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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, and has most recently partnered with a local architect.

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

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

SMC is a COSTARS program participant and is certified as a Small Business and Women-Business Enterprise by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

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

Meet The Team

Sam McWilliams

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 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 holds only a few less than 1,000 skydives. 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

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 has become part owner of SMC. Keith hopes to strengthen the efforts in growing SMC and to continue promoting excellence in the quality of the services the firm has to offer. Keith’s primary focus is managing the fiscal aspect of SMC but also specializes in marketing/advertising and move management. Keith is the “Business Guy.”

Keith serves on the BOD of PUSH Beaver County, a 501(c)6 not for profit organization aimed at promoting business throughout Beaver County. Keith also participates on the Beaver County Career and Technology Center Drafting and Design Advisory Committee.

Keith’s personable charisma has led him to create strong relationships among clients. Being the only guy among 5 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 dog, Midas. Keith is experiencing all the joys of a newlywed and in his hopes to grow the company also hopes to grow his family in the near future.

 

Patricia Meyers

Manager of Marketing and Move Management

Pat, also known as the Space Saver, is a seasoned professional with diverse experience in facility and administrative management services. Pat joined SMC in 2007 as Manager of Marketing and Relocation.

For 25 years prior to joining SMC Pat was the Vice President of Administrative Services for a large consulting engineering firm where she managed the company’s real estate nationwide. This experience gave her a wealth of knowledge in contract negotiation, facilities planning, and lease administration. She also managed the corporate facilities department, procurement, corporate travel, printing & graphics, library, and the company credit union. Pat does a lot of managing.

Pat’s experience prior to joining SMC provides the knowledge and expertise she uses today to assist businesses with relocations by ensuring minimal disruption to their business, staying within budget, and completing moves on time. She is adept at building teams that achieve goals to meet the objectives of her projects and clients.

One of the most important values of Pat’s life is family. She and her husband of 31 years, a project engineer, share a love for the outdoors and traveling. Pat’s adoration for dogs has led her to be the neighborhood dog walker. She walks 5 furry friends including Midas, Keith’s dog, during her lunch hour.

Pat and her husband hang their hearts in Brighton Twp. Pa and will soon be hanging their hat’s in Ft. Meyers, Florida where Pat will persist her career with SMC in an effort to expand the company down the coast. Good Luck, Pat!

An office move is like a jigsaw puzzle. You put one piece in place at a time, until you have a finished, relocated office. – Pat.

 

Michelle Pizzella

Interior Designer

Michelle, commonly referred to as Mouse, joined SMC Consulting in 2011 as an Interior Designer. As a graduate of La Roche College, Mouse holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design as well as an Associate’s degree in Visual Communications.

Mouse was presented the “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award” for leadership and academic achievement and the “Interior Design Educational Achievement Award” for being an outstanding senior student. Yeah, she’s pretty sweet.

She also recently joined the La Roche Interior Design Advisory Board for a 3-year term. As a mentor with the IDAB, she will strive to improve the quality of the interior design program through a mixture of off-campus and on-campus activities. These various activities will help spread awareness of the interior design program throughout the region. They will also provide additional funding and donation sources, as well as connecting students with internships, service and job opportunities, supporting program development and accreditation activities, and providing opportunities for students and faculty to network with the architecture and design community. And yes, the sweetness continues.

Her past experiences with residential design, kitchen/bath design, and graphic design drives her to be creative and successful with any opportunity that SMC procures.

Mouse enjoys recreational shooting, camping, canoeing, and every other outdoor activity known to mouse kind. She got married in 2013 to her husband, Derek and now nests in Rochester, PA where they bought their first home. Let the renovations begin!

Kelly Colamarino

Interior Designer

Kelly, also known as Kathy (don’t ask), joined SMC in 2012 as an Interior Designer. Kelly graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University.  Her time spent studying abroad in Florence, Italy has broadened her horizon as a person as well as a designer. Kelly had the amazing opportunity to visit some of the world’s best design and architecture not only in Florence but also in Rome, Milan, Paris, London, Spain, and enjoyed the breathtaking landscape architecture in Ireland, Switzerland, and Tuscany. While abroad Kelly studied the history of design, economics, and learned the language of Italy… “Ciao!”

Kelly acquired a strong furniture background while working in the design department at Workscape, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA, where she was the lead designer for the University of Pittsburgh account. Her experience in design includes creating AutoCad drawings for layouts and test fits, selection and specification of building finishes, various types of educational, corporate, and healthcare furniture layout and specification as well as experience with various office systems products.

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.

Kelly’s crib is in Rochester, PA with her father and boyfriend. Her interests include recreational shooting, camping, kayaking, photography, and music. She hopes that one day she will learn to play the guitar that has been sitting in its case since she got it. …lessons anyone?

Jane Cosky

Administrative Assistant

Jane joined SMC in mid-2013 as our administrative assistant. 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 four 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 administrative assistant, 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.

Dwayne Mihalow

Registered Architect AIA, NCARB

Sub-Consultant to SMC

Dwayne Mihalow began his pursuit of a career in architecture at Kent State University. Graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Architecture, his first job as an intern architect came at RSSC Architects. He gained experience as a project manager there for five years working on many municipal, church and office projects but always felt the desire to work on larger scale projects than was offered at that firm.

In 1999, he decided to begin the search for a position that would satisfy his drive for the larger scale projects. He soon landed at JSA Architects and immediately developed a reputation for being a dependable and hard working employee with a drive to accomplish big things. While at JSA, he traveled all over the east coast working on numerous big box retail projects for the May Company while studying for the Architectural Registration Exam. In 2002, he passed the A.R.E. and became a licensed architect. Still, he felt a pressing desire to fulfill his dream of working under his own firm. In 2004, he decided it was the right time and moved forward with his plan to establish Phase 3 Design Associates, Inc. naming his firm as he saw his career beginning its third and final phase. The first phase being to acquire the necessary education, second being to obtain the practical hands-on experience in architectural design, and the third and final phase was to establish his own firm and practice architecture for many years to come.

As president and sole owner of Phase 3 Design Associates, Dwayne has established himself as the go-to architect for many developers, contractors, municipal government agencies, and private clients who require their project to be delivered on time and completed within budget. He has also become known for being a very detail oriented person with a very high professional standard, which he shows in his work for each and every client for whom he works.

Dwayne begins each new project with the understanding that every client is different, but also the same. They are different by the requirements of their specific project, but the same in that they have a high expectation for results. Whether it is a new building or an addition/ renovation, in the end they want an aesthetically pleasing code compliant facility that will function well for its purpose and endure the daily abuses from which commercial buildings often suffer. Dwayne works diligently every day to give his clients exactly that.

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