Dr. Ashok K. Thareja – President & CEO
Ashok Thareja founded A&T Systems in 1984. During the last 24 years he has led the company’s development through both internal growth and acquisitions. He enabled the acquisitions of VCampus, Inotech, and Tominy. In 1997 A&T incubated and funded Snare Networks. Dr. Thareja guided its product marketing and financial strategy. In September 1999, Computer Associates acquired Snare Networks.
In April 1999, he founded Orblynx and led the company as its Chairman and CEO for two years. Through Orblynx, he experienced the great telecom roller coaster ride from incubating the company through personal assets, getting the company funded with $50 million of venture money, launching a highly valued global content distribution business, and dissolving the company as the capital markets shut down for the telecom sector.
He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Prior to being at A&T Systems, as a research faculty member, Dr. Thareja led research at the Laboratory for Parallel Computation at the University of Maryland. There he directed research and development efforts in parallel processing. He also conducted research in performance monitoring and modeling of UNIX systems. Prior to that he was at BGS Systems. As an R&D Manager at BGS Systems, he developed the modeling tool BEST/1-SNA for IBM’s SNA networks. Dr. Thareja received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, in the area of performance modeling of computer networks such as ARPANET, at the University of Maryland.
Mureed Nazir – Chief Technology & Information Officer, CTO/CIO
As A&T Systems CTO and CIO, Mureed Nazir is responsible for setting information management strategy and direction to develop and deploy IT plans that can achieve strategic business goals for the company and its clients. Mr. Nazir is involved with the architecture and design, installation, and administration of LAN/WAN systems in datacenter infrastructures with Windows, Novell, UNIX, Cisco and TCP/IP devices and equipment. He is fluent in Computing Center Operations and Maintenance with a vast knowledge of security, CoOP, programming, platforms, and networking.
Mr. Nazir is an accomplished Executive Manager of Information Technology with demonstrated success in developing strategies and directing technology initiatives that have produced high levels of performance and profitability. He has developed state-of-the-art system architectures with significant exposure to complex, multi-location systems, Storage Area Networks, security, and high volume environments. Mr. Nazir is an enthusiastic leader, with proven ability to build, challenge and motivate teams in order to maximize levels of productivity and has excellent communications skills to support documentation development, proposal writing, change management, and contract negotiation. Mr. Nazir has a deep understanding of how technology impacts and supports business.
Mr. Nazir has earned his B.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, along with a B.S. from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and an M.S. from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also did graduate work in environmental and hydrological engineering with an emphasis on computer applications, simulations and digital modeling (pending dissertation).
Fred Sanders – VP, Strategic Relationships, Sales & Marketing
Fred Sanders is responsible for the IT Managed Services practice and sales in civilian federal agencies and within the State of Maryland. Since joining A&T in 1997, Mr. Sanders leads the corporate marketing efforts and manages the many partner relationships that A&T has with other technology providers and subcontractors. A technology veteran, Mr. Sanders previously served as VP Sales Mid-Atlantic for Essential Resources Inc. (ERI), Computer Associates, Sybase, and Data General. He began his marketing career as a principal of ZADCO, a Washington-based advertising, marketing, and PR firm managing national clients such as Dale Carnegie Institutes and LifeAlert.
Mr. Sanders attended the City University of New York where he earned his B.S. in Physics and Marketing.
Adam Nouravarsani – VP, Telecommunications & Infrastructure Services
Adam Nouravarsani started his career at A&T Systems in July 2000 by joining InoTech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of A&T Systems as a Lead Technical VP. Shortly thereafter he was appointed President and CEO of InoTech, leading the company into network and systems management services for both commercial and government customers. In 2004 InoTech and A&T Systems merged, and Mr. Nouravarsani began heading the Telecommunications and Infrastructure Services divisions of A&T Systems as a Vice President. He is also Program Manager for all of A&T Systems’ GWACs and MAS contracts.
Mr. Nouravarsani is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Engineering College and has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before joining A&T Systems, he was President of Digicon Technologies, Inc., in Austin, Texas, and VP of Network Management Services at Sytel, Inc. Mr. Nouravarsani started his career in IT and Telecommunication in December of 1983 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Computing Services Department.
Kimberly Thareja – Facility Security Officer
Bio to follow.
Jennifer Corridon – Controller
As Controller, Ms. Corridon is responsible for A&T corporate accounting—financial reporting, audits, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, and payroll. She has worked for A&T since 2003 in a wide range of accounting roles. She has experience with numerous accounting/payroll software packages, including implementation of new systems and operation of existing systems. She has 20 years of experience in government and commercial sectors, including legal and medical. Previously she has worked for CeLight, Inc., EB Networks, and Mentor Technologies.
She holds an A.A. in accounting and business management from Essex Community College. She also received certificates from Dunn & Bradstreet courses for collections, accounts receivable, and management.
Kevin O’Neill – Legal and Contracts Manager
Mr. O’Neill joined A&T Systems in 2007 as legal and contracts manager. He is responsible for review, drafting, and management of contracts and for providing legal advice to management on a wide range of topics, including federal and state acquisition regulations; corporate compliance; contract review, preparation, and compliance; union interaction; intellectual property protection; antitrust compliance, and employment practices.
During legal practice in a 34-year career, Mr. O’Neill has also worked as in-house counsel for JiffyLube International, US Filter Corporation, and Pall Corporation. He has also worked in a law-firm environment.
He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware. He also served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as Officer in Charge of a communications center at the headquarters of the Army Security Agency.
Melissa Rawls – Senior Recruiter and Human Resources Representative
Ms. Rawls manages all aspects of the recruiting, selection, new-hire orientation, and manager training processes. She also handles employee relations and coordinates corporate compliance with federal & state regulations.
Ms. Rawls joined A&T in 2007. Before that she worked as a technical recruiter for General Dynamics and the Department of Commerce. She has also served as a Human Resources generalist for the U .S. Agency for International Development and the Center for Development and Population Activity.
She earned an A.A. from Fayetteville State University and is working on her B.A.
She is a Member of Society for HR Management.
Tanya Sims – Army Contracts Program Manager
As a Program Manager at A&T Systems, Tanya Sims (PMP) is responsible for pursuit and execution of A&T’s IMCS II task orders. Ms. Sims ensures our IMCS II task orders are staffed with technically-qualified personnel, who are equipped with the appropriate vehicles, supplies, tools and equipment to operate and maintain our customer’s administrative telephone systems and cable plants. Ms. Sims also oversees the execution of our IMOD contracts, ensuring that we hire technically-qualified resident systems support specialists to provide telephone and data operations and maintenance support services for various IMOD prime contractors.
Ms. Sims oversees and provides direction and guidance to project personnel; monitors program progress, resolving issues and initiating corrective action where necessary; and ensures project performance meets or exceeds contract requirements. Ms. Sims has a proven ability to build, challenge, and motivate teams in order to maximize performance and profitability. She possesses expertise in human relations, financial, and project management. She is skilled in written and oral communication; organizational and strategic planning; and contract negotiation and compliance.
Ms. Sims has a B.S. in Management from Troy University and received her PMP certification in 2009. Ms. Sims has also completed the following training: Six Sigma Green Belt, Shipley Proposal Manager, Shipley Proposal Writer, Remedy Developer, and Remedy Administrator.
Jeffrey Williams – U.S. Army Reserve Command Telecommunications Program Manager
Mr. Jeffrey Williams joined A&T Systems in 2007 as Program Manager for the USARC Voice Communications and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network Services contract. In support of USARC contract, we provide all personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, transportation, tools, and materials for telephony services, SIPRNET sustainment, VTC, and engineering support to 950+ sites throughout the Continental United States and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Williams has an M.B.A. in management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.B.A from Brenau University.
Mr. Williams is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) with 10+ years of experience managing projects of various magnitudes. Mr. Williams is also ITIL Foundations 2 certified.
Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2004 in various Information Technology positions. Upon retirement Mr. Williams served as a Department of the Army Civilian Information Technology Specialist from 2004 through 2007 responsible for the reset/refit of all IT communications equipment for a major Army division.
Richard Ziegfeld, Ph.D. – Director of Proposals
Richard Ziegfeld, A&T’s Director of Proposals since 2010, has led hundreds of communications projects and is an expert team-builder, writer, and editor. He has managed and written proposals for 30 years. Dr. Ziegfeld is the author, co-author, or editor of 16 book-length products, including several about writing in a business environment and designing content for both print and electronic media.
Across a variety of roles (writing videos, documents, and proposals for technical clients including NASA and IBM and managing writing and training groups), he gained broad knowledge of science, research, and development in an array of disciplines from telecommunications and IT through aerospace and microgravity science. As Director of Proposals, Dr. Ziegfeld has managed hundreds of projects involving diverse teams.
He holds three degrees from the University of Texas, Austin, including a Ph.D. in comparative literature and two M.A.s—in English Literature and German Literature.