Stephan Rotella is a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for StoneCastle Cash Management, LLC. Prior to his time at StoneCastle, Mr. Rotella was the President of Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, CEO of Chase Home Finance, LLC, and the Executive Vice President for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Rotella also served as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the WMI Holding’s Corporation and the President of Retail Banking at WMI Holdings Corporation.
Stephen Rotella has also found employment opportunities in the systems consulting industry, mutual funds and retail brokerage. He has also been responsible for commercial and mortgage oversight lines of business, as well as the day to day operations of financial institutions. He has provided leadership and training, as well as corporate development.
Mr. Rotella’s business career has spanned more than 30 years and he has been involved in financial services on many different levels. His background encompasses Internet and retail banking, large scale operations, organizational development and asset management.
He is also very active in his community and focuses his efforts on helping the underprivileged. He has served as a Board of Director member for entities such as BalletMet Columbus, Arts Fund, The Seattle Foundation and YouthCare. Rotella believes it is important to give back in life and he finds it gratifying to help others build a better life.
In 2015, Mr. Rotella took on the role of Chairman for LIFT, a non-profit organization dedicated to the ending of intergenerational poverty. Prior to taking over as Chairman, Mr. Rotella served as Chair for the development committee. He has worked with LIFT’s members to enhance the services offered and to address the poverty cycle in this country in more direct and effective manner. Working with LIFT, he finds it uplifting for himself to help others make the transition from underprivileged to self sustaining.
Mr. Rotella’s educational background includes earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from New York State University at Stony Brook in 1975. He then went on to New York State University at Albany in 1978 and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Information Systems.
Fashion attributes its advancement to the technological industry. Over the centuries, fashion designers have utilized sewing machines that were built based on technological innovations. Chris Burch believes that the past states of these two industries determine the future. He pointed out how the boom box was quickly replaced by the iPod as a music playing equipment.
Burch also highlighted that most fashion brands are made of recycled materials. SegraSegra is a cloth line of t-shirts and jackets. These items are made of inner bicycle tubes. Emma Whiteside also unveiled a big gown stitched with recycled radiator copper.
Technology and Fashion Working Together
Interestingly, designers are defying all odds by designing fashionable items that can generate power. Soledad Martin is one of those designers. He is finishing up his shoe prototype that can generate power as a person walks or jogs. The power can charge a mobile phone.
The good thing about fashion and technology is that they can work together. At times, new technological pieces require a fashion touch for them to be popular. Google Glass is an example of such innovations. This device can be worn like eyeglasses and can enable a person to perform basic computer operations like browsing the web.
About Chris Burch
Christopher Burch is a prominent entrepreneur and investor with over 40 years of experience. He has worked with numerous companies throughout his career. Burch is also recognized for his contributions to the creation of luxury and technology brands. These include Voss Water, Faena Hotel + Universe, and Poppin. Burch previously sat on the board of directors of The Continuum Group and Guggenheim Capital.
Burch was passionate about entrepreneurship when he was still a young boy. He attended the Ithaca College in 1976. While in college, he enlisted his brother’s help and started eye apparel known as Eagle. Both siblings contributed a total of $2,000 as a capital venture to run the business. Luckily, the business grew rapidly and amassed $165 million. Burch and his brother decided to sell it to Swire Group.
Besides entrepreneurship, Burch is also keen in emerging business ventures. He usually conducts cost-benefit analyses on them before investing his money. Burch invested in the construction of luxurious residential properties in New York and Florida. He also signed a partnership with Alan Faena, an hotelier and Phillipe Stark, an architect, to develop a piece of land. They agreed on building a hotel known as the Faena Hotel + Universe.