Meet Our Panelists
Dan Knowles, President & CEO, Tristate Veterans Community Alliance (TVCA)
Dan is an Army veteran, having spent seven years on active duty following his graduation from West Point. He left the military to begin a successful, 16 year business career in consumer products and healthcare marketing at P&G and as Chief Marketing Officer at Reynolds & Reynolds in the IT services sector. Today, he leads the TVCA in their mission to make the Greater Cincinnati region a preferred location for former Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members and their families, connecting them to employers and a veterans’ support network that is aligned to welcome and seamlessly support them in their transition.
Dan Puthoff, Chief Operating Officer, JBM Envelope Co
As COO for JBM, Dan has responsibility for Manufacturing, IT, and Human Resources and is leading JBM’s efforts to keep their labor pipeline full, building inclusive programs for second chance employees, high school graduates and people with disabilities. Dan spent the first nine years of his career with a global accounting/management consulting firm working on assignments in multiple industries, including two years in Europe. After this, he worked in a variety of operational roles with a focus on business process improvement. Dan joined JBM in 2007 and progressively assumed additional responsibility before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2010.
Alvaro Pasquel, Market Research and Workforce Program Analyst at The Motz Group
Alvaro is a Market Researcher by trade with a passion for culture. His role at The Motz Group ranges from managing their CRM database to heading up recruiting and retention for Latinos. Alvaro brings a depth of cultural awareness to his role. Born in Venezuela and raised in Mexico, he has over 16 years of experience navigating the language and cultural barriers that exist for Spanish speakers in the US.
He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, and focused heavily on an international foundation; he studied at a top business school in France, worked for a summer in China, and was President of the International Business Club for 2 years. His multicultural background, combined with his perspective as a Market Researcher, allows him to look critically at the things that a company must keep in mind to become a more attractive and better workplace for non-English-speakers.