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The Energy Club exists to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and connections necessary to compete for top energy industry jobs and internships and enhance their value in the workplace.
Christina Perkins - President
Tina Jeffress is a first-year at Kenan-Flagler, focusing on energy and sustainability. She most recently served as associate director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., where she managed a diverse research portfolio focused on private sector development. Prior to CSIS, she directed local programs for Yspaniola, an education and community development NGO in the Dominican Republic. She is originally from Redondo Beach, CA and earned a B.A. in International Development and Spanish at UCLA.
Blake Krienke - VP of Finance
Blake is originally from Austin, TX. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, Blake worked in industry finance as part of the Finance Rotation Program at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC. Blake is pursuing the Corporate Finance and Energy concentrations at Kenan-Flagler. For his summer internship, Blake will be working in Houston, TX as a Summer Associate at Wells Fargo Securities in their Energy Investment Banking Group.
Staci Pawlak - VP of Communications
Staci is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent time working in financial services prior to business school. She will be interning with Exxon in Houston this summer.
Carson Pfeifer - VP of Learning & Development
Carson is originally from Louisville, KY. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, Carson worked for Voices for Progress, a non-profit advocacy group in Washington, DC with a focus on energy policy among other topics. Carson is concentrating in Corporate Finance and Energy at Kenan-Flagler.
Matt Ruscio - VP of Corporate Relations
Matt graduated with a degree in Government & Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University (N.Y.). Prior to business school, Matt worked at Secure Futures – a solar development company based in Virginia – working in solar finance and policy. Matt is concentrating in Corporate Finance and Energy at UNC, and is interning at Duke Energy during summer 2017.
Sarah Scully - VP of Social/Events
Sarah is originally from Virginia and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Dartmouth. Prior to Kenan-Flagler, she was a business reporter with the Houston Chronicle. This summer she will be interning with Temperpak in Richmond.
Ike Leuthold - VP of Industry Education
Isaac is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. As a former Intelligence Officer, he worked in Korea, Texas, and Qatar. Isaac is concentrating in Energy and Corporate Finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Before school, he spent his spare time as a professional skydiver, avid rock-climber, and mountain bike enthusiast.
Greg Dougherty - VP Club and Campus Relations
Greg Dougherty is pursuing enrichment concentrations in energy and sustainable enterprise, and plans to enter the energy industry upon graduation. He served for six years as a weapons technician in the U.S. Navy, and worked for two years as a technical writer and systems analyst. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a BA in Foreign Affairs.
David Holt - VP of Case Competitions
David holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Georgia. Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, he spent nine years as an officer in the U.S. Army. David is concentrating in Energy at Kenan-Flagler and will be interning at the Waltham, MA office of National Grid in the summer of 2016
Brandon Colman - VP of Community Relations
Though Brandon has had a longstanding interest in energy, it was not until he saw Duke Energy’s ‘Small Business Energy Saver Program’ in action at his former place of employment that he seriously considered switching careers. Inspired by the successful alignment of business, electric utility, and environmental interests, he decided to pursue further education at Kenan-Flagler Business School to build his business acumen. Brandon’s next step will be to intern in the ‘Customer Solutions’ division at Duke Energy in Charlotte.
The Energy Club provides many benefits to MBA students pursuing careers in this field.
Education - Events like the Energy 101 series and Lunch & Learn series help students gain a deeper understanding of Energy-related topics.
Careers - The Energy Club organizes career treks to help students learn about companies in the field. The club also keeps a list of energy-specific internships during the Spring for students to access.
Case Competitions - The club participates in two national case competitions: Energy Finance at the University of Texas and Renewable Energy at the University of Michigan
- Energy 101 Series
- Charlotte Career Trek
- Networking Events
- Texas Energy Finance Case Competition
- Renewable Energy Case Competition
- Bay Area Career Trek
- Lunch & Learn Series
- Spring Speaker Series
- Local Career Treks