Michael Pocalyko
CEO of Monticello Capital, Entrepreneur, and Novelist

Michael N. Pocalyko, 58, is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Monticello Capital, a boutique investment bank in Chantilly, Virginia, in the Washington metropolitan area. Mr. Pocalyko founded Monticello Capital in 1997.

A financial entrepreneur, international economist, and experienced leader of high-performance teams, he is best known for his work in mergers and acquisitions, on corporate boards, and in international transactions. His professional focus is typically in advanced technology manufacturing, information technology, biomedicine, and aerospace. He has been chairman, founder, or advisor to corporations throughout the US, European Union, and Middle East, and a corporate director in the financial services, medical, biotechnology, Internet services, steel, environmental, and engineering services industries. He has also been a university trustee.

Currently chairman of the board of TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center and on the advisory board of Financial Investments, Inc. in Herndon, Virginia, he is also a member of the executive board of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

He is an experienced NASDAQ public company corporate director and audit chair, a Sarbanes-Oxley “audit committee financial expert,” and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). He is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and on the NACD’s teaching faculty.

Mr. Pocalyko was a Navy commander who served in Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and on the personal staff of the Secretary of the Navy. He was a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the United States. He twice commanded military operational units and as a Navy pilot flew in Beirut, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf.

A 1976 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Mr. Pocalyko earned an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Authors Guild, the Cosmos Club in Washington, and the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan.

As a Virginia public official he served appointed terms on the Commonwealth Competition Council and the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority. He was once a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates.

Michael Pocalyko’s novel The Navigator, a literary financial thriller called in the publisher’s marketing copy “a stunning story of greed, modern politics, international intrigue, and ultimately affirmation . . . written by the consummate insider from both Wall Street and Washington” is forthcoming in June 2013 from Forge Books, Macmillan Publishers.

A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and at one time a union steelworker, he has been married since 1976 to Barbara Snelbaker Pocalyko, a certified public accountant who chaired the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Accountancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Pocalyko are the parents of two grown children, a son and a daughter.

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As a consummate insider from both Washington and Wall Street, Pocalyko presents readers a furiously-paced parable of our troubled age in his debut novel, "The Navigator."

Coming Soon from Too Big to Fail: The global financial crisis of 2008 showed just how connected the international financial system is, and how exotic operations taking place in big banks can affect everyone in ways that no one ever considered. Here’s what’s next.
The Great Wallow: That’s what Warren Hunter, protagonist in Michael Pocalyko’s The Navigator, calls the US economy. Corporations achieve record profits, the Dow reaches new highs, but so much of the country struggles as income disparity increases. An explanation and the way forward.
The Corporate Imperative: This is the age of the corporation. The basic idea of a corporation evolves at an astonishing pace with huge implications for society, individual rights, and commerce that may be unintended and unforeseen. Where American commerce is heading with or without the corporate form.
Transparency and Directorship: More is demanded of corporate directors than ever before, but very few people (including some in the boardroom), really understand the roles of corporate directorship for the company and for society, including along the wide divide between public and private companies.
Why Can’t We All Get Along?: Leaders in government and business approach economic challenges from wildly different perspectives. Life experience is only part of the reason. Incentives tell more of the story, and explain why the political-business disconnect is only going to get worse before it gets better.
Navigating Gridlock: Political gridlock is now a fixture of American life. There are few options for political relief, and a federal government with more effect on commerce—good and bad—than ever before. What business, financial, and not-for-profit leaders have to do in order to plan and strategize.
Governing the Ungovernable: Largely unnoticed outside universities, a national crisis is slow-boiling. Facing the challenge of for-profit education companies, our Academy is becoming ungovernable. Reasons why the crisis is accelerating, some challenges coming, and some solutions that are required.
The New Literature of the Digital Moment: Society and technology continue to change at whipsaw speed. Literature is caught in the moment, and the fundamental nature of “the humanities” is also changing. What the word literary may now mean is going to alter public expression permanently.
Paths to Publishing in Publishing’s Watershed: This is book publishing’s watershed decade. Michael Pocalyko made a literary debut at the age of 22 then returned to publish a major novel 37 years later—while a CEO. How it all happened and what other aspiring writers can learn from his experience.
The Unexpected Future of Combat Trauma: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a major theme in The Navigator, manifesting itself in unexpected ways. A deep and meaningful discussion of combat trauma and how it will affect America and society in the next three decades.
The Meaning of Beirut: On October 23, 1983, 241 US Marines serving in the Multinational Force in Lebanon were killed by a suicide bomber who drove a truck full of explosives into the Beirut barracks. Michael Pocalyko was there, airborne. Reflections on the meaning of that act today and in the future.
Privacy and Conspiracy in the Age of Homeland Security: The world changed on 9/11 when we entered the age of homeland security. Lines blur between intelligence and law enforcement, conspiracy theories grow, and privacy is compromised. Finding meaning in a world turned upside down, decade two.

"Michael Pocalyko knows Wall Street and Washington and it shows in The Navigator. He skillfully weaves a web of intrigue that brings together both of those fascinating worlds in a near, face-paced package."
- Stephen Frey, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven's Fury

"[Michael Pocalyko displays] an intensity few other authors can master.”
- Beverly Behavn, author of The Boardroom 

"What a ride! Wall Street crashes into Washington, D.C. in The Navigator. Who better to tell this story than Michael Pocalyko—Beltway insider, veteran of finance, and stirring new voice in the world of thrillers.”
- Norb Vonnegut, author of The Gods of Greenwich and the Trust