Exceptional Alumni Recognized During Reunion Weekend 2016
For the first time this year, the Tepper School of Business Alumni Awards were presented at Reunion Weekend, giving the awardees the opportunity to celebrate with their former classmates and making it a particularly memorable event for the entire Tepper alumni community.
“We take great pride in the accomplishments of our alumni, and recognize that the reputation of the school is due in large measure to the impact that our graduates have had on the business community,” said Dean Robert Dammon. “The Tepper School Alumni Awards give us the opportunity to honor alumni who have achieved high levels of success in their fields, and continuously serve as exemplary ambassadors of our school.”
The Alumni Awards were designed to recognize alumni who are well-known for their business acumen and have made lasting impacts to their industries — all the while continuing to give back to the Tepper School community. Each year, several Tepper School alumni are honored each year for their dedication to the school, accomplishments in business, and leadership within their respective fields.
“I have been honored to get to know these esteemed alumni over the years, and they continue to impress me with their contributions to the school and to the business world,” said John Sengenberger, executive director of Alumni Relations. “We greatly appreciate their continued dedication to the Tepper School community.”
The 2016 Alumni Awardees included:
Manoj Singh, MSIA ’76
Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
In the 40 years since he completed his studies at the Tepper School, Manoj Singh has shown outstanding dedication to the Carnegie Mellon community by serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Tepper School Business Board of Advisors, and actively participating in and sponsoring alumni events.
Singh is an accomplished advisor to the world’s largest corporations on matters of mergers and acquisitions, globalization, financial transformation, and the effective use of technology. He joined the Deloitte Consulting team in 1979, became partner in 1986 and managing director in 1992. Singh was instrumental in guiding Deloitte through the complexity of today’s global economy. In 2003, Singh was named CEO and regional managing partner for the Asia Pacific region of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. In 2007 he was named Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a role he continued until he retired in 2015.
Joel Adams, MSIA ’86
Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
In addition to serving his alma mater as a member of the Board of Trustees, the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board and the Robotics Institute Advisory Board, Joel Adams has devoted much of his career to nurturing the entrepreneurial community in Pittsburgh.
Adams founded Adams Capital Management in 1994, a venture capital firm for investing in early-stage technology startups, and has raised $815 million in capital in the years since. Adams began his career as a nuclear test engineer at General Dynamics Corporation, and prior to establishing his own firm he served as a vice president and general partner at Fostin Capital Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based investment firm.
Rimmo Jolly, MSIA ’95
Tepper Alumni Service Award
Rimmo Jolly is one of the Tepper School’s most involved alumni, volunteering and networking in multiple markets including New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong. During his time in New York, Jolly helped recruit and prepare Tepper School students for successful Wall Street careers, and he was instrumental in launching the school’s Wall Street Network. Jolly also was a founding member of the Tepper School Alumni Board. He served on the board from 2008-2013, often making the trip from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh to attend meetings.
Jolly currently serves as managing director and senior relationship manager for Citi in Hong Kong, and has actively recruited Tepper School graduates to work for the corporation.
Geoffrey Bent, MBA ’07
Tepper Recent Alumni Award
Geoffrey Bent organized his first alumni event almost immediately after graduating, hosting a gathering in Seattle during his first summer working with Amazon. In the years since, Bent has been an active volunteer with the Seattle alumni chapter, serving as president from 2010-2015.
Bent has organized a myriad of diverse events, promoted broad engagement involving fellow volunteers and implemented a monthly newsletter for the chapter. It was under his leadership that the Seattle chapter set a strong foundation for long-term success and became a model for other chapters around the world.
Bent currently serves as an analyst at zulily, an e-commerce company offering deals on home goods, clothing and more.
Shamir Karkal, MBA ’06, and Joshua Reich, MBA ’06
Tepper Recent Alumni Achievement Award
Shamir Karkal and Joshua Reich co-founded the finance start-up BankSimple when they were classmates at the Tepper School in 2009, drastically redesigning the landscape of technology-based banking services.
Karkal brought his background in software engineering to the tandem, as well as an expertise in finance and banking that he gained during his time at the Tepper School. Prior to launching BankSimple, Karkal served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, specializing in strategy consulting for financial institutions in the U.S., Europe and Middle East. He currently serves as fead of Open APIs at the global banking company BBVA, and continues to sit on the Board of Directors at BankSimple.
Reich began his career as a software developer, with specialties in marketing analytics and quantitative finance. He had previous experience running a data-mining consulting firm and providing strategy consulting for a multi-billion dollar investment fund, which served as the foundation for his pursuit of BankSimple. He continues to serve as BankSimple’s CEO.
In 2014, Karkal and Reich sold BankSimple BBVA for $117 million.