UEDA Staff

The UEDA Staff are here to help you achieve success through your membership and engagement with the organization. Should you need any assistance, please reach out to one of our professionals.

Tim Hindes

Tim Hindes

Executive Director, UEDA

Email: tim.hindes@universityeda.org



Tim has served as UEDA’s Director since 2015. He has presented regionally and nationally on topics surrounding social media, marketing, and branding, and has worked with some of the country’s top brands throughout his career. As a strategist, he applies qualitative and quantitative data to develop recommendations, action plans, and comprehensive blueprints, focusing on impact and investment. As a creative, Tim builds the tools for implementation, incorporating methodic principles of design and psychology.

With a career spanning sales, marketing, strategy, nonprofit administration, communications, and entrepreneurship, Tim has a complete perspective on economic development through a marketing and communications lens. As the former Director of Marketing for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, he provided the foresight and direction to enhance the electronic marketing efforts of the PTC, while creating the organization’s social media campaigns and strategy from scratch.

Tim’s proven leadership practices and campaigns are still the skeleton of current efforts of the organization, which were recognized by ASAE, receiving the Gold Circle Award for electronic communications. He also received the BSA President’s Award for Marketing for a strategic regional marketing campaign targeted at youth programs.

In addition to Tim’s marketing and communications experience, he also has extensive experience in grant writing, aligning funding opportunities with client needs and orchestrating millions of dollars in successful grant proposals for organizations.

Tim serves on the local CANstruction organizing committee, an event where teams build sculptures out of canned goods, which are then donated to local food banks. As an Eagle Scout, Tim remains active with the scouting program in an advisory role for the camping and marketing departments. Graduating with high honors from Allegheny College, Tim was active in numerous organizations, including the college radio station and television station — the foundation for his love of communications.

As an avid outdoorsman, Tim can usually be found hiking a mountain, floating down a river, or relaxing around a campfire, when he’s not at his home in South Park, PA.

Frank Sottile

Frank Sottile

Deputy Director, UEDA

Email: frank.sottile@universityeda.org


During a career that has spanned more than two decades, Frank has gathered a depth of knowledge and experience in both creative and marketing disciplines, having held positions in agencies, corporations, and organizations of various sizes and areas of focus, where he’s been responsible for the creative strategy, direction, and execution of all types of traditional and new media marketing and advertising projects.

Frank earned his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Point Park University in late 2014. He also returned to the University the following Autumn for a stint as a part-time faculty member teaching Visual Communications Design in the School of Communications. During his Master’s pursuit, Frank undertook significant research into place branding and its impact on the communities in which it has been implemented.

Frank’s earlier work for the local government of Falls Church, Virginia gave him an inside understanding of the needs and expectations of creative work at the community level, while also providing a background into the operational dynamics between economic development groups and government entities. It is also where his interest in the branding of places first took hold after he implemented and maintained a consistent brand design for all communications of the City government.

Away from work Frank enjoys other outlets for his creativity, mainly in the kitchen, or better yet outside on the grill. He’s also an avid fan of physics, astronomy, and sports, especially hockey.

Barbara Hamschin

Barbara Hamschin

Event Manager, UEDA

Email: events@universityeda.org


Barbara Hamschin is a key member of the management team at Kassalen Meetings & Events.  KME has partnered with UEDA on the last four Annual Summits.  With more than 20 years of experience in all facets of event planning and association management, Barbara develops, coordinates and oversees all conference arrangements to create high quality experiences for UEDA Summit attendees.

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