2022 Notable Military Veteran Executives

TCB’s 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executives have transferred leadership skills they developed serving our country to civilian jobs in industries ranging from fitness, food, and construction to government, technology, finance, and law. The 25 individuals have served our country in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard; some are still active members of the National Guard or military reserves. They also lend their time and expertise to organizations that support fellow veterans and service members.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive; it includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must have at least five years of experience in their field and have shown the ability to effect change in their roles or areas of practice.

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Janet Polach

Janet Polach

President, In The Lead, Inc.
Janet Polach is an author, speaker, and executive coach with expertise in organizational and leadership development. Her goal is to equip front-line leaders and senior executives with skills and points
Donald Raleigh

Donald Raleigh

Founder and president, Evolve Systems and Evolve Payment
In 2002, Donald Raleigh formed Evolve Systems in St. Paul with his wife, Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, to serve the small to mid-sized Minnesota business community with digital services. In addition to
Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

Assistant vice president and head of human resources, learning and development, Allianz Life
Bill Ryan heads learning and development for more than 2,000 employees at Allianz Life, a Golden Valley-based annuities and life insurance provider. Last year, his team launched Allianz Days 365,
Ronald Schutz

Ronald Schutz

Partner and chair of the executive board, Robins Kaplan LLP
Ronald Schutz has been a partner at Minneapolis-based law firm Robins Kaplan LLP for more than 35 years. Today, he is also chair of the executive board, a position he’s
Peter Swanson

Peter Swanson

Partner/owner and portfolio manager, Speece Thorson Capital Group
At Minneapolis-based investment management firm Speece Thorson Capital Group, Peter Swanson manages a $515 million concentrated portfolio of high-quality, small and mid-cap domestic equities. He is also responsible for industry
Jen Tregarthen

Jen Tregarthen

Business advisor, Lockton Cos.
Jen Tregarthen joined the Minneapolis office of Missouri-headquartered insurance brokerage firm Lockton Cos. in 2016. As a business advocate and client consultant, she develops and leads client relationships; recruits and
Bert Westerman

Bert Westerman

Chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Gardner Builders
Bert Westerman joined Gardner Builders, a Minneapolis hospitality company in the commercial construction business, as CFO and COO almost eight years ago. Since his joining, the company’s revenue has skyrocketed