WHEELING, W.Va., Aug. 29, 2016 - Alumnus John Stopper, a New York area businessman who considers himself a student and follower of trends in global business and technology, will serve as the 2016 Alumni Scholar in Residence at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU).
Stopper, a member of the class of 1975 and founder and chief executive officer of NorthStar Performance Strategies, will share his business world and technology insights with students at his alma mater Sept. 14-16.
In addition to teaching several classes during the three days, Stopper will give a public lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the Recital Hall located inside WJU's Center for Educational Technologies building. The lecture is free and open to area residents and businesses.
The Alumni Scholar in Residence program gives Wheeling Jesuit alumni the chance to share their real world experiences and expertise with today's students. The program was born from the University's 50-Year Club six years ago. Stopper is the sixth WJU graduate to serve as an Alumni Scholar in Residence. All expenses incurred by the alumni scholar are donated, as a gift, to WJU.
WJU Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Robert Phillips said, “I know our students will benefit greatly from John's expertise in global business, sales and the technology world. His many years of experience running companies and providing clients with ways to grow will provide our students with knowledge they can use now and in the future.”
“Wheeling Jesuit played a key role in my life and helped me develop into the person I am today. In addition to the classroom instruction, being a member of the rugby team had a major influence on my life and career,” Stopper explained.
Stopper, who has worked in the technology industry and business world for nearly 40 years, founded NorthStar in 2011. The greater New York City company provides sales strategy development to help companies profitably deploy capital to generate revenue. NorthStar Operational Revenue Model (NORM) enables its customers to assess, plan and execute effective revenue generation strategies.
Stopper said he can provide WJU students different perspectives on what to expect after college because of his knowledge of emerging technologies and global business.
“Being the Alumni Scholar in Residence is a way that I can give back to today's students and fulfill my mission to help the next generation of leaders achieve success. The world moves so quickly today that young people can easily be intimidated,” Stopper said. “However, success leaves clues and there are some indicators on where there may be opportunity in the future. I plan to share these insights with the students.”
His student presentations will take on a different look. Stopper plans to offer a series of workshops or interview events where students can actively participate. “I believe this will resonate well with the students and allow for active engagement. Young people today have insights into future trends that I don't, but I hope that we can work together on taking their ideas and developing them.”
During his public presentation, Stopper will offer insights on “The Future of Work: How to Succeed in Times of Uncertainty.”
Stopper said, “A key to future success is to embrace uncertainty as that is where the jobs will be. Any work with a degree of certainty to it, will be automated. There are also technology indicators that leave clues as to where those jobs will be and how to prepare for them.”
Following the completion of his degree at Wheeling Jesuit, Stopper worked at an Ohio Valley coal mine as his first jobs out of college.
He then left the area and spent the next 35-plus years working in the areas of business development, sales and marketing, as well as running technology companies. Prior to founding NorthStar, Stopper was managing director for Progress Software, where he was responsible for leading all field operations in the Americas including sales, marketing and service delivery.
He was founder and CEO of Precyse Technologies, a private-equity backed RFID (radio frequency identification) technology company, from 2007-09. The company develops wireless Remote Entity Awareness and Control (REAC) systems for remotely managing high-value physical assets and personnel.
Stopper also was vice president and general manager of TIBCO Software, leading a team of 60-plus employees which sold and deployed more than 120 TIBCO products to financial service institutions. From 2000-2006, he was president and chief executive officer of Aperture Technologies, where he grew the developer of desktop software tools into a global enterprise software company.