Raven Industries' executive team works together to implement Raven's purpose, vision, and values throughout the company.
Daniel A. Rykhus
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rykhus became the company's President and Chief Executive Officer in 2010. He joined Raven in 1990 as an intern while earning his MBA from Colorado State University. Rykhus served as General Manager of the Applied Technology Division from 1998 through 2009, and served as Executive Vice President from 2004 through 2010. During his tenure as CEO, the company has developed numerous products that are helping Raven solve great challenges.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Mr. Brazones was named Raven’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in December 2014. In his role, he leads Raven’s Finance, Accounting, and IT organizations. Brazones earned a BSBA in Economics from the USD School of Business and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Raven, Brazones held a variety of positions with H.B. Fuller Company. Most recently, he served as H.B. Fuller’s Americas Finance Director; formerly, he served as the Assistant Treasurer and the Director of Investor Relations. Prior to his tenure with H.B. Fuller, Brazones held various roles at Northwestern Growth.
Vice President of Human Resources
Ms. Matthiesen began at Raven in September 2010 as Director of Administration and brought 18 years of government contracting experience through her work with the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Defense. Matthiesen was named Vice President of Human Resources in April 2012. Prior to joining Raven, Matthiesen was a Human Resource Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). During her tenure at Raven, Matthiesen led the effort to implement a Human Resources Information System, modernize the company’s policies and procedures, and redevelop the job classification structure. Most recently, Matthiesen has also modernized the company's performance review process, establishing a Quarterly Performance Management system.
Division Vice President & General Manager – Applied Technology
Mr. Meyer was named Vice President and General Manager for the Applied Technology Division in May 2015. He started at Raven in 2010 as Chief Information Officer and Head of Facilities. As CIO, Brian revamped the IT infrastructure and successfully implemented a general ledger system. Before joining Raven, Meyer spent 13 years as an operations and information technology executive for the health insurance industry and 12 years as a VP of Systems Development in the property casualty insurance industry.
Division Vice President & General Manager – Engineered Films
Mr. Schmidt was appointed Vice President and General Manager for the Engineered Films Division in February 2012. He joined Raven in 1995 in the Applied Technology Division performing leadership roles in manufacturing and engineering. He transitioned to Engineered Films Division in September 2011 as Manufacturing Manager.
Division Vice President and General Manager – Raven Aerostar
Mr. Wickersham was appointed General Manager for the Aerostar Division in November 2015. He started at Raven Aerostar in 2010 as the Director of Product Development and Engineering Manager. Prior to that Wickersham held a range of engineering and operational roles with various technology companies and also earned an MBA from Colorado State University. During his time at Raven, Wickersham has been instrumental in leading several key projects and initiatives, including Project Loon.
Vice President & General Counsel
Lee Magnuson was named Vice President & General Counsel at Raven Industries in June 2017. Prior to joining Raven, Magnuson was Managing Partner of the Sioux Falls office of Lindquist & Vennum Law Firm for five years, practicing in the areas of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, real estate and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Lindquist Law Firm, Magnuson practiced law for many years with Lynn Jackson Law Firm in Sioux Falls. Magnuson graduated from the University of South Dakota with a law degree, and a Masters and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Director of Corporate Development
Mr. Stroschein assumed the role of Director of Corporate Development in November 2015. Stroschein grew up on a farm near Warner SD and is 1999 graduate of South Dakota State University. He began at Raven in 2008 as International Sales Manager for Applied Technology Division and most recently served as the Division Vice President, Aerostar. As Director of Corporate Development, Stroschein’s primary focus is on Mergers & Acquisitions activity for the entire company. Stroschein successfully lead the negotiation and acquisition of Colorado Lining International, Inc. in 2017. Outside of Raven, Stroschein serves on the Sioux Falls Regional Airport Board authority, where he is currently serving as chairman. He also serves on the board of directors of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the executive finance committee of the Washington Pavilion.
Director of Technology Solutions
Mr. Kocer was named Director of Technology Solutions in August 2016. Jared began working at Raven in 1994 as an Electrical Engineer in the Applied Technology Division. For the past 15 years he was the Director of Product Development/Engineering Manager for the Applied Technology Division. Jared has been involved in key projects and products including the Raven Innovation Center and leading the development of the Viper, Smartrax, and Hawkeye products. Jared’s primary focus will be on the company’s IP portfolio and the 3-5 year technology roadmaps.