JOHN RAKOLTA, JR.
CHAIRMAN & CEO -
Walbridge Aldinger Company
Rakolta, Jr. is the only son of John Rakolta a prominent
citizen of Detroit, Michigan.
He heads up one of the 50 largest construction
firms in the United States, Walbridge Aldinger.
This privately held family-owned construction firm
specializes in the Design/Build/Management and Development
of large-scale commercial, municipal, educational, federal
and industry-specific projects.
is a second-generation American Romanian.
He takes great pride in his Romanian heritage,
especially given that both sets of his grandparents were
born in Romania. They
come from Transylvanian cities of Ludus, county of Sibiu,
Unimat and Simiklous, county of Satu Mare.
He cherishes the Romanian traditions that were
practiced in his home as a child, especially Romanian
food, such as sarmale (stuffed cabbage), carnati
(sausage), mamaliga (corn meal) and cozonaci ( cake).
He is married to the former Terry Lynn Stern and
together they have 4 children, Eileen, Lauren, Paige and
Rakolta, Jr. received his Bachelors of Science degree in
Civil Engineering from Marquette University in 1970.
Thereafter, he completed the Smaller Company
Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
His business career started with Walbridge Aldinger
in 1971 and he held a variety of positions culminating
with the dual role of Chairman and CEO in 1993.
has successfully managed his company’s resources,
especially its most valuable resources, its clients and
employees, forward into the new millennium.
Under his stewardship, the company has tripled in
currently has offices in Mexico City, Tampa, Ft.
Lauderdale, Chicago and Detroit. Its projects are located in over a dozen states and several
Walbridge Aldinger expands its geographic boundaries into
the 21st Century, he is a firm believer in the
value of diversity and global competition.
Rakolta, Jr. welcomes your visit to the Detroit Romanian
Honorary Consular web page.
He invites you to experience this beautiful and
rich culture and the country that makes up his heritage.
Romania like many countries in Eastern Europe is
opening its borders and government to new ideas and
history, architecture, art and people are full of
interesting facts, legends, landmarks and treasures.
is why, when he was approached by the Romanian-American
community in the United States to undertake the start-up
and leadership of a new, honorary Romanian Consul Office
in Michigan, he was eager to embrace the challenge. It was the perfect marriage of his heritage and his globally
progressive business outlook.