Awards Recipients

This year's recipients of the annual Tepper School Alumni Awards

Manoj Singh (MSIA 1976) – 2016 Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award:

As the retired Chief Operating Officer of Deloitte from 2007-2015, Manoj P. Singh (MSIA 1976), was instrumental in guiding the world’s largest professional services firm through the complexity of today’s global economy.  He was one of the four managing directors reporting to the global CEO. Prior to this, Manoj was based in Hong Kong as the CEO of the Asia Pacific region of Deloitte from 2003 to 2007. He previously led the Americas region of Deloitte Consulting until 2003. Manoj 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 has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Consultants in the United States by Consulting Magazine. An active alumni speaker and event sponsor, Manoj has served on Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees since 2007. He is a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, he serves the Tepper School’s Business Board of Advisors and the board of directors of the U.S.-India Business Council.

For his impressive career accomplishments coupled with his lifetime of outstanding service to the Tepper School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University, we are honored to award Manoj the 2016 Tepper Distinguished Achievement Award.

Joel Adams (MSIA 1986) - 2016 Tepper Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award:

Joel Adams is one of our most accomplished alumni in the venture capital field and has devoted much of his career to growing the Pittsburgh venture community and nurturing entrepreneurship activities in the region. He founded Adams Capital Management in 1994 and has raised $815 million of capital since inception. Before establishing the firm, he served as a Vice President and General Partner at Fostin Capital Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based, family-owned investment firm. He began his career as a Nuclear Test Engineer at General Dynamics Corporation.

Joel has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Mellon University since 2001 and is currently Chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition to speaking on campus and hosting alumni events, he has served as a member of the Tepper School’s Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council as well as the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board and the Robotics Institute Advisory Board at CMU.

For his exemplary career accomplishments as well as his passionate service to Carnegie Mellon University and the Tepper School community, it is our honor to award Joel the 2016 Tepper Distinguished Achievement Award.

Rimmo Jolly (MSIA 1995) - 2016 Tepper Alumni Service Award:

Rimmo Jolly is one of the Tepper School’s most highly engaged alumni volunteers and generous contributors. He has been an impact player in every alumni market he has lived in – first New York, then San Francisco and now Hong Kong.  An enthusiastic networker, Rimmo was instrumental in launching the Tepper Wall Street Network in NYC where he was a driving force in helping actively recruit and prepare Tepper students for successful Wall Street careers. Many students and fellow alumni are grateful for the generous time that Rimmo has given to speak with them and provide feedback as they pursued financial careers on Wall Street and in Hong Kong.

Currently a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager for Citi in Hong Kong, Rimmo has been an active alumni recruiter at Citi for MBA, MSCF and undergraduate Tepper students and alumni. Rimmo was also a founding member of the Tepper School Alumni Board serving from 2008-2013 often traveling from Hong Kong to attend meetings.  He makes us aware that we are all linked and hold a special bond that should be nurtured.

For his selfless service to the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University, we gratefully present Rimmo Jolly with the 2016 Tepper Alumni Service Award.

Geoffrey Bent (MBA 2007) - 2016 Tepper Recent Alumni Award:


Geoffrey Bent began giving back to the Tepper community as an MBA student. He was the inspiration and lead organizer of the first student trek visits to China and organized his first alumni event as a summer intern at Amazon in July 2007. He became an active volunteer in the Tepper Seattle Chapter upon his graduation and then volunteered to serve as president of the chapter from 2010 until 2015. Geoff has been an exceptional chapter leader.  Under his leadership, the Seattle chapter has become a model for other alumni chapters. His cultivation of the alumni network through the organization of diverse events, broad engagement of fellow volunteers and an impressive monthly newsletter has set a strong foundation for the long-term success of this chapter. Geoff’s leadership in giving has set a positive example for his chapter, helping them lead all other chapters in their giving participation.

For his incredible enthusiasm and effort in strengthening the Tepper alumni community, especially in the Seattle region, we are proud to honor Geoff with the 2016 Tepper Recent Alumni Award for Service.

Shamir Karkal (MBA 2006) and Joshua Reich (MBA 2006) - 2016 Recent Alumni Award (Achievement):

In 2009, Entrepreneurs and Tepper MBA classmates, Shamir Karkal and Josh Reich, co-founded the innovative finance start-up, BankSimple. In 2014, the pair sold BankSimple to Spanish global banking company, BBVA, for $117 million marking an impressive achievement for these recent alumni who continued to lead the organization after the acquisition. Shamir transformed his background in software engineering to an expertise in finance and banking during his time at the Tepper School. Prior to launching BankSimple, Shamir served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, specializing in strategy consulting for financial institutions in the U.S., Europe and Middle East. He served as CFO at Simple until 2015 and now continues on the Board of Directors and is Head of Open APIs at BBVA. Josh’s career began as a software developer and spanned marketing analytics and quantitative finance. His experience running a data mining consulting firm and providing strategy consultancy to a multi-billion dollar investment fund served as the foundation as he pursued the founding of Simple, where he continues to serve as CEO.

For their innovative leadership and impressive accomplishments in radically redesigning banking using technology, we are proud to award Shamir and Josh the 2016 Tepper Recent Alumni Award for Achievement.