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SMC History

In 1999 Sam McWilliams had the vision to build an interior design firm that operated on the values and ethics that she practiced everyday, and is now recognized by her clients nationwide. Sam pursued that vision and built her firm, reputation, and client-base one project at a time. Being a single employee/owner of the firm required working days and nights to complete all of her project tasks as promised to her clients.

In 2001, with a desire to gradually grow the business, she began to build design teams by hiring select sub-consultants who specialized in different areas of design. Teams were built and tailored for each project based on client needs and requirements. This provided clients with an affordable team of experts exclusive of paying high-end design firm fees. This allowed SMC to take on more work, and eventually market the team concept as providing a “Network of Professionals”.

In 2005, as SMC grew and workloads increased, SMC began to employ some of the sub-consultants full-time and pursued new employee opportunities by providing paid internships and eventually hiring interns post-graduation.

One of SMC’s first hires was Keith Colamarino, Business Manager. Keith was instrumental in developing a business plan to market and grow SMC. It was a successful endeavor and in 2012, Keith joined the firm as Sam’s first Business Partner.

Today, SMC is still growing strong with several dedicated in-house designers, move managers, and a marketing manager who all share the same values, ethics, and passion that SMC was initially built on. SMC continues to use some of their loyal sub-consultants when needed.

Even though SMC has a large team of hard working people now, you will still find the light on in the studio long after the streetlights come on. Yep, we’re that committed.

About Us

Studio SMC is a commercial design firm providing a full range of services including space planning, design, furniture planning, and move management.

SMC is certified as a Small Business Enterprise by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services and is SDB / Women-Business Enterprise certified through PA-UCP.

Established in 1999 and headquartered in Beaver PA, SMC has provided design and project management services for over three million square feet of corporate office, warehouse, and commercial aviation space in the Continental USA, Canada, and England.

Meet The Team

Sam McWilliams

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Managing Partner

Sam, and only known as Sam, opened SMC Consulting, LLC in 1999, after gaining more than 25 years of work experience in the design industry.

In 1989, prior to opening her firm, Sam was employed by Franklin Interiors in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the project team leader for large corporate projects providing commercial interior space planning, design and furniture specifications. Having previously pursued a Computer Information Systems degree, Sam acted as the CAD/MIS manager responsible for hardware and software installations, troubleshooting, purchases, upgrades, and training for Franklin’s design studio.

Before Sam became a Yins’er she was a Ya’ll’er. From 1979 to 1989 Sam lived in Woodstock, GA and was employed by Kimberly Clark Corporation in Atlanta. She was the Senior Facilities Project Coordinator supporting the Facilities Manager with budgeting, building operations, and construction management for a 99-acre campus with 6 buildings totaling over 500,000 square feet. 

Sam participates on the Beaver County Career and Technology Center Drafting and Design Advisory Committee and is highly recognized in the industry for her diverse experience, dedication and passion to the business, her outstanding work ethic, and personal attention to clients. Sam is a one-of-a-kind designer training her employees to be a one-of-a-kind team.

Sam is proud to be a recipient of the 2014 Pittsburgh Smart 50 Award. This award recognizes the top 50 executives in Pittsburgh for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. Recognition is given to the 50 leaders for their achievements in building innovative, impactful and sustainable businesses. Sam was recognized for her ‘impact’ on the industry, and her exceptional work ethic.

Sam works and plays in Beaver, PA. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys kayaking, biking, running, hiking, snorkeling, and skiing. Among these activities Sam’s favorite sport is skydiving. She recently recieved her "Gold Wings" making her 1000th skydive. Sam’s love for the outdoors influenced her nickname “Sam” at a young age that later became legal. Please don’t call her Samantha - it never was her real name.

 

Keith Colamarino

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Partner

Keith Colamarino, “KC,” joined SMC in 2006 as a Project Manager after pursuing a design degree at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. A year later Keith decided to pursue a business degree in an effort to grow and support the management side of the business.

Keith decided to partner with Sam in the Fall of 2012 serving as the Business Manager and is now a part owner of SMC.  Keith’s primary focus is managing financials and marketing SMC to potential customers.  Keith is the “Business Guy.”

Keith serves on the board of PUSH Beaver County, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting business throughout Beaver County.  While not at SMC, Keith focuses on growing his own start-up, TrueMX LLC, an off-road racing gear and apparel brand.

Being the only guy among 4 women at SMC has strengthened one particular relationship with Jim B. They usually meet on Fridays …at about 5:00.

Keith settles in Brighton Township, PA with his wife, Jessica, and their son, Nico.

 

Kelly Davis

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Project Designer

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, Kelly accepted a position in the design department at a furniture dealership. She soon became the lead designer for the largest higher-ed account at the dealership. Her time there was valuable as it not only kept her up to date on the most current furniture trends but also taught her how to manage multiple projects and clients.

Kelly joined SMC in 2012 as an Interior Designer. Her experience in design includes producing AutoCad drawings including test fits, space plans, and complete drawing sets for design development and pricing documents, specification and layout of various types of educational, corporate, and healthcare furniture, and experience with various office systems products. She also has experience working with real estate firms to produce building standards packages and renderings for marketing brochures for prospective tenants. Kelly strives to remain proficient in the industry’s leading-edge design and rendering software, and embraces new technology as it is presented to her. Kelly is highly organized which is portrayed through her work and execution. Her personable charisma and honesty with clients helps build strong relationships for SMC.

When not designing, Kelly's interests lead her to the outdoors, photography, and music, and commonly all three at once.  She loves spending time with her husband and son, who are the loves of her life.  Life is good.



Michelle Plevel

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Project Designer

Michelle joined the SMC team in 2014, after spending the beginning of her career working in both residential and hospitality design fields.  Since then, she has enjoyed working on a variety of projects in the corporate and assisted living sectors, focusing on project management and coordination.  She enjoys the challenge of running a project with many moving parts, and hopes to earn her PMP certification in the future.  Michelle graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from West Virginia University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.

When she's not in the studio, you can find her renovating her 120-year-old house with her husband, Jordan, playing with their dog, Sully, or cooking and entertaining for family and friends.





Jane Cosky

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Office Manager

Jane joined SMC in mid-2013 as our Office Manager. After graduating from Rochester High School she joined the workforce as a bank teller, earning her own income. Her main focus, though, was to build and care for her family. Jane has been married since 1976, has two children of her own, and five grandchildren. Over the course of her career she has gained experience in numerous lines of work which help make her a great asset to SMC.

Following the arrival of her two children, Jane spent eight years as a stay at home mother. For all of you mothers out there, you know that being a stay at home mom is no easy task. Some of the tasks she performed while being a stay at home mom are, but not limited to: mentor, domestic engineer, household CEO, bank, chauffer, event planner, chef, teacher, accountant, maid, lawyer, financial advisor, barber, receptionist, judge, personal shopper, veterinarian, psychiatrist… the list goes on and on, but we think you get the point.

Now that her children are grown and on their own, she was ready to hit the workforce again. Before becoming an employee at SMC, she has had experience in the banking industry, various positions in the public school system, and helping to run her daughter’s day care. Jane is great with multitasking and loves new challenges.

Throughout her life she has gained knowledge in numerous areas and has built skills that we feel are intangible, and are a great asset to our company and image. Working as our office manager, Jane feels right at home executing the laundry list of tasks that she may be asked to do at any given time. SMC is pleased to have staff like Jane and hope to continue to grow and prosper with her.

Peanut

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Peanut joined the SMC team in 2004 as our Studio Cat.  After being adopted by Sam as a kitten, Peanut became extremely interested in all of Sam's tasks and activities, and always wanted to join in.

Peanut quickly took to the SMC atmosphere and soon became an important part of the team.  He has outstanding attendance for all staff and conference meetings, lunch-and-learn presentations, and frequently joins in on project collaborations.  His favorite job is assisting in finish selections, especially carpet!

When not participating in work-related tasks, Peanut likes to lounge in the lobby, snack on office plants, and constantly leave Jane in the uncomfortable limbo between wondering if he secretly loves her or wishes he could scratch her eyes out.  Oh, Peanut.

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