John D. Veal

Acting District Director

John D. VealJohn D. Veal, Jr. is the Acting District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office. As the leader of SBA’s operations across the state of Illinois, he directs the Illinois District team in implementing an efficient and effective strategy that strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem and helps small business owners access capital, comprehensive technical assistance, and government contracting opportunities.

Since May 2015, Veal has served as Deputy District Director for the Oklahoma District Office. He previously worked for the Richmond District Office as a Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist and for the Oklahoma District Office as a Business Opportunity Specialist and Veterans Affairs Officer.  He is a member of the 2018 Class of Excellence in Government Fellows Program.

Extensive experience in government contracting and a passion for empowering small business owners led Veal to make a difference with the SBA. He earlier served as the Defense Military Pay Officer at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Sill, Oklahoma and as a Business Coordinator with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC).  While with the OSBDC he was recognized as the Region VI and the Oklahoma District Office Veteran’s Small Business Champion of the Year.

Veal holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma City University. He is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and holds the Level I Contracting Certification from the Federal Acquisition Institute. 

Veal is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Desert Shield/Desert Story as the Detachment Commander of the finance detachment.  He was a member of the finance corps and retired in 1995 at the rank of First Sergeant, having served for more than 23 years. 

A strong commitment to his community also motivates him to serve in other capacities. He is a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He is a past treasurer of the Ninth District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He was named Ninth District Omega Man of the Year and recently inducted in the inaugural class of the Oklahoma State QUES Hall of Fame for fraternal and community contributions.  He the current President of the Oklahoma State Ques Association and a member of the Ninth District Council.   Veal has served in key roles in other community organizations, including serving as president of the Society of Case Research and a trustee for the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority. Additionally, he led Leadership Lawton/Fort Sill and served as District 5A governor for AMBUCS, a national charity dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

Veal currently divides his time between Oklahoma and Chicago.