US Military Endurance Sports

US Military Endurance Sports Names Two New Vice Presidents

Posted 26 Dec 2016 in News Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Air Force Veteran and USMES stalwart Kathy Rakel and former Vice President of Veterans Initiatives at Prudential Financial and USMC veteran, Ray Weeks, take on new roles at USMES

US Military Endurance Sports (USMES), is welcoming Marine Corps veteran and former Prudential Financial executive, Ray Weeks, as Vice President of Development.  In addition, long-time USMES professional Kathy Rakel has been promoted to a new level of responsibility as the Vice President of Finance & Human Resources.

In his new role at USMES, Weeks will be responsible for establishing relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporate organizations looking to help raise the quality of life of our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.  He is a Marine Corps veteran, business professional, and nonprofit leader with more than 35 years of operational and leadership experience within the military and civilian sectors. He most recently served as the Vice President of Veterans Initiatives at Prudential Financial for four years before retiring from the firm.

Kathy Rakel has managed several of the business functions across USMES during her tenure and has been integral as USMES has continued to grow.  Rakel originally came to USMES at the beginning of 2014 to assist in updating the antiquated accounting system then in place, and over the course of the next three years, her incredible talent and efforts have made USMES a leader in efficiency, financial stewardship, and operational impact. In her new role, Rakel will oversee all of USMES’ tax-exempt and grant compliance, financial strategies and implementation, staffing, and network and administration functions as the company continues to grow toward $2 Million in annual program support and the 40+ staffing mark.

“Ray brings years of experience in serving the needs of our veteran community to USMES which is invaluable as we grow, and Kathy’s attention to detail and experience are making USMES an extremely efficient steward of our resources and a great place to work,” said Lt. Col. (Ret) Bill Jacobus, USMES Executive Director. “We expect to raise the quality of life of many more Veterans and military families through both Ray and Kathy’s experience and passion for healthy habits and lifestyles.”


The US Military Endurance Sports (USMES) program, a division of American Servicemembers Amateur Sports Inc. (ASAS), is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization chartered to support amateur athletes, endurance sports education and activities for current, retired, and veteran members of the United States Armed Forces.

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