Raven Industries' executive team works together to implement Raven's strategy, realize the vision and purpose; while honoring and upholding the Raven 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 additionally as Executive Vice President from 2004 through 2010.
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.
Division Vice President – 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. 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 – 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 – 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. In addition to this role, he also serves as the Corporate Secretary. 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. He began at Raven in 2008 as International Sales Manager for the Applied Technology Division and most recently served as the Division Vice President of Aerostar. As Director of Corporate Development, Stroschein's primary focus is on Mergers & Acquisitions activity for the company. Stroschein facilitated the negotiations that lead to the successful acquisition of Colorado Lining International, Inc. in 2017.
Director of Corporate Communications & Administration
Ms. Carmody was named Director of Corporate Communications & Administration in 2015. In this position, Ms. Carmody is responsible for managing and directing internal and external communications, the company's strategic brand, and public relations initiatives. In addition to this role, she also serves as the Assistant Corporate Secretary. Ms. Carmody earned a Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Media & Journalism and an Executive Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.