Four Business Leaders Honored at Eberly College 2019 Business Day

Posted on 5/16/2019 2:42:18 PM

Four graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology were honored with induction into the Eberly College’s Business Hall of Distinction.

The criteria for selection for the Hall of Distinction are demonstratable and sustained business success and good citizenship.

Honorees are:

  • Tami Dotter, a 2002 marketing major and management minor summa cum laude bachelor’s degree graduate and a 2003 master’s degree graduate with a focus on finance and marketing; vice president, Consumer Insights and CRM Tommy Hilfiger

  • Susan Oh, a 1990 accounting bachelor’s degree summa cum laude graduate; CFA, director, Risk Parity and Currency Hedging, Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System

  • Wendy Pardee, a 1994 accounting and management of information systems bachelor’s degree graduate, a 1995 MBA graduate and a 2010 Administration and Leadership Studies PhD graduate; chief executive officer of the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

  • Greg Steve, a 1988 finance and accounting graduate, who is senior vice president and senior corporate banking business development officer at First Commonwealth Bank in Pittsburgh

The recognition took place during Eberly College’s 41st annual Business Day, the premier professional development and networking event for the college.

More than 500 students participated in the program, which includes more than 100 alumni and business partners in morning panel sessions, a networking session, and a luncheon program focused on highlighting student achievements during the year and recognizing prominent business alumni selected for the Hall of Distinction.

Tammy Dotter

Tammy DotterIn her role as vice president of Consumer Insights and CRM for Tommy Hilfiger North America, Dotter oversees customer insights, marketplace trends, analytics, and marketing operations that help drive business decisions across all business functions from design to media for the company, which is a globally renowned fashion brand distributed in more than100 countries. She is standing up a new consumer insights function to infuse market trends into the day-to-day business decisions.

Before Tommy Hilfiger, Dotter spent four years at Ralph Lauren in NYC as the director of Channel Engagement. She partnered with channel stakeholders, including retail stores, outlet stores, ecommerce, and Club Monaco, as well as their European counterparts to develop customer experiences based upon data collected and appended through multiple sources. While at Ralph Lauren, she worked on priority projects such as the development and testing of a custom clientele solution, advanced modeling, and defining new customer segmentations.

The first seven years of Dotter’s professional career began at Paul Fredrick MenStyle in Fleetwood. She worked her way through programs that included ad media placement, catalog, email, and finally overseeing all CRM programs for the company. A browse-based email program she developed earned a Marketing Sherpa Award in 2014. Through her time at Paul Fredrick she learned and fostered her passion for database marketing which has fueled the rest of her career.

While attending the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, she was a member of the Student Marketing Association, including a term as vice president of the organization.

Susan Oh

Susan OhThe Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System is a $55-billion defined benefit pension plan. In Oh’s role as CFA and director, Risk Parity and Currency Hedging, she focuses on asset allocation and strategy development to improve total fund diversification and risk-adjusted return. She is responsible for managing a $4-billion Risk Parity mandate, with $2 billion of the mandate being managed internally. She is also responsible for a $4-billion plan-wide currency hedging strategy.

Oh has been an innovator at PSERS, initiating their swap overlay program in 2006, advocating for a greater risk-balanced asset allocation after the global financial crisis, leading the Risk Parity initiative in 2012 and the currency hedging initiative in 2013. These innovations have grown to become large contributors to diversification and alpha generation of the plan and led to a greater proportion of assets managed internally.

In Oh’s 24 years at PSERS, she previously served as chair of the Asset Allocation Committee and senior portfolio manager of internal international public equities, which grew to $8 billion at its height.
She serves on the Advisory Board and Women Investors’ Forum Steering Committee of the Alternative Investor Forum. In 2018 she was named as one of the 25 NextGen luminaries by the publication Chief Investment Officer.

She started her career with KPMG, where she performed audit and consulting services for corporate and government clients. She is a CFA charter holder and a licensed CPA.

Wendy Pardee

Wendy PardeePardee’s doctoral dissertation at IUP focused on financial and operational performance variances among traditional nonprofits versus those engaged in earned income activities. She has an interest in high-performing nonprofits and achieving operational efficiencies.

Pardee has found her passion in the nonprofit sector and has more than 20 years of experience in human services. She served as chief financial officer of the Community Guidance Center, a nonprofit behavioral health and addiction counseling service agency in Indiana, where she developed a passion for offering a robust spectrum of services and moving beyond silos of care.

Her first chief executive officer role was with Skills of Central Pennsylvania, a $50-million intellectual disability and behavioral healthcare provider located throughout central Pennsylvania. Serving over 1,100 individuals through an array of programs, she implemented an ambitious strategic plan that sought to diversify revenue streams.

She then became the chief executive officer of Hattie Larlham, an Ohio-based nonprofit that provides medical, residential, recreational, and work training services to 1,800 children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Recognizing that Pennsylvania is her true home, she returned to Pittsburgh to lead the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. She enjoys advancing the organization’s mission to provide high-quality therapeutic, educational, and social services to children and families in western Pennsylvania. She has just led the organization through an ambitious strategic planning process, but can also be found in classrooms blowing bubbles, having deep discussions about Santa Claus, or listening to knock-knock jokes.

Throughout her career, she has demonstrated an interest in building partnerships and developing innovative programs that focus on holistic approaches to care for underserved populations. She has grown personally through her experiences with families of children with disabilities, and it has shaped her interest in advocating for inclusion.

She has served on community health councils, local YMCA boards, community daycare boards, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association board, the Center Area Transportation Authority Board, and the American Association of University Women.

Gregory Steve

Gregory SteveFollowing his IUP degree, Steve earned his MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business in 1991. As a senior vice president and senior corporate banking business development officer at First Commonwealth Bank in Pittsburgh, he is responsible for leading business development activities for the commercial banking segment in all First Commonwealth Bank markets.

He has 30 years of banking and private equity experience. He served as SVP and regional sales manager at Wells Fargo and as national sales manager for Huntington Bank’s Asset Based Lending Group. Previously he opened and managed the Pittsburgh office for Huron Capital Partners as well as served as managing director and regional manager at National City Business Credit/PNC Business Credit. He began his career as a certified public accountant at Deloitte.

During his banking career, Steve has specialized and developed expertise in working with private equity groups in structuring senior financing solutions for merger and acquisition transactions. He has also managed, developed, and structured debt capital solutions for real estate investors, middle market, and large corporate clients on a national basis. His experience also includes turnaround and debt restructuring for a broad array of companies and industries.

He serves IUP as a board member for the Foundation for IUP and Residential Revival Indiana. He has also been a longtime member of the IUP Business Advisory Council. He is a past member of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors (2002–08).

He is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. He also served on the Board of the Turnaround Management Association in both Pittsburgh and upstate New York.

Steve sits on the board of directors and serves as Audit and Finance Committee chair for Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh. He has been very active in the Upper St. Clair Athletic Association as a youth league director and youth coach for baseball and basketball.

Steve is a native of Indiana. He and his wife, Gina, also a 1988 IUP alumna with a degree in natural science, live in Upper St. Clair with their four children: Thomas, Ally, Jack (a current IUP student), and Sara.