The FENG Pittsburgh, PA Chapter
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About the Pittsburgh, PA Chapter
The chapter in Pittsburgh with 366 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.
- 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.