The purposes of the Business Alumni 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 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.
John Algie, BSBA '03, JD '09
President, Business Alumni Association Board of Directors
Corporate Associate, Reed Smith
John Algie is a mergers and acquisitions attorney in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith and has particular experience with professional sports teams, private equity funds, and start-ups. Algie also places an emphasis in his practice on corporate law, governance, and general corporate counseling for privately held clients.
He previously spent time in the Cleveland office of Jones Day in a similar role, and as the president and general manager of the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
In his three and a half years at the helm of the Machine, Algie guided the team to success on and off the field. Off the field, Algie secured partnerships with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Skyline Chili, Donatos Pizza and many more. On the field, Algie built the Machine roster through the collegiate and supplemental drafts and through key player acquisitions via trades and waiver additions. In 2014, the Machine led the MLL in offense and made the MLL playoffs for the first time in club history.
Algie also spent three years as the MLL's director of league operations, where his responsibilities included implementation and enforcement of the league's on-field and player personnel rules, college and pro player scouting, and game operations management. Algie also was one of the primary catalysts for the MLL's change from a 45-second to the 60-second shot clock that has been in effect since the 2005 season.
Algie earned his Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and his Bachelor of Science in finance from the College of Business Administration. He also graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Algie is a member of the national honor societies of Beta Gamma Sigma, Order of the Coif, and Omicron Delta Kappa, and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
A native of Long Island, New York, Algie also was a member of Pitt's lacrosse team. He currently resides in Ross Township with his wife and two children.
Hollie Baker Jr., MBA '02
Director of Logistics, Caleres, Inc.
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, MBA JD '10
Associate, Babst Calland
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
Neil Blewitt, BSBA '03, MBA '14
Chief Operating Officer, TruFood MFG
Neil Blewitt is the chief operating officer at TruFood MFG, the premier contract manufacturer of snack food and nutrition bars. He previously served as director of operations, supply chain manager, and production planning manager at the company.
Prior to joining TruFood, Blewitt served as president at Seventh Gear Consultants, Inc.
Ian Buggs, BSBA '03
Associate Manager of FP&A of Africa Middle East, Pfizer, Inc.
Ian Buggs is currently working for Pfizer, Inc. based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is associate manager of FP&A of Africa Middle East. Prior to his current role, Buggs completed Pfizer’s two-year, post-MBA finance rotational program based in New York City. His previous work experience included corporate recruiter and financial analyst for MEDRAD, Inc. (a division of Bayer Healthcare) from 2006-09.
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.
Scott Casciato, MBA '09
Omni-Channel Call Center Strategy, DICK'S Sporting Goods
Scott Casciato is a senior executive with extensive experience in building and scaling businesses in a high-growth environment. He has leadership experience across a diverse set of disciplines including supply chain/operations, P&L, leadership, and marketing functions.
Tricina Cash, MBA '09
Distinguished Service Awardee
Strategic Initiatives and Business Consultant
Immediate Past President, Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN)
Tricina Cash is a projects leader and business development consultant, with past clients and engagements including Urban Innovation21, SolePower, FedEx Ground, and Highmark Health.
Previously, she was director of operations, conference management, and business development for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences. In this role, she produced multidisciplinary, national medical conferences across the United States and abroad, and she developed and led the enterprise-wide centralization of a grants management system.
Cash is a cofounding officer of the Pitt Black MBA Network (PBAN), an independent, global alumni network of the Katz School that was established in 2010. The group's mission is to support the prominence of the Katz School, especially in its recruitment of diverse MBA applicants. Cash was the first woman elected as PBAN board chair and president, and is the first member elected to serve two terms. During her tenure, she has led PBAN in establishing and developing a scholarship goal that is on track to surpass $1 million scholarships given by 2017 and also created an ambassador program to connect alumni and students.
Cash sits on the Board of Directors of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the Pitt Business Alumni Association. She is a former member of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association's Alumni Leadership Council, Junior League of Pittsburgh, and National Black MBA Association Pittsburgh chapter.
Cash also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sara Conroy, BSBA '07
Assistant Professor of Accounting, 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.
Randy Eager, MBA '98
Founder and Managing Partner, Aqualibrium LLC
Randy has over 30 years of successful start-up, product commercialization, sales, and management experience in a wide range of companies and industries. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Aqualibrium LLC, where he has held interim CEO and VP Sales and Marketing positions as well as led strategic product commercialization and customer development projects that enable companies to refine current product market fit as well as locate the best markets for new products. He is also the Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Founder Institute and he also spends time coaching University of Pittsburgh students as an Entrepreneur in Residence as part of the university’s Innovation Institute.
Randy has been involved in the Pittsburgh start-up and higher ed communities for the last 18 years. His involvement began with filing patents, licensing technology, and assisting faculty with spinning-off companies at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), including two that he founded and grew as CEO - both of which have had successful exits. As CEO, he raised $10M, built motivated teams, introduced award-winning products, and generated millions in revenue. He also spent time on the investor side, at Innovation Works, he led 15 investments in seed stage companies as an EIR. Randy has led marketing, sales, and operations at two other startups in the software and materials industries. More recently, Randy built corporate partnerships and consortia for the College of Engineering and the School of Computer Science at CMU.
Earlier in his career Randy led the development of a new business unit at BASF introducing a new material into the automotive and the protective packaging industries. During his days at BASF he lived and worked in Germany, New Jersey, Michigan, and spent considerable time in Japan. He has also spent time as a management consultant, turning around underperforming divisions of Fortune 500 companies.
Nick Fischer, MBA '09
CEO, Cadilus Inc.
Senior Vice President and CEO, The Betteridge Jewelers Group
Nick Fischer is currently CEO of Cadilus, Inc., a managed service and consulting firm serving the middle markets. Fischer is also the acting senior vice president and CFO of The Betteridge Jewelers Group, a middle-market luxury retailer, where he is a member of the executive team, with functional responsibility of corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury, and human resources.
A transformational executive with diverse industry experience spanning retail, financial services, and consumer packaged goods, Fischer brings both a strategic and operational perspective with particular strengths in leading change to drive organizational improvement. With his extensive experience across Fortune 500 and middle-market organizations, Fischer has spent the majority of his career redefining the traditional role of finance as a true strategic partner and organizational catalyst.
Linda J. Fisher, MBA '93
Credit Manager, Brentwood Bank
Linda Fisher has over 25 years of wide-ranging experience in the commercial real estate industry, having worked in property tax consulting, development, and brokerage, eventually leveraging her prior knowledge and experience in real estate into her career in banking. Linda has held leadership roles with several Pittsburgh-area financial institutions where she has been responsible for overseeing the underwriting, risk assessment, and compliance for commercial real estate loan portfolios which were comprised of a variety of property types including office, retail, industrial, multi-family, and land development.
Fisher received her undergraduate degree from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pa., and earned her MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business in 1993. She is an active member in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAIOP: Commercial Real Estate Development Association, where she currently is a member of the Board of Directors and has been involved in several committees. She also is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Pittsburgh and maintains an active Pennsylvania real estate salesperson license.
In addition to serving on the Business Alumni Association Board, Fisher meets frequently with students interested in careers in commercial real estate finance and serves in an advisory role to the Katz Real Estate Club. She also has been a proud supporter of Pitt football, and especially the Varsity Marching Band (her daughter, a Swanson School of Engineering graduate, was a member from 2004-08).
Laura Freedman, MBA '12
President, Katz Alumnae Council
Laura Freedman is a financial advisor and public speaker who specializes in executive financial planning and working with women to become informed and engaged in long term financial decision-making. Prior to her role as a financial and investments advisor, she was a senior human resource executive and executive consultant. She brings over 25 years of experience advising leaders on business strategy and mitigating risk. Freedman holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and is a certified executive coach.
In addition to her career, Freedman is actively involved in the community. She serves on the regional Board of Directors of Strong Women Strong Girls, which creates mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls in underserved local communities to help raise ambition and combat the dangers of low self-esteem. She is also president of the Katz Alumnae Council, which creates opportunities for alumnae and undergraduate and MBA students to share professional strategies and experiences while building meaningful relationships.
Freedman and her husband live in the South Hills and have 20-year-old twins and a very large dog.
Julie Fulesday, MBA '10
Business Alumni Association Board of Directors
Merchandise Planner, DICK'S Sporting Goods
Julie Fulesday is currently a merchandise planner for Field & Stream footwear and general accessories at DICK'S Sporting Goods. She previously worked as an associate merchandise planner supporting the Aerie brand at American Eagle Outfitters in Pittsburgh and for Matchpoint Marketing as a strategic planner for the consumer packaged goods industry. She completed the two-year full-time program at Katz in 2010 with a concentration in marketing and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia with a double major in theater and communications. Fulesday and her husband, Brett, currently live in Wexford, Pa.
James Gaslevic, ENGR '90, MBA '03
Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
James Gaslevic currently provides technical support for the Division of Construction Inspection in the Office of New Reactors at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Rockville, Md. He recently completed a rotational assignment as a financial analyst in the NRC Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MBA from Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance. Gaslevic also has 12 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering consulting and holds a professional engineering license in civil engineering. Before joining the NRC, Gaslevic attended the U.S. Postal Service's managerial internship in Baltimore, Md.
Robert Grossic, BSBA '08, MBA '10
Director, Medicaid Strategy and Performance Management, Highmark, Inc.
Robert Grossic is currently a Director of Strategy and Performance Management within the Government Markets Sector of Highmark Inc. and is accountable for all governance and strategic initiatives for two State Medicaid Plans covering $1.8B in revenue across ~240k members. Within this role he leads the Strategy and Analytics team supporting both plans.
Previously within Highmark, Robert led developing and implementing a portfolio of strategic solutions within the Government Markets Payer space. More specifically, he assisted with optimizing health plan operations, leading cost cutting initiatives across West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania Markets for Medicare and Medicaid Plans owned and operated by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. He also led the development of two rounds of annual strategic planning for the Health Plan’s Quality Improvement Team who is accountable for ~$200M in revenue annually.
Before his transition from Washington, DC back to Pittsburgh in 2014, Robert was a Strategy consultant for PRTM Management Consultants LLC, and through a 2011 merger with PwC became a member of the National Security & Defense Practice of PwC. During his time with PRTM and PwC, Robert assisted and led numerous engagements across multiple industries including the Financial/Mortgage industry, the Defense Industrial Base, NY State, the US ARMY, US TRANSCOM, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Furthermore, he also led a ~16 month engagement within the Pentagon acting as the “Chief of Staff” to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Planning and Policy (DASD MP&P) whose office oversees and influences operations for ~$90B in annual maintenance, logistics, and sustainment spend for the US Military’s Weapon Systems.
Additionally, Robert also participated in three combat tours with the 82nd Airborne Division to Southeast Asia and also acted as an “Advanced Camp” ROTC Instructor for the US Army (Artillery and Close Air Support).
Robert earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh. He also acts as a Preceptor for Masters-Level Residents focused on Payer/Consulting sectors of the Healthcare Industry. Lastly, Robert is also a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Veteran’s Alumni Council and routinely returns for speaking and mentoring events benefiting students, Faculty, and Staff throughout the year.
Carol Haines, MBA '10
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Carol Haines is a registered nurse and process consultant focusing on pharmacy strategy across the UPMC organization since joining in 2010. A graduate of Rutgers College of Nursing, Haines’ nursing career has included supervisory positions in both clinical nursing and case management. Her interest in process improvement and project management led her to earn a Sigma Six Green Belt as well as PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. While earning her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business, Haines served as class president and was awarded Student of the Year honors. A transplant to Pittsburgh, Haines loves city life, as well as golf, hiking, cycling, and kayaking on the three rivers.
John Heller, MBA '90
Chief Executive Officer, PAE
John Heller is 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
CEO and Executive Director, IL&FS Investment Managers Limited
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.
Samantha Hollack, MBA '04
Director, Supply Chain Finance, VF Corporation
Samantha Hollack completed the one-year Master of Business Administration program at the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business in 2004 with a concentration in finance, and earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., with a double major in business administration and accounting. She serves on the executive committee of the Business Alumni Association Board for the University of Pittsburgh. Hollack recently accepted a position as the director of supply chain finance with VF Corporation in Greensboro, N.C., and relocated from Pittsburgh to Winston-Salem, N.C., with her husband. Previously, she worked for several Pittsburgh-based companies–Polyconcept, American Eagle Outfitters, Dick’s Sporting Goods and LANXESS–in various financial planning and analysis roles, mainly supporting supply chain and real estate operations. She was recognized in 2015 by Real Estate Forum magazine as an Emerging Leader in Retail Real Estate.
Vice President, Corporate Solutions/Local Markets, Jones Lange LaSalle
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).
Christine Kretz, MBA '93
Research Industry Leader, Computational Biology Center, IBM Research
Christine Kretz is the research industry leader for the Computational biology Center in IBM Research. Her role is to help coordinate client interest with the team’s experience and expertise and help coordinate projects for mutually beneficial outcomes.
Most recently, Kretz was the business development leader for IBM Watson Solutions for Healthcare, working with clients to find compelling uses for this new technology in the health care space.
Joining IBM in 1998 as a manager in the Research Division, Kretz had information technology responsibilities, including Y2K readiness and IT security for eight labs globally. From research, Kretz took a corporate position and was named global operations manager for IBM Life Sciences, an emerging business area for IBM. Kretz has also held the positions of healthcare solutions executive on the IBM Global Healthcare Industry team, and client executive and complex opportunity manager in Healthcare/Life Sciences.
Kretz holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA in operations from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.
Victor Loayza, MBA '89
General Manager, Gateway Energy Services Ltd.
Victor Loayza serves as general manager at Gateway Energy Services Ltd., a Canadian subsidiary of Gateway Energy Services Corporation. He has served as president of Hudbay Peru at Hudbay Minerals, Inc. since September 2011.
Loayza has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and financial industries and, for the past 12 years, has held highly ranked positions with energy organizations including the Ontario Power Authority and the Ontario Energy Board.
Antonia Lukacinova, MBA '09
Founder and Advisory Board Member, Sapphire Pegasus Awards
Executive Director, MEDIA Tribune
Antonia Lukacinova has worked in professional sales and marketing more than 15 years. Throughout her broad career she has gained experiences in various fields and developed a deep knowledge of business and marketing, public relations, and sales. She has worked not only in agencies and in the media industry, but also as an entrepreneur. Putting experience into practice, Lukacinova provides clients clear and measurable results.
In mid 2010, Lukacinova founded her own company, MEDIA Tribune. She is a member of a wide range of business and management organizations, including the Czech Management Association, Business and Professional Women Czech Republic, the International Business Forum, Women in Aviation, and the Association of Business Sports. She is also a member of both the British and American Chambers of Commerce.
Director, Valuation Advisory, Stout Risius Ross, LLC
Jasmeet Marwah is a director in the Valuation Advisory group of Stout Risius Ross ("Stout"). He has more than 10 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, IFRS, and Indian GAAP. His experience includes corporate finance advisory, business and equity valuations, valuation of intangible assets, fairness and solvency opinions, portfolio valuations, and business plan reviews. Marwah has served public and private enterprises in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Stout, he worked at PwC in India and Ernst & Young in New York 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 volunteer for the CFA Institute. He is also an active member of Financial Executives International Detroit.
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.
Bill Price, BSBA '98, JD '03
Member, Clark Hill PLC
Bill Price is a member at Clark Hill PLC, an AmLaw 200 law firm with over 350 attorneys in 13 offices. Clark Hill is a full-service law firm with approximately $140 million in annual revenue. Price is a member of Clark Hill’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group in its Pittsburgh office. His law practice is diverse in nature and regularly encounters matters with crisis and complicated legal and media issues. In just the last three years, Price has had a direct, and often lead, role in the following representations—the State of Maine to uphold the “public interest” in connection with the Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway bankruptcy following the catastrophic railway disaster in Canada with over 40 casualties, Detroit Pension Plans in the City of Detroit bankruptcy, the City of Pittsburgh through the Urban Redevelopment Authority with regard to the August Wilson Center receivership, criminal defense counsel to an indicted celebrity, and several private equity funds as general counsel with investment strategies focused on distressed asset acquisition.
Price is a 1998 graduate of the College of Business Administration, where he majored in finance and was introduced into the Golden Key Society. After earning his degree from Pitt Business, Price earned his Juris Doctor from Pitt Law. In each year since 2010, Price has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars Edition—an honor bestowed upon less than 5% of Pennsylvania lawyers. In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has issued Price an “AV Preeminent” peer review, its highest rating for all attorneys. In 2012, Price was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Price works with various local nonprofits as a trustee, director, and volunteer for special projects. By appointment from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Price serves as a commissioner on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission. He remains very active at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as an adjunct professor at Pitt Law since 2012, and is also a frequent guest lecturer at Pitt Business for both the graduate and undergraduate programs. He has also served on the Pitt Business Alumni Board for several years and recently participated in the formation of the CBA Advisory Board to the Pitt Business Alumni Board.
Price lives in South Fayette with his wife, Amy, and their pride and joy—sons Liam and Evan.
Aaron Risden, CPA, BSBA '03; MS '11
Chief Administrative Officer and Treasurer, 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
Bio coming soon.
Roy Sembel, PhD '96
Dean and Professor, IPMI International Business School; Professional, Consultant, Trainer, Entrepreneur, Investor
Roy Sembel serves as dean and professor at IPMI International Business School in Indonesia, and serves as president commissioner at PT MCS Internasional, independent commissioner at PT HITS, senior counsellor for Vreins & Partner, chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Asian Bond Fund/Indonesia Bond Index Fund, and chairman of the Index Committee for Indeks Investor 33.
Sembel is the owner of PT MARS Indonesia and PT Capital Price Indonesia, with many past experiences working at multinational companies and local companies and universities. He 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
Manager of Communications, DICK'S Sporting Goods
Jacque Skowvron joined DICK’S Sporting Goods in 2014, and she currently manages external communications and public relations for the company.
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, marketing campaigns and the work of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation.
Skowvron grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in Mount Washington, 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 and vice president of the Pitt CBA Advisory 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, Retail and Consumer Lending Operational Risk, LOB Risk Lead, PNC Bank
Second Vice President, BAA
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.
Kim Taylor, MBA '96
President, The Taylored Approach, Inc.
Chicago-area entrepreneur Kim Taylor launched her executive advisory services firm, The Taylored Approach, Inc., in 2005. For the past decade, she has provided both strategic and tactical assistance to business owners and executives in the areas of leadership development, communication, and small business operations. She is also an adjunct professor at Elgin Community College, where she teaches courses in entrepreneurship, business, and sales.
Prior to starting The Taylored Approach, Taylor spent nearly a decade with IBM as a certified business consultant, project manager, and sales executive. While with IBM, she worked with Fortune 500 clients on a variety of business and e-commerce projects. From there, she became vice president of sales and marketing for a medical manufacturing firm with responsibility for both domestic and international sales efforts. In 2008, she started her second company, Healthcare Language Services, to provide foreign language access services to hospitals in the Chicago area. Four years later, she merged the company with another language services firm, InDemand Interpreting. The combined company now offers on site, telephonic, and video interpreting services to hundreds of hospitals across the country.
Taylor earned an MBA at the Katz Graduate School of Business and a master's in economic and social development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, both at the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree in international relations at the University of California at Davis. Taylor is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Honduras from 1992–94. She has lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific, and she speaks fluent Spanish.
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