Young Leader Meeting

DEC Young Leader Series: John Rakolta Jr.

4:30 PM


John Rakolta Jr.

Chairman & CEO


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About This Meeting

DEC Young Leaders enjoyed a late afternoon meeting with John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Walbridge, on December 8, 2015. The sold-out meeting was held at Walbridge Headquarters in downtown Detroit.

In a wide-ranging program titled An On the Record Conversation with John Rakolta, Jr., John shared a number of lessons he learned both growing up in, and growing, the family business.  He strongly encouraged attendees, as he does his employees, to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and to be prepared when the opportunity presents itself. John shared the company’s core values, culture and corporate vision which include understanding but not being afraid of risk and clearly identifying the added value in every task they undertake.

A Q&A session followed which incorporated discussions on establishing a culture of life-long learning for employees, family business challenges and hurdles faced when purchasing a competitor. Afterwards, Young Leaders enjoyed networking with delicious food and beverage and a gorgeous view overlooking the holiday lights of Campus Martius.

Many thanks to John and the Walbridge team for their generosity and for making this meeting possible.

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