Meet Our Faculty

Stephen Arbogast

Director, Professor

Stephen Arbogast’s teaching career focuses on international finance, project finance, business ethics and the business of energy. He is the author of “Resisting Corporate Corruption: Cases in Practical Ethics from Enron through the Financial Crisis” (Wiley, 2017). 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. He received a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, his BA in government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Thomas, Houston.

Robert Caldwell

Senior Vice President

Rob Caldwell recently retired as president of Duke Energy Renewables and Senior Vice President of Business Development of Duke Energy based in Charlotte, NC. He led the company’s commercial portfolio consisting of the commercial renewable energy generation, battery storage, energy management and electric transmission development businesses. He joined Duke Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions. Caldwell began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen and Co in Detroit. Before joining Duke Energy, he held various operating and financial positions within the natural gas industry in Michigan.

A native of Michigan, Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Dan Domeracki

Vice President

Dan Domeracki is Vice President, Government and Industry Relations for Schlumberger Limited. Before this role Domeracki served as Vice President, Global Accounts and Industry Affairs (NA) for Schlumberger where he was responsible for leading Schlumberger’s global account program and dedicated Global Account teams. During 2008 – 2011 Domeracki was Global Account Director for ConocoPhillips managing the executive level corporate relationship between ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger. From 2006 – 2008 Domeracki was based in London where he served as Vice President, Marketing &Technology for the Schlumberger Reservoir Management Group. He holds a masters degree in Geology from the University of South Carolina.

Al Harper

Upstream Treasurer

Alfred Y. Harper is the Upstream Treasurer in Exxon Mobil Corporation. Al joined the company in June 1990. After various finance-related assignments in Dallas, Houston, Singapore
and Coral Gables, he was named Assistant Treasurer of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2000. In 2001, Al became the Business Services Manager and Controller of ExxonMobil de Venezuela in Caracas, and in 2005, he was named Business Services Manager and Treasurer of ExxonMobil Qatar in Doha.
In July 2008, Al joined the ExxonMobil Development Company, where he held the titles of Controller and then Treasurer. His teams supported the development and financing of ExxonMobil’s major upstream projects around the world. Al holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has two children.

Paul Holshouser

Senior Director

Paul Holshouser is the Senior Director of Project Finance at Distributed Sun. Paul provides leadership and analysis for DSUN’s activities raising and deploying capital throughout the solar project life cycle. In this role, Paul has been responsible for development capital raises, development decision making, and diligence for the sales of both development and operating solar projects.

Prior to Distributed Sun, Paul served as Finance Policy Manager for the American Wind Energy Association, supporting the nation’s primary wind advocacy organization in matters dealing with project finance. Prior to AWEA, he was a Risk Officer for Wachovia Corporation, providing risk analysis for or against investments in American wind projects.

Professor Holshouser holds a both a BSBA and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler.

David Levy

Vice President

David Levy is Vice President Upstream Business Services & Upstream Controller.  David was born in Massachusetts and received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from New York University.  He is a CPA. David and his wife Margie have two children and they reside in Houston, Texas.

Jordan Mintz

Vice President

Jordan H. Mintz serves as the Vice President-Tax and Chief Tax Officer of  Kinder Morgan, Inc. The Company’s pipelines transport primarily natural gas, refined petroleum products, CO2, and crude oil.  He overseas approximately 75 professionals responsible for administration of corporate and partnership tax planning, including property and indirect tax, compliance, audit, and reporting functions. He previously held Senior Tax positions positions at publicly-traded Centex Corporation, Enron Corporation, and Exxon Corporation.  He was also a Tax Partner at Houston-based Bracewell LLP.

Jordan earned his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from the Boston University School of Law, and his Masters In Taxation from the NYU School of Law.

Ray Brooks

Senior Vice President

Ray Brooks is Executive Vice President, Refining of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He is also Senior Vice President of MPLX GP LLC.  A board member for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM), a subcommittee member and past chairman for the American Petroleum Institute (API), and member and past chairman of the AFPM/API Process Safety Advisory Committee. He is a current member of the University of Cincinnati Engineering College Advisory Council.

Mr. Brooks joined Marathon in 1979 as a chemical engineering co-op. In 1983, he started a progression of technical and management positions at Garyville, Texas City, Robinson, Catlettsburg, St. Paul Park, and Galveston Bay refineries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1983 and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans in 1988.

Phil Rogers

Vice President

Phil Rogers 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. During a 33-year career at Exxon Corporation, Phil developed many sophisticated mathematical models that were used to optimize a wide variety of the Corporation’s business operations. He then joined the University of Houston, where he taught courses in statistics, business modeling and decision making and was awarded a university-wide teaching excellence award.

Joel Thomas

Vice President

Joel Thomas serves as the Vice President of Development at Community Energy. Joel has led the company’s competitive electric division as well as the community solar division, culminating in the company’s ownership of four community solar projects. In addition to his role at Community Energy, Joel is a performer and instructor at the Philly Improv Theater in Philadelphia, PA.

Chris Vlahoplus

Internal Advisor

Chris Vlahoplus serves as internal advisor and liaison for key client relationships and work. He also provides mentorship across the firm and closely supports ScottMadden’s analytics capability. Prior to this role, Chris had been a management consultant to the energy and utility industry for 28 years, serving 20 years as a partner. He led ScottMadden’s clean tech & sustainability practice area for six years, including a role as co-leader of the firm’s nuclear consulting practice. During his tenure, Chris assisted more than 40 companies focusing on electric generation business management, merger integration, strategic and business planning, organizational restructuring, and management models. Prior to joining ScottMadden, Chris worked in nuclear safety at Duke Power Company. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sasha Weintraub

Senior Vice President

Sasha Weintraub serves as Senior Vice President, 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. His duties include retail programs, rate design and analysis, and the customer experience program. Sasha has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University, and a doctorate degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.