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The Axient Board of Directors is comprised of executives with decades of experience delivering leadership expertise and distinguished service in the government and commercial sectors.
In 1991, Ms. Brown founded QuantiTech, a Woman-Owned Small Business, headquartered in Huntsville, AL to provide system engineering and analytical services to the DoD market in Huntsville and the surrounding region. In the 29 years of leading QuantiTech, Ms. Brown helped the company grow from two employees to more than 800 engineers, scientists, and analysts. In 2020, Ms. Brown led the effort for QuantiTech to partner with Sagewind Capital.
While leading QuantiTech, Ms. Brown also served the Huntsville Community, providing her leadership as part of the transformational evolution of Huntsville into one of the best cities in America. She was a member of the Huntsville Leadership Class 10 and served as Day Chair for Class 11. Ms. Brown also served on the Boards of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Cummings Research Park, the Arts Council, and is a past president of the Women’s Economic Development Council and a Trustee Emeritus of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. Ms. Brown has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Human Resources and Governance Committee of Progress Bank since its inception and was one of the founding members of the bank.
In 2021, QuantiTech, with its subsidiaries, Millennium Engineering and Integration, Dynamic Concepts, and System Engineering Group, rebranded as Axient. Ms. Brown continues to provide leadership to the Axient team as a senior member of the Board of Directors. She and her husband, Tucker, have two children and three grandchildren, all who live in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Ms. Brown holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and completed the Minority Business Executive Program at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Mr. Randy Cash is President and CEO at Axient. He was the Chairman of the Board at QuantiTech and oversaw the acquisition of Dynamic Concepts and Systems Engineering Group, the merger with Millennium Engineering and Integration, and rebrand of those entities into Axient. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of QuantiTech in October 2019 and previously served as QuantiTech’s President from August 2013 to October 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from October 2017 to October 2019. During his tenure as President and CEO, Mr. Cash was responsible for leading QuantiTech’s Executive Team in the development and execution of strategic plans, day-to-day operations, business growth, and performance measurement. Under his leadership, Mr. Cash saw the company grow from 52 employees to over 700 and increased its annual revenue from $9 million to $200 million.
Mr. Cash has more than 30 years of operational leadership and business development experience in large, mid-size, and small Federal Government contracting firms providing information, programmatic, and engineering support services to DoD and Civilian agencies. Prior to QuantiTech, Mr. Cash held Vice President and General Manager positions for both Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC’s) Engineering Solutions and Technology (ES&T) Division and SAIC’s Enterprise Solutions Business Unit. During his tenure at CSC and SAIC, Mr. Cash held profit and loss responsibility for over $500M in revenue and was responsible for daily operations providing information technology solutions to multiple DoD and Civilian agencies. Prior to CSC, Mr. Cash was the Senior Vice President of the Federal Division at Computer Systems Technology, Inc. (CST), where he contributed to the company growth of 60 to 900 personnel and increased its annual revenue from $10 to $92 million over seven years. Mr. Cash played a significant role in the marketing and sale of CST to SAIC in 2003.
Mr. Cash earned a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama.
Mr. John Defourneaux is the Chief Technical Officer at Axient. Mr. Defourneaux oversees a range of research activities associated with the intelligence, aviation, space, and the Integrated Air and Missile Defense communities. Mr. Defourneaux led the systems engineering, development, and test support efforts for the PD C-RAM for 15 years. Mr. Defourneaux has also been the Principal Engineer supporting the study of advanced BMC4I concepts for SLAMRAAM and System Concepts supporting Maneuver Force Protection BMC4I. Previously on the PATRIOT Missile Defense System Team, he supported the design, development, test, and evaluation of changes and upgrades to the PATRIOT Air Defense System PAC3 Radar. Currently, Mr. Defourneaux serves as the technical advisor to the Director of the Joint Counter-small Unmanned Systems Office (JCO). Mr. Defourneaux holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Deborah “Deb” Dunie is an Independent Board Director, Executive Consultant, and C-Suite executive working with both publicly traded and private companies. Deb is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow, recognized for her commitment to the highest standards of boardroom excellence. Since 2016, she has served on the faculty of the Director Professionalism Program of the NACD, where she mentors executives and is called upon to speak to boards about strategic growth and C-suite relations.
Deb currently serves as an Independent Board Director for Peraton Holdings, LLC, Objective Interface Systems, Inc., and Code-X. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Tetrad Digital Integrity, LLC. and the Board of Harvest Returns, an agricultural investment fund. Deb previously served on the board of SAIC and Alliant Energy Corporation.
Deb retired in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CACI International. During her tenure at CACI she focused on driving the solutions/services portfolio and was instrumental in identifying and closing 18 mergers/acquisitions aligned to the corporate growth strategy. Deb has demonstrated expertise in cyber security, cloud, mobility, data analytics and intelligence. Throughout her career, Deb focused extensively on developing corporate culture, leadership, talent and succession planning.
Prior to CACI, Deb was a member of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. As principal advisor to the USD(I) she was responsible for providing executive leadership, guidance and reviews of DoD activities and programs as they related to U.S. national interests, defense policies, operational requirements and state-of-the-art technologies. Her portfolio included the multi-billion dollar Defense Intelligence IT budget. In November 2006 Deb was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.
Prior to her civil service, Deb was responsible for e-business solutions within the national intelligence solutions group at Oracle Corporation, guided the strategic direction of Raytheon E-Systems’ Advanced Technology Program and was in charge of new and follow-on business development in advanced technologies at Martin Marietta/GE Aerospace.
Deb is a member of and former Chair of the AFCEA International Technical Committee. She also is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industry Advisory Board, the George Mason University Volgeneau School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, the Tufts University School of Engineering Advisory Board, the Washington CTO Roundtable Board of Directors, and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Capital Area Chapter Board.
Deb earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Deb also completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and received her Professional Certificate, CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.
Paul G. Kaminski is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technovation, Inc. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Paul served as Undersecretary of Defense for Aquisition and Technology from 1994 to 1997, was twice Chairman of the Defense Science Board, and charted the RAND Corporation’s Board of Trustees. Kaminski is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE fellow, and an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the development of stealth aircraft and missiles and satellite reconnaissance.
He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Strategies and Alliances, a technology-oriented investment banking and consulting firm. Kaminski is a consultant and adviser to a variety of government agencies, companies, and schools, as well as serving as chairman of the board of HRL Laboratories, Seagate Government Solutions, and the Systems Engineering Research Council. He has received many awards, among them are the: National Medal of Technology 2006, Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (5 awards), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Director of Central Intelligence Director’s Award, Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Academy 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award, the Ronald Reagan Award for Missile Defense, the William J. Perry Award for Precision Strike, and the Air Force Systems Command Scientific Achievement Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He and his wife, Julie, have two children and six grandchildren.
Raj is a Managing Director of Sagewind Capital LLC. He has experience investing in the government services, technology, business services, and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Sagewind Capital, Raj was at American Securities, a leading middle market private equity fund. He sits on the boards of Axient, By Light Professional IT Services, Federal Advisory Partners, GCOM Software LLC, Sigma Defense, and Skience.
Raj has a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a BS in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
General Paul Kern, US Army (Ret) is a Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AM General from August 2008 through January 2010 and is currently a Director and Board Member with LGS Innovations, on the CoVant Board of Managers, and on the board of USARE. He has held the Class of 1950 Chair for Advanced Technology at West Point, was a Vice President for Battelle, and a Director on the Anteon, ITT, EDO, Exelis and iRobot Corporation boards.
General Kern retired with the US Army as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, with more than 50,000 personnel and worldwide responsibility for supply and maintenance support to the DoD, management of the Army depot system, and research for all ground and rotary wing equipment. In June 2004, the Secretary of Defense asked General Kern to lead the military’s internal investigation into the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Previously, he served as the Department of the Army Military Deputy for Research, Development and Acquisition and was the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Mechanized, where they developed the organization, tactics, techniques, and equipment implemented in today’s networked force. From 1993 to 1996, he was the Senior Military Assistant for Secretary Bill Perry and played a key role in international deliberations in South America, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and the Balkans. In 1991, he led the 2nd Brigade of the 24th Infantry Division in the attack into Iraq and began his career commanding operational units as a platoon leader and troop commander in the Blackhorse Regiment in Vietnam.
General Kern graduated from West Point in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds master’s degrees in both Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He was a National Security Fellow at the J.F. Kennedy School, Harvard University and is currently a member of the Defense Science Board.
Steve Lefkowitz is the founding partner of Sagewind Capital LLC. Steve has helped establish and build three private equity firms encompassing more than 30 years of experience investing in private equity. Steve is a co-founder and board member of Bioenergy DevCo and serves as Chairman and Board member of By Light Professional IT Services and Skience, and sits on the board of Axient, Federal Advisory Partners, GCOM Software, and Sigma Defense. Prior to Sagewind, Steve co-founded CI Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, in 1993 where he served as President and COO. Before joining CI Capital Partners, Steve was a Vice President at Mancuso & Company.
Steve is committed to philanthropic initiatives, particularly relating to veterans and education, and has supported Brothers for Life, Boulder Crest, and The Posse Veterans Program. Steve has been involved in serving as a committee member for Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy, Posse Foundation, Kellogg Finance Network, University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Global Lyme Alliance, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Museum of Berlin, and Solelim Venture Philanthropy.
Steve was born in Cleveland and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University in 1986 and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1987.
Kerry Wisnosky is the Chairman of the Board at Axient. He has over 35 years of experience in engineering and leadership of aerospace and defense/civil systems. Prior to its merger with QuantiTech and rebrand into Axient, Mr. Wisnosky co-founded Millennium Engineering in 1997 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. As Principal Board Member, he led the successful consummation, via transaction of Millennium Engineering, from a highly respected small business into the large aerospace/engineering services domain. Additionally, Mr. Wisnosky is the Chief Operating Officer of Quantum Space, a commercial company focused on data products and digital services for Cislunar and deep space regimes. Mr. Wisnosky has had an extensive career in systems engineering, hardware integration and testing, flight testing, mission operations, missile and spacecraft development, and infrared sensors. He authored and presented numerous technical papers at national and international missile defense related conferences and aerospace seminars. Prior to Millennium Engineering, Mr. Wisnosky worked for Standard Missile Company (a Raytheon/Hughes Joint Venture), ANSER, General Electric, the Navy Surface Warfare Center, and Martin Marietta.
Mr. Wisnosky received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and MS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), an Advisory Board Member for the University of Maryland Engineering Clark School and Aerospace Department Board of Visitors, as well as the University of Pennsylvania Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He has a wife, Robin, with three children and resides in Potomac, MD.