Newly Elected USVBA Board Member Info


Phone: (194) 923-1854 x6
Address: Moreno Valley, California
Are you a current USVBA Member? Yes

Professional Bio: Elton Johnson, Jr., President and CEO of Amerivet Securities, Inc., has been a stockbroker since
1977. He currently holds the following securities/commodities licenses: Series 3, 4, 7, 14, 24, 27, 30, 52, 53, 57, 63, 65, 79 and 99; a total of fourteen licenses, the most of any FINRA member. He has owned and operated Amerivet Securities, Inc., since the company became a member of the Self-Regulatory Organization (“SRO”) now known as the FINRA in May 1994

Elton Johnson, Jr., is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (1976) where he was a Notre Dame Scholar. He majored in Finance graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is currently enrolled in American Military University where he is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration.

Shortly after graduating from college, Elton Johnson, Jr., enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served in the 4th Marine Division for two years before he obtained a conditional release and a lateral transfer.

Relevant Experience

1. I have Board of Director experience. I am currently serving on three boards:
a. I am a Director for my own broker-dealer, AmeriVet Securities, Inc. I have been a director for my own broker-dealer for over 25 years. The website address for our broker-dealer is
b. I am a Director for the Warrior Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help veterans (this is a new non-profit; our website is still being worked on).
c. I am a Director for Veteran Ventures Capital (VVC), a venture capital firm that is the only Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) venture capital firm in existence. The website address for VVC is
d. I have corporate leadership experience as evidenced by the fact that I have own and operated my own company for over 25 years.
e. I have military leadership experience as evidenced by the fact that in two of the three combat tours I completed, I had a combat command; one was in Iraq (I was Commanding Officer of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Special Operations Detachment (IAFSOD) and one was in Afghanistan (Acting Commanding Officer of the Afghan National Army, Special Operations Advisory Group (ANASOAG)).

2. I have formal leadership training due to my military career (I am a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College).

Why are you interested in joining the USVBA BODs? I have actually been a member of the USVBA since it was first formed; back when it was the CA VBA. I feel that if I join the USVBA BOD, I can contribute to making it one of the premier Veteran Business Organizations (VBOs). Right now, there are at least two other well known VBOs operating with more coming on board all the time. The field is getting very crowded but there is still a lot of work to be done in order to make sure that veterans are properly rewarded for the sacrifices they have made in serving their country.

Area(s) of expertise/contribution you feel you can make: I have some expertise in working with elected officials. I feel that I can contribute in this area. I think that the USVBA needs some help in this area (Several months ago, I contacted an individual on your Legislative Team asking for assistance with a certain California regulation and I never even got the courtesy of a response).

Do you have the necessary time available to devote to the position? (15-25 hours per month): Yes

Are you willing to actively participate in the USVBA fundraising efforts?: Yes

Other volunteer commitments: I have no other volunteer commitments because between being CEO of my own company and being a Director for two other companies, I simply do not have the time. I feel I am in a position to take on one more job and I would like this job to be one of the Directors of the USVBA.

Veteran Era Served: Post 9-11
What did you do in the Military: I was an Armor Officer and then an Infantry Officer in the US Army Reserve. I was also a paratrooper. I was in U.S. Army Special Forces for nine years (19th and 12th Groups) but I did not become Special Forces qualified (SFQ). I want to be clear on that.

Any Additional Information You Wish To Share
There is much more information on me and my company, AmeriVet Securities, Inc., on our company website:


Elton Johnson Jr.’s Resume

Letter of Support


Phone: (949) 346-5530
Address: Newport Beach, California
Are you a current USVBA Member? Yes

Professional Bio: Mike grew up in an entrepreneurial household, helping out with the family marina, assisting his stepmom with her executive search business and working with a family friend in his construction company. A US Marine veteran, Mike served on active duty for 10 years, and was deployed on numerous operations and exercises. He received the distinguished honor of being nominated by his peers to be a Marine One crew chief and to fly President Clinton around the world.

After 10 years in the Marine Corps, Mike decided to go to work in the corporate world. He spent several years at Thomson Reuters where he helped build their digital printing operation from the ground up. While the experience was invaluable, Mike determined that his personality and skill set were a better fit with smaller companies who were nimbler and more open to making the changes required to grow their businesses. Mike went on to become president of two commercial printing companies.

Relevant Experience:

Current Board Member of USVBA Orange County Chapter
Member of Small Business advisory committee for CA State Assembly Person Cottie Petri-Norris
Member of Veteran’s business network
Member of Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

Why are you interested in joining the USVBA BODs? I would like to expand my efforts beyond my local chapter to help veteran business owners throughout the country. I am interested in helping to drive both state and national legislation to improve ease of doing business for veteran owned businesses.

Area(s) of expertise/contribution you feel you can make: My veteran owned business is helping small to medium sized business owners and their leadership teams clarify their vision so that everyone is on the same page with where they are going and how they’re going to get there. I then teach them how to implement systems of discipline and accountability to produce short term results so that they can realize their vision. I can use my expertise in these areas to help strengthen veteran owned businesses.

Do you have the necessary time available to devote to the position? (15-25 hours per month): Yes

Are you willing to actively participate in the USVBA fundraising efforts?: Yes

Other volunteer commitments:
Volunteer and supporter for Orange County Olive Crest. 2018 supporter of US Representative for Congress by canvassing to encourage voting in the 2018 election.

Veteran Era Served: Gulf War

What did you do in the Military:Marine CH-53 crew chief. Stationed at MCAS Tustin during the 1st Gulf War and was deployed to the Philippines from 90-91 supporting special operations as part of a special Marine Air Ground Task Force. I was then recruited by HMX-1 and was selected by my peers to be a Marine One Crew Chief and flew President Clinton during missions around the world. I then was stationed at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, HI for my last 3 years of active duty. Left the service after completing my bachelors degree.


Mike Wolfgang’s Resume