Faculty Bios


Stephen Arbogast

Stephen Arbogast

Finance Faculty, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Stephen Arbogast served from 1997-2004 as the Treasurer of Exxon Chemical and ExxonMobil Chemical Company. His Exxon career spanned 32 years and included assignments as Finance Manager of Esso Brasileira, Treasurer of Exxon Capital Corporation and Finance Director of Esso Standard Thailand.

Don Bellman

Don Bellman

UH-Bauer Clinical Faculty, ExxonMobil Chemicals

Don Bellman is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, where he teaches classes in the global energy value chain, upstream oil and gas economics, and refining and petrochemical economics.

Robert Caldwell

Robert Caldwell

Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources, Duke Energy

Rob Caldwell serves as Senior Vice President of Distributed Energy Resources for Duke Energy’s regulated utilities. In this role, he is responsible for developing policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed energy resources, which include solar photovoltaic, distributed and renewable generation; cogeneration/combined heat and power; microgrids; and plug-in electric vehicles and storage.

Paul Holshouser

Paul Holshouser

Adjunct Faculty, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Paul Holshouser is the Director of Project Finance for Distributed Sun, a solar development and financial advisory company headquartered in Washington DC.

Bill Leffler

Bill Leffler

Corporate Planning, Chemicals, Shell Refining

After a career in the petroleum industry in the upstream, downstream, and petrochemicals businesses, William Leffler is now an educator, writer, and private consultant.

Jordan Mintz

Jordan Mintz

Adjunct faculty, UH Law, Tax

Mr. Mintz is Vice President and Chief Tax Officer of Kinder Morgan, the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America based on enterprise value.

Steve Newby

Steve Newby

CEO, Summit Midstream

Mr. Newby is the Founder, President & CEO of Summit Midstream and a member of the Board of Directors of Summit Midstream Partners, LP and Summit Midstream Partners, LLC. Mr. Newby is responsible for the Company’s strategic investments and day-to-day operations.

Phil Rogers

Phil Rogers

Operations & Decision Modeling of Energy Problems, ASU Clinical Faculty

Phil Rogers is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, with minors in Statistics and Mathematical Economics.

Chris Ross

Chris Ross

Energy Consulting

Chris Ross began his career in 1966 with BP in London, culminating as part of a small think tank reporting to the Main Board addressing looming issues of nationalization in the Middle East and Africa.

Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas

Adjunct Faculty UNC Kenan-Flagler, Solar Industry

Joel Thomas has a 10 year career in entrepreneurship, with a focus on clean energy. In 2011, Joel joined Community Energy, Inc., where he is the Business Development Manager.

Alexander Weintraub

Alexander “Sasha” Weintraub

Senior Vice President Customer Solutions, Duke Energy

Sasha Weintraub serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions for Duke Energy. He is responsible for aligning customer-focused products and services to deliver a personalized end-to-end customer experience that positions Duke Energy for long –term growth.

Energy at Kenan-Flagler

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center promotes sound public policy through balanced programming, research, and career placement across the energy value chain. The Center strives to advances sound, conscientious, and innovative leadership in the energy space through comprehensive programming for UNC Kenan-Flagler students.

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