John Ondik

Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center
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John is owner of The Ondik Group, a management consulting firm, where he works with large and small businesses and government on a variety of strategy and process improvement efforts. He teaches courses for entrepreneurs and small business owners at the Wharton Small Business Development Center, serves on several advisory boards, and has been a judge and mentor in numerous business plan competitions.

Prior to forming The Ondik Group, he was Vice President of Military Services at Aramark, a Fortune 250 company and one of the world’s leading outsourced services companies, where he started a new business venture providing consulting, food and support services to the military. While at Aramark he also served as Vice President of Business Development, responsible for client service, process improvement and knowledge-sharing activities across 8 business units with $7 billion in revenue, and was a member of the Executive Leadership Council. John was also Director of US Operations for SRS Energy, a solar roofing startup. Previously, he was National Director of Purchasing at KPMG, a leading global accounting and consulting firm, a role he created where he developed and implemented the firm’s first national procurement process. Earlier, John was a consulting manager with both KPMG and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and also served as the first Director of Marketing and Business Development for Andersen’s Philadelphia consulting group. He worked as a consultant at the Wharton SBDC, where he was recognized by the Bernard Foundation as the Best Consultant in a Small Business Development Center, and has also been an Executive in Residence at the Science Center, a leading business incubator, where he was the 2005 Executive in Residence of the Year.

John began his career with the US Navy where he spent almost 10 years on active duty as a Supply Corps officer, and retired from the US Navy Reserve in 2008. He held a variety of logistics and operations leadership roles, and was awarded six personal commendations for superior performance of duty.

John holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University. He also completed an executive program at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. He resides in Havertown PA with his wife Liz, where he was a longtime soccer, baseball and basketball coach, and is active in his parish. They have 3 grown children John, a LTJG in the US Navy and graduate of Georgetown University; Christopher, now third generation in the family insurance business and a graduate of Fordham University; and Alexandra, a senior at Villanova University.

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Past Appearances

Knowledge @Wharton: October 19, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Rickey Biddle (Director of Business Development, MK Management), Matt Gold (Adjunct Professor of Law; former Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for North America, Fordham University School of Law), Andrea Bjorklund (Professor; L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, McGill University), James Hines Jr. (L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law, Co-Director, Law and Economics Program, Michigan Law; Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics, Dept of Economics; Research Director, Office of Tax Policy Research, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan), John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center), Erin McGowan (Associate Director, Wharton’s Small Business Development Center, The Wharton School), and Richard Dasher (Director of Stanford University’s U.S. – Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University) on the Thursday, October 19, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: April 13, 2017

Hosts Loren Feldman and Celeste Corrado are joined by John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) on the Thursday, April 13, 2017 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: February 2, 2017

Hosts Loren Feldman and Celeste Corrado are joined by John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) on the Thursday, February 2, 2017 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: December 30, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jun Zhu (Senior Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute), Jason Halpern (Co-Founder, Gridless Power), Artem Mariychin (CEO, Co-Founder, Zodiac), John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center), John Breglio (Veteran Entertainment Lawyer and Broadway, Film and TV Producer), Guy Cecala (CEO, Inside Mortgage Finance), Peter Fader, and Olivia Mitchell (Professor, The Wharton School) on the Friday, December 30, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, December 30, 2016

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: December 22, 2016

Hosts Loren Feldman and Celeste Corrado are joined by John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) and Jay Goltz (Founder and CEO, The Goltz Group) on the Thursday, December 22, 2016 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: November 24, 2016

Hosts Loren Feldman and Celeste Corrado are joined by John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) and Jay Goltz (Founder and CEO, The Goltz Group) on the Thursday, November 24, 2016 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: November 8, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Jeffrey Passel (Senior Demographer, Pew Research Center), Lawrence Levy (Board of Directors; Author of “To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History”, Pixar), Mike Maher (Co-Founder, CEO; Former US Naval Officer, Houwzer), Michelle Egan (Professor, School of International Service; Global Fellow, Wilson Center, American University), John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center), and Olivier Chatain (Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Policy Department; Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation at the Wharton School, HEC Paris) on the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC: October 27, 2016

Hosts Loren Feldman and Celeste Corrado are joined by John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) and Jay Goltz (Founder and CEO, The Goltz Group) on the Thursday, October 27, 2016 edition of Mind Your Business, with the Wharton SBDC.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: August 18, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Dara Continenza (Travel Editor, Hopper.com), Ahmed Khan (Philanthropist, Elpida Home Project), Jason Halpern (Co-Founder, Gridless Power), Adrienne Boissy (CEO; Staff Neurologist, Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis., Cleveland Clinic), and John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center) on the Thursday, August 18, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: June 23, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by John Hansman (Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massechusetts Institute of Technology), Donna Allie (Founder and CEO, Team Clean), John Ondik (Program Executive; Director of Strategy and Growth, MK Management, Wharton Small Business Development Center), Christopher Lochhead (Co-Founder, Play Bigger), Loretta Alkalay (Adjunct Faculty Member’ Former Regional Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Vaughn College), and William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School) on the Thursday, June 23, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

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