Private Pilot and Adventure Flying Enthusiast

  • Published a book, article, or paper
  • Received an award or special recognition
  • Received one or more certifications
  • Networked with other professionals
  • Taught a subject or trade to others
  • Filed one or more patents
  • Spoken in front of an audience about an area of expertise
  • Donates time to philanthropic causes or organizations


John Gressett
Current objective: teach COPA members how easy it is to fly their own planes INTERNATIONALLY

Longer term objective: Lead/Host International/Exotic Adventure Vacation flights catering to COPA members

Recently retired IBM Executive seeking adventure & fun!

My IBM career taught me to be a strategic problem-solver and gave me extensive experience as a technical consultant and project manager. Exceptional at partnering with international team members. Proven success in achieving outstanding customer satisfaction while executing global projects.  Uniquely skilled at transforming complex/ambiguous situations into meaningful outcomes.

- Complex Project Mgmt - Problem Solving - Communication
- Contract Negotiation - Team Mgmt - Positive Customer Mgmt
- Marketing / Sales - Leadership / Facilitation - Decision Making

Proudest Accomplishment

My wife and I flew our own Cirrus SR22 to Costa Rica and made the cover of CIRRUS PILOT magazine !

Experience Highlights

  • Private Pilot Consultant, General Aviation Leader
    Private Pilot
  • Executive Project Manager
  • Executive Customer Consultant
  • Technical Support Project Management Leader

Education  and Certifications

  • Masters in Business Administration
    Winona State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
    Marquette University
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®)
    Project management Institute
  • IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundations v3
    ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)

Causes & Interests

  • Airport Council General Aviation Representative
    Rochester International airport
  • Treasurer
    Rochester Area Family Y
  • Board Member and Finance Committee Chair
    Rochester Area Family Y


  • 1200
    hours total PIC time
  • 200
    hours SR22 PIC time

Flying Skills

  • ifr rated (1984)
  • Active safety pilot
  • FLying club financial mgmt
  • Mentor for new pilots


Rochester, Minnesota Area