Leadership

Meet Our Leaders Who Offer Forward-Thinking for a World in Constant Demand of Innovation

Sonu Singh
Founder & CEO

Sonu is the founder of 1901 Group and corporate leader responsible for the overall direction of 1901 Group and the well-being of the entire 1901 Group team. After childhood in Blacksburg, Virginia and an engineering degree from Virginia Tech, Sonu knew that there was tremendous untapped talent in rural areas such as Southwest Virginia. So in 2009 he founded 1901 Group based on three major components:  1– establishing an Enterprise Operations/Development Center in Blacksburg, 2 – leveraging technology, automation, and processes in a common platform to increase quality and consistency in IT management, and 3 – utilizing consumption models for IT as opposed to standard labor hour billings. Since then 1901 Group has grown to employ over 350 people and become a leader in public sector managed services, cloud migration/operations, software development, and cyber engineering.

Sonu sits on the Virginia Tech National Capital Region Presidents Advisory Board and the Virginia Tech APEX Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Board.

James Christopher
Executive Vice President, Operations and Engineering

James is the leader of the company’s Operations and is responsible for the successful development and delivery of 1901 Group’s services. James brings over 25 years of industry experience to 1901 Group and previously served as a corporate executive in both small and large companies focused on delivering Information Technology business solutions and managed services.

As the leader of service delivery, James leverages his experience in growing organizations and delivering high value technology services and solutions across a spectrum of customers in federal, state, and local government; retail and commercial; and higher education markets. In this role, James is responsible for the development, engineering and delivery of 1901 Group services, to include those delivered from our 24x7 operations center in Blacksburg. James is a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech where he received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a lifelong Virginia resident.

Paul Wilkinson
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and BD

Paul leads Business Development, Capture Management, Marketing, and Channel Partners.

Paul provides leadership for 1901 Group’s growth initiatives by supporting the development of new markets and services.

Prior to joining 1901 Group, Paul was Chief Operating Officer of List Innovation Solutions, supporting the successful sale of the company to Salient Federal Solutions and led Salient’s Strategic Market Development Group. Prior to that, Paul held numerous leadership positions providing financial consulting, product management, and IT services supporting both public and private sector customers at SRA International, BearingPoint, and KPMG. Paul holds a B.S. in Finance from George Mason University and is a Certified Project Management Institute, Project Management Professional (PMP).

Brendan Walsh
Senior Vice President, Partner Relations

Brendan leads our partner relations and management efforts and supports business development activities in addition to establishing strategic business alliances with leading cloud service providers and security solutions.

Brendan is also focused on service design, IT as a Service modeling, public sector account management, and developing strategic alliances. Brendan brings over 25 years of sales, marketing, and program management experience to our team, including the successful prosecution of a business process patent during his tenure with FedBid.com. Brendan is a proud Georgia Tech (the real Tech) Yellow Jacket alum and ACC fan.

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Brian Lubin
Senior Vice President, Service Management

Brian leads the development and management of our service offerings. His leadership brings great value in aligning our growth and delivery activities while ensuring profitability. Prior to this role, Brian led the development and build out of our operations capability in Blacksburg, VA.

Brian brings more than 25 years of international industrial and technology business experience with significant accomplishments in general management, operations, product management, product development, and sales management. Prior to joining 1901 Group, he led a growing business inside Danaher Corporation, one of the best examples of a major U.S. company successfully adopting the Toyota Production System (TPS) that institutionalizes process efficiency and waste elimination within a culture of “kaizen” (Japanese for continuous improvement). Brian has an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Tom Pugliese
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions

Tom leads Enterprise Solutions, guiding a team that provides strategic support across business capture, proposal development, and program implementation, by gaining an understanding of the customer’s technical vision, creating CONOPS, and developing complex solution architectures. He provides program technical oversight and direction, as well as providing leadership for our strategic partnership initiatives.

Tom brings over 25 years of Federal IT experience to our team including senior technical leadership positions with large System Integrators (SIs) and small start-up companies. Tom is a graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Dana Pittman
Senior Vice President, Talent Strategy & Human Resources

Dana is the leader of our Human Capital Management function for providing organizational growth, performance, and profitability.

Her expertise includes: strategic guidance in all areas of human resources — from learning and development, recruiting, compensation and benefits, and resource management to the development, implementation, and enforcement of policy and programs. Dana possesses nearly two decades of talent management experience working in the private sector, is a Certified Human Capital Strategist (HCS), is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) & SHRM-CP, and has been recognized with multiple achievement awards.

As a strong advocate of teamwork and leading by example, Dana strives to maintain credibility throughout the organization with management and employees and excels at being an effective listener and problem solver of people issues. A native Miamian and lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, Dana graduated from Florida State University and rarely leaves a challenge unconquered. Go Noles!

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Senior Vice President, Service Delivery

Don is responsible for managing our service delivery engagements, leading program delivery, driving revenue, and building long lasting partnerships with customers and business partners. He brings over three decades of Federal and Corporate Enterprise IT experience with a strong grasp on solving business problems with technology innovation.

Don joins 1901 Group after serving 14 years as a Vice President at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), leading business across the Federal Civil and Health markets with portfolios ranging in size up to $350 million and 700 staff. Most recently at GDIT, Don served as Vice President for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) programs. Don has a wealth of experience having served as an IT executive in other companies in the Washington DC Metro area and is a University of Maryland graduate.

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Sheri Neely
Vice President, Operational Performance

Sheri works with 1901 Group leadership to define company vision, objectives, and practices focused on the professional growth of our personnel, namely articulating corporate culture expectations, succession planning, change management, organizational and operational performance management, and assisting individuals in achieving their training, development, and personal career goals.

Sheri brings over 25 years of operational expertise to 1901 Group, providing support in career development and employee mentorship to large and diverse teams across all aspects of information technology. Sheri previously served as a corporate executive focused on technology leadership to include infrastructure operations, application integration, software design/development, network operations & maintenance, and strategic information technology consulting in both commercial and governmental organizations. In addition, she ensures highest quality delivery and continuous process improvement, maintaining 1901 Group compliance with Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (SEI SW-CMMI) Level 3 and ISO 9001:2015 procedures across the organization. Sheri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from California State University at Long Beach.

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Tricia Long
Vice President, Marketing Communications and Public Relations

Tricia leads our Marketing Communications and Public Relations.

Tricia is a well-known expert with over 25 years of experience in strategic marketing, corporate communications, media relations, and brand management within the IT industry.

She joins 1901 Group after serving as Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Salient CRGT where she led the corporate communications and public relations for health, data analytics, cloud, agile, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions.
Within two years, she was the recipient of Salient CRGT’s highest performance achievement, the Pinnacle Award, providing extraordinary contributions and measurable results tied to business outcomes.

Prior to Salient CRGT, Long served as Principal of Strategic Marketing Communication for SRA International (Now General Dynamics Information Technology) where she worked cross-functionally to formulate innovative marketing strategies and campaigns to increase brand awareness and new business opportunities. Within the industry, Long also held marketing Communications roles with the MITRE Corporation, Mitretek Systems (Now Noblis), Arnold Worldwide, and RJR Nabisco.

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Manh Phung
Associate Vice President

Manh is a leader within our Operations and Engineering organization and oversees activities including the activation, operations, and continuous improvement of our commercial business, as well as leads our federal security practice.

Manh comes to us with over 20 years of operational experience in the delivery of managed services. Manh has been responsible for leading 24x7 network security operations for both the Air Force (609th Information Warfare Squadron and the Defense Information Systems Agency) and the commercial sector, as well as managing development and solution engineering teams. Manh’s focus is on developing energetic teams by promoting communication, collaboration, and attention to detail with processes and procedures that allow for consistent and effective service delivery. He is excited to be driving world-class IT services focused on solving 1901 Group customers’ challenges.

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Wayne Whitlock
Senior Vice President, Enterprise IT Operations Center

Wayne is the leader of our Blacksburg Enterprise IT Operations Center, overseeing activities in IT operations, software development, and enterprise and cloud engineering.

Wayne brings over 35 years of experience in product development, engineering, technical management, and program management and has grown the company through growing our Army practice, as well as leading development efforts for a large agency customer. Wayne’s focus is on our customer facing engineering efforts, internal engineering, and all other Blacksburg functions including service desk and Tier 1 – 3 operations. Prior to 1901 Group, Wayne has held numerous management and executive positions in the engineering field working for companies such as Librato, SafeNet, and IBM. Wayne holds a B.S from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering.

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Arun Gupta
Board Member

Arun is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Business School and a Venture Partner at Columbia Capital focused on Federal and Cyber IT Service investments. Arun teaches Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital at Georgetown Business School and serves on the board or actively involved with : Altamira, Daz 3D, Devas Multimedia, Endgame, Opaq, and Verato. He is a member the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, the Stanford in Washington Advisory Board, and the Board of mPowerVA – non-profit focused on job creation in Southwest Virginia. Prior to joining Columbia Capital in 2000, Arun was at Carlyle Venture Partners focused on software investments. He also held positions in Arthur D. Little’s telecom and technology consulting practice and shared responsibility for establishing ADL’s operation in India.

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Pete Hayes
Board Member

Pete, highly experienced in Venture Capital and Private Equity, is the Founder and CEO of Middleburg Venture Partners. Pete serves on the board of six companies: Cyxtera Technologies, Imagine!, LePrix, Pixspan, Seabras and 3C Logic.

Pete is very effective operating at the highest levels in business and government in multi-cultural environments with a focus that includes data centers, managed services, cloud acceleration, and visual communication. He brings over 35 years of experience leading growth and strategy divisions within big technology firms, such as IBM, Microsoft, and Equinix and is a proven leader who has been instrumental in scaling some of the most aggressive and high-profile companies in the world.

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