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PARALLELS

Peter Resnick ’94

Peter Resnick ’94
  • B.A. in Political Science
  • Owner, Terra Verde Investment Co., sustainable real estate development
  • Chairman of the Board, The Doe Fund, helping the homeless become self-sufficient

What are you working on right now?
Finishing up my MBA at Columbia and starting a sustainable real estate development company.

Which HWS faculty member had the most impact on you and why?
Professor Craig Rimmerman helped me think critically and showed me that real change comes from smart and effective changes in public policy.

Why is sustainability important to you?
I am a father of three young children, and I constantly wonder what kind of environment they will inherit.

What quality do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty

Where are you most comfortable?
On a ski slope.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
Getting into Columbia Business School at 35.

What do you hope to be doing five years from now?
Working with issues of environmental sustainability.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pasta

What keeps you awake at night?
The fate of humanity. And one of our two new puppies.

What is your favorite holiday and why?
The 4th of July reminds me of the uniqueness of our country.

John Catillaz ’09

John Catillaz ’09
  • Double major in Political Science and Environmental Studies
  • Attendee, UN’s 3rd annual global forum on sustainability
  • Business Development Intern, Hydroelectric Company

What are you working on right now?
A GIS map and cost analysis of locations for wind turbines on campus.

Which HWS faculty member had the most impact on you and why?
Professor Tom Drennen exposed me to what I perceive to be an energy crisis and set me on my path.

Why is sustainability important to you?
In 10 years, we’re going to need alternative energies, and I think we should be planning for our future now.

What quality do you most value in your friends?
Integrity

Where are you most comfortable?
At the top of a mountain in the Adirondacks.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
Being on the first Hobart soccer team to go to the second round of the NCA.

What do you hope to be doing five years from now?
Working on business development for a renewable energy company.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Bread and cheese.

What keeps you awake at night?
Thinking about “An Inconvenient Truth.”

What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving. It’s a great time to be with the whole family.