IQ Inc. (IQ) is an award-winning software development company and consulting firm with one objective: develop outstanding products and partnerships while putting people—the driving force behind our business and the community—first.
Building the Perfect Solution—Together
Since 1994, IQ has built a reputation for utilizing the highest caliber talent to consistently create high-quality products and long-term solutions across a variety of services and industries.
Over the last three decades, we’ve proven our expertise in end-to-end software development, software testing, consulting, data analytics, innovative technologies, and recruiting to help our partners grow now and in the future. That unwavering commitment to outstanding results has helped us earn the title as one of Pittsburgh’s Fastest-Growing Companies (2020) and one of the city’s Best Places to Work in multiple years!
A Message From Our Founder, Barbara VanKirk
IQ’s success over the last three decades is a direct result of our obsession with treating people well—including our team members, our customers, and our community. In fact, when I started the company in 1994, I began with a three-prong focus: the employees, the clients, and the company. That focus has empowered us to solve complex problems while building strong relationships with the companies we serve.
My dedication to putting people first has led me to a “serving leader” philosophy that I embody every day. While I carry the titles of CEO and Founder, I’m simply another member of the overall team. But through respect and honesty, I can inspire every member of our team to be their best.
At IQ, we actively encourage team members to pursue their passion, purpose, and happiness in both their work lives and their personal lives. The reason is simple. When we feel fulfilled, we can lead from the heart while serving our clients, families, communities, and each other.
Our people-first mentality spreads directly into the community. We regularly join and sponsor a variety of local fundraising events, especially those championed by our employees, their children, our clients, our neighborhoods, and our schools. You’ll spot our logo and team members supporting events like Race for the Cure, Toys for Tots, and Feeding the Spirit.
Ultimately, we believe work shouldn’t be about work. It should be about finding personal significance and satisfaction through the impact we have on others. With that in mind, I promise to provide continuous opportunities for employees to move from “success to significance”—a strategy that ensures our work has meaning well beyond a dollar amount.
As the CEO of IQ, my job is to lead. If I can help each and every member of our team find their own significance, I can ultimately find my own significance as well. After all, although I’m a CEO and founder on paper, I’m simply another humble member of the IQ team.
President and Founder
President and Founder
Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Computer Science, Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA
Barbara VanKirk’s success has not gone by unrecognized. She is the winner of the 2020 Tech50 CEO of the Year Award, was selected as one of “Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business” by the governor in 2003 and in 2008, and is an Enterprising Women of the Year Award winner. In 2007, Barbara received the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce ROC’s (Recognizing Organizations and Companies that Shine in our Community) Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Barbara was awarded Point Park University’s Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement for 2010, Seton Hill University’s 2009 E-Magnify ATHENA® Award, and 2009 Friend of the Family by the Parental Stress Center of Pittsburgh.
IQ Inc. was named the 2009 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award (small business category) by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. IQ was honored as The Western Pennsylvania Woman-Owned Business of the Year in 2011.
Barbara served on the executive committee of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and the Murrysville Personnel Board. She is a member of Point Park University Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Business, the Forbes Health Foundation Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital Forbes Regional Campus, and is a founding member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council (Westmoreland County). She is an active member of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization, Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the Society of Women Engineers. Barbara has most recently been appointed to the Westmoreland County Forum for Workforce Development as a Chair on the Internships, Externships and Apprenticeships Task Force.
Director of Talent Acquisition has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources.
- Most recently, Stephanie worked for Highmark Health as Director, Talent Acquisition where she was responsible for a team of 20 recruiters, TA coordinators, and oversaw Highmark’s University Relations and Employer Brand Programs. Other roles held at Highmark included Director, Employee Engagement, and Director, Talent Strategy.
- Prior to Highmark, Stephanie spent 10 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific holding HR leadership positions for various divisions of the company including global HR roles across Europe and Latin America.
Director of Talent Acquisition
Penn State University
Software Engineering Manager
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S. Software Development and Management, Rochester Institute of Technology
Customer focused manager with over 25 years of experience developing electrical and software products across a wide spectrum of industries. Superb project management, problem solving, judgement and decision making skills. Extensive knowledge of all design stages from inception to final product delivery.
- Position: Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Sr. Software Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Test Engineer
- Industries: Medical Device, Electric Utility, Process Control, Automotive, Consumer Appliance
- Competencies: Project Management, Software Development, System Integration, Manufacturing, Subcontractor Management, Process Improvement, Risk Management, Formal Test
Mark is an Engineering Manager with over 15 years of software industry experience. During his career, he has gained process-oriented software development knowledge, leading teams creating life support medical device software and propulsion control software through all phases of the software development life cycle.
In previous management roles, Mark has been responsible for building, developing, and coaching Agile SCRUM teams focused on providing high quality software solutions. He enjoys collaborating to continually improve the engineering organization while providing a top-notch customer experience.
Engineering Manager III
B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Computer Science, Kent State University
B.S. Physics, Kent State University
Bill comes to IQ, Inc. with over 35 years of experience in product development and business management. He has extensive experience creating new innovative products, improving existing products, creating strategic processes, and building teams.
Previously, Bill was the Director of Engineering and later Marketing Manager at CSE Corporation, developing gas detection and IoT products for the coal mining industry.
Prior to CSE, Bill founded PixController, Inc. where he developed and manufactured low-power motion-activated electronics for wildlife research, law enforcement and military surveillance, as well as remote IoT environmental monitoring products. During his time as owner, PixController, Inc. won numerous local and international awards.
Bill is an active member of the Kent State University, Arts & Science Advisory Board.
Diane joins IQ Inc. with over 25 years of financial management, planning, analysis, and reporting experience. She has completed financial audits, evaluated sales performance, and approved significant capital investments. The tenacity in her approach is impressive on how she manages customer satisfaction and business relationships while in a key financial role.
Prior to joining our team, Diane has held several positions with increasing responsibility managing people while ensuring financial diligence in every assignment. She has experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, system implementations and overall business management. Her solid financial background is supported from working at several publicly traded companies focused in additive and traditional manufacturing. Diane is a proud recipient of the Seton Hill University’s 2014 E-Magnify ATHENA® Award which demonstrates her ability to balance work and life requirements. She is on the Board of Directors and is actively involved in Chestnut Ridge Community Volunteer Fire Company. In addition, she is an active catechist at her church in Donegal, PA.
Chief Financial Officer
B.S. Accounting, Pennsylvania State University
B.S. Business Administration, Duquesne University
Justin joins IQ Inc. with over 12 years of financial experience. He began his career in public accounting for 10 years leading teams that performed external audits for an array of industries. These industries included manufacturing, software development, records storage, and food processing. He transitioned to corporate accounting as the controller of a company focused on renewable energy. During his time he oversaw numerous financial audits, oversaw a team that prepared annual budgets and forecasting exercises, handled investor communication, and various presentations of financial information to investors.
Justin has experience in budgeting, construction/development project tracking, forecasting, accounts receivable, standard cost accounting, and accounts payable.
Justin is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from Duquesne University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Information Systems Management.
Justin has spent over 20 years in Pittsburgh’s technology ecosystem. He spent many years of those years at the Pittsburgh Technology Council building programs and creating solutions to help the region’s technology business grow. He also led the local growth and expansion of Tech Elevator, a national software bootcamp training program. His team helped to train and place over 500 new software developers in the region.
Justin has a bachelor’s degree in business from Robert Morris University and a Masters of Divinity from Regent University.
B.S. Business, Robert Morris University
M.S. Divinity, Regent University