Rahe's Executive-in-Residence Program Brings USC Aiken Alum to Campus

Staff Report From Aiken CEO

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

During its inaugural Aiken Business Leadership Symposium, the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Business Administration invited its Spring 2019 Executive-in-Residence to campus to address current students and community business leaders.

Matt Osteen, Class of '04, is the chief operating officer of Green Energy Biofuel, where he coordinates all the business and logistical details of two upcycling facilities and biodiesel refineries. While on campus, he met with faculty, staff and students in the School of Business, sharing his insights and lessons learned both while at USC Aiken and in the professional world.

"We created the [executive-in-residence] program to give business students a taste of what the real business world is, as seen through the eyes of people who have been successful," said founders Pres and Jerry Ann Rahe.

"The executives are encouraged to talk about their mistakes and how they recognized and addressed them; their successes and how they created them by working with others; how they treat, motivate, and inspire their employees; and the ethical standards that are expected in the business world," said E. Preston Rahe, Jr., a retired president of Westinghouse Government Environmental Services, LLC, and a long-standing member of the SoBA Business Advisory Council.

The SoBA recently expanded the The E. Preston Rahe, Jr. and Jerry Ann Rahe Executive-in-Residence Program by creating a course called "Executives-in-Residence." As part of this program, more than 20 business leaders visit with classes as guest lecturers, engaging students and sharing additional insights and lessons learned.

"To put it simply, business is not about reading assignments and taking tests. It's about how you create a strategic vision and inspire others to embrace it. Essential to the business world is how you interact with others and how they view you," the Rahes said.

"These are complex concepts that are difficult to teach in the classroom."