The Sincerus Board of Advisors is made up of well-respected Defense and Government Services industry veterans who have successfully led multiple organizations through periods of rapid organic growth and business infrastructure scaling. Together, they will leverage their collective skills and industry experience to provide strategic direction to Sincerus' team as it continues to grow, develop innovative interventions, and serve as the premier security sector reform organization.
Tony Smeraglinolo has over 30 years of experience driving transformation and customer-centric growth strategies within the Government Services industry. Most recently, Mr. Smeraglinolo was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Engility Corporation (NYSE: EGL), a $2.1 billion leading provider of best-in-class training capabilities, specialized technical consulting, program and business support services, engineering and technology lifecycle support, and supply chain and logistics management services. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer after leading the spin-off of Engility from L-3 in 2012.
Mr. Smeraglinolo's tenure at Engility was defined by shareholder value creation through portfolio diversification with strategic M&A, and growth through relentless focus on customers and solving their most complex problems. Engility initially was a $1.6 billion business with an anticipated $500 million draw-down and an 80% dependence on the Department of Defense. Mr. Smeraglinolo led the strategy to diversify the customer portfolio and pivot the company to a higher-end enduring service model. He introduced price-disruptive service offerings, new product offerings, and led the acquisitions and integrations of DRC, a $250 million public company with a civilian market concentration, and TASC, a $1.1 billion company with 75% of its business supporting the Intel agencies. Mr. Smeraglinolo's strategy transformed Engility into a top five service company that derives greater than 50% of its business from Civil and INTEL markets and drove a 66% growth in revenue and a 300% increase in share price. Engility was ranked 30th in Washington Technology's Top 100 largest contractors in the government market place and in recognition for the successful transformation Mr. Smeraglinolo was awarded the Deal Maker of the Year award from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), named to The Washington 100 by Executive Mosaic, and received GovCon's Executive of the Year for Companies greater than $300M.
Prior to the spin-off, Mr. Smeraglinolo was the Executive Vice President of the $4 billion L-3 Services Group, and Acting President, Command & Control Systems and Software division, L-3 Services Group. He was responsible for driving the two year strategy leading to the spin-off of L-3's six government services business units to form Engility in July 2012.
Mr. Smeraglinolo began his career at Harris Corporation where he held roles of increasing responsibility across finance, program management, business development and operations during his 25 year career with the organization. Following Harris Corporation, he served as President of the L-3 Services Group's Intelligence Solutions Division for three years before he was recruited to be President of the Global Stabilization and Development Solutions division for Dyncorp International.
Most recently. Mr. Smeraglinolo joined Sincerus's Board of Advisors as the Chairman, a company that he co-founded and delivers sustainable solutions that enable integrated capabilities across multiple domains addressing global conflict, stability and security challenges.
Smeraglinolo earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Florida Institute of Technology and his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, with a minor in Accounting, from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Ms. Wootton is an operational and technical leader with nearly 30 years of experience across the federal government and commercial sectors. She has a proven track record in global business development and operations, M&A, divestitures and integration.
Ms. Wootton currently serves as an Operating Partner and Secretary of the Board for First Light Acquisition Group (NYSE:FLAG). She is also an Executive Advisor with Falfurrias Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Charlotte, NC, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for Sky Solutions.
Ms. Wootton has previously served as Vice President of the Enterprise Solutions division at Novetta, a Carlyle Group company, following their acquisition of Berico Technologies in November 2018. For nine years prior to the acquisition by Novetta, she was CEO of Berico Technologies, and a member of their Board of Directors. Berico was a leading technology company focused on cloud engineering and developing mission-focused analytic software for U.S. government agencies. Ms. Wootton joined Berico in 2010 and supported the company's founders with several spin-offs throughout 2011 and 2012, spawning five other successful technology start-ups. She supported the structuring and establishment of those divested legal entities, three of which were subsequently acquired. In 2012 Ms. Wootton was named board member, President and CEO of Berico where she led the execution of Berico's strategy to deliver technology-enabled services for federal customers. Ms. Wootton and her team successfully grew company revenues more than 800% in five years, including winning multiple prime contracts with federal government customers. In 2018, she was recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Gov Con Executive of the Year for companies up to $75 million.
Prior to joining Novetta and Berico, Ms. Wootton was Vice President, strategy and Vice President, performance excellence at BAE Systems, where she supported global initiatives examining new business investments and acquisition opportunities. She supported the operational integration of multiple BAE Systems acquisitions ranging in size from $200 million to larger than $4 billion and oversaw the integration of 12 financial ERP systems, 14 HR systems, and 21 corporate knowledge repositories.
Ms. Wootton started her career at Price Waterhouse, which later became PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"), and subsequently was acquired by IBM. She led multiple technical consulting engagements with Fortune 100 companies in the Financial Services, Insurance, and Pharmaceutical sectors. She led a P&L and business development effort for several Intelligence Community customers for IBM. Other notable projects at PwC include working on the corporate integration team for the Federal practice during the PriceWaterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merger in 1998 and working on the integration team after IBM's purchase of PwC's consulting practice in 2001.
Most recently. Ms. Wooten joined Sincerus, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that delivers sustainable solutions that enable integrated capabilities across multiple domains addressing global conflict, stability and security challenges.
She has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics from Harvard University.
Mike Alber currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer since March 2021 at First Light Acquisition Group, LLC. Mr. Alber has an extensive career spanning over 35 years in corporate finance, accounting, capital markets, treasury, risk allocation and mergers and acquisition experience. He currently serves on the SSA (Special Security Agreement) of AceInfo Tech (subsidiary of Dovel Technologies). An accomplished financial professional, most recently he was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of KeyW (NASDAQ: KEYW) since June 13, 2016, until its sale to Jacobs (NYSE: J) in 2019. During this period, he led several capital market transactions along with two strategically important M&A transactions, one that resulted in a record setting sale multiple and change in control.
Mr. Alber served as a Principal with Growth Strategy Leaders, a business and financial consulting firm (specializing in M&A and due diligence support), from April 2015 to May 2016, and as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Engility Corporation (NYSE: EGL) a $2.5 billion technology services and solutions provider to both U.S. Government and International customers from May 2012 to March 2015. During this period, he supported the company's spin-out from L3 Technologies as a stand-alone publicly traded company. Also, during this period, he led the financial and capital market activities related to two transformational M&A transactions, including one that resulted in a change in control.
Prior to Engility, Mr. Alber held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Alion Science and Technology from 2007 to 2012. He has also held senior executive positions at SAIC (NYSE: SAIC) for 18 years, where he served as a Senior Vice President and Group CFO, and prior to that was Director of Finance at Network Solutions, Inc.
Most recently, Mr. Alber joined Sincerus, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that delivers sustainable solutions that enable integrated capabilities across multiple domains addressing global conflict, stability and security challenges.
Mr. Alber received his Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and subsequently completed an Advance Management Program (AMP) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
David W. Swindle, Jr. (Dave) is an experienced corporate leader with more than 40 years of line management, Board memberships in the U.S and internationally, and P&L responsibility for global operations that exceeded $3B annually. He has had the responsibility for new business growth and operations for defense, space, aerospace, national and homeland security, engineering, intelligence, contingency operations, logistics and nuclear industries worldwide. He has worked extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East over the past 35 years in contingency operations and large program management and development. This included supporting the U.S, United Kingdom and NATO military commands along with international disarmament/nuclear safeguards and treaty verification for the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State.
Mr. Swindle previous served as AECOM's Chief Executive, Global Defence and International Programs1 , and Executive Vice President for International and Special Projects under Amentum. He led AECOM's support to the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and Australia's Department of Defence, in addition to international organisations such as the United Nations and NATO. He was also Chairman of Nuclear Management Partners in the UK until September 202 — a consortium that managed Sellafield, the world's most complex nuclear site. On March 31, 2020, he stepped down from his Executive positions with Amentum.
Mr. Swindle has served on the Boards of both privately held corporations and public organizations. He has been a member of the U.S. Army Science Board and has served as a senior technical advisor to the Department of Defense's Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, and as an advisor to the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Special Capabilities on Measurements and Signals Intelligence applications. Mr. Swindle has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Services Council, which represents most federal contractors supporting U.S. Government services businesses. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation and has been a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) as an expert on project management and planning where he served as Chairman between 2016 - 2018. Most recently. Mr. Swindle joined Sincerus, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that delivers sustainable solutions that enable integrated capabilities across multiple domains addressing global conflict, stability and security challenges. In 2020, he joined AVANTech, LLC, a hazardous and nuclear waste technology firm, as a Board of Director. Mr. Swindle is also on the Shetland Space Centre (SSC) Advisory Board, supporting delivery of vertical launch capability in the UK, and is currently, Chairman of the Board of Managers, for RA Federal Services, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of the FTSE listed firm RA International Group. He has served on multiple Board projects for the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a special advisor to multiple IAEA Deputy Director Generals on major project management planning and delivery in construction, information technology modernization and nuclear laboratory design and operations. Today, he consults on strategy, project delivery and partnering for major U.S. & UK Government projects.
Mr. Swindle is a registered Professional Engineer in seven states. He has a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Tennessee Technological University, a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an M.B.A. in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He has an active U.S. Security Clearance. He is married and resides in Louisville, Tennessee.
Craig Reed is a senior government contracting executive, board member and advisor with more than 40 years of experience working in leadership and advisory roles in firms providing systems, solutions, and services to the U.S. Federal Government across defense, intelligence, and federal civilian agency markets. Throughout his career, Dr. Reed has worked extensively across the space and intelligence, defense, international development, and other government services markets in growth, strategy, corporate development and executive leadership roles. He has been a leader in publicly traded, privately held, and founder-owner companies, as well as serving as a senior political appointee in the U.S. Government and as a successful strategy and transaction advisory consultant to corporate and private equity firm clients.
Dr. Reed is the Founder, President and CEO of Growth Strategy Leaders, an advisory firm he began in 2011, helping private equity and corporate clients develop and achieve their inorganic and organic growth strategy and transformation objectives. He previously served as President & Chief Growth officer (CGO) of Altamira Technologies Corporation, and as Senior Vice President (SVP) and CGO for Serco's North American business, where he oversaw the company's corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions along with business development efforts. He was recognized by Washington Exec Chief Growth Awards as Public Company CGO of the Year in 2020. His other positions have included: President & Chief Operating Officer of NT Concepts; SVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Engility; SVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at DynCorp International; VP of Strategy & Business Development for Intelligence Systems at Northrop Grumman; Managing Director at CSP Associates; Senior Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Energy; and several strategy, growth, and Washington Operations leadership roles at Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin.
In addition to advising several privately-held companies and private equity sponsors, Dr. Craig currently serves as a strategic advisor on a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) focused on the government contracting market, as a Member of the Board of Advisors for ERC Inc., on the Executive Advisory Board for Republic Capital Access, as a senior executive advisor to Focused Image, and as President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (National Capital Region). Most recently, Dr. Reed joined Sincerus, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that delivers sustainable solutions that enable integrated capabilities across multiple domains addressing global conflict, stability and security challenges.
He has served previously on the Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors for numerous privately-held government contractors (including NT Concepts, The QED Group, and Bartlett Nuclear Holdings), and several industry associations. From 2018-2020, he also served as a Senior Fellow and on the Board of Advisors for George Mason University's Center for Government Contracting.
Dr. Craig holds a Ph.D. in public policy with a concentration in national security studies from The George Washington University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on U.S. commercial space launch policy. He also earned a Master of International Affairs degree with concentrations in international business and international security studies from Columbia University, a B.A. in political science and psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and completed the Oxford Management Programme at Said Business School at Oxford University.