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 possesses a PMP certification as well as a Master's degree in Unmanned Systems from Embry Riddle University.



June 25, 2018 - Zel Technologies, LLC Awarded the National Technical Nuclear Forensics II Contract

The Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center (ACC AMIC) awarded ZelTech a five year, $8.0M single award IDIQ contract for National Technical Nuclear Forensics II (NTNF II) support. ZelTech will provide expert technical services to the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) in conducting a variety of projects with mixed Operations and Maintenance (O&M) as well as Research and Development (R&D) support. The expertise provided under NTNF II will be used to advance AFTAC’s technical capabilities for its NTNF mission and support R&D activities. ZelTech has been providing AFTAC with a specialized mix of professionals in nuclear sciences, technical operations, and NTNF subject matter expertise since 2013.

April 15, 2018 - Zel Technologies, LLC Awarded the AFTAC AMS Contract

Zel Technologies, LLC (ZelTech) was awarded the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAС) Mission Support (AMS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract providing various technical, program, and administrative services on а task order basis. These services include: program and administrative services; radiation safety services; radiochemistry laboratory services; graphics and multimedia services; technical writer services; Modeling and Simulation support; system integration services; Expert Panel and Subject Matter Expertise (SME) support; acquisition services; and Research and Development services across all AFTAC Mission areas. This contract has a five (5) year ordering period with a ceiling value of $20.0M. Under this contract, ZelTech will continue a long history of providing support to the AFTAC mission. ZelTech has been a prime contractor at AFTAC continuously since 1998.

Feburary 4, 2018: ZelTech and its early Cyber Security Initiatives

One of the principal authors of the article (“The US Is Not Safe in a Cyberwar”) referenced in the link below was Dr. Ken Williams, ZelTech’s Chief Technology Officer until 2004. The report was written for senior policymakers at the White House and experts in other Government agencies. At the time, Ken was a Principal Investigator on a DARPA Information Assurance and Survivability project, applying kinetic warfare Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace methods to cyberspace. He used Intelligence Preparation of the lnformation Battlespace (IPIB) techniques to assist in the target development portion of the paper. ZelTech, under Ken’s leadership, developed the IPIB concept as a software application that demonstrated how one could help analysts to perform predictive intelligence for mission survivability against cyber threats.

The excerpt below comes from a Nextgov article published 30 January 2018. A link to the article by Joseph Marks follows: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2018/01/what-pentagon-report-year-2000-got-right-about-cyber-war/145594/

What a Pentagon Report from the Year 2000 Got Right About Cyber War

“The defense secretary for a newly elected president is entering his third month in office when a chilling report crosses his desk warning of the catastrophic damage an enemy could visit on the U.S. with a cyberattack.

Such an attack, the report warns, could cripple the U.S. economy. It could strike with no warning. It could be launched asymmetrically by an enemy that’s much weaker than the U.S. in traditional military might.

Even worse, that enemy could use the internet to shield its identity, making it difficult or impossible for U.S. forces to retaliate or to deter an attack before it happens by threatening retaliation inside cyberspace or outside of it.

The defense secretary fires off an email to his pick to lead the Defense Science Board, a civilian adviser to the Pentagon on science and technology matters: “Please take a look at this article, ‘The U.S. is not Safe in a CyberWar,’ and tell me what you think I ought to do about it,” the email asks.

The defense secretary was Donald Rumsfeld. The email was sent in April 2001.

The report, which was released publicly for the first time this month, was oddly prescient about many of the concerns facing cyber strategists today. It also suggests a few alternate paths the U.S. government might have followed if it had responded more forcefully to the growing cyber threat.”

December 15, 2017 - Zel Technologies, LLC Awarded Contract to Support United States Air Force Special Operations Command Intelligence Operations

Zel Technologies, LLC (ZelTech), a professional and technical services company providing expert advice, critical operational assistance, and leading edge technical solutions to Defense, the Intelligence Community and Homeland Security, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). This OASIS small business contract has a base year and two option years. The award has a value of $53.5M. Teammate is MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB). 

ZelTech and its teammate will provide intelligence specialists to support AFSOC in the planning, integration and implementation of new and existing intelligence collection, exploitation, reporting, dissemination and evaluation capabilities.

October 23, 2017 - J&F Alliance Group presented with the Minority Technology Firm of the Year award

ZelTech is very pleased to announce that on October 23rd, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) presented J&F Alliance Group with the Minority Technology Firm of the Year award. J&F Alliance Group is an IT company that specializes in customized augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality applications for military services and the Department of Defense. The company provides users with applications that increase safety awareness, work performance, comprehension, collaboration, and more. Falana Dula-King, CEO, and JarMarcus King, COO, were invited to the White House for a ceremony honoring the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Award winners. J&F, along with nine of the award winners, attended a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017. ZelTech provides mentorship and support to J&F which is located in the ZelTech headquarters in Hampton, Virginia. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylBb1IRda-g&feature=youtu.be Link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/24/president-donald-j-trump-recognizes-minority-owned-businesses