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    From the USIS website:Sterling Phillips — President and CEO
    Sterling Phillips is President and CEO of USIS, the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government. Mr. Phillips leads an organization of more than 6,000 employees in two divisions: Investigations Services Division (ISD), which performs federal, state, and local background investigations, fraud investigations and site visits, and Global Security and Solutions Division (GS&S), a global leader in the areas of security, intelligence support, litigation support, training and records management.

    Mr. Phillips is a seasoned executive with a distinguished career leading companies serving government, security and technology clients. Prior to joining USIS in January 2013, Mr. Phillips served as CEO, President and Director of GTSI, an IT systems integration and services provider to federal, state and local governments. He led GTSI through a successful business turnaround and oversaw rapid growth culminating in the company’s sale in June 2012 to Unicom Systems.

    From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Phillips was a venture partner with FirstMark Capital, and before that served for six years as Chairman and CEO of Analex Corporation, an intelligence, systems engineering, and security services provider to government clients that included the U.S. intelligence community, the Department of Defense and NASA. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Phillips was senior vice president of Federal Data Corporation in the science and engineering and corporate marketing groups (now part of Northrop Grumman); during his tenure, the company’s revenues increased from $130 million to more than $650 million.

    Earlier in his career, Mr. Phillips was chief operating officer from 1993 to 1996 for TRI-COR Industries, Inc., and also served as president of the federal business development division for Computer Sciences Corporation from 1992 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Phillips had a highly successful 24-year career with IBM, where he steadily advanced through technical, marketing and management roles of increasing responsibility. He spent the final nine years as an executive in the company’s federal systems division (now a part of Lockheed Martin) in business development and general management roles.

    Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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    Johnny Tharp — President, Investigations Services Division
    Johnny Tharp is President of USIS’ Investigations Services Division (ISD), the largest commercial supplier of background investigations to the U.S. government and a provider of diverse investigations, including site visits, to all levels of government and law enforcement agencies. Mr. Tharp leads a staff of more than 3,200 personnel across the U.S. and is the primary point of contact for USIS’ current five-year Background Investigations Fieldwork Services contract with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Investigative Services. Most recently, Mr. Tharp had served as Chief Operating Officer of ISD.

    Mr. Tharp has been with USIS since 2001, starting as a special investigator in El Paso, Texas. From July 2003 to March 2007, he was a District Manager in both Albany, New York and St. Louis, Mo., with responsibility for all aspects of investigations assigned to those geographic areas. From March 2007 to December 2010, he served as the Regional Vice President of the Eastern Business Unit, where he directed operations of five districts in 12 states. He was next promoted to Vice President of Support Operations, where he was responsible for quality, training, mobile technology and communications for the ISD business. In December 2012, Mr. Tharp assumed the role of Vice President of Field Operations for the ISD business with oversight of 10 regions and more than 2,500 employees serving on a number of different contracts in both commercial and government markets spanning the U.S. and its territories.

    Mr. Tharp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa.
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    Jeremy Wensinger — President, Global Security and Solutions
    Jeremy Wensinger is President of USIS’ Global Security and Solutions (GS&S). GS&S is a global leader in the areas of security, intelligence support, litigation support, training and records management. With revenues in excess of $240 million and more than 2,000 employees, GS&S has the ability to provide broad and unique solutions and products to government and industry customers.

    Before joining USIS, Mr. Wensinger spent the first 20 years of his career with Harris Corporation where he started in the finance organization. He progressed to Controller for Harris Information Systems before moving into operations.  Over the course of his career at Harris, he held positions as President, Harris IT Services Corp., President, Harris Broadcast Communications Division and Group President, Harris Government Communications Systems.  In the last position, he led a $2 billion group responsible for engineering services, operations, business development and strategic marketing for Harris’ government business.

    In 2008, Mr. Wensinger joined Cobham Defense Systems as Chairman of the Board and President.  In this role, he was responsible for a $1.5 billion group of businesses providing professional services and electronic systems to the U.S. Government, including the intelligence community. In 2011, Jeremy joined GTSI Corp. as Chief Operating Officer. GTSI was a NASDAQ listed provider of information technology solutions and services to federal, state and local government customers.

    Mr. Wensinger holds a BS in business administration from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of South Florida. He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Leesburg, VA.
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    Francis Meyer — Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    Francis Meyer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of USIS. Mr. Meyer’s duties include leading an accounting, pricing and financial planning, reporting and analysis organization to provide strategic and financial guidance to all USIS businesses.

    Mr. Meyer has nearly 30 years of experience as a CPA in finance and accounting as well as general management. Before joining USIS, he was a founder and managing director of Walney Capital, an investment bank providing strategic and advisory services to government contractors in the information technology, software and education segments. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development of Apptis Holdings, Inc., a private equity owned government services contractor which ranked 35 in Washington Technology’s Top 100 Government Contractors. Mr. Meyer joined Apptis from Unisys Corporation, where from 2002 to 2010, he held positions as Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, Vice President and General Manager of the North America Public Sector, Vice President of the Global Public Sector Operations and Director of the Public Sector International Practices. Earlier in his career, he served with the U.S. Department of Education as the agency’s principal auditor responsible for financial institutions oversight.

    Mr. Meyer holds a Master of Business Administration degree, Finance and Investments from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is credentialed in Certified Government Financial Manager and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia.
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    Susan M. Kirton — Vice President, Human Resources
    Susan Kirton is Vice President of Human Resources for USIS, a position she has held since September 2008.

    In this role, Ms. Kirton works closely with the presidents of USIS' two divisions, the Investigations Services Division (ISD) and the Global Security and Solutions (GS&S) Division and their HR teams in a combined team approach. She coordinates talent management, employee engagement and development and compliance strategies. Over the past 12 years, she has been promoted to increasingly more responsible positions at USIS. Beginning in June 2007, Ms. Kirton served as director of Human Resources for the Investigative Services Division. Before that, she filled the role of director for that division's Staffing and Employee Development, where she managed efficient and timely recruitment of new employees and developed defined career paths within the division. Ms. Kirton also led a team leader development program.

    Prior to USIS, Ms. Kirton worked in HR leadership roles in the retail and hospitality industries.

    Ms. Kirton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.
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    Keith R. Simmons — Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
    Keith R. Simmons is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel.  He also serves as Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Boards of Directors for USIS and its subsidiaries.  Mr. Simmons is responsible for providing legal counsel and services, regarding corporate governance, regulatory compliance, contractual and intellectual property matters as well as general corporate legal  matters, primarily in support of the USIS Government Services Group.

    In 2005, Mr. Simmons joined USIS as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary to the Boards of Directors bringing nearly 30 years of legal experience to the company. Before joining USIS, Mr. Simmons held senior legal counsel positions including General Counsel for the technology company, SEI, Inc., in Harrisonburg, Va., and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Grove Worldwide LLC, a manufacturer of capital equipment in Shady Grove, Pa.

    Mr. Simmons has a broad legal and general business background with public and private companies. His expertise includes corporate law and governance, business litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, and commercial and government contract law.

    In 1972, Mr. Simmons earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude, from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., and his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 1977.
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    Mitch Lawrence – Vice President, Security and Counterintelligence
    Mitch Lawrence is the Vice President of Security and Counterintelligence (CI) for USIS. Mr. Lawrence is responsible for day-to-day security operations and security compliance for USIS, as well as all counterintelligence concerns.

    Prior to coming to USIS, Mr. Lawrence gained more than 30 years experience in special security, working in the intelligence community and Department of Defense in various security areas such as program, personnel, information technology, facility, operations, training and management. His government career includes working for the NSA and CIA. After leaving government, Mr. Lawrence served as a business unit executive for a federal professional services firm before joining AT&T Government Solutions as Director of Security. Most recently, he served as Director of Security for KEYW Corporation, a publicly traded federal contractor for the intelligence community.

    Mr. Lawrence is active in numerous professional security associations that help shape the industry. In addition he was named one of the “Most Influential People in Security” by Security Magazine for 2012.

    Mr. Lawrence holds a masters degree from Eastern Michigan University in Information Security and an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Political Science.
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    Rob Giannetta – Chief Information Officer
    Rob Giannetta is the Chief Information Officer for USIS. Mr. Giannetta directs all strategic technology planning and design, focusing on optimizing constituent areas, including software development, project management, IT security, infrastructure, and business processes, in support of company goals. He is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

    Mr. Giannetta has more than 30 years of progressive experience in technology, with the past 15 years spent in senior IT leadership roles. In his most recent roles as Business Technology Officer and Vice President of Application Services with BAE Systems Inc., he led several strategy and transformation initiatives and managed teams of up to 300 employees and consultants in a variety of technical functions. BAE Systems provides secure IT systems for defense, commercial and law enforcement applications. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Giannetta held roles of increasing responsibility within Sprint Nextel Corporation, the third-leading wireless carrier in the U.S., with his last six years spent as the IT Director of several different divisions within the company.

    Mr. Giannetta holds a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from George Mason University. Mr. Giannetta serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors, and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
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    Adelle Elia – Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
    Adelle Elia is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for USIS. Ms. Elia is responsible for designing, implementing and managing a USIS ethics and compliance program that sets the tone for compliance standards, annually trains and certifies employees, ensures ongoing compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements, and promotes an organizational culture that encourages ethical and compliant conduct.

    She has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting and operations, including significant experience with government contractors, assessing risk, building ethics programs, developing employee training, as well as conducting audits and investigations. Most recently, Ms. Elia served as Director of Ethics & Compliance for UNICOM Government, a federal contractor within the UNICOM Global portfolio of companies. In that capacity, she designed, developed and implemented the first corporate-wide ethics program for the company. She has also served as the Managing Director of the Ethical Hacking Center of Excellence at International Network Services, now part of BT Americas, where she managed the Ethical Hacking services division, providing penetration testing to Fortune 1000 clients in financial services, retail and other verticals.

    Ms. Elia holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Physics from the University of Miami and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), as well as a Certified Internal Auditor(CIA).
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    Laura Jones – Vice President, Business Development
    Laura Jones is the Vice President, Business Development for USIS. She is the lead executive responsible for all new business for USIS. Ms. Jones is based in Falls Church, Virginia.

    Ms. Jones has more than 18 years of experience working with the Federal, State and Local Government as well as more than 14 years of Executive Business Development experience focused in the areas of services, software and enterprise solutions. For the past eight years, she has supported a specialized focus in the area of biometrics, identity and credentialing solutions.  

    Ms. Jones was previously at SAIC, where she was Vice President, Business Development for the $1.2B Technical Services and Enterprise IT business. Prior to that position, she served as the Vice President of Business Development for the $850M+ Homeland and Civilian Solutions Business Unit, where she managed a team of 45 professionals in the areas of business development, sales, marketing and communications, capture and proposal development professionals.

    Prior to joining SAIC, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President of Business Development for the Homeland Security Solutions Sector of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). There she was responsible for the strategic planning, analysis, business development and management of the Homeland Security account team.

    Ms. Jones holds a Master of Business Administration degree from La Salle University School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University.

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    by oblomov on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 03:41:46 PM PST

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