Ms. Aaron has twenty-nine years of professional experience in business management, contract management, subcontract/vendor management, work planning, work progress assessments, fiscal control as well staff recruiting and staff development. Her positions have required extensive communications with US Government, commercial and international clients to include various issues from contract negotiations to technical progress reviews on small to large scale professional services, system design and integration type programs. Ms. Aaron started her 18 year career with SAIC as a contract representative and progressed to a Vice President/Director of Contracts supporting a $100M business unit with federal, commercial and international customers. Her last role at SAIC was Business Manager to a division within the corporation that built rugged computers with sales to federal government and prime contractors. In 2003, Ms. Aaron left SAIC to co-found a veteran owned small business with two partners. The company grew to 200 people and $35 million in revenue at the time of her departure from the firm in October 2012. Ms. Aaron holds certificate in Procurement and Contracts Management from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland.
Board of Advisors
Mr. Funk is President, Cyber & SIGINT Systems. In this role, Mr. Funk is responsible for leading Vistronix’s strategy, operations and business development within the Intelligence Community (IC) with a focus on NSA. Prior to joining Vistronix, Mr. Funk was Senior Vice President of the National Security Group for Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS). From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Funk was Co-founder of KEYW Corporation, a public company focused on Cyberspace, Geospace and Counterterrorism in the IC. During his tenure at KEYW, the company completed 18 acquisitions in less than five years. Before KEYW, Mr. Funk was Vice President of Corporate Development with Essex Corporation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland.
Rhett Hernandez, LTG, US Army (Retired)
Lieutenant General Hernandez retired following 39 years of distinguished service in the United States Army. His last active duty assignment was as the first Commander of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), where he was responsible for the daily operations, defense and risk management of all Army networks with 1.2 million users, and when directed, conduct the full range of cyberspace operations. As the Army’s lead for all cyberspace activity, General Hernandez was responsible for cyber doctrine, training, leader development, organization, materiel and people. Previously he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Operations; Chief, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia; and Commanding General, Human Resources Command. In all three positions, he was involved in key issues and decisions at the highest levels. Currently, General Hernandez serves as the West Point Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute, among other director and advisory board positions. He is a cyber expert on leadership, human capital, cyber threats, strategic planning and enterprise risk management. General Hernandez holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters of National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Mr. Jefferson, CoFounder, Worldwide Information Network Systems (WINS-sold to Mantech 2014). WINS earned a reputation as one of the fastest growing small business IT consulting firms providing services to the federal government. Prior to founding WINS, Mr. Jefferson was a principal at BigChange Networks an innovative new media company that served Fortune 500 companies such as AOL, TimeWarner, Discovery Communications, and American Express. While serving as the Chief Technology Officer for the company, Mr. Jefferson developed a business and technology platform that delivered context-based Internet advertising. He also served as an advisor on advanced Internet technology to companies such as: IBM, Microsoft, Secure Computing, Netscape, Apple, Kodak, Cisco, and AT&T. Mr. Jefferson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has completed post graduate course with in business and law.
Mr. Riddick has supported government and commercial clients worldwide in the design and acquisition of ships and systems for the past 44 years. Mr. Riddick was appointed Executive VP Maritime Programs in January 2015. Previously Mr. Riddick had been Senior VP and Sector Manager for the Engineering and Integration Solutions Sector of Alion Science and Technology since November 2013. As Sector Manager he provided leadership of an organization that generated $380M per year in revenue supporting government and commercial clients in the marine industry worldwide. Prior to joining Alion, Mr. Riddick spent 33 years in the service of government and industry clients providing technical and managerial experience in the design, acquisition and production of ships and equipment. He began his career in 1972 with a small craft design firm where he assisted in the design of various boats and craft for the Navy and Coast Guard. Four years later Mr. Riddick transitioned to ship design as an employee of several naval architecture firms. Most recently, Mr. Riddick spent 18 years with John J. McMullen Associates, Inc. (JJMA), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm, where he began as a Systems Engineer and after serving as Director and Vice President, was promoted to the position of Senior VP for Acquisition and Production Support. Additionally, Mr. Riddick has served NAVSEA clients since 1978 when he became a participant in the Navy’s AEGIS Shipbuilding Program and has become widely recognized for his keen business and acquisition strategies.
Mr. Thompson, Senior Vice President for Government Business Operations, ESP. Mr. Thompson has over 30 years of DoD operations and contract management work experience with over 15 years at the Vice President and Director level. Previously, Mr. Thompson was the Vice President of Contracts and Procurement for the Services and Solutions Group of QinetiQ North America, Inc. (now Vencore). He also served in a variety of management positions for Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, SAIC and Cubic Defense Systems. Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a published author of several scholastic articles.