U.S. Navy (Retired). Member of Board of Advisors                        

4A-Board-Mick Drustrup-400x400Captain John M. (Mick) Drustrup is a third generation U.S. naval officer who has had success as a senior manager in the service and as an executive of businesses in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
After serving three tours in the Navy Deep Submergence program, Captain Drustrup trained and certified teams in torpedo use for the Atlantic Fleet Submarines. He later served in Naval Intelligence as a Special Projects Officer, as the Commanding Officer of the Torpedo Program at the U.S. Guided Missile School, and as the Director of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force of the Navy’s Undersea Warfare Division. His efforts were recognized as responsible for improving the readiness and reliability of torpedo teams in the Atlantic and Pacific submarine fleets.

After retiring from the Navy with the rank of Captain, he became the Material Manager of Westinghouse’s MK-48 and MK-50 torpedo manufacturing division. During his time there, he led the division to cut costs by 40%, reduce time to manufacture and improve quality. He went on to become president of the EMS Development Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of a U.K. firm that designed systems for shipboard degaussing systems, where he increased the firm’s design capabilities and helped bring the company out of bankruptcy.

During his time in the private sector, Captain Drustrup’s leadership has emphasized the importance of quality in manufacturing, the role of maintaining schedules, cost control and cash flow, and of the value of human resources. And throughout his entire career, he emphasizes the role that problem solving has played, particularly in areas in which there is room for improvement, and when his division or firm has proven indispensable to the organization and customers. Captain Drustrup is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a M.S. degree in Physical Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. He lives with his wife in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, on the 33-acre farm his family has owned for three generations.