Vertical Solutions is a team of dedicated IT professionals focused on contributing to the success of our clients by “Increasing profitability through the integration of people, processes and technology.” During our 30 years we have gained unique insights into each of these elements and can say that each of these elements must be aligned towards our client’s goals to help the achieve them. It’s also not a coincidence the “people’ come first in this equation. To guide our offerings and fulfill our mission we stay focused on our Core Values:

  • To deal honestly and with integrity in all aspects of our lives.
  • Commitment to life-long learning and improvement of self, clients, and society.
  • Dedication to treat people with the highest level of respect.
  • Realize an adequate (fair and reasonable) rate of return on our investment.

Leadership Team

Bruce Nelson

Bruce D. Nelson, CPA, is the President of Vertical Solutions-an R.L. Nelson and Associates Company. He is responsible for the operational and strategic vision of the company, in addition to providing high end consulting services to clients.


  • Bruce is a CPA (Inactive) with over 15 years of financial, accounting, consulting, and management experience in both public accounting and private industry. Prior to joining the firm, Bruce was in Public Accounting for three years, most recently in Deloitte and Touche’s audit practice. As a consultant and manager with Vertical Solutions, Bruce has been involved in the planning, implementation, and support of hundreds of technology related projects for small and midsized organizations throughout the country.

    Bruce holds both a BS in Accounting from Duquesne University and a M.S. in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to his formal education Bruce was a graduate of the Leadership Pittsburgh XXI Class and the CORO Civic Leadership Program.

Marc L. Silverman

Marc L. Silverman, CPA, is the Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for our Data Center Operations and the development of new technology offerings for our clients. Marc assumed his current position with Vertical Solutions in August 2007.


  • Marc is a CPA (Inactive) with over 30 years of financial, accounting, and management experience in both public accounting and private industry. He began his professional career at Epstein, Tabor, and Schorr a regional CPA firm based in Downtown Pittsburgh. After 10 years in Public Accounting he left to become a principal in PDC Glass and Metal Services, Inc., a manufacturing company, which produces commercial window systems and doors. During his tenure at PDC he served in the roles of CFO, COO, and CEO of the organization. During that time Marc developed a passion for automation and technology and left to start his own consulting firm. That firm specialized in working with small and medium sized businesses to utilize technology to improve their business processes. In the summer of 2007 Marc merged that firm into Vertical Solutions and assumed his current position.

    Marc graduated from Duquesne University with a BS in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. In addition to his professional responsibilities Marc is on the Board of Directors of Adat Shalom Congregation where he is a Past President. He also serves on the Central Scholarship Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Board of The Jewish Association on Aging.

Ben Speca

Ben Speca, MS, PMP, is the Chief Operating Officer for award winning SAGE Certified and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Vertical Solutions, Inc. of Pennsylvania. Since joining Vertical Solutions Ben has helped to apply integrated systems technology into both the Vertical Solutions Client Services and operational efficiencies. Industry Specialization: Health & Human Services.


  • During Ben’s career he has served as consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a partner within Pittsburgh based AEC Group. His experience crosses a broad spectrum of industries including, Healthcare, Professional Services, and Manufacturing.

    Ben earned his Master’s in Information Technology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. In addition, Ben has earned and maintained his Project Management Professional designation through the Project Management Institute, which demonstrates his understanding of the process and experience needed to lead successful projects.

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Dennis Duryea, Kiski Valley Water Authority.