About the Author



(A Brief Professional CV. February 12, 2009)


Dr. John”

Dr. John was born in the city of Chania, Crete, Greece. Grew up there through the Second World War and the Civil strife / war that followed. Finished a science oriented high school in Chania. He applied to MIT from where he was accepted and came to the USA to study. Later on he studied also at the University of Maryland, and Carnegie-Mellon University. He and his family reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Briefly, career areas:

-The USA Space program in its early years,

--Management of Technology Centers,

--Corporate Executive,

--Founder of the industrial Group, JPIndustries, Inc. (see notes below), it became a

Fortune 500 Corporation (the first Greek American born in Greece to do so)

--Vice Chairman, Industrial Technology Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan

--Professor of Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions, University of Michigan

--Senior Lecturer, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts

--Advised two Michigan Governors,

--Chairman of Strategic Fund of Michigan (Economic Development Agency)

--Belonged to a small mid-west group of advisors to president Busch (father),

--Advisor to Prime Minister C. Mitsotakis, Athens, Greece

--Member of several Boards and Committees of Academic Institutions and


--Have authored / co-authored several books and numerous articles and studies.

Notes: JPIndustries, Inc. had 7700 employees in the USA and Europe. This group was merged to large strategic group. Dr. John was its Chairman and President til its merger was complete.

Subsequently, he Founded and was Chairman of a second industrial group, JPEnterprises, Inc., that had over 2000employees.This group was bought by a private fund.


Diploma: Science High School, Chania, Crete.

BSc: Mechanical Eng. MIT.

MSc: Mech. Eng. MIT.

PhD: Mechanical and Nuclear Eng. University of Maryland.

PFE: Graduate School of Industrial Management, Carnegie-Mellon University.

Current Business Activities

Founder and President of JP-Management Center (www.jp-mc.com) that provides CEO and Senior Executive Coaching and Advisory Services in person or via the Internet, Strategic Growth Model Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Selectively lectures on Business Enterprise and Society, and on Technology and Society.

Prior Business Affiliations

. JPE inc, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Founded 1992 and sold in 1998.

He was its Founder and Chairman.O

J.P. Industries, Inc. (JPI), Ann Arbor, Michigan, (1978-1990) Founder, Chairman, and President.

Founded this manufacturing and Distribution Industrial Group that capitalized on the application of modern management and manufacturing and Distribution (Logistic) techniques to existing product lines. Through internal growth and acquisitions, achieved NYSE listing as a multi-industry company in the United States, Europe and Japan. JPI, within ten years, became a Fortune 500 global company with annual sales of $600 million. JPI was strategically merged into T&N plc of England in 1990.

o Masco Corporation, Taylor, Michigan (a multi-industry corporation) (1970-1978)

Corporate Vice President for Planning and Technology

Group Vice President for International Operations

o Allis Chalmers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1966-1970)

Director of Technology Center, including Space Vehicle related research and development, New Products Planning, and Market Research

o Martin Marrieta, Baltimore, Maryland (1962-1966)

Senior Scientist and Department Manager of R&D on Energy Conversion

for Space Vehicles

o Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, Massachusetts (1958-1962)

Department Manager, Vacuum Thermionics for Space Vehicles

Honorary Degrees:

PhD, Eastern Michigan University,

DSc, Cleary University, and

Diploma, Western Iowa College.

Commencement / keynote speeches at Graduation Ceremonies:

Eastern Michigan University

Cleary University

Western Iowa College

Anatolia College

American College of Thessaloniki, MBA Graduation

Nyenrode Business University, Holland

Madonna Univ. The Annual McManus Lecture

MIT: Distinguished Alumni Speech, Mech. Eng. Department

Activities Relating to Academic Institutions

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology):

Member Development Board.

Member Advisory Committee, Mechanical Engineering Department.

Senior Lecturer Mechanical Engineering Department

Chairman of a Fund Raising Committee in 1997 and raised over $25 million.

Currently co-chairman of a fund raising committee to raise by June $15 million (already have received over $13 million commitments).

University of Michigan:

Member Advisory Committee, School of Business.

Advisory Committee, Mech. Eng. Department.

Chairman of the Stearn’s Board, School of Music and Theater.

Professor of business strategy and acquisitions

The Business School has named a chair, the

"John Psarouthakis Chair in Manufacturing Management".

Carnegie Mellon University:

Member of the Board of Trustees.

Member of the Advisory Council, Graduate School of Business Administration.

Lecturer on Management of Research and Development.

Eastern Michigan University:

Founding Chairman of the Center for Entrepreneurship

Chairman of the Development Board, College of Business.

Member of Task Force for the Design and Establishment of the EMU Foundation.

Campaigned / lobbied with the state legislature for funds raised to build the new College of Business building complex.

Visiting lecturer, College of Business.

Anatolia College / ACT:

Trustee, Member of the Board of Trustees.

Designed and lead the launching of an American standards MBA degree program. The college has honored me by naming me Co-Founder of the Degree program.

Organized the Institute for Management Leadership (IML).

College for Creative Arts (Michigan)

Trustee: Member of the Board of Trustees

Chairman of the 1997 Fund raising committee.

Other Awards / Recognitions (complete listing or request)

MIT: Corporate Leadership award.

MIT: Clark full tuition and books Scholarship recipient for my Junior and Senior Years

U of M: Entrepreneur's Award.

Maryland Academy of Science: Distinguished Young Scientist Award

Recipient of Ellis Island Congressional Metal of Honor

Recipient of the Technology University of Crete’s Gold Medal.

Honored by the American Association of Deans of Business Schools for my contributions to Entrepreneurship in academia and practice.

Entrepreneur of the Year, 1988 and 1995, Inc. Magazine

Recipient of numerous other academic, professional, business, and State awards and honors at local and national level. Have been listed in: American Men of Science, Who is Who in America, Who is Who in the World, Who is Who in Finance, etc.

Visiting / Invited Lecturer / Fellow at the:

University of Edinburgh, Scotland,

Chalmers Technology University, Gothenburg, Sweden,

Karlsruhe Leadership Academy, Germany,

Reutlingen University, Export Academy, Germany,

Madonna University, Detroit, Michigan, and the

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Have given a number of speeches / presentations on management, finance, and capital funding at related conferences in the USA and Europe.


"Distinguished Visiting Fellow-Professor", Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland;
Publisher of GavdosPress.com, and Executive Editor, BusinessThinker.com


Speeches and Presentations


Various Financial, Professional, Businesses, and Technological Conferences &

Symposia (detail list on request ), here is a partial listing:



A large number of Science and Engineering Conference Papers related to Space
Technology (list on request).

Articles Published

Have over 100 scientific, management, economic development, and tecnology articles presented and published in journals and / or conference proceedings. (Listing on request) in the areas of:


"How to Acquire the Right Business" Xlibris, April 2009 (with Lorraine M. Uhlaner)

Elisabeth's Gift” Xlibris, March 2008

To Doron Tis Elisabeth” Ellinika Grammata, 2000 (in Greek, published in Greece)

Balancing in the Balkans”, St. Martin’s, Press, 1999 (with Ray Tanter)

Dynamic Management of Growing Firms”, Univ. of Mich..Press, 1998 (with L. Hendrickson Uhlaner)

Managing the Growing Firm”, published by Prentice Hall, 1992 (with Lorraine Hendrickson Uhlaner)

Better Makes Us Best”, Productivity Press,1989





Featured Articles on JPE, JPI and Me

In publications listed below:



  • Barron's

  • Business Month

  • Business Week

  • Corporate Detroit

  • The Detroiter

  • Financial World

  • Forbes

  • Fortune

  • INC Magazine

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Michigan Business

  • Nation's Business

  • OTC Review

  • Venture Magazine

  • Wall Street Transcript

  • Detroit Free Press

  • Detroit News

  • Crain's Detroit Business

  • Ann Arbor News



Member, Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Foundation.

Chairman of the Strategic Fund of Michigan: a State economic development Agency.

Member of Fund Raising Committee to Build the Michigan Heart and Cardiovascular Medical Center.

Member of numerous fund raising committees in Michigan.

Member of several business, bank, and community Boards and Committees for organizational and fund raising objectives.


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