Executive Hoodlum

Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean

Non-Fiction - Memoir
268 Pages
Reviewed on 12/18/2017
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Author Biography

Mr. Costello earned a degree in business from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1983 and Management Development Program UC Irvine in 2005.

Mr. Costello is employed by Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) a company offering a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Calif., with approx 4500 employees globally

Mr. Costello currently is Corporate Vice President of Business Development for Security/Defense and Government Relations, where his responsibilities include developing and implementing strategy related to forward looking technologies, markets, as well as promoting Microsemi's technology roadmap. These markets include information assurance, anti-tamper technology, advanced weapons systems and satellite payload applications where security and reliability are paramount. He is responsible for Microsemi's major initiatives involving Government Relations including the acquisition of “Trusted” microelectronics and GPS denial mitigation solutions.

Prior to taking the VP of Business Development and Government Relations role, Mr. Costello earned the position of VP of High Reliability Global Sales in 2004. While in his leadership roles in global sales, Microsemi has achieved substantial growth and met all corporate sales objectives and guidance. Prior to his promotion, he held several other positions on his way to VP of Sales

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Rollins for Readers' Favorite

Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean by John Costello with Larry Elder is a thought-provoking and engaging true story like nothing I’ve ever really read before. Personally, I always veer towards non-fiction stories, but as I read this book, I found myself forgetting that in fact it was not fiction. Through the personal struggles growing up and throughout his early adulthood, the challenges he faces with his family, towards his accomplishments as a businessman in a highly successful industry, the story gives the reader perspective that anything is possible if you strive for it, and work hard enough. For many, John’s upbringing and family life would perhaps define their future, but this story is why non-fiction stories really tug at your heartstrings, because they demonstrate triumph over obstacles.

What I mostly enjoyed about John Costello’s story is that I was brought into both worlds, but like a crime novel, you have an exciting mix of mobsters, crime and greed on the streets of Chicago, mixed with the corporate world with senators and executive antics. I felt hooked by every page, and I didn’t want the story to end. Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean was the perfect title for this fantastic read, and I would love to see more from this author in the future. He has a knack for bringing a real story to life in a way that readers will certainly relate to, with a message of values and honesty that leaves a good moral behind.


What can I say that Sarah Rollins didn’t say. She hit the nail on the head. When you read a book with great anticipation to get to the next page then you know it’s a great book. I have known John since the 1980’s and have seen him deal with all sorts of problems as all of us have in our lives and he has always worked them out in a positive way. I have noted that his success has never went to his head and has always stayed a true friend . The book is “Staraight- Up” because he told his story like it is. I am very happy he accomplished many of his goals especially the one of having a beautiful family. I know he is teaching his children to confront the problems in life we will encounter in our life and work them out in a positive way. John is a complicated man but has always stayed simple and I thank him for being such a great friend listening to my problems and for writing such a great book.Sarah Rollins is right ,write another one John!!!