As Owner, President and CEO of The Simplex Group, Inc., Laura M. Nee serves as the company’s visionary and director while managing her staff and promoting their solutions. Since joining Simplex in 1998, Laura has led the company in various areas including training, consulting and sales.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science with a Bachelor of Science degree, having majored in Information Science and minored in Computer Science, Laura began her professional career as a software developer in the IT department of a local public utility company. After a promotion to Business Analyst, Laura realized that the real goal for developing software applications should be supporting the essential business processes within an organization. She decided her experience and expertise would be better leveraged in a consulting firm that worked with various types of organizations, enabling her to learn the business drivers of many different companies. In 1996, Laura joined a consulting firm as a Business Analyst and worked closely with clients to determine their software requirements, and then to design business applications to satisfy those needs. By meeting required deliverables and deadlines in a project-focused business, Laura got her first taste of true project management.
Through these various experiences, Laura had grown confident in her desire, and ability, to run a business; so, when the opportunity to purchase The Simplex Group, Inc. arose, she jumped at it and has never looked back. She enjoys working with a wide range of companies, discovering what their business needs are, and providing technology solutions to meet those needs.
Along with her fellow members of PRM Team, Laura presented a workshop titled “Project Management in the 21st Century” at the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry’s Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, April 14-16, 2011. The workshop demonstrated and discussed how contract language, document control and construction management must be adapted for projects utilizing Electronic Project Management for greater success. With PRM Team, she also re-presented a Webinar for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) on November 8, 2011, titled “Electronic Project Management in the Digital Age.”
Since 1999, Implementation Manager Beth Anderson has combined her extensive computer science background with strong creative thinking in order to analyze our clients’ business practices and meet their unique demands.
While earning her B.S. in Computer Science, her B.S. in Business Management and her Master’s degree in International Business Management from Point Park University, Beth’s relationship with her alma mater extended beyond the classroom. As Manager of the Computer Center, she directed campus and student lab computer work, and she also served as Instructor for Basic Computer classes and Introduction to Cobol.
Beth used the knowledge and experience she gained at Point Park as a Programmer and Business Analyst at Black Box Corporation, where she spent eleven years helping to develop the core systems for the company. Having gained a taste and a talent for business analysis, Beth then joined Solutions Inc. as a Consultant, where she created informative custom reports to aid in strategic planning, and served on-call to keep the systems up and running.
At The Simplex Group, Inc., Beth directs both training and consulting–for our construction management software, VPO, and for the Oracle Primavera solutions we offer. She has designed and conducted public and private training courses in Oracle Primavera and Microsoft project management solutions, as well as in Microsoft productivity tools such as SharePoint and Office applications.
As a consultant, Beth enjoys showing clients what technology can do, and then guiding them step-by-step through the creative process of discovering what they can do with technology.
Visit Pick Beth’s Brain, the Tips & Tricks blog by our Implementation Manager, Beth Anderson.
A former teacher, Daisy Miksch has brought a variety of talents and interests to Simplex since 2006.
As Sales Support Specialist, she enjoys improving collaboration and problem-solving among groups of people through the creative use of technology, and spreading the word about the valuable VPO solution and project-management consulting expertise that Simplex offers.
While earning a B.A. in Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Daisy taught part-time at a local Montessori school. Having attended a Montessori school herself at age three, she decided to study its principles and methods by completing Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training at Washington Montessori Institute and earning an M.Ed. in Montessori Education at Loyola College in Maryland.
Daisy found it challenging and satisfying to survey, analyze, and prepare appropriate and successful environments for human needs and capabilities. After directing several classroom environments for 2 1/2- to 6-year-olds, she served on Greater Pittsburgh Montessori Society’s Board of Directors for four years.
Selected in 2009 as one of Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 40 Under 40 honorees, Daisy also created Household Harmony, an award-winning family activities company offering Music Together classes and events. Having served in leadership positions within various volunteer organizations, Daisy currently invests her free time in operating the parent group she started at her sons’ Montessori school—which supports faculty, staff, and families as well as facilitating parent-child volunteering opportunities in the greater community.