Blaine Zimmerman (photo courtesy of INvets)

Indianapolis-based nonprofit INvets has named Blaine Zimmerman its executive director. The organization says Zimmerman succeeds Wes Wood, who is stepping down from the position to pursue an opportunity at Dallas-based Veryable.

“Blaine has been operating as a key leader of our organization since he was hired in 2020,” Wood said. “His leadership ability along with his intimate understanding of our operations make him the ideal candidate to lead the program going forward.”

Previously, Zimmerman served as the nonprofit’s director of veteran engagement, where he led efforts to recruit more than 5,000 veterans to join the INvets network. Zimmerman spent six years in active duty with the U.S. Army and eight years in the Indiana National Guard.

“Our administration continues to attract new jobs to Indiana, and the leadership at INvets has played a critical role in filling some of those positions with highly skilled men and women who are transitioning out of the military,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “I want to thank Wes for his commitment to boosting Indiana’s workforce and attracting our brave veterans to our state. I wish him the best in the next chapter of his career, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with Blaine Zimmerman and continuing the success INvets has had in growing our veteran population.”

The organization says it helped more than 300 veterans move to Indiana last year and serves more than 3,500 veterans annually.