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GEM Faculty

Integrating theory with field perspectives

Integrating academic theory with real-world business is a challenging task, especially when it is focused on such a dynamic and ever-evolving industry like energy. That’s why the GEM Program strives to recruit faculty with extensive experience in this dynamic and global sector. Over 87% of GEM professors bring their years of energy industry experience into the classroom and help students understand how theoretical concepts are applied in real-world business situations. Our professors’ experience spans five continents and averages over 15 years in the industry. All meet the rigorous AACSB requirements needed for this internationally recognized accreditation.

Paul Alvarez, MBA
William Ascher, PhD
Andy Bertsch, DBA
John Burkholder, MSSM
Ralph Cantafio, J.D., MS
Terri Carver, J.D.
Janie Chermak, PhD
Gary Hapken, CPA, MBA
Lynn Hendrix, J.D.
Maen M. Husein, PhD
Jack Mason, PhD
Brent Mattson, PhD
Richard P. Mignogna, PhD, PE
Michael J. Orlando, PhD
Steven Richardson, J.D.
Lisa Roy
Herb Rubenstein, J.D.
Steven Seay, PhD

Steven Seay, Ph.D., a product of Silicon Valley, California and an MIT-trained strategist, is the Managing Partner for Crimson Eagle LLC, an Executive and Management consultancy based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steven’s client list includes such notables as Kellogg’s, Harley-Davidson, Chicago Public Schools, Aramco and the U.S. Postal Service.

Dr. Seay is a frequent speaker, author and business/management lecturer at many institutions to include Auburn University, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Troy State University, Capella University and Southwestern College, as well as a visiting professor for Oxford University. Dr. Seay has delivered over 2,000 workshops to include Strategic Planning, Effective Communication, Managing Change, Consulting Skills and Customer Service.

Steven has served in executive roles with other notable companies such as Jostens, Best Buy, Oracle and Aramco Oil. Steven holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Psychology, an MBA in Strategy and a Ph.D. in Management and Organization Development. Dr. Seay also serves as an Advisory Board member for the Twin City Company--Pinnacle Services, Inc., a board member for the Minnesota Mental Health Association, and a former board member of the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA).

Prior to business, Steven traveled the world training, practicing and competing in Mixed Martial Arts, specifically Kempo Karate, Brazilian Jiujutsu, Kyokushin, Aiki-Jiujutsu, and Krav Maga, and competed in Asian and Far Eastern games and cage fighting in Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia, Japan (PRIDE) and Morocco, all of which served to bring Mixed Martial Arts to America as seen in UFC fighting. Steven’s MMA record from 1986 – 1991 was 24-3-0. Steven is teaching his two daughters, Savannah and Tess, self-defense techniques as well as striking and grappling techniques.

Melissa Wood, MBA
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