Tepper School alumni recognized at Reunion Weekend for professional excellence and impact on the Tepper School community

Tepper School of Business alumni are honored each year for their dedication to the school, accomplishments in business and leadership within their respective fields. For the first time this year, the Alumni Awards were presented at Reunion Weekend, making it a particularly memorable event for the awardees and the Tepper School alumni community.

Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: 
Manoj Singh, MSIA ’76

In the 40 years since he completed his studies at the business school, Manoj Singh has shown outstanding dedication to the Carnegie Mellon community, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Tepper School’s 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 and 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 and remained in this post until he retired in 2015.

Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award:
Joel Adams, MSIA ’86

In addition to serving the Carnegie Mellon community 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 designed for investing in early-stage technology startups, and has raised $815 million of 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.


Tepper Alumni Service Award:
Rimmo Jolly, MSIA ’95

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 students for successful Wall Street careers, and was instrumental in launching the Tepper Wall Street Network. Jolly was also 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 the 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 Citi.


Tepper Recent Alumni Award:
Geoffrey Bent, MBA ’07

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 chapter president from 2010–2015. Bent has organized a myriad of diverse events, promoted broad engagement of 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.


Tepper Recent Alumni Achievement Award:
Shamir Karkal, MBA ’06, and Joshua Reich, MBA ’06

Shamir Karkal (pictured at left) and Joshua Reich (not pictured) co-founded the finance startup BankSimple (now known as Simple) 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 table, 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 the Middle East. He currently serves as head of Open APIs at the global banking company BBVA, and continues to sit on the Board of Directors at Simple.

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 Simple. He continues to serve as Simple’s CEO.

In 2014, Karkal and Reich sold Simple to BBVA for $117 million.