Business Alumni Association
Promote, Enhance, and Support Pitt Business
The purposes of the Business Alumni Association (BAA) are to promote, enhance, and support the welfare and educational interests of the University of Pittsburgh, the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, and College of Business Administration, in the academic, business, and governmental communities by fostering cooperation, communication, and support among the University, the School and its alumni.
Hollie Baker Jr., MBA '02
President and Co-Founder, LUFE Real Estate
Hollie Baker manages all operations of a 500K+-square-foot distribution center, servicing Famous Footwear stores in the eastern region and e-commerce customers across the United States.
Previously, Baker was an operations manager in the Supply Chain & Logistics Division of Walgreens, headquartered just north of Chicago, Ill. He has over 15 years of experience in operations management across several industries, including automotive, defense, aluminum, e-commerce and pharmaceutical. He was with Walgreens for five years, starting in the Pharmacy Services Division, where he was a senior manager of fulfillment at a location in Orlando, Fla. Baker has an extensive background in the areas of Six-Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and continuous improvement. He has done work for Texas Instruments, General Motors, and Amazon.
Baker earned his MBA at Katz, focusing on operations management and strategy. He also holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. In his spare time, he is a certified tennis professional and enjoys introducing youth of all ages and abilities to the game. He currently resides in Mansfield, Texas, with his wife, Lauren, and their children, Hollie III (a.k.a. “Trey”) and Olivia.
Mary Binker Jennings, MBA JD '10
Shareholder, Babst Calland
2nd VP, BAA
Mary Binker is an associate in the Corporate & Commercial and Energy & Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland. Binker’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, negotiation and drafting of contracts, and advising on real estate matters.
Binker received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, earning a B.A. in economics and political science. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her M.B.A. from the Katz School in 2010.
While completing her graduate degrees, Binker worked for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division and the Insurance Fraud Section.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Binker worked in the corporate and real estate business group of a mid-sized regional law firm.
Binker was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2011. She is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar associations. Binker is a member of the Associate Board of HEARTH and Board of Directors for the Business Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh. She also is active with the Junior League of Pittsburgh.
Fabio Boucinhas, MBA '05
CEO and Founder, Home Agent
Fabio Boucinhas previously ran the digital strategy of Natura, the No. 1 cosmetics manufacturer in Brazil. Prior to Natura, Boucinhas was the products director of Yahoo! Brazil. Boucinhas is the president of the Katz Alumni Association in Brazil and is involved with volunteer work.
Ian Buggs, BSBA '03
Finance Director, Middle East & Africa, Mundipharma
Ian Buggs is currently working for Amgen based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is the Head of Finance for the Gulf Region. Prior to his current role, Buggs worked for Pfizer, Inc in various business finance roles in New York City and Dubai. He also worked as a corporate recruiter and financial analyst for MEDRAD, Inc. (a division of Bayer Healthcare).
Buggs earned his BSBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration in 2003 with a minor in economics supplemented with a Certificate in International Business and a Certificate of Western European Studies. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he earned his MPIA from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in the global political economy. In 2011, Buggs earned his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, concentrating in finance, economics, accounting, and marketing.
Maureen Cable, MBA '12
Ms. Maureen Cable, MBA, PHR, a native Pittsburgher, has helped individuals achieve their goals for more than 20 years. Whether it is assisting people secure employment, volunteering her time or educating others, helping people is a current that flows strong in Maureen.
After Maureen received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington & Jefferson College, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate Business School achieving an MBA in marketing strategy. A technology early-adopter, Maureen began her career selling computer hardware, software and desktop solutions to individuals, businesses and schools.
Currently, Maureen holds the role of HR Generalist at Automated Health Systems, Inc. (“AHS”). Leading the talent acquisition team, she leverages her extensive sales and marketing experience to make a real difference in other people’s lives. Combining her technical expertise with thorough analytical thinking, Maureen is instrumental in developing, implementing and managing the AHS social media recruitment program.
In addition to her impressive education and work background, Maureen volunteers her time on the board for the Katz Capstone Management Simulation Course, with Tree Pittsburgh fostering a greener region, and with the Crisis Center North helping vulnerable people find much-needed assistance.
With a mission on earth to serve others and help them live better lives, Ms. Cable, is well-equipped to fulfill that mission. In her role at AHS, Maureen helps people get the jobs that provide medical services management assistance for the most vulnerable populations across the country. For her, the rewards are endless and so is the satisfaction.
Sara Conroy, BSBA '07
Dean of Business and Technologies at CCAC, Community College of Allegheny County
Sara Conroy is an assistant professor of accounting at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). She graduated with her master’s in taxation from Robert Morris University and her bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration.
As a junior at Pitt, she began her accounting career as an intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), officially joining the accounting firm as a tax associate after graduating. While there, she was recognized as one of the top 30 associates in the country, as well as being part of a fly-in national consulting team.
In 2010, she became a senior tax analyst for the firm Global Tax Management (GTM). In 2012, she helped create a presentation for a federal tax update for software at the national Corptax Users’ Conference.
In her roles at PwC and GTM, she was involved in researching federal and state tax laws, worked on special consulting projects in the oil and gas industry, as well as responsible for presenting new tax software programs to clients.
After working at GTM for two years, Conroy decided to make a career change and move from the public accounting field into education, becoming an instructor of accounting at CCAC, the first female to ever hold a full-time accounting position at the south campus. She currently teaches courses in accounting, finance, economics, tax, and business law.
While at CCAC, Conroy started the Accounting and Business Club, has been on various hiring committees, a member of the Business Advisory Board, and worked as an academic advisor. She was awarded with Advisor of the Year in 2014 for her efforts.
In addition, Conroy is a member of the Pitt Business Alumnae Council.
Conroy lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, John; their dog, Remington; and three cats, Mishka, Saiorse, and Elysia.
David Duffus, MBA '92
Partner, Forensic, Litigation, and Valuation Services, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
With more than 25 years of experience, David Duffus specializes in applying forensic accounting techniques for damage analysis and valuations. Additionally, he provides services related to fraud and forensic investigations. He regularly works with organizations within the following industries: manufacturing, financial services, insurance, health care, higher education, real estate, and construction. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, he led his own business and worked in the dispute analysis and investigations practice at a Big Four accounting and consulting firm.
Duffus earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science and a Master of Business Administration in accounting and finance from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Ned Gavlik, BA '01
Ned joined the South Dakota State University Foundation in January 2016, where he works with alumni and friends of South Dakota State University to make a difference in the lives of students and faculty.
As an undergrad at Pitt, Ned had the opportunity to intern with the Pittsburgh Penguins front office, which led to a 6-year stint in minor league front office work with a minor league hockey club in Glens Falls, NY, and minor league baseball teams in Scranton, PA and Sioux Falls, SD. Ned then transitioned back to college life, joining the SDSU Athletic department in 2008.
Ned has had the opportunity to work with nonprofits for 13+ years. He has helped grow giving in annual funds, corporate support, and major/planned gifts. With the SDSU Foundation, he is part of a development team that raises over $70 million annually.
Ned graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 with a dual degree in Business Administration and Political Science.
Ivana Goossen, MBA '09
Director, Kunsthalle Praha
Ivana is the Director of Kunsthalle Praha, a privately established international center for modern and contemporary art emerging in a former electricity substation in the historical center of Prague. Scheduled to open in 2021, Kunsthalle Praha will offer visitors a wide range of exhibitions and educational programs, cultural events and social activities.
Ivana has an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, USA (2009) and an M.A. in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria (1996). She is a member of the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.
Prior to joining Kunsthalle Praha in 2015, Ivana worked for five years as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Executive MBA Program and Center for Executive Education for Europe based in Prague. Prior to that, she worked for a global management services company and ran her own management consultancy firm.
Ivana is of Czech-Bulgarian descent with long-term interests in business management, psychology and the visual and performing arts. She lives in Prague with her husband Henk and their two sons, Alex and Max.
John Heller, MBA '90
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, PAE
John Heller is the president and chief executive officer of PAE. Since assuming this role in December 2013, Heller has led the company’s progression to an industry-leading provider of services to the U.S. government. He has overseen the company’s organic and inorganic growth strategy, guiding it from $1.6 billion in revenue when he joined the business to over $2.5 billion in revenue today. This expansion included several major acquisitions, as well as the successful sale of the company from Lindsay Goldberg, LLC to Platinum Equity in 2016. Under Heller’s leadership, the company has been successful in growing organically by focusing on superior performance and integrating adjacent capabilities, particularly in the national security sector, into its portfolio of services.
Prior to joining PAE, Heller served as senior VP and COO of Engility Corporation after the company spun off from L-3 Communications. Before accepting his role at Engility, Heller served as president of the Professional Support Services Division of L-3 Communications, a position he accepted in April 2012 to support Engility’s transition to operating as an independent and publicly traded company. Before joining L-3, he held several leadership positions at Harris Corporation, including president of Harris IT Services. He also served as CEO of Netco, Inc. and president and COO of Multimax, Inc. and led its sale to Harris Corporation in 2007. Heller started his career in the U.S. Army, serving five years in various leadership positions as a logistics officer.
Heller is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a Distinguished Alumni Award winner in 2015. In addition, Heller serves on the Advisory Council for American University’s Kogard School of Business, was recently elected to the Professional Services Council (PSC) Board of Directors and is the recipient of the 2015 GovCon Executive of the Year award.
Archana Hingorani, MBA '86, PhD '93
Founder, Siana Capital
Dr Hingorani has over 30 years’ experience in the asset management business, teaching and research. She is currently Founder & Managing Partner of Siana Capital Management, an asset manager focused on encouraging science, technology and innovation related impact investments in India. Prior to that she was a founding member of the IL&FS private equity practice and worked there until early 2017. Over the last twenty odd years she was involved with 14 funds, 160 plus investments with an aggregate capitalization value in excess of US$ 15 bn, 109 liquidity events, 70 fully exited investments. She helped raised and manage US$ 3.8 bn of assets. She has nurtured several relationships with international investors across the globe and overseen various investments catering to healthcare, IT, consumer goods, broadcasting, infrastructure, education, logistics, clean energy, real estate and financial services. In many of these businesses, participation in the management challenges of a growth trajectory, have provided a holistic understanding of corporate India as well as other emerging markets. Also, she has been mentoring and nurturing smaller start-ups in the technology, education, financial inclusion, agriculture spaces, and mentoring start-ups run by women entrepreneurs.
She has served on twenty plus boards in the past, including their Corportae Governance, Compensation and Audit Committees. She also serves on the Advisory Board of TalentNomics, a Washington based group focused on encouraging upward movement of women in the workforce, and Global Impact Initiative, an Australian firm focused on impact investments in Asia. In the recent past, she has also served on the Real Estate and Investment Commissions of the United Nations Environment Programme. She has been recognized for leadership by Business World, Fortune India and Asian Investor.
Barry Josowitz, MBA '88
Vice President, Corporate Solutions/Local Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle
1st VP, BAA
Barry Josowitz is a vice president in the Corporate Solutions Group and Senior Transaction Manager for Allegheny Health Network (AHN). AHN has a portfolio of medical office, traditional office, and retail space. He is also part of the Transaction Management Team on the T-Mobile account, where he handles transactions for its Critical Facilities Group throughout the United States. He also assists the Pittsburgh markets team and has worked on a variety of tenant representation assignments. Some of the national tenants Josowitz has represented within the local market include General Services Administration (GSA), American Red Cross, Leidos, Edward Jones Investments, Janney Montgomery Scott, Morgan-Stanley, and the United States Postal Service.
He has more than 27 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, has represented both landlords and tenants, and has worked on projects that span the entire spectrum of commercial property types (office, industrial, flex, and retail).
Sanjeev Khanna, MBA'96, BSE '92
VP of Region Life Cycle (RLC) at Oracle
Sanjeev Khanna has a track record in establishing new products and business models worldwide. Currently, Sanjeev is VP of Region Life Cycle (RLC) at Oracle where he is responsible for selecting and delivering new Cloud Regions. His team has launched tens of new Regions (data centers) to help Oracle establish their global presence. Prior to the current role, he was responsible for transforming Oracle’s HW supply chain to enable transition to the Cloud.
Before joining Oracle, Sanjeev was Senior Director at Microsoft Global Foundation Services (2012-2016), the engine that powers Microsoft’s Cloud Services including Microsoft Azure, Bing, and Office 365. His team was responsible for Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain of data center infrastructure products and services (power, bandwidth, networking hardware, servers, etc.), and Business Development for new initiatives.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sanjeev spent 16 years with Intel (1996–2012), where he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, finance, and operations. At Intel he served as Director of Marketing for the Cloud segment, where he was responsible for Cloud computing marketing and Business Development with the world’s largest Cloud companies and OEMs. From 2003-2008, Sanjeev served as Geography Manager for the Intel Server, Storage, and Embedded Whitebox business in EMEA.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. When he is not delivering Cloud solutions, he enjoys traveling, playing golf and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Max Kneis, BSBA '18
Max Kneis is a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), based out of Atlanta, GA.
He began his career with BCG shortly after graduating with a degree in finance and accounting in 2018, after interning the previous summer. In his role, he has worked on a number of projects across industries and topics including travel & tourism, retail, transformation, pricing, loyalty, and strategy. He has also supported BCG’s Chief Marketing Officer and Global Client Team Chair during a 9-month stint as part of BCG’s CEO Ambassador Program.
As an undergraduate at Pitt, Max was active in a number of student organizations, including the Student Government Board, Phi Beta Lambda, and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He had the opportunity to serve as the 2017-18 Student Government Board President, working with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni across campus to enhance the student experience.
Since graduation, Max has stayed connected to Pitt, serving on the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council and is heavily involved with the Atlanta Pitt Club. He enjoys mentoring students interested in consulting and helping to guide them through the recruiting process.
Pitt Business Affiliations: Max is part of the Pitt Business Mentoring Match program, and has hosted several events focused on the consulting industry in conjunction with Career Services. Additionally, he serves on the Business Analytics Industry Council.
Brigette Koreny, MBA JD ‘13
Senior Corporate Counsel, Harsco Corporation
Koreny earned her MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In her role as Senior Corporate Counsel at Harsco Corporation, Koreny works closely with management, the business development team, and the business unit teams on domestic and international acquisitions, joint venture, divestitures, corporate governance, executive compensation, and public company disclosure and NYSE listing matters. Her MBA education, in addition to her experience working as a corporate attorney at a national law firm, enables Koreny to serve as a valuable and trusted resource throughout the organization by providing creative solutions to help the organization achieve its business objectives in a legal and ethical way. In addition to her position on the Business Alumni Association, Koreny is the chair of the Pitt Business Alumnae Council.
During her time at Pitt, Koreny spent time in both China and India and she continues to travel as often as possible.
Christine Kretz, MBA '93
VP Programs and Partnerships, International Space Station US National Lab
Christine Kretz is the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships for the International Space Station (ISS) US National Lab. Christine’s role is to identify opportunities for leveraging the facilities of the ISS to enable science and technology research that will benefit life on Earth while maximizing taxpayer investment in the ISS. Christine’s team helps interested organizations determine how to best to approach work on the Station and work through the process to accomplish the desired objectives.
Prior to joining the ISS, Christine worked for IBM, joining them in 1998 as a manager in the Research Division, where she had responsibilities including IT security for eight labs globally. From Research, Christine took a corporate position and was named the Global Operations Manager for IBM Life Sciences, an emerging business area for IBM at that time. Christine has also held the positions of Healthcare Solutions Executive on the IBM Global Healthcare Industry team, and roles as a Client Executive and Complex Opportunity Manager in Healthcare / Life Sciences. Most recently she managed the Research Division Healthcare and Life Sciences organization.
Christine holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in Operations from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh where she is a Director at Large of the Alumni Board and a member of the Business School Alumni Board.
Evan Lebovitz, EMBA Healthcare '20
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, UMPC Shadyside
Evan Lebovitz graduated from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2015. He also completed a research fellowship at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He then completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Anesthesiology in 2019. After residency, he has worked with Dr. Mark Hudson, MD, MBA, at UPMC to complete a fellowship in Practice Management, and concurrently earned an MBA in Healthcare through the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Dr. Lebovitz is an Anesthesiologist at UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA where he cares for adult general anesthesia patients including for Level 1 trauma, neuroanesthesia, thoracic, vascular, urology, and orthopedics among others. He is a member of the system-wide Anesthesia Faculty Scheduling committee and Quality Improvement committee and works with residents on systems-based projects.
Victor Loayza, MBA '89
Victor Loayza is a leader in the Risk Oversight world with a rare blend of extensive experience in Risk Management, Regulation and compliance and a demonstrated boardroom capability and experience. He has substantial experience in senior management and board roles in electricity utilities, banking and mining companies as well as government organizations and regulators.
Victor is known for his Risk Management skills and his ability to analyze and develop innovative solutions for complex regulatory and corporate issues. Through his governance committees of some of Canada and Peru’s largest financial, mining and electricity companies, he has become expert in regulation, compliance and risk oversight.
Victor currently works for Scotiabank managing financial crime risks to ensure that Scotiabank’s portfolio of corporate, commercial and retail operations are managed within the Bank’s current risk appetite. As an advisor for the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) he recommended licensing/rate approvals and implemented public policies and regulations that improved energy consumer protection in Ontario. In his role as Business Development Vice President for the Peruvian Subsidiary of Ontario Hydro – Luz Del Sur – he significantly enhanced shareholder value developing new business opportunities and acquisitions. He is a former General Manager for the Supertintendency of Capital Markets in Peru.
Victor holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) in Finance from the University Of Pittsburgh, USA, and has completed the Advancement Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School.
In addition to his executive roles, Victor sits on the Board for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business – University of Pittsburgh MBA Alumni Association. He previously served at the Board of the Catholic Community Services of York Region. Victor is a Peruvian and Canadian citizen who resides in Richmond Hill Ontario and Lima Peru with his wife and two daughters.
Bill Martin, BSBA '02
Audit Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Bill is a financial services industry professional with over 19 years of experience in public accounting and prudential regulation specializing in banking, capital markets, and financial technology institutions. He provides services to financial institutions of various sizes and complexity and has significant experience dealing with complex accounting, reporting, regulatory, and operational matters.
Bill was a Professional Accounting Fellow at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from September 2013 through July 2015. As a Professional Accounting Fellow, Bill’s responsibilities included assisting with policy development for the supervision of national banks and federal savings associations, as well as providing subject matter expertise on accounting and other regulatory matters. Prior to rejoining Deloitte in December 2015, Bill was a VP, Accounting Policy at The PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jasmeet Marwah, MBA ‘08
Managing Director, Valuation Advisory, Stout Risius Ross, LLC
Jasmeet Marwah is a Managing Director in the Valuation Advisory group of Stout Risius Ross (“Stout”). He has close to 15 years of experience providing valuation analysis and reports for clients globally for financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and tax restructuring purposes under U.S. GAAP and IFRS. His experience includes corporate finance advisory, business and equity valuations, valuation of intangible assets, fairness and solvency opinions, portfolio valuations, and trust & estate valuations. Marwah has served public and private enterprises in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Stout, he worked at PwC and Ernst & Young in the valuation, strategy, and business modeling groups.
Marwah has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Delhi (India). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and an active member of Financial Executives International Detroit.
Abhishek Mehta, BSBA '05
Abhishek founded Blue Lotus Investment Fund (BLIF), an India-focused public equities investment firm, in 2015. Holding a concentrated portfolio of stocks, BLIF seeks to invest in companies with competitive advantages at reasonable valuations. Prior to founding Blue Lotus Investments, Abhishek was an investment director at Brandywine Trust Group, a $10 billion NY-based multi-family office, where he led investments across asset classes and geographies. Prior to Brandywine, Abhishek was the interim head of investment office at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a NY-based foundation. He received a B.S. in Finance, with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Abhishek serves on the UK board of the Deccan Heritage Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Visitors and Endowment Committee of Shady Side Academy, a K-12 preparatory school. He is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Global Advisory Committee and the University’s Business Alumni Association Board. Previously, Abhishek served on the board of directors of New York City’s Film Forum, where he chaired the investment committee.
Pitt Business Affiliations: Abhishek received two major honors from Pitt Business. He was asked to serve as the 2017 Commencement Speaker and was also asked to serve as a member of the Chancellor’s Global Advisory Committee, a group of internationally-focused prominent University stakeholders who will provide guidance directly to the Chancellor on the implementation of his global plans for Pitt while serving as advocates in their region.
Kazunobu Nakao, MBA '94
Owner, Nakao International Human Resource Consulting
Kazunobu (“Kazu”) Nakao was born and grew up in Itami, Hyogo, Japan. In 1988, he earned a Bachelor of Sociology in journalism and sociology from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. He started his career as a human resources (HR) magazine editor, an HR communications consultant, and a training/HR development specialist with Kansai Employers’ Association (which was then a major HR-related economic organization in Osaka, Japan, and is now incorporated into Kansai Economic Federation).
In 1994, he earned a Master of Business Administration in strategic planning and organization/human resources management from the Katz School. Upon graduating, he returned to Japan and served as a chief consultant and a director at HR management consulting firms in Osaka for several years. In 2000, he accepted the position of manager, HR Strategies Group, at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, starting in Tokyo. A year later, he was transferred to New York City, where he was responsible for providing HR strategies consulting to Japanese companies in the United States. In 2004, he left Deloitte and started his own consulting business (Nakao International Human Resource Consulting) based in Fort Lee, N.J. He provides general HR strategies consulting for Japanese companies operating in the United States as well as their headquarters in Japan.
He serves on the Pitt Business Alumni Board of Directors and is the representative for the KGSB Japan Alumni Network. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Nakao is a true cosmopolitan, having traveled to approximately 60 countries on business or for pleasure. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football and basketball teams, Japan’s Hanshin Tigers (baseball), and the Olympics.
Anita Nilkant, MBA '89
VP, CFO – Marketing and Office of the Customer, PNC
Anita Nilkant is a finance professional with 30+ years of experience across multiple industries. As VP, CFO – Marketing and Office of the Customer at PNC Bank she is responsible for ongoing management of expenses through regular planning and analysis, capital and initiative planning, and identification and implementation of best practices for process and expense management. Prior to joining PNC, she was the Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis at Robert Morris University where she managed the institution’s operating budget and capital plan, and analysis in support of strategic initiatives. Anita’s diverse experience also includes working in industries such as: software development / global supply (FreeMarkets, Inc.), manufacturing (Medrad, Inc.) and shipping/package delivery (Roadway Package System, Inc.)
Anita has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Bangalore University, India and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. She is a volunteer in the Pitt Business Alumnae Council and is passionate about helping young adults achieve their full potential.
Rosalie Joseph Myers, MBA '98
Vice President & Finance Manager
Born and raised in the Caribbean, came to Pittsburgh, PA for College and Graduate School.
Rosalie is a graduate of Point Park University, with a dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Business Management. Upon graduation, she joined the US Army Reserves. After training, she returned to Pittsburgh to pursue her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz graduate school of business, and enlist in ROTC at University of Pittsburgh.
Upon graduation and completion of ROTC, she was assigned to an US Army Reserve Unit, and started work at Mellon Financial Capital Markets. In pursuit of further career aspirations, she moved to Alcoa Inc. During her tenure at Alcoa, Rosalie worked as a Senior Financial and Business Processes Auditor and Senior Financial Analyst. She traveled and Audited various domestic and international manufacturing and outsourced business locations. In July 2009, she joined PNC Financials Services as a Finance Project Manager supporting the HR Organization in management of financials, budgeting, and capital projects. Currently, Rosalie is a Vice President and Finance Manager, managing the Financials and Budgets of PNC CFO (Finance) Organization. Additionally, she is PNC’s Vice President of the African American Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), and active member of other Employee Business Resources groups and the Finance Diversity council.
Over the years and currently, Rosalie has represented both Alcoa and PNC in various conferences, recruiting activities, diversity initiatives, and providing Financial Literacy training to NABA college/high school students and the Chuck Cooper Foundation graduate school scholarship recipients. In her spare time, she is an active Katz Alumni and member of Pitt Black MBA Network Board, PBAN. In addition to being an active Soccer, Girls Scouts, and Orchestra Mom of a twelve year old daughter.
Thomas Paradise, MBA '00
Thomas Paradise is a finance professional who partners with senior executives to lead billion dollar divisions in complex global organizations. Over a career of nearly 30 years, he has built world class international teams and innovative programs that have delivered lasting value to shareholders. He has worked for many well respected companies such as IBM, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Valspar, Sherwin Williams, and Ferro Corporation and won multiple individual and team performance awards for accomplishments in pricing, commercial finance, and technical accounting. He has a passion for pricing and commercial finance and has been a speaker and panel participant at several pricing conferences. Thomas holds degrees in economics and chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
One of his proudest accomplishments is his work with the business simulation capstone course at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. A volunteer board member since the inception of the program, Thomas has a firm belief in the positive effect of exposing MBA students to real world business scenarios. His teams have twice won the business simulation and he greatly enjoys receiving updates on former students’ and fellow board members’ career progressions.
Thomas was born and raised Pittsburgh. Having spent time living in both New York and Connecticut, he and his family now live in Pittsburgh where they enjoy their large extended family. When he is not working, he enjoys volunteering in community activities, art, and woodworking. An avid basketball fan, he stubbornly continues watching and playing the game in the hope his NBA dreams have not passed him by.
Andrew Reichert, BSBA '07
CEO, Birgo Realty
Andrew Reichert is the Founder and CEO of Birgo Realty, a Pittsburgh-based private equity real estate firm serving the heartland of America. Andrew is passionate about improving lives through real estate – Birgo’s mission statement. His vision echoes in his deep care and intentionality for serving each of Birgo’s stakeholders, as he oversees the company’s 80-employee team, 2,500 units, and approximately $250 million in assets under management.
Prior to founding the company, Andrew represented PNC’s healthcare technology group on the West coast, where he developed and sold innovative financial products and data solutions for the healthcare industry. An avid entrepreneur, Andrew has founded four companies and has been part of several other start-ups.
A summa cum laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Andrew has been actively involved with the university and other local nonprofit organizations since graduation, including his local community group and home church. Andrew lives on the North Side of Pittsburgh with his wife and three daughters.
Aaron Risden, CPA, BSBA '03; MS '11
Chief Financial Officer, Vision Benefits of America, Inc.
Aaron Risden is chief administrative officer at the second-largest vision insurance provider in Pennsylvania. He is responsible for accounting and finance, information technology, and data processing in his present role. Risden previously was a controller for a privately held company and a senior manager at a U.S. top 25 accounting and consulting firm in Pittsburgh, where he specialized in providing audit, accounting and consulting services to private businesses in a variety of industries, as well as to employee benefit plans. Risden was the 2012-13 president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and has previously served the Pittsburgh chapter of the PICPA as cochair of the Community Involvement & Social Responsibility Committee and chair of the Member Services Committee. Risden was recognized as one of the PICPA’s 40 Under 40 Members to Watch in 2008. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Risden received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.
Karlye Rowles, MBA '01
William A. Sapon, MBA '17
Senior Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor
William Sapon has dedicated his career in the energy sector to ensuring our U.S. energy delivery systems are reliable, resilient, secure and sustainable through efforts to modernize and strengthen our energy grids. Currently, William serves as Clean Energy & Transportation Advisor at Peoples Natural Gas, the largest natural gas distribution company in Pennsylvania, specializing in grid-edge innovation and alternative fuel vehicle opportunities.
Prior to Peoples Natural Gas, William earned his MBA with a concentration in Strategy and Operations from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. During his MBA program, he worked with the Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International, and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) on topics ranging from applications of distributed energy resources (DERs) in commercial buildings to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies.
William has nearly 10 years’ experience in the energy sector. He previously served as Project Manager at OSCOMP Holdings’ energy storage and transportation practice, where his leadership was a key component to innovation efforts and to business development initiatives for new products.
William holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. William is an influential sustainability advocate and steward of the environment. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program initiatives.
Roy Sembel, PhD '96
Professor Distinguished Chair for Finance and Investment, IPMI International Business School; Professional, Consultant, Trainer, Entrepreneur, Investor
Roy Sembel is a professor (Distinguished Chair for Finance and Investment) and former dean at IPMI International Business School in Indonesia. He also serves as president director of PT GTS International, president commissioner at PT MCS Internasional, chairman of the supervisory committee for the Asian Bond Fund/Indonesia Bond Index Fund (formerly independent commissioner at PT HITS), senior counsellor for Vriens & Partner, and chairman of the Index Committee for Indeks Investor 33.
Sembel is the co-founder of PT MDS (a data science company), PT MIOTA Internasional Teknologi (an Internet of Things company), and PT Capital Price Indonesia. He has past experience working at multinational companies, local companies, and universities.
Sembel holds a PhD in business from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA in finance/banking from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Jacque Skowvron, BSBA '09
Executive Director, Pirates Charities and Community Engagement – Pittsburgh Pirates
Jacque Skowvron joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in April of 2021, where she currently serves as the Executive Director of Pirates Charities and Community Engagement, leading the organization’s philanthropic and community relations efforts.
Skowvron earned her BS in marketing and BA in communications, graduating magna cum laude from the University’s five-year dual degree program between Pitt Business and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. As an undergraduate, Skowvron followed her passion for sports and interned with Pitt Athletics, FSN Pittsburgh (now AT&T Sports Network), and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Upon graduating, she moved to New York City after she was drafted into the National Football League (NFL)’s management training program.
Skowvron spent five years at the NFL, working in a number of roles including a five-month stint in the NFL’s London Office as her final rotation in the league’s program. Her last three years with the NFL were spent working in the marketing department, where she focused on NFL PLAY 60 and other corporate social responsibility campaigns.
Though she loved her time in New York City, Pittsburgh called her back home, and in 2014, Skowvron took a communications position with DICK’S Sporting Goods. Since joining DICK’S, she has led PR efforts for various areas, including the launch of the first-of-its-kind women’s boutique, Chelsea Collective, the company’s partnership with Team USA, and store grand openings. Skowvron has also elevated the PR efforts for the organization’s various product launches, including lines such as CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Second Skin, and DSG, marketing campaigns, and the work of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. In 2019, Skowvron spearheaded the centralization of the Company’s influencer marketing efforts, building a strategy and team from the ground up, and paved the way to align the brand with all levels of influencers, including celebrity talent.
Skowvron grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania and after 17 years of urban lifestyle, recently purchased her first home and resides in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County where she enjoys being an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She was named one of “WHIRL’S 2016 Women in Business” by WHIRL magazine and is a current member of the Business Alumni Association Board.
Brandon Spires, BS '11, MS '13
Technological Thinker and Tinkerer
Currently, Brandon Spires serves as a project manager at Rockwell Automation, owner of Allen-Bradley branded industrial automation solutions. As a member of the business operations and security team, Spires ensures the digital landscape within architecture and software remains a secure and organized environment for the development of the company’s various intellectual properties. He also champions best practices in team collaboration through his role on the company’s SharePoint Governance Council.
At the Katz Graduate School of Business, Spires built on his bachelor’s degree in computer science as a dual degree MBA/MS-MIS student. In addition, he further developed his research and teamwork skills through multiple freelance consulting engagements, which frequently required him to interact with senior leaders of Pittsburgh-based Fortune 500 companies. Today, Spires gives back to Katz through an active role on the Board of the Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN).
Aside from his career, Spires maintains an interest in chess, screenwriting, and minor visual art projects. He also hones his public speaking, storytelling, and presentation skills as an active member of Toastmasters International.
Matthew Stahl, MBA '11
Vice President, Product/Experience Owner – Retail National Expansion, PNC Bank
Matthew Stahl is a line of business risk lead at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. He enables his business partners to successfully execute on PNC’s operational risk management programs and broader operational risk management framework and advises business partners on operational risk matters in a manner that will advance line of business strategic priorities while also maintaining a risk profile that is within PNC’s risk appetite. In his five years at PNC, Stahl has taken on many different roles and has helped the company make significant progress toward improving the quality of risk management.
Prior to joining PNC, Stahl managed a group of information technology professionals that helped to develop and support BNY Mellon’s risk management applications. During that time, he also conducted yearly financial planning and budgeting for BNY Mellon’s Corporate Shared Services Technology Division.
He began his career and spent two years at The Vanguard Group, located in the greater Philadelphia, Pa., region. There he established himself as a lead project manager and a highly sought-after resource. Stahl holds a Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Slippery Rock University. Stahl is a native of Pittsburgh and resides in Peters Township with his wife and two children.
Jason Yu, MBA '11
Global Procurement Manager, HOYA Vision Care
Jason Yu is currently a Global Procurement Manager at HOYA Vision Care, one of the top producers of eyeglass lenses in the world. Prior leadership and/or management roles in Supply Chain span an array of industries and global corporations, including Accenture, Molex, IKEA, and Joy Global (now Komatsu Mining), where he worked in multiple countries.
Jason received dual Master’s degrees from Katz, earning his MBA and Master of International Business, along with dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, in the form of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Rhetoric. Additionally, he has 5 professional/academic certifications in Supply Chain, Operations, and Business.
Jason is a native of Pittsburgh, having spent most of his life living in the city and in the Greater Pittsburgh vicinity. He has been living abroad as as an American expat since 2013, primarily as well as currently based in Shanghai, China. In his spare time, Jason wears his Pitt Pride on his sleeve by actively organizing and participating in events for as well as on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh, in a continuous effort to build and to foster a robust alumni coalition outside the U.S.
ARTICLE I. NAME
Section A. The name of this organization is the Business Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
Section A. The purposes of this association are to promote, enhance and support the welfare and educational interests of the University of Pittsburgh, The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the College of Business Administration, in the academic, business and governmental communities by fostering cooperation, communication and support among the University, the School and its alumni.
ARTICLE III. UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Section A. The Business Alumni Association will operate in conformance with the bylaws and policies of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association and its administrative board of directors.
Section B. The President of the Business Alumni Association shall attend the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors meetings as the official voting representative of the Business Alumni Association. The President may appoint a representative to serve in his/her place for the entire year.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Section A. Membership shall consist of the following:
Any person who has received a degree awarded by the School;
Any person who has received a degree or its equivalent from programs in business-related subjects or schools precedent to the establishment of the School;
Any person who has attended or is in attendance and, after completing one full term in the School in a program leading to a degree, was eligible to continue in such a program;
Any person who has received a certificate from any regular program of the School;
Any faculty or administration member not otherwise eligible for membership who currently holds a University appointment at the School;
Any faculty or administration member not otherwise eligible for membership who formerly held a University appointment at the School and has expressed an interest to the Association’s Board of Directors to remain a member; and
Any person who has received an honorary degree in Business from the University or has received a special recognition award from the Association.
Any person who has graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a business related degree from the College of General Studies prior to the re-establishment of the College of Business Administration may be considered for membership to the board on a case-by-case basis.
Section B. All members are entitled to all rights and privileges of membership except that only those members satisfying the requirements of Section A, sub-section 1, 2, 3 or 4 of this article are eligible for election to the offices of the Association.
Section C. All board members will be required to make a contribution to the Katz Graduate School of Business; College of Business Administration; or another University of Pittsburgh related fund. Board members must be in full compliance by the end of their current term.
Membership Levels/Suggested Giving
Graduated less than five years ago or is less than 30 years old – Minimum $250
Graduated less than 10 years ago or is less than 35 years old – Minimum $500
Graduated 10 years ago or more and is at least 40 years old – Minimum $1,000
ARTICLE V. ORGANIZATION
Section A. Board of Directors.
The Board shall consist of at most thirty-five voting members.
a. Seats on the Board may be filled by individuals outside of the Pittsburgh region. These individuals will do everything possible to attend the annual alumni awards program held each spring but will not be required to attend. To the extent possible, these individuals will participate in other board meetings via teleconference or webconferencing calls during the year.
b. Board members in the Pittsburgh region will be required to attend at least two board meetings per year to retain board membership.
The Board shall plan, set and implement the policies and objectives for the association.
The President shall preside at all Board meetings and shall be responsible that the directives for the Board are carried out.
Members of the Board shall be selected to a term of three years. Each elected Board member shall serve for no more than three (3) consecutive three-year terms. The member may be reelected after a one-year period of absence from the Board.
Any present or past Member of the Board who has served at least two three-year terms may be nominated by the Nominating Committee as a director emeritus.
The Nominating Committee shall establish the criteria to be used in determining which, if any, present or past members should be so nominated, however, such criteria will include consideration of contributions of such prospective director emeritus to the University in general and to the Business School in particular. All nominations for director emeritus will be submitted for vote at the Spring Meeting of the Business Alumni Association and shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at such meeting. A director emeritus shall not have the power to vote and shall be in addition to (and not be included) in the authorized number of Board of Director positions. A director emeritus shall be eligible to attend and participate at meetings of the Business Alumni Association Board, serve on any committee of the Board, and perform all functions of a director other than voting. If appointed to serve on a committee, a director emeritus shall be counted for quorum purposes at Committee meetings and shall have a vote at such meetings.
Section B. Officers
The officers of the Association shall consist of the President, the First Vice President and the Second Vice President.
The election of officers shall occur as follows: A slate of three Board Members, consisting of a President, First Vice President and Second Vice President, will be presented by the Nominating Committee to the Board of Directors for its approval every two years for the purpose of serving a two-year term. All nominees shall be current Members of the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will entertain all proposals from the current Board of Directors for potential candidates to fill these offices.
Duties of the officers are as follows:
President: It shall be the duty of the President to be the chief executive officer of the Association. The President shall preside at all meetings of the entire Association. The President shall designate and form all committees and shall be a member of all committees and perform such duties as pertain to the office of President, including implementation of policies and directives from the Board. The President shall have the authority to do all things reasonably necessary to discharge these responsibilities, including the right to delegate powers to other members of the Association as the President shall deem to be proper. The President shall also serve as a representative to the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors or appoint a representative for the year. The President shall serve for a term of two years.
First Vice President: It shall be the duty of the First Vice President to assume the duties of the President in the event of the President’s absence or disability, and to serve as representative to the Pitt Alumni Association Board of Directors or to appoint a representative for the year. The First Vice President shall organize all committees and activities included in the general category or special events. Special events include student activities with the Association, seminars, the Class Reunion/Homecoming, the annual Dinner, and Happy Hours. The First Vice President shall also be responsible for alumni involvement including participation in Association activities by corporations, incumbent and graduated classes and students, Regional Business Alumni Clubs, and alumni of the Executive MBA Program. The First Vice President shall serve for a term of two years.
The Second Vice President: The Second Vice President shall record the minutes of all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors. The Second Vice President shall also see that the Association’s financial activities are clearly reported with the minutes. In addition, if any Association financial accounts are established, the Second Vice President shall assume responsibility for such accounts. The Second Vice President shall serve for a term of two years.
In the event a board member is nominated to an officer position and said board member’s maximum term (Article V, Section A, paragraph 4) will expire prior to completing their officer position, the nominating committee retains the right to extend a board member’s term a maximum of four additional years.
ARTICLE VI. NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
Section A. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three voting members of the Board and shall be appointed by the President.
Membership on this committee will be limited to four consecutive years. Board members may rejoin this committee after a one year absence.
Section B. The Committee shall select candidates for the Board whose capabilities and willingness to serve will be in the best interests of the Association, the School and the University.
Section C. The Committee shall submit to the Board prior to the Spring Meeting the nominations of candidates for Board members and officers.
Section D. The Committee shall submit to the Board, upon request, candidates to fill any vacancy on the Board to serve the remainder of the unfilled term.
Section E. The Committee shall select at least one nominee for the Distinguished Alumnus Award and at least one nominee for the International Distinguished Alumni Award to be presented to the Board for ratification at least four months prior to the date of the presentation event. Board members who graduated from CBA should be consulted in regards to nominations made for the CBA Outstanding Alumni Award and assist in the selection of said award. The last CBA Outstanding Alumni Award will be presented in 2024. From that date forward, all CBA alumni nominations will be merged into the Distinguished Alumni Award pool of candidates for consideration.
Section F. The Dean of the Business School, in conjunction with the Alumni Relations Office, shall submit the names of those individuals they select as the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award; the H. J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Award; and the Corporate Appreciation Award to the Nominations Committee for their approval. These names would then be considered on the slate of candidates to be voted on by the Board.
Section G. The Board shall vote on the slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee for the Distinguished Alumnus Award and any other awards prior to the date of presentation. Approved nominees for awards must be in attendance at the annual dinner in order to receive the award with the exception of the International Distinguished Alumni Award winner who will have the option of attending in person or receiving the award in their home country.
ARTICLE VII. ALUMNI CLUBS; COUNCILS; AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AFFLIATED WITH THE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Section A. Alumni Clubs; Councils and Special Interest Groups may be established by submitting to the Director of Alumni Relations and the President of the Association the name and address of the groups President and other officers and a copy of any bylaws. Formal approval of such groups must be voted on by the Business Alumni Board and approved by the Dean of the Business School.
Section B. Presidents are ex-officio Members of the Board unless determined otherwise by said groups approved by-laws.
Section C. Alumni Clubs; Councils; and Special Interest Groups must comply with the Bylaws of the School and University Alumni Associations in order to retain their status.
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
Section A. Meetings of the Association.
Meetings of the Association may be called at any time by the President, by a majority of the Board, or at the written request to the President of five percent of the membership, provided two weeks notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting is given to each member in writing. The President shall call at least one meeting annually, herein referred to as the Spring Meeting.
Section B. Meetings of the Board
Meetings of the Board may be called at any time by the President, or by a majority of the Board, provided seven days’ notice of the time and place of the meetings is given to each member in writing.
The Board of Directors shall have no fewer than three meetings each year, excluding the annual business alumni association awards program held each Spring Semester.
A quorum shall consist of a majority of all eligible voting members. Any business requiring a vote may be passed by a majority affirmative vote of the members present once a quorum is established, except for bylaw amendments which shall be passed in accordance with Article X.
ARTICLE IX. ELECTIONS
Section A. Elections shall be held once a year during the Spring Meeting and new board members will assume their roles at the Business Alumni Association Awards Program.
Section B. A nomination for any position on the Board may be made from the floor during the Spring Meeting, and such nominee shall be submitted for election with the slate of candidates nominated pursuant to Article VI, provided that such nominee signifies, either orally or in writing at such Annual Meeting, willingness to service and perform the duties of the respective position.
Section C. Members of the Board and the Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present at the Spring Meeting.
ARTICLE X. AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Board where a quorum has been established, provided such amendments be passed by no less than a 51% majority affirmative vote of all eligible voting members of the Board present at such meeting.
Amended August 2016