The FENG Pittsburgh, PA Chapter
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About the Pittsburgh, PA Chapter
The chapter in Pittsburgh with 357 professionals with more than half on the Alumni list (meaning -- employed or they have landed and are with a new employer).
Our objective is to support each other, share leads and discuss general intelligence about the market. If you are available we'd love to have you attend.
- Michelle Vensel
- For over 25 years Michelle has provided strategic direction and operational leadership for both domestic and global start-up to Fortune 50 companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, and government and industry organizations. Her career has spanned the active formation, growth, management and turnaround of companies and businesses, as well as the investing, lending and capital raising sides of finance.
As owner of Protean Energy Advisors, she serves her clients as operating partner or interim executive where she has held multiple roles as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chief Development Officer and Strategic Advisor.
Prior to her consulting and advisory career, she managed a $2BN private equity portfolio and $1BN in supporting debt and leases for GE Capital Structured Finance Energy, managing 80% of GE's investment in power and renewables in the United States while also serving as the group's turnaround and restructuring specialist. She was previously Regional Head for the Americas, Commodity Finance at Societe Generale New York, providing a full range of structured finance, hedging and trade solutions for global commodity companies in the metals and mining, oil and gas, fertilizer, coal and agricultural industries. She began her career as an accountant with Hill, Barth and King CPA's and as an associate in the corporate and investment bank training program with NationsBank Corporation (Bank of America). She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Sacred Heart University, a member of the United States Navy Reserves, chairman of the Board - Clarion County KIZ Industrial Development Board, a Power Link Advisory Board Member, Advisory Board Member for Clarion University School of Business, and a Board Member of various GE entities holding LP interests in project investments.
She holds a Master of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a BSBA Accounting from Clarion University.
- Angel Couoh
- Angel is a bilingual English-Spanish business analyst. He started his career as an auditor and consultant at Ernst and Young while attending college in Mexico. After graduating, he worked as an Internal Auditor at Univasa, currently Bachoco, the largest poultry company in Mexico; 2 years later he moved to the controller’s office as Assistant Controller in charge of corporate accounting and financial analysis; then he was promoted as Assistant to the Director of Production where he planned the whole production cycle of 65+ million poultry units. Angel moved to the United States to learn English and for better opportunities. He worked at PNC bank where he performed audits to the payroll and the benefits departments. A couple of years later he moved to General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) where he managed the International Credit Department. During his career at GNC, Angel pursued his master’s degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University. His business mindset, ability to build relationships, and analytical skills facilitated him to develop strong relationships with clients, identify customers’ needs, provide effective solutions, and increase sales volume while enforcing credit policies and mitigating risk exposure. He helped GNC to expand its footprint in international markets, from 15 countries in 2000 to 55 countries in 2018.
Angel is also involved in his community. He is an active member of Toastmaster Club 847 in Pittsburgh. He also served as a Board Member and Treasurer at Casa San Jose in 2014 and 2015 and at The Hispanic Center in 2006 and 2007; both organizations in Pittsburgh, PA. Now Angel accepted to help run the FENG Pittsburgh chapter.
- Mike Wittkopp
- Mike has long enjoyed global economic news, investments analysis, and most aspects of corporate finance. His progressive career includes 26 years of working in the defense and space market at Unisys and then The Boeing Company starting as a G/L accountant. He is currently the COO / CFO of a small but talented IT services company in Monroeville PA.
Mike continues to dedicate time to the development of Non-Profit organizations, stemming from supporting United Way allocation committees, and the Boeing Employee Community fund. Mike and his family established To Play Too, a Pennsylvania based charity working to provide opportunities for children of all abilities to play together at special needs adapted facilities. Mike also helped establish Believe N Ride, a startup Non-Profit to enable a farm’s resources to provide horseback riding for children attending a nearby special needs school.
Mike holds a BS in Finance as well as a Masters of Management from The Pennsylvania State University. During 2015, Mike gained both FINRA series 7 & 63 certifications, allowing him to provide financial services to individuals, and this year completed the ITIL Foundations Certification.
- Ed Wesolek
- Ed was most recently Managing Director and Executive Manager for Financial Planning and Analysis for BNY Mellon. He spent over 21 years there, and is currently in transition looking for his next opportunity. Ed's most recent responsibilities were Global Process Owner for FPA where he was responsible for continuous process improvement and key Finance lead on many Finance automation and standardization projects and initiatives. Previous to this assignment, Ed was Managing Director and Manager for Planning Analytics where he was primarily responsible for the annual budget and quarterly forecast process for BNY Mellon. Previously to this role he was Global Controller/CFO for General Services and Corporate Real Estate. Ed joined the predecessor of BNY Mellon, Mellon Financial, in 1996 as Controller for Mellon Leasing Corporation.
Ed has a MBA from Duquesne University and his bachelors degree from Robert Morris University, both in Pittsburgh, PA. He is active in the community as vice chairman of the Shaler Township Civil Service Commission as well as captain of an adult league ice hockey team. He is also a certified open water scuba instructor for both PADI and SSI and has held adjunct faculty positions at DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management. Ed and his wife Betty live in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh. They have two grown daughters - Stephanie (Jason) and Sarah as well Alexander their 2 year old grandson.