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We’ve all been on your side of the table at some point in our careers, in uniform or government. That experience helps us understand your challenges in a visceral way.
We combine that with domain expertise, some very sophisticated technical tools, and a passion to solve puzzles to deliver creative solutions to complex problems.
Once I decided to start a company, the next question was, “What do we call it?” I had several specific criteria: The name had to be simple – one or two syllables, easy to say and easy to remember, and could not include the words Systems, Solutions, Integrators, or Technology. (No offense to all of our friends who DO include these words in their names.)
While serving in Iraq, I worked with an Air Force engineering unit known as the REDHORSE Squadron, the Air Force version of the Navy Seabees. The men and women of this unit did a remarkable job and were an impressive and dedicated group of professionals. REDHORSE is an acronym for “Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers.” (The REDHORSE units have a sister organization known as Prime Beef squadrons. For obvious reasons, this name was never much of a contender, although it certainly would have been memorable.)
During our “What do we call it?” discussions, Redhorse kept coming to mind. It met my criteria, and as luck would have it, Mrs. Inmon’s favorite color is red. After carefully weighing all of the factors (over a glass of red wine), the choice was made! Redhorse it is, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
David is the CEO of Redhorse Corporation. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a startup in 2008 to where it is today. He controls both the long-term decision making and the day-to-day management and administration of the business operations. Before founding Redhorse, he was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For a year, he ran Bemsaya Range Complex, an 85-square-mile live fire-training base in central Iraq. David led the effort train more than 4,000 Iraqi soldiers and established four separate training programs during his tour. He was directly responsible for the supervision and safety of more than 150 military and contractor personnel. David was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 2013 after 32 years of active and reserve service in the Marine Corps.
Prior to returning to active duty, David was a partner in a boutique investment banking firm, where he helped small businesses raise capital and make divestitures and acquisitions. Earlier, he worked for a technology start-up company as Vice President of International Sales. The company was acquired by Oracle, where David spent a year in the wireless application server group working with international wireless carriers. Previously, David spent 8 years with Ericsson, delivering wireless voice and data systems to local, state, and federal governments. He led a team that was awarded the largest public safety radio system contract in Hawaii state history. He began his professional career as an artillery officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, spending 4 years on active duty before he joined the Marine Corps Reserve.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
John joined Redhorse in June of 2020 taking on the day to day operations responsibilities as President.
Prior to joining Redhorse, he most recently served as Senior Vice President of business initiatives and strategic partnerships with Leidos Civil Group.
Prior to joining Leidos, he enjoyed a distinguished career in government service spanning more than thirty years, concluding with his role as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a presidential appointment. At DHS his responsibilities encompassed information technology and associated management and security. His work for DHS garnered recognition by Federal Computer Week for his work in transforming DHS into, “one of the federal government’s top IT performers.” John led multiple initiatives at DHS including implementation of advanced cybersecurity technology, cloud computing and data analytics, identity management and telecommunications.
He transitioned to DHS from the Department of Defense (DoD) where he served as Acting Chief Information Officer, a position he assumed from his role as Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space (DASN C4I, IO, and Space), and as the Acting Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO).
John began his career in government service with the U.S. Navy. He retired as a Naval Flight Officer after serving as a squadron commander and in various staff assignments over the course of his military service.
Upon retirement from the Navy, John was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) as Deputy Director Warfare Integration Programs (N6FB) in the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Communications Network (N6) Directorate. He subsequently served as Director for Program Integration and as Deputy to the Director for Concepts, Strategy, and Integration for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Information Dominance (N2/N6).
A native of Scranton, Pa., he graduated from the University of Scranton. He earned a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University.
Senior VP, Operations
Susan’s executive leadership skills include managing innovative and challenging recapitalization and refinancing, driving operational efficiencies through strong financial leadership, strategic planning, and leading crisis management. Susan’s experience spans public accounting, financial services, consumer product manufacturing, and defense contracting. She has managed Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Contracting in her various roles. Recently, she proved her mettle in taking a challenged company through a difficult 4-year operational and financial turnaround. The problems she successfully addressed in that role included senior management changes, evolving through the defense contracting process, implementing strategic planning, and a thorough financial and operational turnaround. Her success was demonstrated when the company sold in late 2007.
Susan began her professional career and earned her CPA at KPMG, where she spent 4 years before leaving for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role in private industry. She speaks German, most recently having relocated from Vienna, Austria, after assisting a high tech company establish its U.S. operations. Susan has served in a number of high-level Financial-, Executive-, and Board-level roles in her more than 18 years in the San Diego area. She is a member of numerous public and private corporate boards, as well as non-profit boards.
VP of Energy & Environment Services
Adrienne is the Energy and Environment Practice Lead for Redhorse Corporation. She is responsible for nation-wide strategic business development for energy and environmental services. She also serves as Program Manager for the Natural and Cultural Resources Programs at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. Adrienne has over 14 years of program management, business development, and technical expertise in the environmental and alternative fuel industries.
Prior to joining Redhorse, Adrienne served as a Program Manager to USACE and was the Navy Client Service Manager at Sullivan International Group, Inc. As Program Manager for the USACE Leaking Underground Fuel Tank (LUFT) Program supporting EPA Region 9 and the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Adrienne provided consultation on the fate and transport of petroleum in the subsurface and helped in the development of a consistent approach to the investigation, threat evaluation, and closure of LUFT sites. As the Navy Client Service Manager, Adrienne provided strategic planning, and led the execution of and client satisfaction on Navy Contracts valued at greater than $200M, including NAVFAC SW and NAVFAC Midwest Environmental Multiple Award Contracts (EMAC), the NAVFAC SW Multimedia Environmental Compliance Contract (MMEC), and NAVFAC Hawaii SDVOSB Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC).
Adrienne formerly worked for Imperium Renewables, Inc., where she was the Hawaii-regional sales and business development manager. Imperium Renewables is a biodiesel company based in Washington State and Adrienne managed the permitting of the 100-million gallon transesterfication processing plant that was planned for construction in Hawaii including the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project. She also facilitated the importation of sustainably-sourced biodiesel to the islands for use in fleet vehicles.
Adrienne also worked for Weston Solutions, Inc. in Seattle, WA and Honolulu, HI under a variety of commercial, state, and federal contracts focused on site investigations and remediation, Brownfields assessments and clean-up, emergency response, environmental permitting and compliance, and fuels projects. Strategic clients included the EPA and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE).
Adrienne has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Seattle University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
VP of National Security Services
In his 20-year career serving as a Marine Corps intelligence officer, Vince provided intelligence support to tactical, operational, and strategic customers. His experience spans major disciplines and key functions of intelligence, including all-source and geospatial analysis and production, HUMINT collection, collection planning, collection management, and counterintelligence. Vince has performed a wide range of intelligence duties including providing direct support to military operations, supporting joint war planning, and developing Service and Defense-level strategies and policies. Vince also served as a DoD representative to In-Q-Tel—the venture capital arm of the US Intelligence Community—where he gained a deep appreciation of the speed and power of the commercial market to drive technological change, and the challenge the Intelligence Community faces in keeping up with or leveraging that change.
Vince effectively brings his experience to bear on challenging problems of intelligence policy, strategy, technology, organization, management, and performance measurement. He is recognized as an innovative thinker, having contributed foundational concepts and novel initiatives to both the academic literature and practice. With an expert understanding of the state of US intelligence, a firm grasp of the guiding concept of the US Intelligence program—Decision Advantage—and a proven ability to translate theory into practice, Vince excels in the design, evaluation, optimization, and implementation of critical intelligence programs.
Vince holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and an Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
VP of Digital Services
Craig has more than 25 years of experience managing large environmental, energy, and information technology projects for Federal clients. He has managed major programs at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and at the US Department of Energy in Environmental Management, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Craig has also managed programs and contracts for CIO organizations at DOE and other civilian agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has recently led a comprehensive enterprise architecture program for EPA related to its information technology and business modernization initiative known as E-Enterprise, as well as cyber security programs at NSF and NNSA as a major subcontractor.
Craig holds an Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota.
VP of Enterprise Advisory Services
Kim is an accomplished senior executive with over 25 years of market development, business management, and technical leadership experience in the management consulting industry with a focus on delivering environmental, energy, enterprise architecture, and information technology solutions. Skilled in business operations, contract administration, strategic planning, and leadership, she is a successful Operations Manager and Program Manager and has worked closely with defense, national security, and civilian agencies to support policy, business analysis, process reengineering, enterprise geospatial architecture, security, and compliance requirements. Kim has been a Program Manager and Quality Assurance Officer for multiple large Federal contracts, including GSA schedules, Blanket Purchase Agreements, and IDIQ contracts.
Prior to joining Redhorse, Kim led Booz Allen’s Enterprise Geospatial Services Team and was an Operations Manager and Director of Integration and Strategy for Tetra Tech. In these roles, she provided overall supervision, technical direction, and quality control to more than 100 multidisciplinary technical, IT, and support personnel working on environmental and information system projects for various Federal agencies.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Science from Georgia State University.
VP of Corporate Growth
Melissa is a senior executive with a 25-year track record of developing and leading high-performance teams to drive organizational excellence across service delivery, communication, business integration and growth. As Redhorse’s VP of Corporate Growth, Melissa is responsible for engineering a business growth strategy that continues to position Redhorse as a market leader in meeting the mission goals of our clients while promoting exploration into emerging technology research, development and implementation. In addition to her business development and growth expertise, Melissa is a skilled account executive and program manager in both the defense and civilian sectors. She has successfully led a wide variety of programs providing solutions in identity and access management, cloud services, security architecture and engineering, IT infrastructure management and digital transformation.
Prior to joining Redhorse, Melissa was a vice president at CGI Federal, serving as architect of a business growth organization responsible for nearly $1 billion in awards, and providing account leadership for defense programs providing IT services to a wide variety of joint defense agencies. Before CGI, Melissa spent 19 years at SRA International with responsibility for accounts in both the defense and civilian sectors.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College and a Master of Public Management in National Security from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.
VP of Finance and Accounting
A leader in driving profitable growth at companies in highly regulated and varying industries, including financial tech and government contracting, Bryan joins Redhorse as they continue their growth initiative and lead in digital transformation. He will lead the finance, accounting, and program analysis functions at Redhorse, helping create a streamlined growth path.
Bryan has more than 25 years of experience leading financial and operational efforts in small and large companies. His expertise spans a variety of industries and has held CFO and COO roles in companies playing a key role during their growth periods. Bryan spent more than ten years at Intel Corporation, in a variety of strategic planning and leadership roles. He also served as the Vice President and Corporate Group Controller at SAIC/Leidos prior to their restructuring.
A native of Tennessee, Bryan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration with honors at Indiana University. He is actively involved in his community having served in leadership roles on multiple community boards, and he is a founding member of a local charitable organization.
VP of Digital Solutions
Brian Teeple serves as Vice President of Digital Solutions. In this role, Brian will help define and standardize technology and digital processes across the company – providing a more efficient resource base to external partners and customers, as well as helping strengthen and refine business processes. This supports Redhorse’s commitment to change the way government interacts with and uses data and technology.
Brian has been a leader in both industry and government service for more than 20 years. He most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Data Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, where he led all aspects of enterprise architecture, technology innovation, and exploration, and oversaw major DHS Information Technology Programs.
Prior to his role at DHS, Brian spent seven years at the Department of Defense, first as a Principal Director, and then as Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer for C4. At DoD, Teeple provided technical expertise and broad guidance on policy, programmatic, and technical issues relating to integrating and synchronizing all classified and unclassified Defense-wide communications and infrastructure programs.
Brian has more than 20 years of experience in program development, program review, and budget development – making him an expert in leading people and departments to meet company goals.
Brian grew up in Massillon, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics, with a doctorate in Aerospace Systems, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Director of Quality Programs
Sherry has more than 25 years of experience in consulting various government agencies in strategic planning; policy analysis and development; outreach and training. She has demonstrated success in managing large and complex projects for public and private-sector clients in the U.S. and overseas and has a proven record of excellent customer service and client retention. She has provided overall program management support, responsible for the execution of projects from kickoff to closeout, for a variety of government clients.
As Directory of Quality Programs, Sherry manages all Redhorse process improvement initiatives, including the achievement and management of their International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and Capability Maturity Model Integration for Services Level III (CMMI®-SVC) certifications. She is responsible for developing and implementing corporate processes and tracking metrics, and ensuring quality standards continue to be met as the company grows. Sherry’s activities will drive continuous improvement efforts to develop a proactive culture that will empower employees and support the outstanding delivery of services to our customers.
Sherry holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech.
Chief Technology Strategist
Robin Gonzalez joined Redhorse Corporation in 2017 and is proud to part of a high-performing leadership team.
Prior to joining Redhorse, Robin worked in Federal government service for 32 years, beginning with four years at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District in 1984 as a computer support engineer/programmer. From there, he moved to the Environmental Protection Agency, where he spent 28 years supporting a wide range of EPA’s programs, systems and applications.
Robin became a member of EPA’s Senior Executive Service in 2004 and was appointed the agency’s Chief Technology Officer in 2016. Over his career, he directed many IT organizations at EPA, including the National Computer Center, The Office of Information Analysis and Access, and the Office of Digital Services. Some of his IT specialty areas at EPA included: Computer center virtualization; cybersecurity; High Performance Computing; modeling and visualization; enterprise architecture; Enterprise Application Development; Lean; data analytics; user-centered design; Agile Cloud development and app migration; DevOps; and geospatial programs. In addition, he helped establish the strategy, policy and process framework for effectively delivering Cloud-based services across the agency.
Robin led national efforts to support key government initiatives that involve intensive strategy, coordination, planning and project execution to achieve efficiencies through IT automation. He was also involved with international programs in technology transfer and collaborative development efforts with environmental protection partnerships in the EU and Taiwan.
Dr. Gene Ray
Dr. Gene W. Ray currently serves as the Managing Director of GMT Ventures, based in La Jolla, California. GMT provides assistance and guidance to early-stage technology and defense companies. Dr. Ray, a founder of The Titan Corporation, served as Chief Executive Officer and as director of the corporation since the company’s inception in May 1981. Dr. Ray was President from May 1981 to May 2002 and was elected as Chairman of the Board in April 1999. Before he launched Titan, Dr. Ray spent 11 years as Executive Vice President, General Manager, and Director of Science Applications International Corporation, Inc. (SAIC).
Dr. Ray served for 2 years as Chief, Strategic Division, U.S. Air Force (AFGOAS). He held the position of Senior Appointee (Public Law 313) on the staff of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, where he led a team of military and civilian analysts and scientists. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ray was with the Aerospace Corporation, where he contributed to weapon system analysis programs and specialized in the area of nuclear survivability. Dr. Ray received his Ph.D in theoretical physics at the University of Tennessee in 1965; an M.S. in physics at the University of Tennessee; and a B.S. in mathematics, physics, and chemistry at Murray State University in 1960.
Mr. VanDeWeghe joined RA Capital Advisors in January 2006. Mr. VanDeWeghe heads the firm’s defense industry team, developing strategies for clients and executing all facets of Merger and Acquisition transactions and financings. He was previously a senior shareholder with the law firm Klinedinst PC. During the 15 years that he practiced law, Mr. VanDeWeghe worked with a variety of corporations throughout southern California, advising executives and business leaders on numerous issues involving their companies. He has a deep understanding of the challenges service providers and manufacturers face in contract disputes, product liability issues, partnership conflicts, and overall business operations.
Mr. VanDeWeghe served as an artillery officer on active duty in the Army from 1983 to 1987, followed by a position commanding a firing battery in the Virginia National Guard. He also was the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Congress, 53rd Congressional District, in 2002. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his law degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Mr. VanDeWeghe is a member of several defense-related industry groups, and is an FINRA-registered securities representative.
Dr. Lani Kass
Dr. Kass joined Redhorse as an Advisor in 2020. She has a wealth of strategic knowledge and experience in national security strategy and will help Redhorse continue to transform the way government interacts with and uses data and technology.
Dr. Kass most recently served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Strategic Advisor for CACI International Inc. In this role, Dr. Kass led corporate initiatives and participated in the development of corporate strategies to position CACI for growth and enhance CACI’s presence in the U.S. national security sector.
Prior to joining CACI, Dr. Kass served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She received the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award – the highest award granted to U.S. Government civilian employees. Dr. Kass was the first woman to serve as Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College.
Dr. Kass authored two books and 30 scholarly articles. She developed, directed, and taught graduate-level courses on a wide variety of national security subjects. She received a joint PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Kaplan School of Economics and Political Science and Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. Dr. Kass received her bachelor’s in Russian Studies, International Affairs and Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in International and Public Affairs.