John Stakeley

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Management

Accomplished business leader, mentor and educator (AACSB Scholarly Academic) recognized for commitment to setting and achieving organizational goals and driving change. Expert at building stakeholder teams, branding, implementing rapid transitions, and positively impacting the bottom line. Known for having grit (perseverance and passion for long-term goals) problem-solving, critical thinking, creative disruption, Blue Ocean strategy, leadership, innovation, value creation and strategy. Value the importance and contributions of each individual in an organization. Use consultative style to foster and sustain extraordinary relationships with colleagues, clients, and suppliers. Twenty three+ years of Army leadership in ever increasing areas of responsibility. Led soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Independent thinker with distinctive convergence of private business, academic, military and non-profit expertise.

Specialties: Extensive entrepreneurial experience, with hands on management skills, knowledge management, operations skills, marketing and sales management experience in the industrial and commercial fields of engineering, programming, information technology and systems integration.

Buckingham & Clifton's Strength's (Top 5)

  1. Achiever - one with a constant drive for accomplishing tasks
  2. Activator - one who acts to start things in motion
  3. Analytical - one who requires data and/or proof to make sense of their circumstances
  4. Self-Assurance - one who stays true to their beliefs, judgments and is confident of his/her ability
  5. Woo - one who is able to easily persuade 
  • Doctor of Science in Information Systems & Communication, May 2014, Robert Morris University
  • Master of Science in Leadership and Business Ethics, May 2008, Duquesne University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, May 1997, Point Park University

  • Institute of Behavioral and applied Management Member of the Board of Directors: Treasurer, 2021-present
  • Institute of Behavioral and applied Management Member of the Board of Directors and Division IV Chair: Management Education and Pedagogy, 2016 to 2019
  • Veteran’s Leadership Program: Board of Directors, 2016-present
    • Chair, Programs and Services committee
    • Development committee
    • Nominating committee
    • Program and Services Committee
    • Tribute to Veterans planning committee
    • 2016 Executive Director search committee
    • Refocus and rebranding ThinkTank Group
  • Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM): Member of the Board of Directors and Division Chair: Operations Management, 2015-present
  • Member of the editorial board: Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management
  • Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Peritia, LLC. Pittsburgh, PA
  • Co-founder and President, Muninn Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Founder and Chief Instructor, American Freestyle Karate Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Co-founder & Vice President of Sales, Synapse Systems, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Professional Services Sales Leader, Gray Matter Systems, LLC
  • Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Control Solutions, LLC
  • General Manager and Lead Instructor, USA Professional Karate

John Stakeley was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He currently works in the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Command Group, serving as assistant to the Command Sergeant Major and Chief of Staff. The 316th is a team of over 9000 skilled logistics professional soldiers and civilians across the Northeast United States. John Stakeley enlisted in the PA Army National Guard in 1993 as a Field Artillery forward observer, serving in the 107th Field Artillery. Shortly after returning from AIT, he volunteered for Officer Candidate School (OCS Class 36). After graduating from Point Park University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1997, he commissioned as an Armor Officer. After attending Armor Officer Basic Course, he served in Co. C 1/103 AR as a Tank Platoon Leader. 1LT Stakeley then served as Co. D Armor Executive Officer and after completing the Armor Captains Career Course, he served the Company Commander of the 1/103 AR (rear) during 2001-2002. In preparation for field Grade, he attended Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3). CPT Stakeley deployed to Iraq in 2004 as the Logistics Officer (S4) of Task Force Dragoon for 535 days in Bayji, Iraq. There he had full logistics responsibility for an 850 soldier maneuver force and worked closely with Local Nationals in starting businesses. Returning from Iraq, he earned a Masters in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University and transitioned from the PAARNG to the Army Reserve.  He served as the Logistics Officer (S4) and the Operation Officer (S3) with the 2/312 Training Support Battalion (TSB) in Oakdale, PA till 2008. CPT Stakeley then took a break in service to earn his Doctor of Science in Information Systems at Robert Morris University, graduating in 2014. He then returned to service at the 316th ESC and continues to serve today. His 316th ESC assignments include the Command Group, SPO (Support Operations) and G3 (operations)

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Force Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.


Army Reserve

  • G3 Operations
  • Command Group: Administrative Assistant to the 316ESC Command Sergeant Major and Chief of Staff
  • Equal Opportunity Leader
  • Command Group: Knowledge Management Analyst
  • Process Operations Officer: Support Operations (SPO)
  • Battalion Operations Officer (S3)
  • Battalion Logistics Officer (S4)

PA Army National Guard

  • Battalion Logistics Officer (S4), Company Commander, Company Executive Officer, Platoon Leader