Leadership Team

Scott Goss, President & Chief Executive Officer

As the President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSS), Mr. Goss oversees and supports all facets of the PSS organization and sets the strategic direction of the company. His reputation within the National Capital Area as an outstanding IT Manager led CM Equity Partners to seek his expertise when they acquired PSS in 2007.

Since joining PSS, Mr. Goss has made significant improvements to the corporate infrastructure, while strengthening PSS’ bottom line through acquisitions and organic growth.

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Prior to joining PSS, Mr. Goss was a consultant to various companies ranging in size from $5M to over $1B in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Finance, Accounting, Operations, and Business Development. As the Executive Vice President of Dataline, Inc., Mr. Goss established the Northern Virginia office, adding several new customers, including the Department of Interior (DOI), Air Force, Navy, and Energy. Prior to Dataline, He was Vice President and General Manager at General Dynamics following its acquisition of Veridian Corporation. He also served as Senior Vice President of Veridian Corporation and President of Veridian Corporation’s IT Services Division (VITS). During his tenure as President of VITS, Mr. Goss grew the company to annual revenues of $315M and an IT services staff of 1,900. Prior to VITS, Mr. Goss served as CFO and CIO at SIGNAL Corporation and was instrumental in leading the acquisition of SIGNAL Corporation to Veridian.

In addition to his 20 years of experience, Mr. Goss has authored several articles related to the stock market, back office automation, budgeting, and various NYSE and NASDAQ trading companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds an MBA in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Business Administration from American University.

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Jim Ballard, President, PSS Federal Services Group

Mr. Ballard served as President of Global Services & Solutions, Inc. (GSS) when the company was acquired by PSS in 2014. GSS’ specialties included program management, continuity of operations, and acquisition support services for the Federal Government. Prior to founding GSS, Mr. Ballard served as President of Perot Systems Government Services (PSGS) and was responsible for strategy, management, operations, and business development. Under his leadership, PSGS grew from $57M to $650M in annual revenues.

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Mr. Ballard also had a successful Naval career as an Engineering Duty Officer, Submarines, managing a diverse workforce of Civilian and Military personnel. He held both leadership and command roles in Naval shipyards, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Program Executive Office (PEO) Submarines.

Mr. Ballard earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of Executive Development Programs at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and at the Harvard Business School.

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Susan Day, Vice President of Accounting & Finance

As Senior Vice President of Accounting & Finance, Ms. Day is responsible for the direction of all financial activities for PSS. She manages the accounts receivable and payable departments, coordinates all company financial audits, works hand-in-hand with the CEO on major financial matters, and supports both short- and long-term company-wide financial planning. Additionally, Ms. Day provides financial management consulting to multiple commercial customers within PSS’ Financial Consulting Services Practice.

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Ms. Day has over 12 years of experience in the accounting and financial arenas, supporting companies with both Federal and Commercial clients. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public/Business Administration from George Mason University.

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Mark Kockler, Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kockler oversees the company’s Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources functional areas.

His primary responsibilities include financial accounting and reporting, budgeting, forecasting, treasury, audit, tax management, business metrics reporting, banking relationships, employee benefits, compliance, and all general accounting functions. He is also directly involved in the identification and qualification of all acquisitions, and plays a key role in diligence, negotiation and structuring, and integration.

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Prior to joining PSS, Mr. Kockler worked at Blackbird Technologies as Vice President of Finance and as Principal Program Finance at BAE Systems. He brings more than 20 years of finance and financial reporting and analysis experience.

Mr. Kockler served as a Captain in the infantry for the U.S. Marine Corps. He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Harvard.

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Rosemarie Floyd, Senior Vice President of Contracts

As Senior Vice President of Contracts, Ms. Floyd oversees all facets of contracts administration. Her expertise in contract management and administration, human resources administration, and facilities management includes extensive knowledge of and experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other Federal and Commercial regulations. Ms. Floyd also provides contract management outsourcing consulting services for more than 15 clients.

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Prior to joining PSS, Ms. Floyd was the Founder and President/CEO of Revolutionary Solutions, Inc. (RSI), providing management services for more than 40 clients. As President, she was responsible for effective and efficient operations in support of the entire business, including contracts administration and management, and coordination of operational processes for the Human Resources, Contracts, IT, and Operations departments.

Ms. Floyd has more than 20 years of experience in contracts management and has held executive management roles at several corporations. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Strayer University; holds numerous certifications in Government contracting; and is a member of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), Women in Technology, and the National Women’s Business Center.

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Dean McKendrick, Senior Vice President, National Security Group

As Senior Vice President of the National Security Group (NSG), Mr. McKendrick is responsible for leading NSG in serving the needs of the Intelligence Community (IC). He is an accomplished senior executive with a proven track record as a leader in the IT industry, demonstrating consistent achievement of complex IT initiatives in support of mission-oriented Intelligence, DoD, and Civilian agency objectives.

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Mr. McKendrick brings more than 35 years of experience managing large-scale technology consulting, integration, design, implementation, and management programs. He is also recognized as a key subject matter expert in Big Data Analytics and Insider Threat solutions. Prior to joining PSS, Mr. McKendrick managed a successful IC professional services organization for ManTech International – the Mission, Cyber, and Intelligence Solutions Group (MCIS). He also led an IC consulting services practice at Oracle USA – the National Security Group (NSG).

Mr. McKendrick managed the engineering, integration services, and technical support groups for Unisys. Under his leadership, Mr. McKendrick grew the professional services business three-fold. Prior to Unisys, Mr. McKendrick led teams at STG, DynCorp, and EDS, supporting DoD, Civilian, and IC agencies in disciplines that included network engineering and deployment, systems engineering, network management, software development, and hardware integration.

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Mike Murphy, Senior Vice President, Mission Support Group (Intel, Federal, and Defense)

In his role as Senior Vice President of the Mission Support Group, Mr. Murphy is responsible for leading and growing the Intel, Federal, and Defense organizations, including orchestrating business development initiatives across all market verticals and respective agencies, as well as identifying capture efforts to pursue a broader range of business prospects with FBI, DHS, GSA, DOJ, DOT, Army, SDDC/TRANSCOM, and Navy/NAVSEA.

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With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Murphy is a proven senior leader of small, mid-sized, and large businesses providing needs-based, results-driven, professional services to Federal Government (IC, Defense, and Civilian agencies) and Commercial clients (Fortune 200).

Prior to joining PSS, Mr. Murphy served as the Vice President of the Intelligence Division at GCS. He also held a number of senior roles in the professional services industry, including executive positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Spherion, and McClendon. With his successes, Mr. Murphy has acquired an in-depth understanding of the Government acquisition process, as well as expertise in human capital management, program management, strategy and transformation, and training and education.

Mr. Murphy received a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Systems from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from the University of Maryland. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technical Interpretive (Persian Farsi).

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Board of Directors

Scott Goss

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As the President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSS), Mr. Goss oversees and supports all facets of the PSS organization and sets the strategic direction of the company. His reputation within the National Capital Area as an outstanding IT Manager led CM Equity Partners to seek his expertise when they acquired PSS in 2007.

Since joining PSS, Mr. Goss has made significant improvements to the corporate infrastructure, while strengthening PSS’ bottom line through acquisitions and organic growth.

Prior to joining PSS, Mr. Goss was a consultant to various companies ranging in size from $5M to over $1B in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Finance, Accounting, Operations, and Business Development. As the Executive Vice President of Dataline, Inc., Mr. Goss established the Northern Virginia office, adding several new customers, including the Department of Interior (DOI), Air Force, Navy, and Energy. Prior to Dataline, He was Vice President and General Manager at General Dynamics following its acquisition of Veridian Corporation. He also served as Senior Vice President of Veridian Corporation and President of Veridian Corporation’s IT Services Division (VITS). During his tenure as President of VITS, Mr. Goss grew the company to annual revenues of $315M and an IT services staff of 1,900. Prior to VITS, Mr. Goss served as CFO and CIO at SIGNAL Corporation and was instrumental in leading the acquisition of SIGNAL Corporation to Veridian.

As the Executive Vice President of Dataline, Inc., Mr. Goss established the Northern Virginia office, adding several new customers including the  Department of Interior (DOI), Air Force, Navy, and Energy.

Prior to Dataline, Mr. Goss was Vice President and General Manager for General Dynamics following its acquisition of Veridian Corporation. Mr. Goss served as Senior Vice President of Veridian Corporation and President of Veridian Corporation’s IT Services Division (VITS). During his tenure as President of VITS, Mr. Goss grew the company to annual revenues of $315 million and an IT services staff of 1,900.  Prior to VITS, Mr. Goss served as CFO and CIO at SIGNAL Corporation and was instrumental in leading the acquisition of SIGNAL Corporation to Veridian.

In addition to his 20 years of experience, Mr. Goss has authored several articles related to the stock market, back office automation, budgeting, and various NYSE and NASDAQ trading companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds an MBA in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Business Administration from American University.

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Michael Cromwell

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Mr. Cromwell co-founded WWC Capital Group in 1998. He focuses his efforts on companies in the IT and business services markets, where he has been responsible for both investing in growth stage companies as well as providing merger and acquisition advisory services. He represents WWC Capital on the Boards of BrightDoor Systems, Social Solutions, Catalyst IT Services, and Preferred Systems Solutions. Mr. Cromwell was previously on the Boards of Perficient and Lighthammer, which was sold to SAP, as well as other firms in the IT market. 

Prior to founding WWC, Mr. Cromwell’s experience combined substantial operating and financial management responsibility with significant visible success in executing an acquisition program of over 20 transactions and raising the capital to fund such transactions. He has been a Senior Executive with a major systems integrator, an Entrepreneur with a small software firm, and an Attorney in a large regional law firm. In his successful tenure as a Senior Operating and Financial Manager in the IT market, Mr. Cromwell worked extensively with services and enterprise software companies in the Government and commercial sectors. He has invested in IT companies and helped them to achieve merger and acquisition goals. He has advised on over $1B transactions. Mr. Cromwell has worked extensively in those segments of the IT markets that place a premium on strategic insight, including network security, healthcare information, transaction processing, and industrial data collection and control.

Mr. Cromwell received his BA degree from Yale University and his JD from Georgetown University. He is married with two children and lives in Potomac, Maryland.

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Joel R. Jacks

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Mr. Jacks is a Managing Partner and was a founder of CM Equity Partners. In 1992, Mr. Jacks co-founded and managed Carl Marks Consulting Group, LLC. He has extensive experience managing companies and restructuring debt in a variety of industries. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Jacks was involved in interim management and profit improvement programs for under-performing companies as a private consultant. From 1984 to 1988, he served as CFO, and later as CEO, of USSCO (a subsidiary of ADT, Ltd.), a distributor of security alarm and CCTV equipment throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. From 1976 to 1983, Mr. Jacks worked for the Penn Central Corporation as Director of Financial Planning and IT Director, and was involved with the restructuring of Penn Central's debt public securities. He was also assigned to the New York City Partnership to assist the NYC Transportation Authority as the IT Vice President. Prior to 1976, Mr. Jacks was a Management Consultant for Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

Related to CMEP’s private equity investing activities, Mr. Jacks is a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Echo Bridge Entertainment, LLC; ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICFI); RGS Associates, Inc.; Laguna Ventures, Inc.; and Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. Mr. Jacks is also a Director of ATS Corporation (OTCBB: ATCT).

Mr. Jacks received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Jacks is also a Chartered Accountant.

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Peter Schulte

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Mr. Schulte is a Managing Partner and was a founder of CM Equity Partners in 1992. Mr. Schulte’s experience includes private equity investing through CMEP since 1992, as well as corporate public and private debt and equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers Inc. beginning in 1983. Prior to that, Mr. Schulte worked in technology marketing and sales at IBM in its Data Processing Division (DPD) focused on the U.S. banking and financial services sector.

Related to his private equity investing activities, Mr. Schulte has established successful publicly-traded companies ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICFI) and ATS Corporation (AMEX: ATSC), and serves as Director of those companies. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of private companies, including Xebec Global Corporation; RGS Associates, Inc. (Chairman); Laguna Ventures, Inc.; and Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. 

Mr. Schulte is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B.) and holds a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management (M.P.P.M.) from Yale University. He is a member of the Boards of Marymount School in New York City, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, and the Rainforest Alliance.

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James P. Allen

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Mr. Allen has worked for 30 years as a Senior Financial Executive in the aerospace and defense and Federal Government technology services industry. He currently serves on the Boards of both private and public companies and is currently a Director and Audit Committee Chairman for NCI, Inc. He also provides financial, general management, and mergers and acquisitions advisory services to a number of Government contractors. He has served as the CFO of three publicly-traded companies in the Federal IT services sector, most recently leading the successful IPO of Veridian Corporation in June 2002. His experience covers a broad range of public and private financing activities, extensive work in investor relations, and a 20-year history of mergers and acquisitions.

Significant mergers and acquisitions activities include the purchase of Signal Corporation by Veridian in September 2002, the sale of GRC International to AT&T in March 2000, the sale of Veridian Corporation to General Dynamics Corporation in August 2003 and, most recently, the sale of QSS Group to Perot Systems in 2007. Mr. Allen received his BS and MBA from the University of Maryland and has been a CPA since 1974. He resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife Rebecca.

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Richard F. Conway

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Mr. Conway has been a Managing Member of Lampe, Conway & Co. LLC, an investment firm, since its founding in October 1999. From January 1998 until October 1999, Mr. Conway was a Senior Research Analyst at Lone Star Securities Fund, a fund that invested primarily in the securities of real estate companies. From July 1994 until January 1998, Mr. Conway was a Vice President of Smith Management Company, a private investment firm. Mr. Conway has previously served as a Director of two public companies: Inland Resources, Inc. from 1995 until 1998 and Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. from 1996 until 1998. Mr. Conway received a BA degree from Harvard College and a MBA degree from Yale University.

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