The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

John Wesley Yoest, Jr. – Clinical Assistant Professor, Management


Jack Yoest advises senior leaders on best management practices. He is a former captain in the United States Army and earned an M.B.A. from George Mason University. He completed graduate work in the International Operations Management Program at Oxford University.

Yoest served as assistant secretary for health and human resources in Virginia, acting as the chief operating officer and chief technology officer of the $5 billion budget 16,000-employee unit. Yoest also served with Menlo Care, a start-up medical device manufacturer. He was a part of the team that moved sales from zero to over $12 million that resulted in a buyout by Johnson & Johnson.

Yoest and his wife, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D., who is Assistant Secretary, Health and Human Services, live in the Washington, D.C. area with their five children.


Yoest teaching



Published Works

"To get a job, first get a plan and then get busy," The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 20, 2002.

"Bad Management: Hillary Clinton in practice," National Review, May 5, 2008.

"Conducting Business in the Values Vacuum," Scripps-Howard News Service, December 1997.

"Debt of Honor: Remembering USS Bonefish," The Virginian Pilot, June 18, 1999.

"The Salvation of Private Ryan," The Virginian Pilot, Movie Review, March 21, 1999.

"Five Days in May: The loss of the USS Scorpion," National Review Online May 26, 2006.

"G.I. Jane at VMI," Independent Women's Forum, 2001.

"What were the Feminists doing on Sept 10, 2001?" The Women's Quarterly; January 1, 2002.

"Rotary Governance," The Business Monthly, Baltimore-Washington Corridor, December, 2006.

"The Rotary Making a Difference: Self Interest, Rightly Understood," The Business Monthly, Baltimore-Washington Corridor, December, 2006.

The Memo: How the Classified Military Document That Helped the U.S. Win WWII Can Help You Succeed in Business, published by Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Columns for Business and Media Institute

"CNN on Sub-Prime Mortgage Problems: Where is Personal Responsibility?" August 27, 2007.

"CNN's 'Your $$$$$' Gets Gas Price Prediction Wrong," Oct 29, 2007.

"CNN Presents the Fear-Based Economy," Oct 16, 2007.

"CNN Warns of a Recession, Ignores Stock Market Gains," Sept 18, 2007.

"CNN's 'Recession Watch' Continues, with New Definition of Recession," Nov 19, 2007.

"CNN Doesn't Mention Pro-Union Guest Was Union VP," Sept 5, 2007.

"CNN's 'Your $$$$$' Scours the Nation for Recession Hints," Nov 7, 2007.

Columns for Small Business Trends

"Politics as Marketing," Nov 7, 2006.

"Easy Sales: The Trend for Small Business," Oct 24, 2006.

"Respect: The Ultimate Business Etiquette," Oct 17, 2006.

"Job Candidates With Body Art: Hire Or Not?" Oct 10, 2006.

"Late Is Rude and Bad for Small Business," Oct 3, 2006.

"The Peak Experience," Sep 26, 2006.

"Rest to get the Best from Your Small Business," Sep 19, 2006.

"Small Business Super Star Hiring Hassle," Sep 12, 2006.

"Job Interviews: When To Lie," Sept 5, 2006.

"Practice for Small Business Managers," Aug 29, 2006.

"The Latest Trend In Hiring Requirements," Aug 22, 2006.

"Silence Can Be Golden and Good for Small Business," Aug 15, 2006.

"3 Questions for Mentors and Advisors in Small Business," Aug 8, 2006.

"Senator Bill Frist and Small Business Healthcare," Aug 1, 2006.

"Hiring? The Best Question To Ask a Job Candidate," Jul 25, 2006.

"Military Management: The New Trend for Small Business," Jul 18, 2006.

"Women's Future in the Small Business Labor Force," Jul 12, 2006.

"Event Planning: Keeping it SAFE in 4 Easy Steps," Jul 4, 2006.

"The Management of Bureaucrats: 1 Rule, 3 Options," Jun 27, 2006.

"Sales Persistence And Knowing When To Stop," Jun 20, 2006.

Other Presentations and Interviews

"Year 2000 Rollover, Lessons Learned," Panelist for The Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax, VA, Summer, 2000.

"Why Academics and Entrepreneurs Can’t Manage," Speaker, National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship, October 11, 2009.

"iNetwork to NetWorth," Small Business Seminar, Inc. Magazine, iConcept Media, Panelist, October 18, 2007. March 2008.

Manage Your Career, WMAL interview, Washington, DC, Fall, 1997.




In His Words ...

A degree from CUA provides the student a competitive advantage in a crowded job market. The student will have learned how to do the work right and to do the right thing. Our graduates learn the art and science of the practice of management in our classrooms and are equipped to make a positive difference in their chosen fields.– Jack Yoest



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  • MSBA 514 – Advanced Analysis and Problem Solving
  • MGT 323 – Management: Theory and Practice
  • MGT 345 – Marketing Management
  • MGT 311 – Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 310 – Leadership & Organization


M.B.A., George Mason University

Certificate, International Political Economy, Technology and Industry
Oxford University

B.S., Education
Old Dominion University


Industry Experience

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Assistant Secretary, Health and Human Resources, Y2K roll-over, 1998-2000.
  • The Family Foundation, Non-profit, public policy, Board of Directors 1993-1998.
  • Menlo Care, Medical device start-up, sold to J&J Medical, Inc. 1988-1995.
  • Maremont Corporation, automotive components 1980-1984.
  • US Army, Combat Arms, Night Vision and Electro-Optics 1976-1980.

Areas of Expertise

  • Management Development
  • Sales and Marketing Training
  • Small Business and Entrepreneur Solutions
  • Non-Profit Organization Effectiveness
  • Military Readiness
  • Political Campaign Strategy and Execution
  • Women in Leadership; Work-Family Balance