University of Pittsburgh

Winners of 52nd Annual Business Alumni Association Awards

Recognized for their exceptional contributions to their professions, disciplines, communities, and Pitt Business, the 2016 Business Alumni Association award recipients are making a positive impact on industry and the next generation of business leaders. Please join Pitt Business and the Business Alumni Association in celebrating the outstanding achievements of the alumni profiles. For more information about these awards or to nominate an alumnus for friend of Pitt Business for a future award, visit our Awards Program page.

Julie A. Dobson Mark A. Frantz J.D. J. Roger Glunt Archana N. Hingorani Andrew T. Myerson Thomas L. Saaty PNC Financial

Julie A. Dobson

Distinguished Alumna Honoree
(MBA '79)
Corporate Director, Safeguard Scientifics, American Water Corporation, and Telogis, Inc.
Retired Chief Operating Officer, TeleCorps PCS, Inc.

Julie Dobson retired from the telecommunications industry in 2002, having last served as the Chief Operating Officer at TeleCorp PCS, Inc., a wireless telecommunications company. TeleCorp was sold to AT&T Wireless in the same year.

In her role as the Chief Operating Officer for TeleCorp PCS, Inc., she was responsible for all aspects of operations, including wireless network engineering, construction and operation, sales, marketing, pricing, information technology, human resources, and customer service. She joined TeleCorp during its formation in 1998, after a long career with various leadership roles at Verizon Communications, then known as Bell Atlantic Corporation.

Ms. Dobson serves as a Corporate Director for Safeguard Scientifics, a growth-capital provider for technology and healthcare companies; The American Water Works Company, the largest investor-owned water utility in the United States; and Telogis, Inc., a telematics solution provider for fleets. Ms. Dobson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William & Mary.


Mark A. Frantz J.D.

Distinguished Service Honoree
(MBA ’96, LAW ’96)
Co-Founder, Blue Delta Capital Partners

Mark Frantz is a Co-Founder of BlueDelta Capital Partners, growth capital firm focused on the U.S. federal government technology market. The firm partners with GovTech entrepreneurs to provide experience, perspectives, and industry relationships to help accelerate growth. Successful investments include HelloWallet, NetWitness, Sourcefire, and Blackboard, among other companies in the northern Virginia area.

Prior to starting Blue Delta, Mr. Frantz was the Managing General Partner of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital affiliate of the U.S. intelligence community; a Principal at The Carlyle Group; a Partner at RedShift Ventures; the Economic and Technology Policy Advisor to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge; and the Associate Director of The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under President George H.W. Bush.

Mr. Frantz currently serves on the board of directors for numerous privately held technology companies, as well as a Fortune 500 publicly traded technology company, CSRA.

Mr. Frantz holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College.


J. Roger Glunt

Distinguished Alumnus Honoree
(BBA ’60)
Glunt Development Co., Inc.

J. Roger Glunt is President of Glunt Development Co. Inc., a custom homebuilder and real estate developer in western Pennsylvania. Mr. Glunt, who was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 1999, is a member and past president of the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders. He is a recipient of the University’s Volunteer of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award, and Bill Baierl Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Mr. Glunt established the Nancy Glunt Hoffman Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing in the School of Nursing to honor his late sister Nancy and the Robert L. Arthur Memorial Fund to support the Pitt Band and honor his former band director at Pitt.


Archana N. Hingorani

Distinguished Alumna Honoree
(PhD ’93, MBA ‘86)
Chief Executive Officer
IL&FS Investment Managers Limited (IIML)

Dr. Archana Hingorani is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of the IL&FS private equity practice, an Indian asset manager that invests in companies across various asset classes including growth corporates, infrastructure, and real estate. While the firm has made more than 150 investments across various sectors over the last two decades, it has a greater focus on infrastructure-related investments in India and across Asia in the areas of roads, energy, renewables, waste management, shipping ports, and residential and commercial real estate. Dr. Hingorani has overseen investments with an aggregate capitalization value in excess of $15 billion U.S. dollars.

Dr. Hingorani is Co-Chair of the Investment Commission Board of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, is a member of the Sure Stakeholder Council, is affiliated with the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation for creating standards for sustainability in infrastructure projects, and is a member of the Advisory Council of TalentNomics, an organization focused on mentoring women for leadership positions. She also serves on the Advisory Council of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and is a member of the Young President’s Association and the International Market Assessment of India.

Dr. Hingorani has been named to numerous lists associated with the most influential women in finance in India and Asia.

Dr. Hingorani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India.


Andrew T. Myerson

CBA Outstanding Alumnus Honoree
(BSBA ’05)
Chief Haymaker, Haymakers for Hope
CEO, Hinterlands
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Accomplice

Andrew Myerson is a co-founder of Haymakers for Hope, nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for men and women to raise money for cancer research, awareness, education, and survivorship by training for and fighting in professional-style boxing matches.

To date, Haymakers for Hope has raised over $4.5 million for cancer research, and has hosted 12 events in New York City and Boston, with plans in place to expand to other major U.S. cities.

Mr. Myerson is also working with Accomplice, a venture capital firm in Boston, to develop a new business called Hinterlands, a trusted community marketplace for adventurous people to discover and book unique experiences guided by professionals.

Following graduation, Mr. Myerson worked in asset management at Goldman Sachs in New York City and Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston.

Mr. Myerson holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. While he was an undergraduate student at the College of Business Administration, Mr. Myerson became the Inaugural Head Chair of the Steering Entrepreneurial Club, a newly-established entrepreneurship club at the graduate level. He also served on the Pitt Business Student Council.


Thomas L. Saaty

H. J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Honoree
Distinguished University Professor of Business Analytics and Operations
University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Thomas Saaty is a Distinguished University Professor of business analytics and operations at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. He is the inventor, architect, and primary theoretician of the Analytic Hierarchy Process and related Analytic Networking Process, which are decision-making frameworks used for large-scale, multiparty, multi-criteria decision analysis.

Dr. Saaty’s research focuses is widely used in conflict resolution and has applications to operations research, arms control and disarmament, and urban design. Dr. Saaty is a past recipient of the Gold Medal from the International Society for Multicriteria Decision Making, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, the Impact Prize from INFORMS, and the International Quality Function Deployment Akao Prize.

Prior to joining the Katz faculty, Dr. Saaty was a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Scientific Analyst for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington, D.C. Dr. Saaty is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain.


PNC Financial Services

2016 Corporate Appreciation Award

Sy Holzer, president of PNC Bank, will be accepting the Corporate Appreciation Award on behalf of PNC.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations, with assets of more than $351 billion. Operating primarily in 19 states and the District of Columbia, PNC provides retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; and wealth management and asset management.

Through executive leadership, strategic investments, and employee volunteerism, PNC is helping to build strong communities and create financial opportunities for individuals, families, and businesses. PNC offers a number of programs focused on community development, charitable giving, and environmental responsibility. PNC boosts the quality of life in neighborhoods through affordable home loans and lending programs, economic revitalization, and customized financial solutions. PNC earned an “outstanding” rating in 2012 for exceeding Community Reinvestment Act standards.

In addition, PNC invested more than $74 million in community-focused charitable giving in 2014. The PNC Foundation forms partnerships with nonprofit organizations to advance mutual objectives driven by two priorities: early childhood education; and community and economic development. Established in 2004, PNC Grow Up Great is a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual school readiness initiative that has benefitted more than 2 million at-risk children from birth to age 5. Through the program, PNC provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators, and community partners to enhance children’s learning and development. PNC is also committed to environmental responsibility through innovation and environmentally friendly business practices. During the past decade, PNC has been able to lower costs, increase efficiency, and improve communities. PNC has more than 200 Green Branch® locations, 254 LEED®-certified buildings, and 158 newly constructed LEED-certified buildings.