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Leadership

Jack L. Ezzell, Jr.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ezzell has spent his career applying advanced technology solutions to critical enterprise problems. He has won numerous Virginia and national awards for exceptional business achievement and community service. Jack is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and holds an MBA degree from the Ohio State University. He is a retired Air Force Colonel.

Jim Grant
President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Grant has been involved in military, intelligence and security operations for over five decades. He has served as chief executive officer of the National Military Intelligence Association and as a member of a number of industry Boards. Jim is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, received a Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated from the National War College. He is a retired Air Force Brigadier General.

Lynn Taylor
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Taylor, CPA, is a 1987 graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.  Her career includes four years of public accounting and over twenty years as a corporate accountant for companies in the health care, public utilities, and government contracting industries. She is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula and a 2011 graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute (Hampton Roads).

W. Scott Arnott
Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Arnott has over 30 years of experience in command and control operations and systems development and test. Scott is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and a retired Air Force officer. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from James Madison University. Scott has actively supported the Hampton Roads Technology Council, the CIO Forum, and the Virginia General Assembly Joint Advisory Committee of Technology and Science. He is a volunteer on the Hampton Public Service Team.

Chuck Mitchell
Vice President of Business Development & External Affairs

Mr. Mitchell has held a number of senior positions in ZelTech ranging from program manager to his current position. Chuck is an Air Force Academy graduate, and has a Master’s Degree from Golden Gate University. He has served as Chairman of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula and a 2010 graduate of the Civic Leadership Institute (Hampton Roads).

Ralph M. "Pete" Towell
Vice President of Operations

Mr. Towell has been involved in national and tactical level project management, infrastructure planning, acquisition support and organizational management for DoD programs for over three decades. Pete is a retired Air Force Officer and a graduate of Troy State University, where received a Master’s Degree in Management with an emphasis on mathematics & statistics.

Susan Hughes
Vice President, Contracts and Program Control

Ms. Hughes, a 1982 graduate of Christopher Newport University, holds a BS in Accounting. She has held positions in both Accounting and Contract Administration including Administrator, Manager, Director and now Vice President. In the past 30+ years she has worked closely with Government, program management and industry personnel. In her current position she oversees Contract/Subcontract Administration and complete cost proposal preparation.

Bill Barfield
President/COO, ZelTech Training Solutions, LLC

Mr. Barfield served in the USMC for 10 years, and then worked for a number of major aerospace defense contractors developing, producing and fielding sophisticated missile guidance systems, fire control systems and smart ordnance. Over the last 15 years, his concentration has been in the development, production, installation and support of live training engagement simulation systems.

Shirley Wills,
Director, Human Resources

Ms. Wills has over 30 years of experience in administrative and human resource management. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a BS, Governmental Administration, and from Troy State University with an MS, Human Resource Management. She serves as a board member of the following local agencies: Hampton Roads Community Action Program, and the Southeastern Virginia Health System.

Orion Vanderlinde
Director, Scientific and Technical Programs

Dr. Vanderlinde, a PMI certified PMP, has supported and managed scientific programs for DOD and DoE since 2004. He graduated from Florida State University with a PhD in Biological Sciences. Orion oversees and contributes to a variety of technical programs, providing subject matter expertise in nuclear weapons effects and prompt diagnostics, as well as complex algorithm development. He also leads ZelTech's efforts to provide unique first principles Modeling & Simulation solutions to our customers.

Christopher Brewer,
Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Programs

Mr. Brewer has over 20 years of experience supporting DOD ISR programs as a military professional and Government contractor. Over half of his career has been in support of Special Operations Forces. His experience encompasses all major intelligence disciplines and ISR collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination activities. Chris has a Bachelor's degree in Management from Bellevue University and a Master's degree in International Relations from Troy University. He is currently pursuing PMP certification as well as a Master's degree in Unmanned Systems from Embry Riddle University.

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News

October 21, 2016 - Old Dominion University's (ODU) Center for Enterprise Innovation/Gov2Com Program conducted interviews at Zel Technologies, Inc.

ZelTech founder and CEO Jack Ezzell Jr. and key executives offer their views on the challenges and pitfalls faced when expanding from government contracting into the commercial market....

September 1, 2016 - Zel Technologies, LLC (ZelTech) awarded the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA) contract.

Under this $165,272,923 ceiling, cost-plus-award-fee task order GSA OASIS contract, ZelTech and its teammates, Deftec, Deloitte and Corvus, will provide expertise in research, experimental development, and rapid acquisition; development and fielding of counter-threat technologies; and deliver urgent mission solutions in support of operations throughout the globe....

August 25, 2016 - Zel Technologies, LLC (ZelTech) awarded a Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance contract in support of Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate Computing and Communications Division (AFRL/RIT).

Under this GSA OASIS contract, ZelTech will provide engineering and technical support, studies and analyses, surge support and cross-cutting support within AFRL/RIT. This three-year contract was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY.

August 18, 2016 - ZEL Technologies, LLC (ZelTech), Awarded Information Exploitation and Assured Systems (INEAS) Contract

Under this GSA OASIS contract, ZelTech and its teammates, Quanterion Solutions, Inc. and Radiance Technologies, Inc., will provide engineering and technical support to AFRL/RIG intelligence and cyber RDT&E programs. This five-year contract was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY and is valued at $16.8M. "Approved for Public Release; Distribution Unlimited: 88ABW-2016-4790 & 20160929"

 

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