Patrick Murphy is the President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Murphy leads the overall strategic leadership of the company and is responsible for the execution of corporate strategy, goals, operations, and meeting and exceeding revenue targets. Mr. Murphy has over 20 years of experience working with the Missile Defense Agency, Navy, Air Force, and Intelligence Community. Mr. Murphy holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from George Washington University.
Chief Financial Officer / Executive Vice President
Kylie Allen is the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Allen is responsible for financial operations and oversees the Finance & Accounting, Tax, Contracts, Compliance, Procurement, and Treasury functions. He has held CFO roles in Aerospace & Defense companies for over 10 years (Culmen International and the U.S. Air Traffic Management subsidiary of Thales Group) and has substantial domestic and international experience in manufacturing and services operations. Mr. Allen has expertise in strategic pricing and contract negotiations, risk management, mergers & acquisitions, and working capital optimization. Mr. Allen is a CMA, received an MBA and a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance Concentration from Le Moyne College, and has a graduate certificate in Taxation from American University.
Chief Information Officer / Vice President
Ken Baird is the Chief Information Officer. Mr. Baird is responsible for integrating key elements of the company’s strategic plan including cybersecurity, Information Technology (IT), corporate security, corporate budget, corporate facilities, quality management, and organizational conflict of interest. He is responsible for maintaining Axient’s NIST 800-171 and CMMC cybersecurity programs. Mr. Baird has over 25 years delivering high quality engineering services across our government customer base. Mr. Baird holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and an MS from the University of Maryland.
Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President
Gerald Burnett is the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Burnett is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial performance of all Axients’s business areas. Mr. Burnett brings over 30 years of experience leading and managing mission-critical services for DoD programs for customers such as US Air Force Material Command (AFMC), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), US Army PEO Missiles and Space, Army Material Command, Joint Strike Fighter, and the Logistics Support Agency. He is a certified PMI PMP, PgMP, and an ITIL Expert. Mr. Burnett holds a BS in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a MS from the University of Tennessee.
Chief Growth Officer / Executive Vice President
Dan Deans is the Chief Growth Officer. Mr. Deans oversees business growth across the company’s portfolio, working with each business unit to execute strategic and tactical growth goals. Mr. Deans is responsible for corporate development, M&A, business development, capture, proposals, marketing, and communications. Dan is a seasoned Program Manager within the Aerospace sector with experience managing large global teams. Mr. Deans has extensive corporate management experience and subject matter expertise in several disciplines including Program/Project Management, Business Development, Six Sigma Methodology, and Mission Assurance. Previously, he has held positions as Vice President at ManTech, global executive with Dow Chemical, subject matter leader for Lam Research, and supported NASA and the U.S. Air Force for several companies. Mr. Deans holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Technical Officer / Executive Vice President
John Defourneaux is the Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Defourneaux oversees a range of research activities associated with the defense intelligence, aviation, space, and missile defense communities. Mr. Defourneaux led the Systems Engineering and test support efforts for PD C-RAM for 16 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 SETAC Team, he supported the design, development test, and evaluation of changes and upgrades to the PATRIOT Air Defense System Radar. Mr. Defourneaux holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Hargis has more than 18 years of progressive Human Resources Generalist experience and manages all aspects of Human Resources supporting Axient’s employees nationwide. Ms. Hargis is a Human Resources Generalist with a strong knowledge of employee benefits, compensation, recruitment, employee relations, policy development and employment law. Prior to joining Axient in 2005, Ms. Hargis worked in the high-technology industry as well as the non-profit world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the Northern Virginia Chapter of SHRM (NOVASHRM) and the World at Work.
Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Angie Helms is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting. Ms. Helms is responsible for Finance and Accounting, Project Control, Office Management, and Facilities. Ms. Helms leads a team of professionals supporting the day-to-day business operations of Axient and is a key member of Axient’s proposal team. Prior to Axient, she managed the project control and pricing organization for the MDA business organization at Computer Sciences Corporation. She has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting with a focus in Project Control and Pricing. Ms. Helms holds a BS in Accounting from Athens State University.
Vice President, Contracts and Compliance
Teresa Roberson is the Vice President of Contracts and Compliance. Ms. Roberson is responsible for Contracting, Procurement, and Subcontracting. She leads a team of dedicated, experienced professionals who ensure Axient is compliant in all aspects of our business functions. Prior to joining Axient, Ms. Roberson was the Subcontracts Manager overseeing all subcontracting activities at COLSA Corporation. She has over 17 years of government and commercial contracting as well as extensive subcontract management experience. Ms. Roberson holds a BS in Business Management from Athens State University and an MBA in Acquisition and Contract Management from Strayer University.
Vice President, Corporate Development
Patience Samson is the Vice President of Corporate Development. Ms. Samson is responsible for the management of corporate business development, capture, proposal, marketing, and communication activities and supports the CEO in corporate strategy development. Ms. Samson brings more than seventeen years of experience supporting DoD organizations and leading business development and proposal efforts in the defense, civilian, and intelligence markets. Prior to joining QuantiTech, Ms. Samson held corporate leadership positions in business development at SAIC, Leidos, and Noblis. Ms. Samson holds a BA from Pepperdine University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Darryl Wortman is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Mr. Wortman is responsible for providing a corporate level focus on developing, communicating, and realizing strategy. He supports our CEO and collaborates with the executive team to execute key corporate initiatives. Mr. Wortman has been delivering engineering and business services and winning new business in Government and commercial markets for over 30 years. Prior to joining Axient, Mr. Wortman held executive-level positions at Wyle-CAS and GaN Corporation. Mr. Wortman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
Senior Vice President, Civil Air and Space Systems
Senior Vice President, National Security Space Systems
Dan Benjamin is the Senior Vice President of Axient’s National Security Space Systems Segment. Mr. Benjamin manages daily execution on dozens of projects and provides executive level technical and programmatic support for multiple DoD and NASA programs. He oversees the system engineering lifecycles of space and launch systems development, space vehicle rapid system development solutions, space enabling activities, and cybersecurity. Mr. Benjamin received a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, as well as an MBA in Finance. He has over 35 years in the aerospace industry having worked at TRW, Rockwell International, and The Boeing Co. He previously served as Chief Engineer, Program Manager, and VP of Engineering at his previous companies.
Joe Clayton is the Senior Vice President of the Axient DCI Advanced Technology Segment. Mr. Clayton has more than 30 years of DoD and NASA experience in structural dynamics, loads, vibro-acoustics, shock analysis, and physics-based simulations. He joined DCI in April 2007 and has served as the company president since 2009. He previously served as Vice President of bd Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC. Prior to that, Mr. Clayton worked at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, FL as a group lead senior engineer in the Dynamics Group. Joseph received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a MS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President, Defense Systems
Larry Foor is the Senior Vice President of Axient’s Defense Systems Segment. Mr. Foor manages daily execution of contracts that provide technical and programmatic support for our Missile Defense Agency, Army, and Navy customers. Larry has an aerospace engineering degree from Penn State (B.S.) and an MBA degree from Pepperdine. He oversees activities involved with the design, development, systems engineering, ground testing, and flight testing of the Nation’s missile defense systems. His background spans management, applied science, contracting and administration, space and missile system engineering, missile defense testing and targets, and commercial business development.
Senior Vice President, Integrated Force Systems
Reese Hauenstein is the Senior Vice President of the Integrated Force Systems Segment. Mr. Hauenstein manages daily execution of contracts that provide technical and programmatic support for our Army, Force Protection, Logistics Engineering, Environmental and Safety, and Aviation Services programs. He has over 23 years of experience leading and managing complex and diverse missions and projects. Mr. Hauenstein is a former Army Aviator and Acquisition Officer. He is DIAWA level III certified in Program Management, holds a MS in Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and completed the Mid-Level Management School at the Command and General Staff College.
Senior Vice President, Civil Air and Space Systems
Jon Sharpe is the Senior Vice President of the Civil Air and Space Systems Segment. Mr. Sharpe is responsible for leading programs that support our NASA, Axient, and JPL customers. He has over 30 years of experience in DoD and Civil Space markets spanning multi-program / multi-function business unit leadership. Prior to joining Axient, Mr. Sharpe served as the Huntsville Site Director and Director for Weapon Systems Integration for the Lockheed Martin Missile Systems and Advanced Programs business unit and served as the lead executive for the Lockheed Martin Civil Space / Human Space Flight – Huntsville Technical Operations business unit supporting NASA Space Shuttle and developmental programs. Mr. Sharpe holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama, and a MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.