Manuel Basulto

Founder & Chairman

Manuel is active duty, serving in the United States Navy (USN), deploying overseas multiple times throughout his military career. Before founding ChatMilitary, he worked as Product Marketing at a VC-backed technology startup. While at Business School, Manuel worked at Goldman Sachs and Boston Consulting Group, and decided to build upon his private sector experience and deep passion for empowering and improving the lives of military personnel by founding ChatMilitary. He holds an Bachelors of Computer Science from UC Berkeley where he majored in Bioengineering and minored in Chemical Engineering. In 2015, he was recognized as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Manuel grew up in Camagüey, Cuba.

Chris Gowel

CEO and Board Member

Chris began his military career as a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and of the US Army Ranger School. He then served two tours in Europe during which he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an armor platoon leader. Chris's last active duty Army position was as an Assistant Professor of Military Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was while he was at MIT that he found the value of social media, leading to his cofounding of a consulting firm to help people leverage social media tools more professionally. He  changed the way you do business using LinkedIn and cofounded a software company to help people use business software better at scale. Chris joined ChatMilitary as President & COO in the summer of 2016 and became CEO and a board director in September of the same year. He also currently serves as a board advisor to the Wounded Warrior Project and Vets in Tech.

Janet Preotle

Board Member

Janet Preotle was an attorney in private practice in New York prior to becoming a professional investor and advisor. She serves as a Director on various Boards including Retroficiency Inc., Daily Grommet, Dancing Deer Baking Co., iTeam, and Red Tail Solutions. Jill also previously served as a Director on Boards at Zipcar Inc., Task Rabbit, and Golden Seeds LLC. In the non-profit sector, she serves on the Board of the Center for Women & Enterprise.

Rick McDonald

Board Member

Rick was an Army officer, Fortune 50 CEO, and the 8th Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975 as an Infantry Officer. He graduated from Ranger and Airborne schools and served in the 82nd Airborne Division before leaving the Army as a Captain. In business, McDonald led one of the largest companies in the world. As CEO of Procter & Gamble from 2009-2013, he transformed the organization's leadership culture, earning the company repeated recognition as “the best company for developing leader talent.” In 2015, McDonald took over the VA at a time of crisis, and quickly made customer service and improved outcomes his focus. He launched the MyVA initiative, which recruited leaders from a wide variety of industries to streamline and improve VA’s processes and services.

Mike Perutz

Board Member

Mike Perutz is a Part­ner at DBL Investors. Pre­vi­ously he was an invest­ment pro­fes­sional at JPMor­gan help­ing to man­age the Bay Area Equity Fund from 2003 through the spin-out of the Bay Area Equity Fund from JPMor­gan and the found­ing of DBL Investors in Jan­u­ary 2008. He is on the board of Rev­o­lu­tion Foods and has worked with the fol­low­ing port­fo­lio com­pa­nies: Primus Power, Solaria, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, Pow­erLight, eMe­ter, Solex­ant, Lab­cyte, XDx, Ben­tek and ReShape. Pre­vi­ously, Mike was an equity research ana­lyst at Robert­son Stephens. At Robert­son, Mike focused on the enter­prise soft­ware sec­tor, where his area of cov­er­age included com­pa­nies such as: BEA Sys­tems, Ink­tomi, Doc­u­men­tum, Inter­wo­ven, Broad­Vi­sion, Allaire, Sil­ver­Stream, Iona, Per­sis­tence and iMan­age. Mike received a BS and MS in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from MIT, and received a MBA from the Sloan School of Busi­ness at MIT.