Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Jamie Orlando

Jamie is the current President of AMA Pittsburgh. As an AMA member for three years, Jamie is responsible for energizing and engaging our AMAzing team of board members.  His job is to support the board of directors and ensure that the AMA experience is fun and rewarding.  In order to have success as an organization, you must work hard and have fun.  Both are vital ingredients to accomplishing goals.  

In addition to his involvement with AMA Pittsburgh, Jamie is also the Director of Sales & Marketing at Butler Technologies and also a member of the company’s executive leadership team.  Butler Technologies is a design and development manufacturer of wearable technology and smart garments. In his role, he’s responsible for generating business leads and developing new business partnerships.  

“Being a valued member of the leadership team has been an amazing opportunity. We are valued and trusted to set the course for the company. The ability to have a direct impact on an innovative, disruptive, company is an incredible experience”.  

Jamie joined the AMA because he saw the value in meeting like-minded individuals that he could learn from. He especially enjoys networking where he can look at each person he meets as an opportunity to learn from someone new. Professionally, the biggest thing that the AMA has brought to Jamie is Growth. Being on the AMA Board of Directors has given him the opportunity to learn and challenge himself outside of his current job. 

“I get to work with an amazing team and build lasting relationships”.  

Three words to describe Jamie are: 

  1. Warm 
  1. Coach 
  1. Entrepreneur  

When asked what the best advice he ever received was, he stated that in business you can never over-communicate.  Let people know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. When teams understand the why, it creates understanding and buy-in.   

Learn more about the benefits of membership with AMA Pittsburgh!  

professional headshot of a woman smiling

About the Author:

Jaclyn King is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Butler Technologies. Butler Technologies is a printed electronics solution provider that develops User Interface and Printed Electronics.

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Our Team: Ed Scherer, VP of Finance

Meet Ed Scherer!

Ed has been with the AMA for several years now, and currently holds the position of Vice President of Finance for the Pittsburgh Chapter. Having been a CPA for an extended number of years, Ed has the experience and expertise needed to ensure that the AMA stays afloat! He helps to ensure we have the appropriate funds needed to put on our AMAzing events.

By day, Ed is a partner at H2R CPA, a locally-owned accounting and business advisory firm. At H2R, Ed serves as an Accounting and Assurance Service Partner where he focuses primarily in accounting and auditing for family-owned and closely-held businesses and non-profits, as well as management consulting and business advisory services.

Ed’s day to day job oftentimes doesn’t expose him to marketing, however, as a partner in his firm he has a responsibility in this area to grow the firm.

The Pittsburgh chapter of the AMA provides exposure to marketing professionals and concepts through the various activities of the AMA, which he then applies to grow his firm.

Ed currently lives in Cranberry with his wife Deann. They’re both avid Steelers fans, and when he’s not working, you can most likely find him golfing or spending time with his family and friends.

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Our Team: Erica Dipyatic, Executive Board Secretary/Operations

Meet Erica Dipyatic!


Erica is our AMAzing Secretary and coordinates the Operations of the AMA-Pittsburgh Chapter. She is also a part of our Executive Board. She has been a part of the AMA for over one year and hit the ground running with her new role on the board in January 2020. Erica also works full-time as a Client Success Manager at Direct Online Marketing.

When it comes to the AMA, Erica feels that she is partially responsible for driving a new era of strategy and best practices by implementing structure, processes, and governance. She initially joined the AMA – Pittsburgh Chapter because it provided her the opportunity to connect with the local marketing community as well as enhance her personal knowledge of Marketing. It’s also offered her great resources and publications to continue her education within the marketing industry.

For Erica, the AMA has helped her to reinvigorate her confidence in herself as well as provide an outlet for doing, and accomplishing, things that a day job doesn’t always provide.

Three Words to Describe Erica:

  1. Passionate
  2. Caring
  3. Tenacious

The best advice Erica has ever received: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.”

AMA Pittsburgh is an organization that welcomes professionals with diverse backgrounds and experience levels. While you do not need to be an official member to engage with us, there are members-only benefits to help broaden your skillset and grow your career. Our new annual membership price is $149. View more details on member benefits and join today!  

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet our Team: Jesse Witham, VP of Programming

Meet Jesse Witham!

Jesse is the Vice President of Programming for the AMA Pittsburgh Chapter. In this role, Jesse is primarily responsible for conceptualizing our chapter’s educational and networking events, ensuring that everything – from venue to catering and everything in between – gets accomplished both on time and on budget. It’s safe to say that none of our AMAzing events would happen without Jesse!

Outside of the AMA, Jesse is also the co-founder and is President of Search Marketing Agency. In this role, he helps clients from Aflac to Hotels.com, StubHub and more with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and other forms of digital marketing to help accomplish their business goals. He greatly values the flexibility that he has in this position and the ability to help clients solve their problems through digital marketing.

As a first-year AMA member, Jesse has found significant value in the relationships that the AMA has allowed him to create. Jesse is also new to the Pittsburgh area, so the AMA has drastically helped him to meet new people within his industry! When asked why he took on his current role within the AMA, he stated:

 “I wanted to help grow the chapter and to put on better events that are more fun to attend for all demographics”.

Three words to describe Jesse are:

  1. Outgoing
  2. Fun
  3. Honest

The best advice Jesse’s ever received is:

“You can have anything you want in life, as long as you help other people get what they want.”

Learn more about the benefits of membership with AMA Pittsburgh!

professional headshot of a woman smiling

About the Author:

Jaclyn King is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Butler Technologies. Butler Technologies is a printed electronics solution provider that develops User Interface and Printed Electronics.

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Our Team: Lauren Norris, President

Meet Lauren Norris!

Lauren is our fearless chapter President of AMA Pittsburgh. As an AMA member for four years, and in her current role for over two years, Lauren leads the collaboration with the AMA board on initiatives to grow the organization and provide leadership development opportunities to members. Prior to her position as President, Lauren served as Vice President of Membership.

In addition to her involvement with AMA Pittsburgh, Lauren is also the Vice President of Business Development at LEVY, a strategic marketing firm specializing in manufacturing and technology verticals. In this role, she oversees the business development division where she loves to help businesses in their day-to-day operations by educating and implementing creative marketing strategies!

Lauren joined AMA Pittsburgh because she saw significant value in learning from other like-minded marketing professionals in her city.

For Lauren, AMA Pittsburgh has positively impacted her in both the professional and personal development realms. Being part of the organization, as both a member and a leader, has allowed her to extend her network nationally and she takes great value in learning from her peers that serve on other Chapter boards across the country.

“Being able to be a connector for our community has been a great experience with the organization”.

Three words to describe Lauren are:

  1. Happy
  2. Loyal
  3. Helpful

The best advice Lauren ever received was:

No matter what your career level, don’t be intimidated by titles. Focus on connecting with people and how you can help them. Everything else will fall into place.

Learn more about the benefits of membership with AMA Pittsburgh!

About the Author:

Jaclyn King is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Butler Technologies. Butler Technologies is a printed electronics solution provider that develops User Interface and Printed Electronics.

Meet Our Team: Jamie Orlando, President

Meet Our Team: Jeananne Nicholls, VP of Collegiate Relations

Meet Jeananne Nicholls!

Jeananne, known by “Nan” to just about everyone, is the Vice President of Collegiate Relations and a board member of AMA Pittsburgh.

A full-time Professor of Marketing at Slippery Rock University (SRU), Nan is in her eighth year of teaching undergraduate and graduate marketing and management courses. In addition to her teaching profession, she’s been an AMA member for 10 years and took on her current volunteer role with the Pittsburgh chapter two years ago.

As our VP of Collegiate Relations, Nan is an advisor for SRU’s collegiate chapter of AMA and also leads our Collegiate Relations committee. Nan, alongside her committee, works with college faculty advisers as well as other marketing professors within the tri-state region to develop educational programs such as collegiate marketing case studies and other opportunities to develop students’ marketing knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), and build their professional network.

Her passion truly lies in helping students develop their marketing skills, expand their professional networks and preparing for transitioning into professional careers – both through her teaching profession and her volunteer work with AMA Pittsburgh.

Three words to describe Nan are:

  1. Passionate
  2. Confident
  3. Caring

The best advice she ever received is a quote, which states:

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Nan’s collegiate efforts for AMA Pittsburgh ultimately help provide students with the educational experience they need to broaden their marketing knowledge base. They are given the opportunity to network with professionals in their industry and develop skills that can set them apart as marketing professionals upon their graduation.

To learn more about the benefits that the AMA Collegiate Relations chapter offers to students, click here!

About the Author:

Jaclyn King is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Butler Technologies. Butler Technologies a printed electronics solution provider that develops User Interface and Printed Electronics.