JAKE Gustafson
Chief Operations Officer

Jake Gustafson serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Kinexus, where he oversees the operations of Kinexus’ Talent, Business, Innovation, and Brand efforts in order to help strengthen the economy of Southwest Michigan.

Before joining Kinexus, Jake served as a Political/Military Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency, specializing in political and economic policy in conflict areas in the Middle East and Central Asia.  Previously, Jake served in the US Army as an intelligence analyst and combat advisor, where he served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Korea.

A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Jake holds a bachelors degree in Political Science – International Relations.  He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the 101st Airborne Division Association.

A native of Illinois, in his free time Jake enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, and wrangling his two very large dogs.

"The greatest empire is to be emperor of oneself."