Bank of America launches Military Affairs team


Building on Bank of America’s long-standing support of military service members across the country, we recently created the Military Affairs team to coordinate programs across our organization focused on supporting active military, reservists and veterans. This group, which is part of the company’s Global Corporate Social Responsibility team, will provide greater assistance to military service members and their families through philanthropy, hiring, customer service and employee engagement, and coordinate closely with our businesses to serve military members and their families.

The Military Affairs team

Jeff Cathey, who leads the Consumer Bank’s Military Bank Overseas Division, will expand his role to lead the Military Affairs team. Jeff, a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, reports to Tim Huval, Consumer Service & Operations executive, with additional accountability to Andrew Plepler for this group.

The Military Affairs team also includes:
•    Lewis Runnion, a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor and Army veteran
•    Dayton Warfle, a program manager in Operational Risk and Marine veteran who leads the company’s military employee network – the Military Support & Assistance Group (MSAG)
•    Andrew McCartney, leading Global Staffing’s military recruiting efforts
•    Mike Shriver, program director for the Military Affairs team

Effectively engaging the military community

Jeff Cathey, head of the bank’s Military Bank Overseas Division, will lead the Military Affairs team.

“Through this group, we will be able to more effectively engage all aspects of the military community through philanthropic giving, national partnerships, financial products and services and employee engagement,” said Jeff. “Military men and women and their families are an important part of the communities where we live and work and Bank of America is in a particularly unique position to support our heroes.”

“Through our Corporate Social Responsibility work, we reach out to individuals and families to address issues related to housing, employment, financial assistance and basic needs," said Andrew Plepler, Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Policy executive. “Our focus on military service members is critical to our overall efforts and will provide the support and guidance they need as they leave active duty.”

Key initiatives that the group will focus on include:

Philanthropy and National Partnerships
•    Helping military service members address key issues such as workforce development, housing and critical needs
•    Providing philanthropic and volunteer support in coordination with our military employee network – Military Support & Assistance Group (MSAG), our local market delivery teams, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation
•    Working with federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, the Housing Policy Council and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, to share our perspective in public policy discussions regarding military issues

Learn more about the Military Affairs team

The Military Support & Assistance Group (MSAG), Bank of America’s employee network for military service members, veterans and their families, will play a critical role in supporting the Military Affairs team’s efforts through its 23 chapters across the country. MSAG creates opportunities for advancement and leadership development for its members through networking, mentoring and information forums.

Recruiting and Employee Engagement
•    Doubling our hiring of military reservists and veterans in 2012 and assigning select recruiters the additional responsibility of sourcing top military candidates for open positions across the country
•    Supporting veteran and reservist employees through 23 MSAG chapters across the country that provide networking and development opportunities

Customer Support
•    Integrating our military strategy across each organization, ensuring Bank of America meets the needs of military customers and provides the right products and customer support
•    Offering full-service banking products and services to more than two million active and retired military households and our Military Bank Overseas Division

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