The George Washington University
School of Business: Management

John W. Rollins

Phone: (202) 244-7950


Rollins has taught the undergraduate course in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management at The George Washington University School of Business since 2001. 

Prior to GW, he served as CEO, chairman, and founder of AZTECH Software Corporation, an information technology firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.  The company, which specializes in software and related services for non-profit membership associations, was acquired in 2000 by Gomembers, Inc.  During Rollins’s 30 years as CEO, he led the company from a three-person start-up to the leading provider of software to associations nationally.  He guided the company through six major product transformations beginning in 1970 when punch cards were used for batch processing on IBM mainframe systems.  The sixth transformation integrated the company’s Windows software (running client/server) with the Internet for web-based e-commerce.  The company’s product line grew to more than 50 integrated software modules with more than 700 organizations served from Boston to Honolulu.

Rollins has also been involved as a founder and board member of other information technology start-ups over the past two decades.  He served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of America where he was a member for 20 years.  Rollins currently serves on the boards of Georgetown University Hospital, the National Park Trust, Hyde Leadership Public Charter School, the George Washington University School of Business, and StreamCenter, Inc. 

Rollins holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth and an M.B.A. from Stanford.

Recent Publications

Washington Business Journal, “Business Pros Who Reached the Edge and Jumped from Professional to Professor,” January 22, 2007.

Proceedings of 19th Annual USASBE National Conference, “Developing Partnerships to Assist Global Companies,” Rollins & Toftoy, January 13-16, 2005.

Proceedings of 18th Annual USASBE National Conference, “Optimizing the Use of Student Teams to Assist Local Businesses,” Rollins & Toftoy, January 15-18, 2004.  Winner of USASBE’s best conference workshop award.

Proceedings of 17th Annual USASBE National Conference, “What Employers Learn from Student Teams,” Rollins & Toftoy, January 23-25, 2003.

Proceedings of 16th Annual USASBE National Conference, “A Model Partnership: Building the First International Enterprise Zone,” Rollins, Stone, & Toftoy, January 17-20, 2002.

Association Computing, quarterly publication highlighting new products and developments in the information technology industry.  Served as editor and wrote articles for more than 30 quarterly issues through 2000.

Current Research

History of Information Technology


Primary Topics of Interest: Competitive strategy, entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial management, entrepreneurship, and small company management.

Industries of Interest: Education, e-commerce, health care, information technology, internet, and software.

Geographical Areas: United States