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Todd Grzech
Todd Grzech

Executive MBA '99
President, PIC Group, Inc.

Tell us about PIC.
PIC is a 100% owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese trading firm.  PIC is a global specialty power industry service provider that operates, maintains, commissions, and constructs power plants worldwide.  We focus on customer satisfaction and providing the optimal solution based on our experienced personnel and solid project and program management skills.


Can you describe a typical week at PIC?
No week is typical, but activities revolve around supporting our customers, ensuring our employees have the tools required to perform their work activities, and making sure our stakeholders receive the returns they require.  Specific items would include negotiating an O&M contract to operate and maintain a power plant either here domestically or abroad, monitoring the progress on the construction of a new bio-mass power plant project in Florida, or ensuring that the proper field consultants; whether they are Filipinos, Indonesians, Peruvians, or U.S. are mobilized and equipped to perform an outage on a combustion turbine or boiler.


Why did you choose Krannert for your Executive MBA education?
Due to its overall reputation and ranking and the structure of the 2 week residencies, which allow you to focus on the curriculum and build long-lasting relationships with other members of the class.


How did Krannert prepare you for your role as President?
By giving me the tools to review information and ask questions with regards to such information.  It provided me the overall basic knowledge and confidence to question items, whether they are financial, organizational, operational, or strategic in nature.


What do you value most about your MBA experience?
It set me on the path for ever increasing knowledge seeking.  That is, it made me more inquisitive around specific subject areas.  In addition, it provided me with life-long friends and colleagues in business.


Was the international component valuable?
Yes, very much so.  I traveled to China and learned that although we may operate differently, we all seek the same things.  Learning the cultural aspects of how decisions are made was key.


Tell us about your favorite class or professor at Krannert.
I enjoyed my Economics classes, especially the one taught by Jerry Lynch.  I had limited exposure to Economics in my undergraduate major, Engineering, and like the premises of Economics, which is around making the best choices with limited resources.  That is, there are always trade-offs in decision making, analyzing the trade-offs is key, which happens in business every day.


What advice do you have for executives considering an MBA?
Make sure that you are entering for yourself and the knowledge that you will gain, and not for an advancement in your company or elsewhere.  If you're not personally committed to the program, you won't gain the value.


Anything we've missed that you'd like to share?
The two-week residencies allow you to feel a part of the University.  Going to the Co-Rec to play basketball, walking the campus, enjoying your favorite beverage at Harry's and working in the study rooms with your group during the evening, all allow you to take in what it's like to be a student more than a weekend Executive MBA would allow.