Jon Katz is vice president of business development, channel management, and retail for National Industries for the Blind (NIB). In this role, he is accountable for developing a pipeline of new business and growing channel sales and military resale to create new employment opportunities for people who are blind.
Mr. Katz has extensive experience in both the U.S. military and private industry. He began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for more than 20 years in infantry, logistics, acquisition, and recruiting. His wide-ranging assignments included multiple deployments to the Western Pacific, command of a logistics support unit, and command of a Marine Corps Recruiting Station where he was responsible for regional recruiting operations in South Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Katz also held several acquisition-related positions as the director of contracts, Mid-Atlantic Region, and the director of contracts, Marine Forces Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War. His final tour of duty was at Quantico, Virginia, as the program manager for development and implementation of the Marine Corps’ enterprise-wide, web-based paperless human resource system, Marine OnLine.
Since his retirement from the Marines, Mr. Katz has held several positions in private industry, including regional operations manager for Battelle Memorial Institute’s Stafford Operations, vice president of defense programs for Suntiva, and, most recently, director of Navy/Marine Corps programs for Segue Technologies.
Mr. Katz earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and the Advanced Professional Designation in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is certified DAWIA Level III in contracting, DAWIA Level II in program management, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Mr. Katz currently serves on the board of directors of Cody’s Crew Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Neuroblastoma, a deadly form of childhood cancer. He also serves on the executive steering committee of the Arizona State University William P. Carey School of Business Center for Services Leadership Advisory Board.