As a native of Lithuania, Rokas witnessed the country’s transformation from a Soviet system to a free-market capitalist economy in the early 1990s. Shaped by these events, as well as the guidance of his parents, Rokas developed a strong work ethic, a passion for entrepreneurship, and an appreciation for giving back.
After graduating with a marketing degree in Lithuania, Rokas embarked on his dream of studying business in America. Settling in Dallas, Texas, Rokas worked as the Southwest Regional Distribution Manager for Whole Foods Market where he oversaw a half million-dollar budget, a fleet of vehicles, a team of 30 employees, and daily product distribution to over a hundred stores. Two years later, Rokas went to Washington, DC as a specialty operations manager in the Georgetown store where he oversaw four departments that accounted for one-third of the entire store’s sales. During his time at Whole Foods Market, Rokas received two Regional Awards for Excellence.
Rokas then worked at CVS Caremark Corporation as the general store manager for its largest outlet in Washington, DC. There he oversaw all store and pharmacy operations, which included an inventory of 2 million products and generated annual sales of more than $10 million. He also received several awards and was chosen to serve as a mentor in the regional employee development program to guide and promote future leaders.
In January 2006, Rokas moved from the CVS Caremark Corporation to Bank of America where he became responsible for a $150 million deposit base in the third largest bank in the metro DC region. There he was awarded the National Award of Excellence for top performance, and by August 2007 he was appointed to be a mentor in the company’s Manager Candidate Program. Rokas also earned a six-sigma green belt.
Soon after this, Bank of America’s competitor, locally-based Eagle Bank, hired Rokas to be a Vice President of Business Development in the Washington, DC market. In this role, he identified and maintained banking relationships throughout the commercial community. In 2008, Rokas helped grow Eagle Bank by bringing in key relationships with entertainment professionals, politicians, local schools and hospitals. Following this success, Rokas joined Wells Fargo in 2010, but was quickly lured away by HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. As a Senior Banker and Vice President with HSBC, Rokas helps grow and sustain their international presence in the Washington, DC market.
Because of Rokas’ international business know-how and familiarity with DC business culture, in 2013, Rokas was then hired to develop and implement the strategic business plan for East Coast market expansion for the State Bank of India USA (Government Subsidiary). In 2016, State Bank of India was the 13th largest SBA lender in the market out of more than 170 different banks.
In 2017 Rokas joined CAF America (Charities Aid Foundation – America) as a Senior Director of International Development. CAF has a global alliance of nine offices on six continents managing over $4 billion in international and domestic donor advised funds. Experience with this company led Rokas to branch out as a consultant for companies seeking guidance on development in the international arena.
Rokas’ business vision is to forge strong professional relationships, accurately project and analyze market conditions, and collaborate with other leaders in the business community. This mission doesn’t stop at the end of the official work day either, as Rokas is involved in a number of non-profit organizations.
In 2007, Rokas joined the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) board of directors and was elected VP in 2011 and President in 2012. Currently, Rokas is an advisory board member of Pebbles of Hope, Kids 4 Peace International, End Violence Against Women International, the Joy of Motion, and an honorary board member for The Embassy Series. In the past, Rokas served on the Board of Directors for the CSAAC Foundation, the GMC and Global Tassels.
Recently, Rokas was awarded the 2016 SmartCEO Washington DC Executive Management Award and was a finalist for the 2015 SmartCEO Washington DC Money Manager Award. He also won a Global Tassels Community Innovator Award (2015) and The Eurasia Center Golden BRICS Award (2014).
Rokas is the founder of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Global Lithuanian Leaders (GLL) and was recognized by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 for outstanding leadership in youth mentoring.