John Rostas

Rostas, John

Job Title: Former COO
Company: BDA, Inc. (Retired)
Industry: Aerospace, Defense, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Entertainment
Mentor Since: Fall 2007
Will Mentor: Graduate Students

Employment History

BDA, Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
JP Morgan Chase
United Technologies
GE Appliances
GE Aerospace


BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
MBA - Tuck School, Dartmouth College

Mentoring Objectives & Scope

The student's needs are the focus of my mentoring sessions, whether they involve career planning and gap analysis, fine-tuning a resume and personal marketing collateral, the development of a practical networking plan, practice interviews, or just a discussion on successes/failures we have jointly had in the past, and what we have learned from them. Objectives are agreed upon at our first meeting, as we will use them to guide our discussions in the future. Bottom line: The sessions will be focused on what the STUDENT wants/needs, as well as being informal and fun.

When and where do you hold meetings with your students?

Near campus or on the Eastside. Timing is totally flexible.

Additional Information

Proven track record in managing complex, multi-site business operations for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Broad international and domestic experience managing both customer and supplier relationships. Rapid progression through operations leadership roles, program management, and general management in the appliance, aerospace, and financial services industries. Strengths include building teams that value cross-functional working relationships, implementing world-class management systems, and excellent communication skills. Demonstrates a strong passion for the development of people, and mentoring of staff.