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Jimmy WardResume

Product Marketing Manager
MBA/MS Program 2014

Jimmy is passionate about utilizing markets to create positive impact. Jimmy is concentrating his studies at the University of Michigan in marketing, entrepreneurship, and sustainable systems to supplement his quantitative and finance background. Recently, Jimmy was a Product Marketing Manager Intern at Microsoft. Within the Lync product marketing team, he analyzed the telephony market, established customer growth trajectory, and completed a go to market strategy and execution plan. Jimmy's previous summer was spent as the inaugural Delta Ventures Innovation Fellow with the Delta Institute and ReBuilding Exchange in Chicago. There he built a business plan for using reclaimed materials for functional and accessible furnishings. He collaborated with the venture founder to establish an innovative business model emphasizing financial, social, and environmental impact through using local design, materials, and human capital. At the University of Michigan Jimmy was selected to the Social Venture Fund, a student run impact investment fund making $50k-$100k investments and building capacity in invested companies. As an Erb student he helped the Global BrightLight Foundation develop a business plan to make solar energy accessible and affordable for the unelectrified population of the world. Before graduate school Jimmy was a Sr. Financial Analyst with NORC, a non-profit social science research organization and helped the organization grow over 50%. Prior to NORC, he was a Finance Associate with LaSalle Bank and Bank of America as part of their Corporate Finance Rotational Program. Jimmy graduated cum laude from Augustana College with a BA in Business Administration concentrating in Management, Finance, and Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. He is an active traveler, food lover, soccer player, outdoorsman, and woodworker.

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Zach Robin

Senior Business Development Manager
EnerNOC, Inc
MBA/MS Program 2010

Zach is a sustainability professional with expertise in business development, strategic account management, partnerships and negotiations. He currently leads business development efforts for enterprise resource management and efficiency solutions at EnerNOC, Inc. While at Michigan, he advised firms in the areas of corporate sustainability strategy, carbon and resource management, and high-performance building. Zach previously spent seven years with Sun Microsystems as a trusted business and technology advisor to strategic customers in Silicon Valley and Asia Pacific.

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David Cieminis

Utility-Scale Solar Project Developer
Axio Power
MBA/MS Program 2010

David is focusing his work at Michigan on exploring business development strategies for renewable energy in both the developed and developing world. This past summer, he worked as a summer associate with Clipper Windpower in their Commercial Operations Unit. During his time at Michigan, he has also worked on strategic marketing projects in the solar arena with Applied Materials’ thin-film group and enXco. Prior to graduate school, David lived in Grand Rapids, MI and working in fund development and marketing for an international relief and development non-profit. David graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. While at Calvin, a research fellowship enabled David to coauthor a published paper on the politics of AIDS in Africa with his supporting professor. Outside of school, David enjoys running, tennis, and trying to surf.

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