Joseph Anderson, 78
CEO, TAG Holdings
Military branch: Army
At his core, automotive industry executive and Army veteran Joseph Anderson wants to ensure other veterans are given seats at the business table.
Anderson’s propensity to lead manifested during his 13-year military career. As an infantry officer, he commanded troops in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division.
In 1979, Anderson resigned his commission and early selection for promotion to lieutenant colonel to join General Motors. He stayed with the automaker for 13 years. He worked several manufacturing assignments and as a plant manager in the Pontiac division.
His work with GM culminated with his appointment as director of its Inland Fisher Guide Division’s 7,000-employee body hardware business unit.
In 2001, Anderson founded TAG Holdings, a Wixom, Mich., holdings company that acquires businesses in the automotive, aerospace and defense, agriculture and heavy equipment sectors.
Anderson also serves on the board of directors for the Sterling Heights, Mich.-based Veteran Owned Business Roundtable, a non-profit organization that advocates for veteran-owned businesses and encourages corporations to include them in supplier diversity initiatives.
“What we do, as a federal business roundtable, is try to create an environment for veteran businesses to have access to revenue,” Anderson said.
The roundtable has a corporate advisory board of industry officials that work on opportunities for veteran-owned businesses.
“We’re building those relationships with those companies and others to support veteran businesses,” Anderson said.
— C.J. Moore