Meet The Board

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Erik Steeb

President

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Erik grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota before attending the University of California, Los Angeles to earn a B.A. in History in 2016. He joined the Marine Corps and spent four years in eastern North Carolina as a supply officer. He also has an Masters in Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins. At Tepper, Erik is part of the Energy Business Track and is pursuing concentrations in finance, business technologies, and sustainability. He's passionate about the energy transition and financing solutions for renewable energy. He also enjoys exploring Pittsburgh's parks and breweries.

 

Erik will be spending the summer at Oriden, a renewable energy developer in Pittsburgh.

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Andy Gollach

Executive VP 

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Andy grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to Tepper, Andy spent 9 years working in Energy and Clean Tech industries, primarily on international assignments. Most notably, he spent 18 months leading a team of engineers on the commercialization of a first-of-its-kind pollution to fuels technology. At Tepper, Andy is in the Energy Business Track and is pursuing concentrations in entrepreneurship, sustainability, strategy and finance. He performs due diligence for a regional angel fund and is passionate about emerging technology in the energy and clean tech sectors. Andy has been working on his own company, which is working to produce a biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based foams. In his free time, Andy enjoys the outdoors, sports and food (eating and cooking).

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John Crelli

VP of Finance

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John was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA before earning a BS in Finance from Fordham University. He remained in NYC after graduation and worked for six years in corporate credit risk management at several international banks, primarily covering power & utilities, oil & gas, and leveraged finance. At Tepper, John is enrolled in the Energy Business track and is pursuing concentrations in Finance, Strategy, and Sustainability. Outside of the classroom, John enjoys cooking and eating Italian food, watching Pittsburgh sports, and spending time with his wife and three-year-old daughter.

This summer, John will be interning at AlixPartners in their Turnaround & Restructuring Services practice.

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Sheldon Pei

VP of Strategic Initiatives

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Sheldon is a child of Maine, raised in Massachusetts, and received a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked in Shanghai for a bit, designed and built several buildings before coming back stateside to work as a structural engineer for the oil/gas offshore industry at SOFEC, inc in Houston, Tx. During this time, he received a Master of engineering from Norwich University, and built floating production storage and offloading vessels for the oil majors of the world.  At Tepper, Sheldon joined the Energy Business Track and plans to have several concentrations. Beyond the classroom, Sheldon loves to bike, cook, and talk about history.

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Francis Smith

VP Professional Development

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Francis grew up in Baltimore, MD and attended the University of Maryland earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. Post-college, he worked at Whiting-Turner as a project manager for the construction of Class A Laboratory Facilities, where he provided pre-construction services on over $100M worth of projects and managed a $1M laboratory renovation. Following this, Francis turned an idea into a successful business, raising over $1M to build out Diamondback Brewery in Locust Point. While operating Diamondback Francis noticed his passion for Business Administration and recognized the value that a top MBA program would bring to his future career.

 

This summer Francis will be working with Emerson in a Strategy Planning role. 

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Brian Farrell

VP of Corporate Relations

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Brian grew up in New Jersey twenty miles outside of New York City. He attended Lehigh University where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an Aerospace minor. Following graduation, he worked for Kiewit, a Fortune 500 general contracting firm, in their power division as a Field Engineer. During his time at Kiewit, he worked on the construction of Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) at three Combined-Cycle projects across the US. As Brian’s career progressed, his interests shifted towards financial advisory services rather than project management, which led him to pursue an MBA. At Tepper, Brian joined the Energy Business Track and focused on Finance, Accounting and Strategy concentrations. Outside of the classroom, Brian is an avid traveler, scuba diving enthusiast, beer connoisseur, foodie and looking forward to life getting back to normal.

Brian will be joining Bank of America this summer in their Power, Utilities, and Energy Infrastructure investment banking division.

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Zach Blustein

VP of  Marketing

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Zach hails from Tampa, Florida but did his undergrad in St. Louis. He started his career as a Chemical Engineer in refinery automation systems for a large industrial company, Emerson Electric Company. After a few years, he moved into the HVAC space where he was part of the successful acquisition and commercialization team for a cleantech startup. He came to Tepper to burnish his leadership communication, take a deep dive into the energy industry, and grow his strategic mindset. Zach is a member of the Energy Business Track at Tepper, and also active in the Consulting Club in addition to his energy interests.

This summer, Zach will be a Summer Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Pittsburgh, PA.