Brian Uher

“EMTM was critical for understanding a new framework in an emerging business and an emerging industry. I’m absolutely certain that if I had not gotten this degree I would not be able to run my business as effectively... perhaps not at all.”


Brian Uher, MS, EMTM’07
Director, Amicus Consulting Services
President, Access Green, LLC
Kensington, MD

Brian Uher, MS, EMTM'07

Brian studied biology before developing an interest in sustainable building and architecture. Training in different sides of the business — including project management and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building — led him to start his own consulting firm, Amicus Consulting Services, which focuses on aligning sustainability strategies with economics. Over time Brian had observed a lack of financial savvy in the sustainability industry and he believed it was holding the industry back. “I looked carefully at all the aspects of sustainability: recycling, construction, real estate financing, and every step of the way there were road blocks because of the lack of integrated approach.” As he set out to grow Amicus, Brian wanted to develop that integrated approach and offer new tools to create better energy savings for his clients. Finding a graduate education that would support his efforts was a necessary next step.

Why EMTM?

As the proprietor of his own company, Brian had the flexibility to go back to school, but he also wanted to continue working fulltime. Architecture school, though relevant to his career path, was not going to fill in the financial training gaps. Brian was initially drawn to Wharton’s Executive MBA for its reputation in finance but he also knew he needed more than an MBA. Through word of mouth, he found the ideal program in EMTM. “EMTM was really the perfect marriage for me. Energy solutions and sustainability are technology based and if you don’t understand the technology, you’re flat on your feet. The business training, engineering and technology transfer components would each serve the company well in negotiating what is essentially a new market.”

Career Impact

Brian came to EMTM with a very focused game plan for his career and business. From the outset, he found the cooperative, learning-intensive environment at EMTM inspiring. “Working on teams was an extraordinary experience and EMTM students were remarkable for their willingness to collaborate and share ideas.”

The program also gave Brian a strong business foundation that he could not have gotten elsewhere. At Amicus, he works with residential and mixed-use developers, advising on greener building choices in projects as various as mixed-use facilities and school retrofit projects. Classes in finance and topics such as risk valuation and management are essential components of his day-to-day decision-making. “Not only can I help my clients optimize their energy profile but I can also help them with their ROI.”

When he completed the program, Brian started another business, Access Green, to offer auditing and verification services for the residential market. “I got into the auditing side in order to develop new tools and metrics to establish best practices in the arena of green building.” So far, Brian has found classes like data mining have given him an edge in using algorithms to uncover “what’s possible.”

Brian is currently developing a computer tool for modeling energy usage and cost data on building projects, and his network of IT professionals from EMTM has been a tremendous help. “There’s nothing better than being able to talk to an IT guy who understands business concepts — and that’s the skill set EMTM offers.”

As he watches Amicus and Access Green grow in the brave new world of the sustainability industry, Brian is very happy with his decision to attend the program. “EMTM was critical for understanding a new framework in an emerging business and an emerging industry. I’m absolutely certain that if I had not gotten this degree I would not be able to run my business as effectively... perhaps not at all.”