John S. Schwendiman - COO
John S. Schwendiman - COO
Highly experienced in general management, marketing and finance, John S. Schwendiman
has helped companies accelerate profitable growth through new business development, joint-ventures,acquisitions, alliances, direct investments, and strategic planning, both domestic and international.
Since 1991 he has been an independent consultant, entrepreneur, and investor, and he has established and assisted in the establishment and development of many new businesses.
Earlier, from 1971 to 1988, at The Dow Chemical Company, he served as Manager of Strategic Studies, Business Strategist, and Member of the Company??s Executive Strategy Team, reporting to the Chairman of the Board.
He also served as a country manager for two Latin American countries and managed a $50 million (revenues) U.S. plastics business for Dow.
Following his Dow years he served as Corporate and Business Development Vice President for John Brown Inc., a subsidiary of the international engineering and construction firm John Brown PLC.
He has served as a consultant/advisor for development and growth to several companies, large- and medium-sized in a wide range of technologies and industries.
As an international trouble-shooter for Dow Chemical
, a Fortune 30 company, he
worked with executives, top government leaders and officials in many countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa and Switzerland on negotiations and business development projects.
In recent years, John has served as CEO and COO of several start-up and development stage companies.
From 2004 to 2006 he was acting Business Manager of a small intellectual property law firm and was a Technical Consultant for business method patent projects.
He serves on the advisory boards of several growing companies.
Additionally he has served on industry and university advisory boards, including Chairman of The Conference Board Council on International Business Environment in New York City, task groups of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, the Advisory Board on Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the George Washington University, and other universities, including Georgetown University, the University of South California, and The Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.
represented Dow Chemical
at the Council on Foreign Relations
in New York City.
has lectured at leading business schools across the nation, and has been Executive-In-Residence at the George Washington University
School of Government and Business Administration.
educational background includes a B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, with minors in accounting and business management from Brigham Young University
, and a Ph.D. in Management, Finance and Marketing from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
doctoral dissertation, rewritten for a business audience and published by Praeger, was Strategic and Long-Range Planning for the Multinational Corporation
maintains a wide range of contacts around the world, is fascinated by technologies and new business ideas, speaks fluent German and passable Spanish, and has a high energy level for growing profitable businesses.