Professor of Operations,
PhD, MSc and BSc, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As a seasoned CEO, accomplished entrepreneur and executive coach, Dr. Kastner balances his time among activities that he loves, including teaching in at least six countries and nine universities, interaction with students around the world, and management consulting. Since 2006, he has devoted his academic contribution to Hult International Business School as an active faculty member, speaker for the school, handles special projects to market and enhance the visibility of Hult International Business School, and recruitment. Some of his most popular Hult courses are: Management Practices, Management of Family Owned Businesses, Global Operations Management, and Management of Start Ups and Growth. His courses are consistently popular with students, young professionals, and experienced managers alike, and are ranked by students as “essential” for understanding the business world. Teaching is his first love and Dr. Kastner considers this both an accomplishment and a compliment.
Dr. Kastner has served on the boards of both large and small organizations and currently participates on three boards, both foreign and domestic. Currently he serves as CEO and Founder of First GTK, LLC. (Parent company to REDITUS International, Inc., and GTK I, LLC.) based in Miami, Florida. FirstGTK and REDITUS International focus on bringing Strategic Consulting, Talent Strategy, Executive Coaching, Strategic Implementation and Risk Management to the Energy, Retail, Banking and Education industries with an emphasis on family owned businesses and the importance of service excellence. GTK I, LLC manages investments in ongoing concerns for turnaround purposes, and start-up ventures. The client base of these companies spans North and Latin America. During the last decade Dr. Kastner has been instrumental in improving the Management and Governance approach within several family owned businesses. While some projects are confidential his sample client list includes: Casa editorial El Tiempo; Grupo Capriles; Casa Hellmund; El large Food and Beverage group; Cemex; and a medium size technology and hospitality group.
Throughout his career, which encompasses a unique and dynamic mix of experiences in academia, management, and innovative entrepreneurial experiences, he committed himself to the deployment of knowledge and shared experience. This commitment manifested through his professional dedication to three key areas: management consulting, executive education, and MBA teaching. Dr. Kastner has implemented forward-looking, new, and innovative approaches within organizations and developed programs that are practical, result-oriented methods to coach and train C-level managers. More recently, he focused on Latin-American countries, Colombia and Venezuela, the United States, concentrating in the Southeast U.S., with occasional projects in Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic, and the Middle East, Dubai. In addition to teaching on both of the Hult campuses in the U.S., his teaching engagements have recently taken him to Venezuela, Colombia, United Emirates, China, Israel, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Kastner has a rich portfolio of experiences in generating value in service industries such as educational institutes, healthcare delivery, commercial banking, entertainment, franchising, and hospitality. He brings a balanced, pragmatic, and vision-driven approach to consulting engagements and adds strong strategic content to his board positions through participation and advice.
Dr. Kastner has lived in six countries throughout North and South America, the Middle East, and Europe; worked in 22; taught in six; and is fluent in four languages with working knowledge of two more. He currently serves on the board of three firms in Venezuela, Colombia, and the U.S.A. Dr, Kastner earned his Engineering degree cum laude in 1971, his M.Sc. degree with distinction in 1973, and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.