John Tree is the CEO of Raymond Express International, a global leader in produce and logistics. His background combines the functional expertise of marketing and brand management from Procter & Gamble and Kellogg’s along with 25 years of experience in global supply chain and logistics in the U.S. Air Force.
Experienced in industries across food and beverage, CPG, logistics, healthcare, and defense, John has held roles including CEO and President. He also holds the rank of full Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and serves as the Senior Reservist (Mobilization Augmentee) to the Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. In this position he serves a 9,000 personnel team responsible for $3B in revenue. The Complex performs programmed depot maintenance on the KC-135, B-1B, B-52 and E-3 aircraft; expanded phase maintenance on the Navy E-6 aircraft; and maintenance, repair and overhaul of F100, F101, F108, F110, F117, F118, F119 and TF33 engines for the Air Force, Navy and foreign military sales.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES “the Exchange”), serving on the Audit Committee. The Exchange is the 43rd largest retail organization in the U.S., with annual revenue of $10.3B and employing 40,622 civilian and military personnel. The Exchange operates retail and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, vending and other businesses on military installations in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and more than 30 countries.
He was previously a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 10th Congressional District in Illinois, seeking the Democratic party nomination in 2012. The campaign generated substantial interest and enthusiasm for the candidate, both at the local level and nationally, as well as endorsements from national politicians and a local newspaper. On election day, however, the voters went in a different direction.
He started his career as a marketing executive with big company success at Procter & Gamble and Kellogg’s. He’s managed $400 million in annual P&L responsibility with broad portfolio management of leading brands such as Nutri-Grain, Rice Krispies Treats, and Special-K bars. In addition to executive roles in the Fortune 100 and startups, he has served as a strategy consultant to a wide range of clients.
He has an MBA in Marketing from Chaminade University in Honolulu, and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. His undergraduate degree is from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He’s an Eagle Scout and his hobbies include politics, home improvement projects, foreign languages and travel. He is also a PADI Divemaster.
He is married to Michelle Tree, and they have 5 children. It is the second marriage for both of them. Tragically, his oldest daughter from his first marriage, Stephanie Tree, died from an accidental drug overdose in August, 2011.
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