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Tepper School Alumni Awards

The Tepper School Alumni Awards recognize excellence in our alumni community for outstanding career accomplishments or achievements and for impressive service to the school and alumni community.

An awards committee of the Tepper School Alumni Board selected the 2022 winners from a pool of nominations submitted by the Tepper community. Our 2022 alumni awardees accepted their awards at a celebration ceremony on May 21, 2022.

Tepper Alumni Award Categories

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

The Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to recognize both the longevity and consistency of professional achievement of the highest caliber over one's professional lifetime. These distinguished graduates have contributed significantly to their industries, companies, and communities and brought honor to the Tepper School of Business by upholding the highest values and traditions of the school.

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the nominee's outstanding accomplishments and leadership in his or her profession, which brings honor to the Tepper School of Business upholding the highest values and traditions of the school. Alumni may be nominated for contributions such as industry innovation, significant impact in one's field or substantive value creation.

Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes volunteer service to the Tepper School community or its alumni organizations, including active participation in alumni or university affairs; faithful and continued effort in maintaining class, chapter, interest group or other alumni organizations; or assistance in expanding the influence and prestige of the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University. Breadth, length, and impact of volunteer service to the school will be considered.

Recent Alumni Awards for Achievement or Service

The Recent Alumni Award is intended to recognize either outstanding professional accomplishment and/or service to the Tepper School community by those who have graduated within the last 10 years.

The committee will award both a Recent Tepper Graduate Alumni Award and a Recent Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Award.

2022 Award Recipients

Henry J. Gailliot (BS 1964, MSIA 1965, Ph.D. 1973)
Tepper Alumni Lifetime Service Award

For his lifetime of outstanding career achievement, volunteer leadership, and philanthropic support of the Tepper School, Carnegie Mellon University, and organizations in the Pittsburgh community, Henry Gailliot is being honored with this special award.

A long-time economist and former President and Chairman at Federated Investors, he has served on the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees since 1989. Among his many charitable contributions at CMU, he established undergraduate business scholarships, MBA fellowships as well as funding for the Gailliot Classroom in the Tepper Quad.

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Kevin Willsey (MSIA 1989, BBA)
Tepper Alumni Achievement Award

For his stellar career as a leader in financial service as well as his volunteer service to the Tepper School, Kevin is receiving the 2022 Achievement Award.  He currently serves as Chairman Global Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan and is a member of the company’s Investment Banking Management Committee and the JPMorgan Chase Executive Committee. His capital markets career has involved capital-raising assignments for clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. An active speaker and recruiter at the Tepper School and alumni events, he has been a member of the Tepper School Business Board of Advisors since 2006. A strong supporter of the school, he named an MBA Collaboration Space in the Tepper Quad.

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Homaira Akbari (MSIA 1996, BBA)
Tepper Alumni Achievement Award

A highly accomplished corporate leader, Homaira is president and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Big Data and Analytics, and Supply Chain. Homaira has held senior executive roles in Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Thales, SA, and TruePosition, a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation. She served as the president and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Early in her career, Homaira was a senior scientist at CERN – European Center for Nuclear Research – based in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also a board director for several organizations, including Banco Santander and serves on the Tepper School Business Board of Advisors.

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Michael A. Smith (BS 1989, MSIA 1995)
Tepper Alumni Service Award

For his exceptional volunteer leadership and dedicated service to the Tepper School alumni community, Michael is being awarded this high honor. With an undergraduate degree in information and decision systems and industrial management, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon, and as the father of a 2017 Mellon College graduate, Michael has always been a passionate advocate for CMU. He has been president of the Tepper Seattle Alumni Chapter, a class reunion volunteer, a long-term member of the Carnegie Mellon Admission Council, an active recruiter, speaker, and mentor as well as a member of the Tepper School Alumni Board from 2012-2019, last serving as Board President. He currently serves as Vice President, Coupa Travel & Expense Software.

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Christopher Gassman (MBA JD 2012)
Tepper Recent Masters Alumni Award

Chris Gassman is an outstanding alumni connector, advocate, and servant leader. With his MBA and his JD, he left the Tepper School in 2012 with a strong commitment to impact with world and give back to his alumni community. As an active chapter leader in the Tepper New York Alumni Chapter, he hosted events, engaged his alumni colleagues, and was always eager to connect with students and new graduates. He was involved organizing his class reunions, speaking in classes and to student clubs and most of all, fostering an inclusive alumni community. Now back in Pittsburgh, he is Associate Director for the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business.

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Troy Witt (BS 2016)
Tepper Recent Undergraduate Alumni Award

Troy is the inaugural recipient of the Tepper Recent Undergraduate Alumni Award in recognition of his rapid career success and his passion for helping develop young professionals in the Sports & Entertainment industry. At only the age of 27, Troy has worked in the NBA, MLB, NFL, for a global Sports & Music Agency, a world-renowned event management organization, and has been a key decision-maker in the exponential growth of a Pittsburgh-based sports marketing company working with some of the most recognizable sports leaders and influencers in the world. A former All-Conference running back at CMU, Troy has been featured as a speaker at the Tepper School of Business in classes such as Business Leadership Endeavor, Marketing Products and Brands, International Marketing, and Marketing Research.

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Past Alumni Award Recipients

2021

2021 award winners

Francisco (Frank) D’Souza (MSIA 1992, T)
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Risch, MSIA 1966, BBA
Lifetime Service Award

Rajinder Singh, MSIA 1996
Achievement Award

PJ Juvekar, MSIA 1996, ABA
Service Award

Barton O’Brien, MSIA 1981, ABA
Service Award

Elissa McGee, MBA 2011
Recent Alumni Award

2020

2020 award winners

William Lambert, MSIA 1990
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Cindy Padnos, MSIA 1980
Lifetime Achievement Award

Shrinivas Dempo, MSIA 1995
Tepper Achievement Award

Tammy Loucks, BSBA 2000, MBA 2005
Alumni Service Award

Daniel Angarita, MBA 2014
Recent Alumni Award

2019

Ann Marie Petach, MSIA '84
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Olsavsky, MSIA '89
Alumni Achievement Award

Ryan Baum, MSIA 1992 
Alumni Service Award

Justin Krauss, MBA '09
Recent Alumni Service Award 

 

2018

2018 Tepper Alumni Award Winners

Devin Anderson, MBA '05
Alumni Service Award 

David Coulter, MSIA/BSIM '71
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Gunjan Kedia, MSIA '94
Alumni Achievement Award

Michael Miller, MBA '11
Recent Alumni Service Award 

2017

2107 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

David Mawhinney, MSIA 1990
Alumni Achievement Award

James Ostry, MSIA 1994
Alumni Service Award

Swetha Arbuckle, MBA 2009
Recent Alumni Service Award

Tod Johnson, MSIA 1967
Lifetime Achievement Award

2016

2106 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Manoj Singh, MSIA 1976
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Joel Adams, MSIA 1986 (T)
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Rimmo Jolly, MSIA 1995
Alumni Service Award

Geoffrey Bent, MBA 2007
Recent Alumni Award

Shamir Karkal and Joshua Reich, MBA 2006
Recent Alumni Award

2015

2105 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Ian Buggs, MBA 2011
Recent Alumni Achievement Award

Per Lofberg, MSIA 1973
Alumni Achievement Award 

Suresh Sethi, Ph.D. 1972
Alumni Achievement Award

2014

2104 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Daniel Jester, MBA 2009
Recent Alumni Achievement Award

John McCue, BS/CIT 1981, MSIA 1987
Alumni Service Award

Marc Onetto, MSIA 1975
Alumni Achievement Award

2013

2103 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

James Swartz, MSIA 1966
Alumni Achievement Award 

Jon Kinol, MSIA 1992
Alumni Service Award

Geoff Entress, MSIA 1988
Alumni Service Award

Patrick Macedo, MBA 2003
Recent Alumni Award

(T) denotes CMU Board of Trustees