Arthur Roti

Arthur Roti (’07 M.B.A.)
Vice President of Operations
Horst Engineering and Manufacturing Co.

I started part time at Horst Engineering twelve years ago and quickly transitioned to working full time. Horst Engineering has given me the opportunity to work in many different positions. After working as a Process Engineer for a couple of years, I took over as Director of Information Technology to manage the implementation of a new computer network and ERP system. The system was installed in July of 2000. Once the system was stabilized I moved into the position of Materials Manager. 

As I got to understand this position more, I realized that an M.B.A. would really benefit my work at the company, and bring me more opportunity. I started the M.B.A. as a part-time student in the fall of 2002 and completed it in the spring of 2007. Horst Engineering was tremendously supportive of my education throughout the five-year process. It was an extremely valuable experience. I was also able to maximize the M.B.A. by choosing courses to meet the needs of the degree and to apply to my current experiences at work. 

This was exemplified by my promotion to Vice President of Operations while pursuing the degree. As the Vice President, I oversee the global operations of our group of companies which includes Horst Engineering, Horst Medical, Horst Engineering de Mexico (our maquiladora in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico), and Thread Rolling Inc. My business success and my volunteer work with various not-for-profit organizations resulted in recognition as a “40 Under Forty” award winner in 2008 by the Hartford Business Journal. This is an award that is given to young leaders who have been successful in both their business and personal lives.

Outside of work, I maintain an active lifestyle. My wife, Melissa, and I had our first child, Lars, 18 months ago. I am sure glad that I finished my degree before he was born! I am also heavily involved in cycling. My wife and I met through the cycling team at the University of Connecticut and cycling continues to be an important part of our lives. On the weekends, you can find us out on a family ride or participating in an event. I am the current President of the Connecticut Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA). NEMBA is a mountain bike advocacy group that focuses on building, maintaining, and riding the trails. I am also on the GT Dirt Coalition mountain bike race team and the Horst-Benidorm-Property Research Masters Road Cycling team.

Pursuing the M.B.A. degree at Rensselaer has been extremely valuable in accelerating my success at Horst Engineering, the other organizations that I work with, and in my personal life.


Updated: 2016-05-16, 15:32