He transferred to Baltimore Gas and Electric and helped introduce this company to CAD and MicroStation. He then became a Drafter with Rummer, Klepper and Kahl doing highway design and working with high resolution photography. He worked on major projects including Redskins Stadium, Raven’s Stadium and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
Jim aspires to continue to move up the management ladder and hone his skills as an Analyst. He tells us “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for a strong work ethic, the will to always learn new things, and the skills that I learned at PTI.”
Michael McGarvey Class of October 2008 - Information Technology
Manager - Dell
Michael’s career since PTI has led him to Dell where he was recently promoted to Manager of Dell Services, a company of over 10,000 employees. He is the youngest manager to have reached this distinction and oversees a team of 21 people from the US, Mexico, Romania and India. In his management role, Michael supports clients’ Windows Server Infrastructure, VMware and Active Directory.
“One of my major career goals was to become a manager,” Michael tells us. “This is a huge milestone and achievement for me as I will be beginning an entirely new journey within the ranks of management.”
“I strongly value the education and experience I was afforded at PTI,” Michael says. “PTI played an instrumental role in shaping the person I’ve become today.”
Michael has also enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Florida’s Hough Graduate School of Business. Michael thanks PTI faculty members Chas Feller and Charles Eltringham for their recommendations to graduate school “Two of the best educators I’ve had the privilege of learning from.”
“If all goes according to plan, I will graduate with my MBA in the fall of 2015,” Michael says.” I can’t thank PTI enough.”
Barry Tunno Class of 1983-CAD
Growing up minutes northwest of Pittsburgh in the comfortable community of Beaver Falls, PA – a community rich in old world European charm and traditions – Barry Tunno never imaged he would refine his leadership and drafting skills on diverse coasts of the USA before travelling to the northern coastal town of Hamburg, Germany, to work on the EnQuest Producer Project.
A 1982 graduate of Beaver Falls Senior High School, home of the Fighting Tigers, Barry earned CAD distinction early. He placed second in the 1982 Western Pennsylvania Industrial Arts Fair in the Drafting category.
A year later, in 1983, he completed his 16-month CAD program at PTI, at the college’s former location downtown, earning his associate degree and a 3.71 gpa.
“I walked from Three Rivers Stadium’s parking lot to the school on Smithfield Street every day, rain, snow or sunshine,” he reminisces. “I remember making good friends that I would love to see again. For 16 months I worked hard to good grades, but had lots of fun doing it.”
Then it was time for this hometown boy to pack his bags and start what would become a global career in computer aided drafting.
For thirteen years Barry, a senior designer, created piping assemblies and details for the Cargo Double Hill Tanker for Newport News Shipbuilding, in Newport News, VA.
Then Barry crisscrossed the United States for a succession of technical design positions.
In 1997 he moved cross country to Seattle, WA, to work as a technical designer for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group and create 3D solid product models. Barry was responsible for coordinating procurement, placement and installation of emergency equipment in passenger cabins per FAA regulations.
Back on the east coast a year later, he joined Tidewater Naval Architects in Portsmouth, VA, as a senior designer where he created ship alteration and repair drawings for commercial and government contracts. His east-coast stay included a short stint with Amsec LLC in Newport News, VA, as a senior designer for piping systems on naval and commercial ships.
Barry returned to the west coast from 2000 to 2001 as a technical designer for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group as a member of the group debuting the PMIM, Process Management Implementation Methodology, procedure.
Back in Newport News as a senior designer with Amsec from 2001 to 2007, he served as the lead 3D compositor for the new USCG Deep Water Project utilizing Ship Constructor 3D product models.
In 2008 and 2009 Barry held positions with Amsec and MGNN – Engineering Designer, Senior Consulting Designer, and Manager Design Engineering 1 – before joining Bruce S. Rosenblatt & Assoc., LLC, a third-generation naval architecture and marine engineering firm
Rosenblatt took Barry international.
Since February 2012, he has worked on the close out of the EnQuest Producer Project at Blohmn & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. He is Lead Designer for marine piping systems for the upgrade of the FPSO EnQuest Producer, an offshore oil industry ship that will be located in the North Sea.
An FPSO, floating production storage and offloading installation, is equipped with hydrocarbon processing equipment for the separation and treatment of natural resources that are transported via flexible pipelines from underwater oil wells.
An FPSO allows oil companies to work in areas previously considered too remote or too expensive to develop for oil production.
Barry is proud of finishing the EnQuest Producer Project. He says, “I've never worked in the Oil and Gas industry and this project was very challenging due to the number of different companies involved. I learned a lot from many different people.”
While he misses his family back home, Barry recognizes, “I am meeting new people and making life friends with the diverse group of people from all over Europe that were on this project.”
Barry admits that learning the German language has been a challenge but adapting to living and working in Hamburg has been easy.
“I live in the Grossneumarkt area of Hamburg. It's very close to the City Center but within walking distance of the shipyard,” Barry says. “I walk to work every day, that’s 2.7 kilometers or 1.7 miles, through the Elbtunnel which goes under the Elbe River.
Barry has found the German welcome to be warm.
“I wondered before coming to Hamburg what the people would be like,” he says. “They are wonderful, friendly and welcoming toward me.”
And the move to Germany has been good for Barry personally, also.
“I now live with a German woman. Her name is Maria and I love her very much.”
Working on the EnQuest Producer project and living in Hamburg provides Barry with the opportunity to travel.
“I've been to so many cities and villages in Germany, but here are a few of my favorites: Lubeck, Luneburg, Stade, Bremen, Busum, St Peter-Ording, Wankendorf, Plon, Malente, Eutin, Travemude, Bargen, Neuenkirchen, Laga, Lemgo, Frankfurt, Munich and, my favorite, Obersdorf.
“I’ve also visited Copenhagen, Denmark; Interlaken, Switzerland; Murcia; Spain; Newcastle, England; and Aberdeen, Scotland,” Barry says.
Barry shares what it’s like living in Hamburg.
“Grossneumarkt has a farmer’s market twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday. You can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, breads, meats, eggs, almost everything you need is available,” he explains. “It's a great area of the city with many nice pubs and restaurants around the market square. From almost any area around the square you have a view of the famous St. Michael's Church.
“I like the European lifestyle with the shops and markets all close to where you live. I live in Hamburg which is the 2nd largest city in Germany, but even smaller villages have shopping very close to where you live.
“I like that I don't have a need to drive a car because I can walk or ride my bicycle almost anywhere. If you have to travel longer distances the train system is wonderful,” he points out.
As the EnQuest Project ends, Barry hopes to extend his stay in Europe. “What’s next is to get a Blue Card that will allow me the freedom to work anywhere in the European Union.”
Barry’s influence extends beyond the workplace. Two of his relatives have followed in his PTI footsteps.
Barry’s brother, Brody, earned his CAD degree in 2002. His nephew, Nicholas Bertolo, graduated from PTI’s computer division in 2003, and has worked at ServiceLink in Moon Township since 2004. He started as a Helpdesk/Telecom Technician and has progressed to Sr. Field Support Technician.
Barry is the father of three. Ashley, 23, and Ryan, 33, live in Newport News, VA. Kristen, 25, lives in Elkins, WV.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Barry