David Obolewicz earned his MS in Geochemistry, Mining Geology from Montana Tech in Butte, MT, in 1978. His Master’s Thesis was Geology and Geochemistry of Highland Mountains in Highland, MT. Before that, he received his BS in Meteorology from the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics in Honolulu, HI in 1970.
Along the way, he's completed several professional development courses including core courses toward his MBA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK; strategic alliances and negotiating techniques from the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, VA; project management, risk analysis and estimating at the BP Management Training Center in Houston, TX; group dynamics, managing difficult people, personal development and interpersonal communication from ARCO Training and Research Centers in Plano, TX and Los Angeles, CA.
As an Adjunct Professor at Keene State his major focus has been on the instruction of earth sciences and advanced courses in economic geology, physical geology, paleoclimates/modern climates and meteorology.
In addition, Mr. Obolewicz taught Environmental Issues and business at Southern New Hampshire University , a course set-aside for 3-year honors business students. The class involved rigorous debates among students and teacher regarding vital environmental issues and how they impact business. He also taught Energy and Society with the focus on alternative energy solutions, politics and science surrounding such issues.
Further, he's mentored "gifted" mathematics and science students at Bow Memorial School in Bow, NH. That job entailed developing, implementing and teaching 7th and 8th grade students how engineering, construction and business dovetail to produce marketable products.
While working as a project control manager at ARCO, BP-Amoco in Anchorage, he managed a team of professionals responsible for the financial control, estimates, critical path scheduling, risk assessment/benefits analysis, structuring of contractor alliances, negotiating contract terms and incentives for oil/gas field construction projects on the North Slope of Alaska.
As a control accountant and business analyst with ARCO Alaska, Mr. Obolewicz was a team leader on joint venture field audits. His primary task was to review and analyze the legitimacy of joint venture capital and expense charges claimed against oil field capital, exploration and business operations. Part of his job was negotiating terms to settle disputed charges as well as developing and tracking staff and operations budgets and initiating economic cost benefit studies for capital projects. Mr. Obolewicz also worked as a project geologist/geochemist for Anaconda Minerals which operated in the USA, Australia and Mexico. There, he was responsible for developing and implementing base/precious metal exploration programs in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia using cutting edge technology in geochemistry, geophysics and geotectonics. As part of the job, he led exploration teams to remote and physically challenging regions of the world and was part of project teams that developed mine and mill sites. From there, he generated feasibility studies that fully examined return-on-capital employed. This incorporated many variables including market demand, bringing goods to market, site infrastructure, power generation, site development, mill design, milling as a stand-alone, raising of capital, labor and cultural issues, safety and all environmental impacts.
As if that wasn't enough, he also was a teacher assistant at Montana Tech in Butte and was a high school Physics teacher in Eldred, NY.
In his personal life, Obolewicz says his children are his number one priority. He also enjoys hiking, camping, boating, travel landscape architecture, model rocketry and railroading, fly-fishing, mineral collecting and target shooting.
He is a past member of Rotary International and the Bow Planning Board. He's also coached youth sports teams, was a volunteer in schools for teaching purposes and extremely active with his children’s sports clubs, fund raising, training and tournaments.