Mr. Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. born in Topeka, Kansas, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1965, with a bachelor of science degree in math and engineering. He subsequently received two master degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973. Mr. Anderson attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1977. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, 1984. In June 2007, Mr. Anderson received an honorary doctor of management degree from Kettering University and in December 2013 he received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree from Central Michigan University. In May 2016, Mr. Anderson received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point, honoring him for his lifetime of achievement.
During his military career, Mr. Anderson commanded troops as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. In addition to troop command, Mr. Anderson served as aide-de-camp to two general officers, and he also was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Mr. Anderson and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film “The Anderson Platoon.” The documentary has been shown in more than 20 countries and has won several prizes to include the Oscar of the Academy Awards and an Emmy for the “Best Documentary Film of 1967”. Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals. Mr. Anderson resigned his commission in 1978, after 13 years of service and early selection for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1977, Mr. Anderson was selected to be a White House Fellow and worked as special assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Juanita Kreps. Following his White House Fellow year, he continued to work for Secretary Kreps until he joined General Motors in 1979.
Mr. Anderson began his business career with General Motors in 1979 at Pontiac Motor Division. In 1981, after
several manufacturing assignments, Mr. Anderson was named plant manager of the Pressed Metal and Plating
Operations, Pontiac Motor Division. After three years as a plant manager, Mr. Anderson held several staff
assignments until 1989 when he was appointed director of the Exterior Systems Business Unit, Inland Fisher
Guide Division of General Motors Corporation. In 1990 he was appointed general director, Body Hardware
Business Unit, Inland Fisher Guide Division, General Motors Corporation, a business unit with 7,000
employees and revenue of $1 billion. In late 1992, after 13 years of service, Mr. Anderson resigned from
General Motors to become president and CEO of a privately held company, Composite
Energy Management Systems, Incorporated (CEMSI). In October 1994, Mr. Anderson acquired a controlling
interest in another privately held entity, Chivas Products Limited, which manufactured interior trim products
and lighting assemblies principally for the automotive industry. In 1997, the company was restructured as
Chivas Industries, LLC where Mr. Anderson maintained controlling ownership and held the position of
chairman of the board and CEO before divesting his interest in 2002. He is currently the majority owner,
chairman and CEO of TAG Holdings, LLC which owns several manufacturing, service and technology based
entities based in North America. These entities serve a variety of industries including automotive, heavy
equipment, aerospace and defense.
Mr. Anderson currently serves on the company Board of Directors of Rite Aid Corporation. He is also on the Board of Directors of Business Leaders for Michigan, Wynnchurch Capital Advisory Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for Central Michigan University. Mr. Anderson also serves as Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch. His community involvement includes the National Recreation Foundation, Horizons Upward Bound Advisory Board and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Executive Leaders Advocacy Group. Mr. Anderson is a past chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council.
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