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Centenary College Instructor's Article about the Beatles and Business was Recently Published in Fast Company

02/20/2014, 01:52 PM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Steven Valvano, an adjunct professor at Centenary College, can add published author to his already extensive résumé.   His article “What the Beatles Inadvertently Taught Us About Business” was recently published in “Fast Company.”

This article was many years in the making, as Valvano says that his life was forever changed when he was watching TV as a 5-year-old when the Beatles first came to the United States 50 years ago.  Ever since then, he has learned everything and anything that has to do with the Beatles.  He has read over 50 books about the group and has traveled to England to extensively research the band’s members.

Of course, they inspired him to become a musician.  When he became a student at Montclair State University, his parents encouraged him to major in Business, as well as Music.  He entered into a career in Human Resources and continued to be a musician at night.

“I found out that I really loved Business, too; hence, have continued in a successful career in Human Resources,” says Valvano. “I have never forgotten what the Beatles have taught me, however, not only about music, but about leadership in general.  They demonstrated the dynamics of creativity and teamwork by breaking the music mold.  Certainly, those concepts can be applied to business.”

Valvano plans to write a book about the Beatles someday, but was inspired to write an article because their 50-year anniversary of appearing in the United States was approaching.  “Fast Company” liked his idea of marrying the concept of the Beatles and business, and that is how his article developed.

“It was an exciting project,” says Valvano.  “The biggest challenge was cutting down the article to 1,000 words.  It was so satisfying to write about this topic, which is my passion.”

Valvano is currently the Vice President of Human Resources of Panalpina, Inc., USA, based out of Morristown.  He has lived and worked in Europe for Johnson & Johnson and Ford Motor Company. He currently teaches Human Resources Management for Centenary College’s School of Professional Studies in Parsippany and is a professional drummer on the weekends. 

Valvano holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from Upsala College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.