Alumni Success Stories

Bud Coy - Senior Artist, Disney Interactive

Jason Pope - Cloud Architect Engineer, Microsoft

Amy Isett - Drafter Designer, PennDot

Theresa Gentile - Operations Supervisor, Courtyard by Marriott

Jim Piergrossi - Senior Information Management Analyst, BGE

Michael McGarvey Class of October 2008 - Information Technology


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.”

Link to Bud Coy's Portfolio

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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.

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Amy Isett Class of July 1996 - CAD

Drafter/Designer PennDot

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!"

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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