Andy’s passions revolve around the intersection of innovation and advanced analytics. The applications of these passions are evident in his focus on new venture creation and helping students discover the joy of entrepreneurship and the massive potential power of data and advanced analytics (AI, ML, PA, etc.).
In 2014, Andy co-founded OThot – a Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics company that helps customers predict, understand, and change the future. OThot deploys a proprietary analytics process and leverages state-of-the-art data mining and analytics tools to develop and maintain managed analytics programs for its customers.
Also in 2014, Andy was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Analytics and an Executive/Entrepreneur In Residence at Pitt Business. His primary responsibilities in these roles include developing and delivering curriculum at the intersection of analytics and entrepreneurship, mentoring students that are creating new ventures, fostering an entrepreneurial environment, and developing a concept for graduates to be leaders in the blossoming business analytics field.
Andy has been an entrepreneur since 1995. His companies touched a range of industries including analytics, software, consulting, and materials science (a CMU spinout). He was directly involved in over $180 million of venture transactions and three of these companies were bought by industry leaders. Andy worked successfully with prominent venture firms such as Trident Capital, Advent International, Safeguard Scientific, Draper Triangle, and Birchmere. He has also raised funding from leading leverage buyout companies including Vestar and corporate VCs such as Samsung and Applied Materials.
Andy has been a keynote or guest speaker for the National Academy of Sciences, University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration commencement, Bayer Material Science Innovation Day, University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Startup Weekend, the Pitt Big Idea Contest (twice,) and many others. The topics of his talks include innovation, new venture creation and growth, and international competitiveness. Andy has been a regular guest lecturer at CMU (where he was an Adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship) and Pitt.
Andy holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Marketing and Finance and a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State. He began his professional career at Deloitte and in 2003 completed the Carnegie Mellon University Entrepreneurial Management Program.