Basil P. Rouskas, MBA, CEO
Basil is a management consultant, coach, mentor, advisor and expert in Executive Development. His philosophy has two key anchors: “When executives commit to something they believe in and fully leverage their strengths, they can achieve extraordinary results.” This philosophy has been consistently validated throughout his experience in corporate life and in the consulting world where he has been a leader, mentor, business coach and professional advisor to thousands of leaders.
In 2004, Basil co-founded NovAspire, Inc., with his partner and wife Dr. Tamara Goldstein, to bring to life their dream of a powerful change process for extraordinary leadership. This followed the divestiture of Basil Rouskas Associates, Inc., a Fortune 1000 management-consulting firm in Human Resources Development, he had founded in 1988. Under Basil's leadership the company created a successful versatile portfolio of products and coaching/development services that included leadership development for today’s knowledge worker and an action-learning-based coaching program, that won a National Best Practices Award in 2003 by a consortium of Corporate & Government experts. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Basil had a successful 15-year international corporate career. He was in leadership positions in the Financial Services industry with responsibilities including Risk Management, Commercial Underwriting, Product Development and Zonal International P&L Management.
In his management consultant role, Basil has personally led assignments in General Electric, Chemical Bank (currently JP MorganChase), Foster Wheeler, NASD (National Association of Security Dealers, a spin-off of NASDAQ), Nabisco, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Schering Plough, GlaxoSmithKline, Warner Lambert (currently Pfizer), Cornell University, Euler-ACI, Bristol Myers Squibb, Masco Industries, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ, Chubb Group, SEIU, Rutgers University, Prudential, Woodward Clyde, Barclays Bank, Recruit USA, and other, smaller, organizations.
Basil is an experienced consultant, speaker, presenter, trainer, coach and facilitator. He has extensive experience in 360-degree feedback systems, senior leadership strategic retreat facilitation, leadership development coaching, and action learning processes. Under his coaching and mentoring, executives have reported dramatic improvements in their leadership effectiveness and the direction of their careers.
He has also taught at several institutions of higher learning and has been a lecturer, consultant and leadership development instructor since 1993 at the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management (MBA) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Basil holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece. In the US he earned an MBA in 1972, and a Masters Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Rutgers University in 1991.
He has worked, lived and traveled extensively in many countries and speaks several languages. This diverse perspective informs his effectiveness with multicultural challenges in today's global organizations.
Basil has volunteered his large-scale facilitation skills to many organizations, such as a NJ school serving the educational and vocational needs of 250 special-needs students and the Somerset NJ County Board of Mental Health. He has run Senior Management retreats and provided leadership coaching for Operation Smile, a global not- for-profit organization that trains and supervises local doctors in the surgical correction of congenital facial abnormalities to children throughout the world.
Basil served as International Director of NJ Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Garden State Council from 1995 to 1998, and as President of the Central NJ chapter of SHRM in 1994. He is currently member of SHRM High Technology network, a Professional Emphasis Group (PEG), focusing on the Human Resources issues of high technology organizations and of ODN (Organizational Development Network).
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