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The Recent Alumni Council consists of Energy Concentration graduates who have gone on to positions of responsibility in a wide variety of energy companies. Members are selected on the basis of their leadership of the Energy Club during their years at UNC Kenan-Flagler and for their support of the program since graduation. Consistent with the program’s Full Value Chain emphasis, council members work for firms in the oil and gas, power and renewables industries. The council provides the program’s leadership and the Advisory Council with perspectives rooted in a younger generation’s interests and concerns. Individual alumni advise prospective applicants on the program’s attributes and on career possibilities. Several also teach sections of energy courses in the curriculum. Their individual stories can be viewed by clicking on the Success Stories link.

 

Recent Alumni Council

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Eliza Henderson

Energy & Power Investment Banking Associate
Piper Sandler

Eliza Henderson

Energy & Power Investment  Banking Associate

Piper Sandler

Eliza Henderson is an Investment Banking Associate covering primarily sell side M&A deals on Piper Sandler’s Energy & Power team. While pursuing her MBA at UNC and Master in Environmental Management at Duke, she interned for storage developer Broad Reach Power. Prior to graduate school, she worked in solar origination at SunEdison, SolarCity, and Cypress Creek Renewables.

Eliza is from California and completed her Bachelor of Science at Georgetown University.

 

Christine Shaner

Christine Shaner

Commercial Manager, Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc - Malabo, EG

Christine Shaner

Christine Shaner

Commercial Manager, Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc.

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Christine Shaner is a 2016 UNC Kenan-Flagler grad and former president of the UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Club. Since leaving UNC Kenan-Flagler, Christine has held a variety of roles in ExxonMobil’s finance and commercial business functions, including natural gas trading, strategy, gas markets development, and exploration. After working as the commercial manager of West Texas crude oil and water infrastructure for ExxonMobil’s U.S. affiliate, XTO Energy overseeing the movement of some $6B of product annually, Christine moved to become the Commercial Manager of one of ExxonMobil’s deepwater businesses off West Africa. Christine currently wears two hats, managing the day to day commercial activities in this 800 person business while also managing the transition of the ExxonMobil’s Equatorial Guinea business back to the State of Equatorial Guinea – a unique deal for both ExxonMobil and Oil & Gas internationally.

Christine holds a BA in Economics and International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. A native of Virginia and with strong ties to both Houston and Chapel Hill, Christine has lived in and overseas in France, Switzerland, Hungary and currently resides in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Trey Martin

Trey Martin

Vice President of Corporate Development, StarTex
San Antonio, Texas

Trey Martin

Trey Martin

Vice President of Corporate Development, StarTex Field Services, LLC (“StarTex”)
San Antonio, Texas

Trey Martin serves as vice president of corporate development for StarTex Field Services, LLC (“StarTex”), an Eagle Ford-focused natural gas gathering company.

Prior to joining StarTex, Trey was an associate at Tailwater Capital, LLC from 2015 to 2017 and held various positions as an operations engineer at Chesapeake Energy Corporation from 2011 to 2015.

Trey holds a MBA from UNC-Kenan-Flagler, earning concentrations in Energy and Corporate Finance, and a bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

 

Laurel Meeks

Director of Renewable Business Development, Duke Energy
Charlotte, North Carolina

Laurel Meeks

Director of Renewable Business Development, Duke Energy
Charlotte, North Carolina

Laurel Meeks is responsible for a team of professionals managing strategy and project development of regulated microgrid and battery energy storage systems. Her role allows her to generate and execute opportunities for the utility to invest in clean energy technology. She covers the vertically integrated Carolinas region as well as Midwest market territories.

Laurel holds an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler with an emphasis in energy and real estate development. Prior to business school, she held a business development role with an energy efficiency contractor in the Charlotte area, allowing her to pursue growth in the green building space.

Laurel resides in Charlotte with her husband John. 

 

Byron Kelly

Finance Manager, Tax Projects, NextEra Energy Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida

Byron Kelly

Finance Manager, Tax Projects, NextEra Energy Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida

Byron Kelly currently works as a finance manager for NextEra Energy, focused on special projects related to corporate finance, accounting and energy tax credits. Before joining NextEra, Byron worked as a commercial strategy advisor for ExxonMobil, leading various initiatives in M&A, corporate strategy, competitor intelligence and long-term planning.

Byron obtained his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler in 2018, during which he served as a Kenan Scholar and was awarded the 2018 Rollie Tillman Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award for superior leadership in and out of the classroom. Byron also has an M.Sc. in geophysics from the University of Calgary, and a B.Sc. in geology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Byron holds two patents related to oil field production technologies and has authored numerous publications in the energy space.

 

Collin Breit

Strategy & Business Development Advisor, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Findlay, Ohio

Collin Breit

After graduating from UNC Kenan-Flagler with an Energy concentration in 2021, Collin began working as a strategy and business development advisor at Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

anthony miner

Anthony Miner

Enterprise Strategy Associate, Caterpillar
Chicago, Illinois

Anthony Miner

anthony miner

Enterprise Strategy Associate, Caterpillar
Chicago, Illinois

Anthony is a corporate strategy associate for Caterpillar based in Chicago. In his role he focuses on analyzing energy transition and sustainability related strategic opportunities and challenges for the company. Prior to Caterpillar, Anthony received his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Full-Time Program, serving as Energy Club president and interning in utilities consulting and with a clean-tech startup.

Anthony spent five years in technology management consulting with PwC, where he focused on go-to-market strategy, project management, and change management for Fortune 100 digital transformations and software implementations.

Anthony is from Seattle, Washington, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

nathaniel margolies

Nathaniel Margolies

Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nathaniel Margolies

nathaniel margolies

Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nathaniel Margolies is an investment advisor at Goldman Sachs where he advises wealthy individuals, family groups and non-profit organizations.

He graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in both chemistry and economics. Additionally, he holds an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler where he served as chair of the Graduate and Professional Schools Honor System and researched as a Kenan Energy Scholar.

Before joining Goldman Sachs, Nathaniel worked with hospital systems nationwide as the lead financial risk manager for Epic Systems.

 

Josh Haswell

Josh Haswell

Associate Business Development Manager, Duke Energy

Josh Haswell

Associate Business Development Manager

Duke Energy

Josh works on energy storage project development throughout Duke’s Energy Territories.  He focuses on North Carolilna projects but supports other clean-technology efforts within the company.

Originally form Alabama, he graduated with his BS in mechanical engineering in 2007 from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. he spend 13 years in the USAF as an Instructor Pilot. As a decorated combat veteran he serves as a Reservist with the 307th Fighter Squadron.

He holds an MS in project management and completed his Full-Time MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler where he was the Energy Club president and graduated in the top 20% of his class.

Trevor Sprague

Trevor Sprague

Chief Development Officer, Heelstone Renewable Energy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Trevor Sprague

Trevor Sprague

Chief Development Officer, Heelstone Renewable Energy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Trevor Sprague is the chief development officer for Heelstone Renewable Energy, a utility-scale solar developer headquartered in Chapel Hill. He provides oversight for all aspects of project development while setting origination strategies and seeking new market opportunities. He first joined Heelstone upon graduation from the MBA program at UNC Kenan Flagler, where he concentrated in both Energy and Entrepreneurship/Venture Capital.

Prior to attending UNC Kenan-Flagler, Trevor taught high school science in Cleveland, Ohio, as a Teach For American corps member.

 

Bradley Harris

Bradley Harris

Manager, Rates and Regulatory Solutions, Duke Energy
Raleigh, North Carolina

Bradley Harris

bradley harris

Manager, Rates and Regulatory Solutions, Duke Energy
Raleigh, North Carolina

Bradley is responsible for managing several strategic rate design and pricing reforms in Duke Energy’s regulated footprint, focusing primarily on the Carolinas and Florida. Some of his projects have included setting new time-of-use pricing periods for the Carolinas, leading rate design efforts related to electric vehicles, evaluating innovative solutions for financing energy efficiency, and creating programs to aid vulnerable customers.

 

Nicholas Buczacki

Nicholas Buczacki

Senior Project Manager, NextEra Energy Resources

Nicholas Buczacki

Nick is a senior project manager for NextEra Energy Resources based in Juno Beach, Florida. In his role he focuses on securing offtakers for utility scale renewable energy projects developed by NextEra across the western United States.

Nick holds an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he was a Vetter Dean’s Fellow and served as the Energy Club president. Prior to business school, Nick worked as a mining engineer in Florida and Wyoming.

Nick is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and holds a BS in mining engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Parker Bly

Associate Consultant, ScottMadden Inc.

Parker Bly

Parker Bly holds an MBA specializing in Corporate Finance and Energy from UNC Kenan-Flagler, and a BS in civil engineering from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Before graduate school, Parker worked for Kiewit Power Constructors as an engineer on combine-cycle natural gas power plant construction projects. During his MBA, Parker interned at ScottMadden Inc., an energy consulting firm, where he returned full-time after graduation.

Rae Michos

Manager, Energy & Utilities at West Monroe

Rae Michos

Rae is a Manager in West Monroe’s energy and utilities practice and brings 11 years of professional experience in energy, utilities, science, engineering and education. Rae is skilled in providing solutions to distribution, transmission and generation clients for control centers, organizational change, technology implementation, regulatory strategy and large program management.

Careers

Companies that employ our recent alumni are listed below.