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Tepper School 2013 Alumni Award Winners Honored

Four outstanding alumni have been honored as inaugural recipients of Tepper School Alumni Awards in recognition of their success in business and contributions to the Tepper School community: Patrick Macedo, (MBA’03), James Swartz, (MSIA’66), Jon Kinol, (MSIA’92), Geoffrey Entress, (MSIA’88).  The awards were presented on Sunday, September 8, at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall during the school’s annual Welcome and Awards Reception for students.

While Tepper School graduates have often been honored with Carnegie Mellon University alumni awards, the Tepper School Alumni Association Board established the new awards to recognize excellence within its alumni community. The 2013 honorees are as follows:

Tepper Alumni Achievement Award - James Swartz (MSIA’66)

This award recognizes professional accomplishments and leadership that brings honor to the Tepper School of Business, upholding the highest values and traditions of the school.

Swartz is founding partner of Accel Partners and has served as director of over 50 successful companies and has been closely involved with the emergence of numerous industry-pioneering firms, receiving the National Venture Capital Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He has dedicated his support to the Tepper School for more than 20 years, currently serving on the Business Board of Advisors, the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and also as a student mentor. His personal contributions have made possible the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellows Program and the James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series.

Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement or Service - Patrick Macedo (MBA’03)

This award recognizes an alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years for their outstanding professional accomplishments and service to the Tepper School community.

Macedo is a marketing manager at Heinz Brazil, having moved back to his native county in 2011 to help develop a recent acquisition into one of the company’s strongest and fastest growing businesses. He is one of the youngest charter members of the Tepper School Alumni Board, serving until 2011, and has been an active recruiter at the school. Macedo has spent numerous hours interacting with student clubs, has served as an alumni panelist and was a key organizer of his five and ten-year MBA class reunions.

Tepper Alumni Service Awards (2)– Jon Kinol (MSIA’92) and Geoff Entress (MSIA’88) 

These awards are presented in recognition of volunteer service to the Tepper School community and its alumni organizations, which include active participation in alumni or university affairs, faithful and continued effort in maintaining class, chapter, interest group or other alumni organizations or assistance in expanding the influence and prestige of the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University.

In his 18 years at Deutsche Bank, Kinol rose to become the head of rates trading for North America, one of the organization’s most profitable divisions. In 2010, he joined Credit Suisse as the global head of interest rate products where he continues to build on his career accomplishments while expanding a strong recruiting and philanthropic relationship with the university. His work has greatly enhanced the Tepper Schools presence in the financial services industry.

Entress is an accomplished venture capitalist and angel investor based in the Pacific Northwest and is actively involved in the field of information technologies. His service to the Tepper School ranges from his participation in the Seattle alumni community to his valued work in Pittsburgh. He has been an active member of his alumni chapter, serving as its president from 2005-2007, and frequently hosts events for students and alumni. He also works actively with Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and regularly participates on panel discussions, along with mentoring students.