James Restelli '08, VSB
Co President of the Chicago Chapter and Young Alumni Circle Member
A magna cum laude graduate and former student athlete on the men's ice hockey team, James Restelli learned the importance of life balance while still in college. “My Villanova experience laid the foundation for me to build my life both personally and professionally and fueled my desire to ignite change in the world.”
James’ passion for people and making a difference in others' lives has been fostered by his work in talent acquisition and human capital strategy consulting. He studied international business, management, and entrepreneurship and spent the first five years of his career with a global executive search firm in the private equity/venture capital practice, including 2 and half years based in Hong Kong. Upon returning to the US in late 2013, he joined an early-stage tech startup developing a new enterprise recruitment platform. Today he works as an Enterprise Account Executive with CareerBuilder, where he consults with Fortune 500 organizations to help clients realize efficiencies in recruiting and staffing by identifying ways to scale and standardize through innovative value-based solutions. Additionally James is an MBA candidate at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Villanova’s Augustinian values, world-class education, sense of community, and commitment to giving back was instrumental in shaping James as a person and it is what keeps him connected to the University. He remarks, “I would not be the man I am today without Villanova. Much of my personal and professional success can be directly attributed to my experiences at Villanova so the least I can do is support the University as it continues to raise the bar for academic and athletic excellence. I'm a firm believer in paying it forward, not back.” He adds, “This institution afforded me unbelievable growth opportunities, provided lifelong friends and mentors and ingrained unforgettable memories into my DNA.” So when the Alumni Association asked him to consider the chapter co-president position for Chicago, the answer was a simple: “of course.”
The generous commitment of Villanova alumni like James are the foundation for its success.