Joseph B. Anderson Jr., chairman, and chief executive officer, TAG Holdings, LLC, will be honored Saturday with a lifetime achievement award at the BEYA Gala, which will take place on February 10, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.
The entrepreneur and decorated Amy officer has had a successful career over five decades and rose to prominence after his role as a platoon leader in Vietnam.
Over his 13-year career in the Army, Anderson led an infantry platoon during the war. His service was documented in “The Anderson Platoon,” which won an Oscar and an Emmy for the “Best Documentary Film of 1967.” On his second tour in Vietnam, Anderson led an infantry company and served as an aide-de-camp to two generals.
He earned accolades for his valorous service in both tours with military awards that include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals.
Anderson was selected as a White House Fellow before moving on to further success as a corporate executive and as an entrepreneur with ownership of several companies. Currently, he heads TAG Holdings, LLC, which serve the aerospace, automotive, defense, construction and other industries that require manufacturing and supply chain management services.
A past chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, Anderson is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch. He also serves on the company board of directors of Rite Aid Corporation, the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan, and the board of trustees for Central Michigan University.
His community involvement includes the National Recreation Foundation, Horizons Upward Bound Advisory Board and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Executive Leaders Advocacy Group. In June 2007, he received an honorary doctor of management degree from Kettering University and in December 2013 he received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree from Central Michigan University.
In a statement regarding the award, Anderson said “I would like to thank the BEYA nominating committee and, in particular, Dr. Tyrone Taborn for his very personal recognition of me and my lifetime of achievement. We first met over 20 years ago at this very event when I was a Black Engineer of the Year finalist.”
The 2018 lifetime achievement award will be presented by Johnnie Wilson, who retired in 1999 as a four-star general and commander, Army Materiel Command; and Lloyd Austin, who retired in April 2016 as commanding general of U.S. Central Command, overseeing United States efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East, from Egypt to Kazakhstan.