Meet our Team

Meet our Team

John Von Thaden

John Von Thaden is the Managing Partner and Lead Consultant for Apprize Solutions.

Prior to launching Apprize and Industrial Solutions, John served in various sales, marketing and management positions with Federal Signal Corporation during a sixteen (16) year tenure with the company; the last five years as VP/GM for Alerting & Notification Systems, a unit of Federal Signal Safety and Security Group. Prior to joining Federal Signal, he spent a year as a marketing consultant and eight (8) years with The Family Channel national cable television network.

John serves on the supervisory committee for the Illiana Financial Credit Union, Calumet City, IL, and as Board Vice President at Deer Creek Christian School in University Park, IL. He was awarded the 2001 Willis E. Snowbarger Award for Excellence in Teaching at Olivet Nazarene University where he also received a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1996. John earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Valparaiso University.

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Jack Von Thaden

Jack Von Thaden recently launched a new career as a Senior Consultant for Apprize Solutions, and has opened a branch in Phoenix, AZ. Jack’s interest in helping effect change has been a long-time part of his work life having worked as a “change agent” in several major Corporations regardless of his position or title.

Prior to joining Apprize Solutions, Jack held positions in purchasing, sales, marketing, product management, corporate planning and international sales. After working as VP Sales/Marketing for a start-up company in Phoenix, Jack started his own marketing firm, providing expertise as a Manufacturer’s Representative for several of the largest Pigment/Colorant producers in Mainland China. Jack also held several positions for the MPM Division of Pfizer, Inc., across ten (10) years of service. He also represented BASF as a Senior Sales Rep in the greater Mid-West/Chicago territory for ten (10) years. Jack earned an BS degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

Speaking of his new role with Apprize, Jack said, “This opportunity with Apprize Solutions will enable me to act in the capacity where I do my best work: serving as an outside/internal consultant for businesses that recognize the need for change to overcome the challenges their company faces.”

Jack can be reached at