Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Community Spotlight: The Wilson Group

Posted by Roberta Levine on February 15, 2016

Community and Philanthropy Key to The Wilson Group’s Success

The Wilson Group LLC functions as much more than a vendor of workflow solutions. With a commitment to Western Pennsylvania as a locally owned and operated company, its Golden Rule to treat customers the way we would want to be treated, and a record of giving back, this fast-growing young firm is truly a partner in the community. The Wilson Group also is a partner to the JCC–providing services and support through the JCC’s Big Night event.

The North Side based firm, which provides print, mailing and document management solutions, was started less than four years ago by Derrick Wilson, a Pittsburgh native who’d been in the business for 20 years.  Wilson had been vice president of new business development and sales at AMCOM/Xerox. He saw how the local companies were being absorbed by big manufacturers and how customer service was declining as operations were being streamlined and managed from outside the area.

“The other businesses’ local presence just became a profit center,” Wilson says, “versus being a valuable asset to the community. So your money was not staying in the community.” He adds, “If local businesses don’t take care of each other and their own community, nobody will.”

Wilson launched his company in August 2012 with three employees. In two years, revenue grew a whopping 644%, to more than $5 million, catapulting it to No. 1 in the Pittsburgh Business Times 2015  list of the region’s fastest-growing companies. The Wilson Group now employs 40 and continues its fast growth; almost 100% of its business is based in Western Pennsylvania.

Philanthropy is a mantra with The Wilson Group. “I wanted to create a company that had the ability to give back,” he says. The company donates about $50,000 a year to local non-profits – including the JCC – through sponsorships.  Additionally, a portion of its revenue goes to the Kyle B. Wilson Scholarship Fund, a non-profit that honors the memory of Wilson’s son, who died suddenly at age 17 in 2008. The Fund provides scholarships to assist students and their families to pay for the many expenses related to a quality education.

“Our vision is to be more than a vendor. We want to partner with our customers.”

(In top photo, Wilson is on the right with one of his original employees, Vinnie Deleonibus.)

Related Posts

Cheesecake - The Taste of Shavuot

Holidays, especially Jewish Holidays, are not the best time to enforce a weight loss diet. Take Shavuot, which this year begins on the eve of Thurs...
read more

Stuck at home? Bake the Best Challah!

As we self-quarantine during this pandemic, many of us are re-focusing on domestic arts, especially baking. This shabbat, why not try your hand at bak...
read more

Can you avoid stress?

Stress is definitely a fact of life for all of us lately and for now, there is no end in sight. We may not be able to do anything about the source of ...
read more

We are still dreaming. Let's ensure every person is counted

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin bu...
read more