Haub School of Business

The Energy School

General Program Information


June 1-6, 2014
Academy of Risk Management and Insurance
Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University

Program Objective
The Energy School program is intended to enhance and develop the risk management skills of staff members by providing an intensive and challenging forum of various aspects of energy risk management. The program is for risk management professional staff, and is designed to provide these individuals with knowledge and skills necessary to perform and adapt amid the challenges of the industry. Creating an environment that fosters knowledge sharing, applied learning, introspection, interaction, and camaraderie toward personal and professional development is the overarching objective of this program.

Jack Wesley, the former President/CEO of the OIL Group of Companies, along with his counterparts David Ripsom of the Nuclear Energy Insurance Limited (NEIL), and the late David Hadler of Energy Insurance Mutual (EIM) conceptualized, sponsored, and launched The Energy School program in May 2007 at the Bauer School of Management at the University of Houston.  A six-member steering committee comprised of two members from each of the sponsors, provided direction and guidance through the developmental process.  After the Bauer School was unable to accommodate the program for 2008, Mr. Wesley conducted a national search for a new academic partner, which led him to the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance of the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University.  The sponsors valued the Haub School's international accreditation and reputation, experience in designing and delivering customized executive education, and expertise in the insurance and risk management in ultimately selecting Saint Joseph's University as their new academic partner and making SJU the proud home of the The Energy School program since 2008. 

Program Process
As you will see from the program itinerary on the website, The Energy School is an intensive program that is designed to engage program participants in thought, information exchange, and dialogue from the classroom sessions to the case study team meetings in the evening. Participants will gain the benefit and value of the knowledge, experience, and insights offered by academicians, expert practitioners, and industry leaders. The program is designed to offer theoretical foundations upon which participants can apply what has been learned in practical, real-world situations.

Program Leaders
Mr. Mike Angelina, the Executive Director of the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance and a former Chief Risk Officer, is the faculty advisor and facilitator for The Energy School program. The staff of the Haub School of Business Center for Professional Development will provide administrative and logistical support for the program. The program sponsors who approved the program and funded a major portion of the program fee for participants are: Scott Goodell of EIM, David Ripsom of NEIL, and Robert Stauffer of OIL, who are President and CEO of their respective organizations, with guidance from their colleagues Jill Dominguez (EIM) and Gail Miller (OMSL/OIL) and Bruce Sassi (NEIL).

Dress Code
Dress code for the program is business casual.

At registration participants will receive  a program binder containing the program presentations and materials. Cases will be available electronically for the participants to access in advance of the program. Laptop computers will be available (one for each team); access to computers may be limited so participants may want to bring their laptops if desired.

Project Teams/Case Studies
Participants will be assigned a team number in advance of the program, and on opening night (Sunday), participants will meet and join the other team members. Each team will work on case studies throughout the week. The cases will be available electronically for participants to access in advance of the program, and it is recommended that participants review the assigned cases prior to the start of the program.

Participants will work on the "Old Sparky" case starting after dinner on Sunday, and each team will present that case on Monday morning. Each team will be assigned on Sunday a segment of the "Bombastic" case, on which they will work throughout the week, and present their segment on Thursday morning. Each team also will work on one other case during the program. Participants should contact Mike Angelina (mangelin@sju.edu, 610-660-3275) with any questions regarding program content or the cases studies. Finally, each participant will be asked to write a case study on an ethical issue, and submit that about two weeks prior to the start of the program (instructions forthcoming). Program faculty will select cases those submitted that will be used for the "Ethics" module. The teams may be reassigned for this module.

Hotel/Visiting Philadelphia
Reservations have been made for you at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, located about two miles north of Saint Joseph's University. In addition to the hotel amenities, there also are pubs and shopping centers within walking distance of the hotel. The concierge or desk attendant can assist you. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute cab ride from the center city section of Philadelphia, where you can see and experience much of the city's historic, cultural, and entertainment offerings.

A registration table will be set-up at the hotel where the welcome reception and opening dinner will be held. Below is the contact information for the hotel:

Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
215-879-4000, 215-879-9020 (fax)

Shuttle service will transport the participants between the hotel and the University each day. Participants will meet in the hotel lobby each morning. Check the program itinerary for times.