Our Leadership

"Our people are our greatest asset – they’re our competitive advantage.”

- Otto Hoernig, CEO

Meet Our Leadership Team

Kenneth Hilton, Chief Operations Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Operations Officer

Kenneth Hilton

Kenneth Hilton has been an Executive partner with Trace Systems since July 2012. He is responsible for the implementation, support, and successful execution of the corporate vision regarding and general management and operational efficiency of the company as well as the programmatic execution, success, and continued revenue growth of Trace’s information technology, enterprise networks, cybersecurity, and communications systems and services.

Prior to joining Trace Systems, Mr. Hilton served as Vice President, International C4ISR Programs Division for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He was responsible for International and Department of Defense (DoD) Command & Operations Center engineering, design, implementation, and service delivery for CONUS and OCONUS programs supporting CENTCOM, SOCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM, SOUTHCOM, NIWC-LANT, and Army PEO EIS customers.

Mr. Hilton served in the US Army as a member of the 59th Ordnance Brigade (86-91), 101st Airborne Division (92-96), and Joint Communications Support Element (96-99). He is proudly distinguished as an Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Master Parachutist, S.E.R.E., and U.S Army Ranger, evolving from a Single/Multi-Channel Operator (31C), then a Satellite Communications Operator (31S3V), and further leading the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE-Charlie Company) Quick Reaction Platoon throughout Europe, the Balkans, and Southwest Asia.

Mr. Hilton was honorably discharged after 13 years and multiple deployments. He continues to serve his country and the men and women of the US Armed Forces globally. His previous experience provides a solid disciplined foundation, military credibility, and “boots on the ground” mission focused comprehension. Paired with over 20 years of leadership positions and real-world operational knowledge, Mr. Hilton provides an unparalleled combination of operational and technical skills in his role with Trace Systems.

Therman Farley, VP, Information Solutions at Trace Systems
VP, Information Solutions

Therman Farley

Therman Farley has serves as Trace Systems’ Vice President of the Information Solutions Group (ISG) since January 2018. Mr. Farley oversees all aspects of the ISG, including financial management, governance, strategic direction, development of the business strategy, as well as oversight for all information systems, innovation, product development and operations. He is a proven leader with significant experience in strategic planning and leading diverse business development efforts and growth opportunities. He is well-versed in emerging technologies and contract and teaming agreement negotiations.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Farley served as the Network Operations Manager at SAIC in Stuttgart, Germany providing managerial, technical, functional, supervisory and operational expertise in support of the DoDs wide area network. He further managed network operations, transport and IP in the Theater Networks Operations Center. Mr. Farley then served as the Chief of Transmissions Network Services Division for the DoD, where he developed, established and maintained strategic business methodology in support of 40+ DISA Europe programs valued at over $300 million. He further acted as the European lead for the agency-wide Global Information Grid (GIG) Service Management effort, a $4.6B program.

Mr. Farley has a BS in History from the University of South Carolina – Aiken and served 22 years in the US Army, retiring as a Major. He is a highly experienced former Army Signal Officer, with proven ability to manage geographically disparate teams, programs, costs, schedules, risk, resources, and performance on multi-hundred-million-dollar information technology programs on a global level. Mr. Farley’s professional certifications include Program Management Professional (PMP) (2005) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2008).

VP, Enterprise and Communications Solutions

Greg Filak

Greg Filak joined Trace Systems in 2010 and serves as the VP of the Enterprise and Communication Solutions Group (ECSG). He is responsible for managing all of Trace’s enterprise and tactical IT and communications personnel in over a dozen countries globally. Furthermore, Mr. Filak is responsible for operations and sustainment, growth, and profit and loss for all projects and personnel, including direct oversight over multiple division managers.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Filak served as the Senior Program Manager at PM DCS-SWA in New Jersey and Iraq. He then worked as a Consultant for ASG in Kuwait. He worked in Army acquisition in direct support of CECOM, PEO-EIS, and PEO-C3T, with a heavy focus in contingency operations environments in the Middle East, including spending 18 months in Iraq in support of C4 commercialization efforts.

Greg received a BA in Philosophy and Criminology from Davidson College and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pfeiffer University. Greg has over 18 years of experience as a Volunteer Fireman, having held the titles of Lieutenant, Engineer, and Black Helmet. Furthermore, Greg has over 4 years of experience as a Police Officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Greg’s professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) (2008), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2010), DAWIA Program Management – Level II (2011), Training in DAWIA Contracting – Level I, and Training in Six Sigma practices.

Otto Hoernig III, Chief Executive Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Executive Officer

Otto Hoernig III

Otto Hoernig III founded Trace Systems in 2006 in response to the growing DoD demand for wireless sensor networks and data collection systems to include security, asset management, surveillance, monitoring and data management requirements. Under Mr. Hoernig’s leadership, Trace has built a team of industry professionals and has postured the organization to grow organically and through strategic acquisition in the federal government technology services markets. Mr. Hoernig is an accomplished telecommunications executive with more than 24 years of experience in the satellite and wireless data communications business sector serving the US Department of Defense, US Intelligence Community and Multinational Peacekeeping organizations worldwide.

Prior to the formation of Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig cofounded Spacelink International, LLC with his father and sister in 1995. He led the growth and expansion of Spacelink for over 10 years with global operations in Europe, throughout the Balkans and in the Middle East. Spacelink was acquired by ESSI (now DRS Technologies) in 2005 for over $150M. Mr. Hoernig also worked in the international community out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to mature various business plans for the Southwest Asia region to include satellite-based television distribution and low earth orbiting satellite constellation services.

Mr. Hoernig received a BS in Business Management from Texas Tech University and is an active member of various industry organizations including AFCEA, Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and National Defense Industries Association (NDIA).

In addition to his role as CEO at Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig also founded Tequila Ventures, LLC. TV invests in the spirits industry and in 2014 completed the sale of super premium tequila brand Casa Noble to Constellation Brands. In 2015, TV acquired interest in 123 Spirits, which currently produces and imports three premium tequila brands from its facilities in Mexico for distribution world-wide including 123 Organic Tequila, El Luchador Organic Tequila and Craneo Organic Mezcal. In 2019 Hoernig and partners on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard launched Nomans Rum Runners LLC which produces the Nomans Rum brand.

John Wallace, Chief Financial Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Financial Officer

John Wallace

John Wallace is a founder of and Chief Financial Officer for Trace Systems, providing strategic and financial leadership to the entrepreneurial DoD contractor. Mr. Wallace manages a team of direct reports responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, and pricing. He has extensive management experience and a proven record of accomplishment in strategic planning, new business concept initiation and implementation, and mergers and acquisitions. Key skills include financial analysis, market research, business plan development, and government contract bid and proposal writing.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Wallace served as a Corporate Finance Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he performed valuation and cash flow analysis for transactions by employing extensive financial modeling techniques. His role included organizing and conducting qualitative and quantitative due diligence to evaluate potential acquisition candidates and prospective issuers. Mr. Wallace then worked as a Senior manager of Strategy and Corporate Development for Lucent Technologies. As part of a small team that coordinated and executed the $35B merger of Lucent Technologies and Alcatel, Mr. Wallace also was a member of the integration planning team for the Services business following the deal close. He helped create Lucent’s first long-term strategic financial plan and supporting scenario analysis following the telecommunications market collapse in 2001.

Mr. Wallace received his undergraduate degree from United States Naval Academy in Systems Engineering. He also has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Captain in the Marine Corps, Mr. Wallace designed and programmed an intelligence database, which replaced existing paper files and greatly increased the command’s ability to analyze activity. He was further responsible for the actions of a 135-man company that provided round-the-clock security for one half of the Guantanamo Naval Base. Mr. Wallace has an extensive list of achievements, including being a graduate of the USMC Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course, as well as a successful graduate of the USMC Corps Winter Warfare Planning Course and Combat Water Survival Instructor’s Course.

Jeremy Ross, VP, Business Development and Proposals at Trace Systems
VP, Business Development and Proposals

Jeremy Ross

Jeremy Ross joined Trace Systems in July 2019 as VP of Business Development and Proposals. His role includes overseeing all BD, capture, and proposal activities in support of operating groups aligned within DoD, Intel, and Federal/Civilian markets. Mr. Ross focuses on the strategic growth of the company as well as ensuring excellence and optimization in BD, Capture Management, and Proposal Development. Furthermore, he provides critical linkages between the long-term strategic plan and near-term new business actions and partners with the Group VPs to ensure effective use of resources across the groups.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Ross served as the President and Owner of Potomac Consulting Solutions and President and COO of The Schiff Group LLC, where he led all aspects of growth and operations for government, industry, federal, and commercial markets. He formerly was a VP with Engility Corporation, where he led a team of 400+ professionals responsible for providing mission-focused systems engineering, cyber, and ISR analysis to the Navy and Marine Corps, yielding approximately $85M in annual sales. He also spent over 4 years at Northrop Grumman and was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) target templates for multiple targets in various regions as a SIGINT development analyst supporting Information Operations.

Mr. Ross holds a degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and served in the US Navy for four years as an intelligence officer. He is an acknowledged expert on Cyber Operations with broad domain expertise on Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) including acquisition, engineering, and program management. Mr. Ross is a recognized industry thought leader and AFCEA/NDIA panel contributor who has developed and maintained strong industry and client working relationships.

Terry Severson, President at Trace Systems
President

Terry Severson

Terry Severson was a founding member of Trace Systems in 2006 and served as Vice President of Operations. In 2008, he became President and has remained in that position for the past 12 years. He has extensive industry and military experience providing telecommunications, networking, IT, and cybersecurity services and solutions to mission-oriented customers. His experience ranges from on the ground field support to command and corporate level leadership.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Severson was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) and led the company’s 100-consultant Eatontown office providing professional and technical services, including information technology spiral development and prototyping, to the DoD and commercial customers. He also served as Operations Director in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the consultancy’s joint venture, where he led operations providing professional services—telecommunications, operations, logistics, and security—for the Royal Saudi Air Force. He further supported a major commercial engagement for Saudi Telecom Company.

After BAH, Mr. Severson served as Vice President for Advanced Management Technology Inc., where he had full profit and loss responsibility providing a wide range of IT support and development services with a team of 130 people to the Army, Coast Guard, FAA and Transportation Security Administration. He then joined Technical and Management Services Corp. (TAMSCO) for two years as their Director of Strategic Planning, where he advised and assisted the TAMSCO President and Vice-President, and collaborated with ESSI (owning holding company) and other subsidiary operating company executives regarding strategic initiatives, annual planning, and monthly execution.

Mr. Severson received an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Denver, and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He is a retired Air Force Colonel with 55 years of military and industry communications and information technology experience. He is a founding member of the UND College of Engineering and Mines Executive Board and serves as its current Chairman.

Kedra Baker, VP, Corporate Operations at Trace Systems
VP, Corporate Operations

Kedra Baker

Kedra Baker serves as the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Trace Systems. She joined the company in 2010 as Director, HR and Recruiting. She is responsible for the ideation, development and execution of an overall human resource and talent management strategy to build a strong, ethical culture and support the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Furthermore, Mrs. Baker oversees the development of talent acquisition and management, change management, organizational and employee performance management, training and development, security (FSO), facilities, compensation and benefits, Contracts, Procurement, and Corporate Administrative functions.

Before joining Trace, Mrs. Baker was a senior technical recruiter at Dynamics Research Corporation (now SAIC/Engility), where she provided full life cycle recruiting support within Federal Solutions Group across Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence programs. She was responsible for developing and executing a strategic hiring plan to meet and exceed division's staffing objectives. Mrs. Baker also served as a senior recruiter for Booz Allen Hamilton for over 8 years, where she was responsible for sourcing, interviewing, evaluating and matching candidates to the requirements of specific job openings within the Defense and National Security areas.

Mrs. Baker received a BBA in Business Management from James Madison University, and an MS in Business Technologies from Marymount University. She has vast recruiting experience and is known to have great knowledge and understanding of the state of the market as well as the skills and overall capabilities of the people being recruited. She holds a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources as well as being a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Matt Sodano, Chief Information Security Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Information Security Officer

Matt Sodano

Matt joined Trace Systems in 2008 as the Vice President of Trace Communications. Professional Network Solutions (TCPNS), Inc., previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Systems and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer. As CISO, Mr. Sodano ensures the security of Trace’s and the government’s networks and information. Mr. Sodano has 30 years of engineering and communication experience, and 20 years of progressively complex experience in the design, integration, and analysis of military electronics, computer networking, super and minicomputers, microcomputers, and digital and graphic display systems.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Sodano worked as a Network Engineer for MITRE and AT&T, where he designed and developed configurations for new TCP/IP based network site installation and integration with existing legacy data networks. He was the co-founder, Vice President, and Division Manager of TCPNS for 10 years before their acquisition by Trace. He enabled a network-centric environment, incorporating more than 100 live communications, sensor and battle command systems, complemented by a Brigade-sized element represented in virtual and constructive simulation, and instrumented via a robust suite of automated data collection tools by 75 different organizations and 400 people daily.

Mr. Sodano received a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Rutgers University as well as a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado. He served as an Electronic Warfare Technician in the US Air Force, where he performed testing, troubleshooting, and repairs to component level radar jamming and warning systems on combat aircraft; training and supervision of personnel engaged in same activities; maintenance and calibration of specialized RF test equipment.

Otto Hoernig III, Chief Executive Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Executive Officer

Otto Hoernig III

Otto Hoernig III founded Trace Systems in 2006 in response to the growing DoD demand for wireless sensor networks and data collection systems to include security, asset management, surveillance, monitoring and data management requirements. Under Mr. Hoernig’s leadership, Trace has built a team of industry professionals and has postured the organization to grow organically and through strategic acquisition in the federal government technology services markets. Mr. Hoernig is an accomplished telecommunications executive with more than 24 years of experience in the satellite and wireless data communications business sector serving the US Department of Defense, US Intelligence Community and Multinational Peacekeeping organizations worldwide.

Prior to the formation of Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig cofounded Spacelink International, LLC with his father and sister in 1995. He led the growth and expansion of Spacelink for over 10 years with global operations in Europe, throughout the Balkans and in the Middle East. Spacelink was acquired by ESSI (now DRS Technologies) in 2005 for over $150M. Mr. Hoernig also worked in the international community out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to mature various business plans for the Southwest Asia region to include satellite-based television distribution and low earth orbiting satellite constellation services.

Mr. Hoernig received a BS in Business Management from Texas Tech University and is an active member of various industry organizations including AFCEA, Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and National Defense Industries Association (NDIA).

In addition to his role as CEO at Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig also founded Tequila Ventures, LLC. TV invests in the spirits industry and in 2014 completed the sale of super premium tequila brand Casa Noble to Constellation Brands. In 2015, TV acquired interest in 123 Spirits, which currently produces and imports three premium tequila brands from its facilities in Mexico for distribution world-wide including 123 Organic Tequila, El Luchador Organic Tequila and Craneo Organic Mezcal. In 2019 Hoernig and partners on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard launched Nomans Rum Runners LLC which produces the Nomans Rum brand.

Kenneth Hilton, Chief Operations Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Operations Officer

Kenneth Hilton

Kenneth Hilton’s has been an executive partner with Trace Systems since July 2012, executing the CEO’s vision regarding the general management and operational efficiency of the company. He is responsible for the programmatic execution, success, and continued growth of information technology, enterprise networks, cybersecurity, and communications systems CONUS and OCONUS for Trace Systems.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Hilton was Vice President for International C4ISR Programs Division for SAIC. His responsibilities included being accountable for both International and DoD Command & Operations Center engineering, design, implementation, and final delivery of CONUS and OCONUS C4ISR Programs supporting CENTCOM, SOCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM, SOUTHCOM, SPAWAR-LANT, and PEO EIS customers. His past experience gives him a “boots on the ground” understanding and responsiveness to the like-minded Warfighter with unmatched leadership skills and experience in real-world operational knowledge that is an intrinsic part of his role at Trace Systems.

Mr. Hilton served in the US Army as a member of the 59th Ordnance Brigade (86-91), 101st Airborne Division (92-96), and Joint Communications Support Element (96-99). He is proudly distinguished as an Air Assault, Master Parachutist, Jumpmaster, S.E.R.E., and U.S Army Ranger. Evolving from a Single/Multi-Channel Operator (31C), then a Satellite Communications Operator (31S), and further leading the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE -Charlie Company) Quick Reaction Platoon throughout Europe, the Balkans, and Southwest Asia, Kenneth was honorably discharged after 13 years of multiple deployments.

Terry Severson, President at Trace Systems
President

Terry Severson

Terry Severson was a founding member of Trace Systems in 2006 and served as Vice President of Operations. In 2008, he became President and has remained in that position for the past 12 years. He has extensive industry and military experience providing telecommunications, networking, IT, and cybersecurity services and solutions to mission-oriented customers. His experience ranges from on the ground field support to command and corporate level leadership.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Severson was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) and led the company’s 100-consultant Eatontown office providing professional and technical services, including information technology spiral development and prototyping, to the DoD and commercial customers. He also served as Operations Director in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the consultancy’s joint venture, where he led operations providing professional services—telecommunications, operations, logistics, and security—for the Royal Saudi Air Force. He further supported a major commercial engagement for Saudi Telecom Company.

After BAH, Mr. Severson served as Vice President for Advance Management Technology Inc., where he had full profit and loss responsibility providing a wide range of IT support and development services with a team of 130 people to the Army, Coast Guard, FAA and Transportation Security Administration. He then joined Technical and Management Services Corp. (TAMSCO) for two years as their Director of Strategic Planning, where he advised and assisted the TAMSCO President and Vice-President, and collaborated with ESSI (owning holding company) and other subsidiary operating company executives regarding strategic initiatives, annual planning, and monthly execution.

Mr. Severson received an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Denver, and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He is a retired Air Force Colonel with 40 years of military and industry communications and information technology experience. He is a founding member of the UND College of Engineering and Mines Executive Board and serves as its current Chairman.

Therman Farley, VP, Information Solutions at Trace Systems
VP, Information Solutions

Therman Farley

Therman Farley has serves as Trace Systems’ Vice President of the Information Solutions Group (ISG) since January 2018. Mr. Farley oversees all aspects of the ISG, including financial management, governance, strategic direction, development of the business strategy, as well as oversight for all information systems, innovation, product development and operations. He is a proven leader with significant experience in strategic planning and leading diverse business development efforts and growth opportunities. He is well-versed in emerging technologies and contract and teaming agreement negotiations.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Farley served as the Network Operations Manager at SAIC in Stuttgart, Germany providing managerial, technical, functional, supervisory and operational expertise in support of the DoDs wide area network. He further managed network operations, transport and IP in the Theater Networks Operations Center. Mr. Farley then served as the Chief of Transmissions Network Services Division for the DoD, where he developed, established and maintained strategic business methodology in support of 40+ DISA Europe programs valued at over $300 million. He further acted as the European lead for the agency-wide Global Information Grid (GIG) Service Management effort, a $4.6B program.

Mr. Farley has a BS in History from the University of South Carolina – Aiken and served 22 years in the US Army, retiring as a Major. He is a highly experienced former Army Signal Officer, with proven ability to manage geographically disparate teams, programs, costs, schedules, risk, resources, and performance on multi-hundred-million-dollar information technology programs on a global level. Mr. Farley’s professional certifications include Program Management Professional (PMP) (2005) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2008).

John Wallace, Chief Financial Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Financial Officer

John Wallace

John Wallace is a founder of and Chief Financial Officer for Trace Systems, providing strategic and financial leadership to the entrepreneurial DoD contractor. Mr. Wallace manages a team of direct reports responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, and pricing. He has extensive management experience and a proven record of accomplishment in strategic planning, new business concept initiation and implementation, and mergers and acquisitions. Key skills include financial analysis, market research, business plan development, and government contract bid and proposal writing.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Wallace served as a Corporate Finance Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he performed valuation and cash flow analysis for transactions by employing extensive financial modeling techniques. His role included organizing and conducting qualitative and quantitative due diligence to evaluate potential acquisition candidates and prospective issuers. Mr. Wallace then worked as a Senior manager of Strategy and Corporate Development for Lucent Technologies. As part of a small team that coordinated and executed the $35B merger of Lucent Technologies and Alcatel, Mr. Wallace also was a member of the integration planning team for the Services business following the deal close. He helped create Lucent’s first long-term strategic financial plan and supporting scenario analysis following the telecommunications market collapse in 2001.

Mr. Wallace received his undergraduate degree from United States Naval Academy in Systems Engineering. He also has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Captain in the Marine Corps, Mr. Wallace designed and programmed an intelligence database, which replaced existing paper files and greatly increased the command’s ability to analyze activity. He was further responsible for the actions of a 135-man company that provided round-the-clock security for one half of the Guantanamo Naval Base. Mr. Wallace has an extensive list of achievements, including being a graduate of the USMC Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course, as well as a successful graduate of the USMC Corps Winter Warfare Planning Course and Combat Water Survival Instructor’s Course.

Kedra Baker, VP, Corporate Operations at Trace Systems
VP, Corporate Operations

Kedra Baker

Kedra Baker serves as the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Trace Systems. She joined the company in 2010 as Director, HR and Recruiting. She is responsible for the ideation, development and execution of an overall human resource and talent management strategy to build a strong, ethical culture and support the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Furthermore, Mrs. Baker oversees the development of talent acquisition and management, change management, organizational and employee performance management, training and development, security (FSO), facilities, compensation and benefits, Contracts, Procurement, and Corporate Administrative functions.

Before joining Trace, Mrs. Baker was a senior technical recruiter at Dynamics Research Corporation (now SAIC/Engility), where she provided full life cycle recruiting support within Federal Solutions Group across Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence programs. She was responsible for developing and executing a strategic hiring plan to meet and exceed division's staffing objectives. Mrs. Baker also served as a senior recruiter for Booz Allen Hamilton for over 8 years, where she was responsible for sourcing, interviewing, evaluating and matching candidates to the requirements of specific job openings within the Defense and National Security areas.

Mrs. Baker received a BBA in Business Management from James Madison University, and an MS in Business Technologies from Marymount University. She has vast recruiting experience and is known to have great knowledge and understanding of the state of the market as well as the skills and overall capabilities of the people being recruited. She holds a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources as well as being a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

VP, Enterprise and Communications Solutions

Greg Filak

Greg Filak joined Trace Systems in 2010 and serves as the VP of the Enterprise and Communication Solutions Group (ECSG). He is responsible for managing all of Trace’s enterprise and tactical IT and communications personnel in over a dozen countries globally. Furthermore, Mr. Filak is responsible for operations and sustainment, growth, and profit and loss for all projects and personnel, including direct oversight over multiple division managers.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Filak served as the Senior Program Manager at PM DCS-SWA in New Jersey and Iraq. He then worked as a Consultant for ASG in Kuwait. He worked in Army acquisition in direct support of CECOM, PEO-EIS, and PEO-C3T, with a heavy focus in contingency operations environments in the Middle East, including spending 18 months in Iraq in support of C4 commercialization efforts.

Greg received a BA in Philosophy and Criminology from Davidson College and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pfeiffer University. Greg has over 18 years of experience as a Volunteer Fireman, having held the titles of Lieutenant, Engineer, and Black Helmet. Furthermore, Greg has over 4 years of experience as a Police Officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Greg’s professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) (2008), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2010), DAWIA Program Management – Level II (2011), Training in DAWIA Contracting – Level I, and Training in Six Sigma practices.

Jeremy Ross, VP, Business Development and Proposals at Trace Systems
VP, Business Development and Proposals

Jeremy Ross

Jeremy Ross joined Trace Systems in July 2019 as VP of Business Development and Proposals. His role includes overseeing all BD, capture, and proposal activities in support of operating groups aligned within DoD, Intel, and Federal/Civilian markets. Mr. Ross focuses on the strategic growth of the company as well as ensuring excellence and optimization in BD, Capture Management, and Proposal Development. Furthermore, he provides critical linkages between the long-term strategic plan and near-term new business actions and partners with the Group VPs to ensure effective use of resources across the groups.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Ross served as the President and Owner of Potomac Consulting Solutions and President and COO of The Schiff Group LLC, where he led all aspects of growth and operations for government, industry, federal, and commercial markets. He formerly was a VP with Engility Corporation, where he led a team of 400+ professionals responsible for providing mission-focused systems engineering, cyber, and ISR analysis to the Navy and Marine Corps, yielding approximately $85M in annual sales. He also spent over 4 years at Northrop Grumman and was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) target templates for multiple targets in various regions as a SIGINT development analyst supporting Information Operations.

Mr. Ross holds a degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and served in the US Navy for four years as an intelligence officer. He is an acknowledged expert on Cyber Operations with broad domain expertise on Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) including acquisition, engineering, and program management. Mr. Ross is a recognized industry thought leader and AFCEA/NDIA panel contributor who has developed and maintained strong industry and client working relationships.

Matt Sodano, Chief Information Security Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Information Security Officer

Matt Sodano

Matt joined Trace Systems in 2008 as the Vice President of Trace Communications. Professional Network Solutions (TCPNS), Inc., previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Systems and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer. As CISO, Mr. Sodano ensures the security of Trace’s and the government’s networks and information. Mr. Sodano has 30 years of engineering and communication experience, and 20 years of progressively complex experience in the design, integration, and analysis of military electronics, computer networking, super and minicomputers, microcomputers, and digital and graphic display systems.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Sodano worked as a Network Engineer for MITRE and AT&T, where he designed and developed configurations for new TCP/IP based network site installation and integration with existing legacy data networks. He was the co-founder, Vice President, and Division Manager of TCPNS for 10 years before their acquisition by Trace. He enabled a network-centric environment, incorporating more than 100 live communications, sensor and battle command systems, complemented by a Brigade-sized element represented in virtual and constructive simulation, and instrumented via a robust suite of automated data collection tools by 75 different organizations and 400 people daily.

Mr. Sodano received a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Rutgers University as well as a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado. He served as an Electronic Warfare Technician in the US Air Force, where he performed testing, troubleshooting, and repairs to component level radar jamming and warning systems on combat aircraft; training and supervision of personnel engaged in same activities; maintenance and calibration of specialized RF test equipment.

Kenneth Hilton, Chief Operations Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Operations Officer

Kenneth Hilton

Kenneth Hilton’s has been an executive partner with Trace Systems since July 2012, executing the CEO’s vision regarding the general management and operational efficiency of the company. He is responsible for the programmatic execution, success, and continued growth of information technology, enterprise networks, cybersecurity, and communications systems CONUS and OCONUS for Trace Systems.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Hilton was Vice President for International C4ISR Programs Division for SAIC. His responsibilities included being accountable for both International and DoD Command & Operations Center engineering, design, implementation, and final delivery of CONUS and OCONUS C4ISR Programs supporting CENTCOM, SOCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM, SOUTHCOM, SPAWAR-LANT, and PEO EIS customers. His past experience gives him a “boots on the ground” understanding and responsiveness to the like-minded Warfighter with unmatched leadership skills and experience in real-world operational knowledge that is an intrinsic part of his role at Trace Systems.

Mr. Hilton served in the US Army as a member of the 59th Ordnance Brigade (86-91), 101st Airborne Division (92-96), and Joint Communications Support Element (96-99). He is proudly distinguished as an Air Assault, Master Parachutist, Jumpmaster, S.E.R.E., and U.S Army Ranger. Evolving from a Single/Multi-Channel Operator (31C), then a Satellite Communications Operator (31S), and further leading the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE -Charlie Company) Quick Reaction Platoon throughout Europe, the Balkans, and Southwest Asia, Kenneth was honorably discharged after 13 years of multiple deployments.

Terry Severson, President at Trace Systems
President

Terry Severson

Terry Severson was a founding member of Trace Systems in 2006 and served as Vice President of Operations. In 2008, he became President and has remained in that position for the past 12 years. He has extensive industry and military experience providing telecommunications, networking, IT, and cybersecurity services and solutions to mission-oriented customers. His experience ranges from on the ground field support to command and corporate level leadership.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Severson was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) and led the company’s 100-consultant Eatontown office providing professional and technical services, including information technology spiral development and prototyping, to the DoD and commercial customers. He also served as Operations Director in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the consultancy’s joint venture, where he led operations providing professional services—telecommunications, operations, logistics, and security—for the Royal Saudi Air Force. He further supported a major commercial engagement for Saudi Telecom Company.

After BAH, Mr. Severson served as Vice President for Advance Management Technology Inc., where he had full profit and loss responsibility providing a wide range of IT support and development services with a team of 130 people to the Army, Coast Guard, FAA and Transportation Security Administration. He then joined Technical and Management Services Corp. (TAMSCO) for two years as their Director of Strategic Planning, where he advised and assisted the TAMSCO President and Vice-President, and collaborated with ESSI (owning holding company) and other subsidiary operating company executives regarding strategic initiatives, annual planning, and monthly execution.

Mr. Severson received an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Denver, and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He is a retired Air Force Colonel with 40 years of military and industry communications and information technology experience. He is a founding member of the UND College of Engineering and Mines Executive Board and serves as its current Chairman.

John Wallace, Chief Financial Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Financial Officer

John Wallace

John Wallace is a founder of and Chief Financial Officer for Trace Systems, providing strategic and financial leadership to the entrepreneurial DoD contractor. Mr. Wallace manages a team of direct reports responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, and pricing. He has extensive management experience and a proven record of accomplishment in strategic planning, new business concept initiation and implementation, and mergers and acquisitions. Key skills include financial analysis, market research, business plan development, and government contract bid and proposal writing.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Wallace served as a Corporate Finance Associate at Deutsche Bank Securities, where he performed valuation and cash flow analysis for transactions by employing extensive financial modeling techniques. His role included organizing and conducting qualitative and quantitative due diligence to evaluate potential acquisition candidates and prospective issuers. Mr. Wallace then worked as a Senior manager of Strategy and Corporate Development for Lucent Technologies. As part of a small team that coordinated and executed the $35B merger of Lucent Technologies and Alcatel, Mr. Wallace also was a member of the integration planning team for the Services business following the deal close. He helped create Lucent’s first long-term strategic financial plan and supporting scenario analysis following the telecommunications market collapse in 2001.

Mr. Wallace received his undergraduate degree from United States Naval Academy in Systems Engineering. He also has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Captain in the Marine Corps, Mr. Wallace designed and programmed an intelligence database, which replaced existing paper files and greatly increased the command’s ability to analyze activity. He was further responsible for the actions of a 135-man company that provided round-the-clock security for one half of the Guantanamo Naval Base. Mr. Wallace has an extensive list of achievements, including being a graduate of the USMC Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course, as well as a successful graduate of the USMC Corps Winter Warfare Planning Course and Combat Water Survival Instructor’s Course.

VP, Enterprise and Communications Solutions

Greg Filak

Greg Filak joined Trace Systems in 2010 and serves as the VP of the Enterprise and Communication Solutions Group (ECSG). He is responsible for managing all of Trace’s enterprise and tactical IT and communications personnel in over a dozen countries globally. Furthermore, Mr. Filak is responsible for operations and sustainment, growth, and profit and loss for all projects and personnel, including direct oversight over multiple division managers.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Filak served as the Senior Program Manager at PM DCS-SWA in New Jersey and Iraq. He then worked as a Consultant for ASG in Kuwait. He worked in Army acquisition in direct support of CECOM, PEO-EIS, and PEO-C3T, with a heavy focus in contingency operations environments in the Middle East, including spending 18 months in Iraq in support of C4 commercialization efforts.

Greg received a BA in Philosophy and Criminology from Davidson College and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pfeiffer University. Greg has over 18 years of experience as a Volunteer Fireman, having held the titles of Lieutenant, Engineer, and Black Helmet. Furthermore, Greg has over 4 years of experience as a Police Officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Greg’s professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) (2008), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2010), DAWIA Program Management – Level II (2011), Training in DAWIA Contracting – Level I, and Training in Six Sigma practices.

Matt Sodano, Chief Information Security Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Information Security Officer

Matt Sodano

Matt joined Trace Systems in 2008 as the Vice President of Trace Communications. Professional Network Solutions (TCPNS), Inc., previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Systems and currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer. As CISO, Mr. Sodano ensures the security of Trace’s and the government’s networks and information. Mr. Sodano has 30 years of engineering and communication experience, and 20 years of progressively complex experience in the design, integration, and analysis of military electronics, computer networking, super and minicomputers, microcomputers, and digital and graphic display systems.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Sodano worked as a Network Engineer for MITRE and AT&T, where he designed and developed configurations for new TCP/IP based network site installation and integration with existing legacy data networks. He was the co-founder, Vice President, and Division Manager of TCPNS for 10 years before their acquisition by Trace. He enabled a network-centric environment, incorporating more than 100 live communications, sensor and battle command systems, complemented by a Brigade-sized element represented in virtual and constructive simulation, and instrumented via a robust suite of automated data collection tools by 75 different organizations and 400 people daily.

Mr. Sodano received a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Rutgers University as well as a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Colorado. He served as an Electronic Warfare Technician in the US Air Force, where he performed testing, troubleshooting, and repairs to component level radar jamming and warning systems on combat aircraft; training and supervision of personnel engaged in same activities; maintenance and calibration of specialized RF test equipment.

Otto Hoernig III, Chief Executive Officer at Trace Systems
Chief Executive Officer

Otto Hoernig III

Otto Hoernig III founded Trace Systems in 2006 in response to the growing DoD demand for wireless sensor networks and data collection systems to include security, asset management, surveillance, monitoring and data management requirements. Under Mr. Hoernig’s leadership, Trace has built a team of industry professionals and has postured the organization to grow organically and through strategic acquisition in the federal government technology services markets. Mr. Hoernig is an accomplished telecommunications executive with more than 24 years of experience in the satellite and wireless data communications business sector serving the US Department of Defense, US Intelligence Community and Multinational Peacekeeping organizations worldwide.

Prior to the formation of Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig cofounded Spacelink International, LLC with his father and sister in 1995. He led the growth and expansion of Spacelink for over 10 years with global operations in Europe, throughout the Balkans and in the Middle East. Spacelink was acquired by ESSI (now DRS Technologies) in 2005 for over $150M. Mr. Hoernig also worked in the international community out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to mature various business plans for the Southwest Asia region to include satellite-based television distribution and low earth orbiting satellite constellation services.

Mr. Hoernig received a BS in Business Management from Texas Tech University and is an active member of various industry organizations including AFCEA, Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and National Defense Industries Association (NDIA).

In addition to his role as CEO at Trace Systems, Mr. Hoernig also founded Tequila Ventures, LLC. TV invests in the spirits industry and in 2014 completed the sale of super premium tequila brand Casa Noble to Constellation Brands. In 2015, TV acquired interest in 123 Spirits, which currently produces and imports three premium tequila brands from its facilities in Mexico for distribution world-wide including 123 Organic Tequila, El Luchador Organic Tequila and Craneo Organic Mezcal. In 2019 Hoernig and partners on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard launched Nomans Rum Runners LLC which produces the Nomans Rum brand.

Therman Farley, VP, Information Solutions at Trace Systems
VP, Information Solutions

Therman Farley

Therman Farley has serves as Trace Systems’ Vice President of the Information Solutions Group (ISG) since January 2018. Mr. Farley oversees all aspects of the ISG, including financial management, governance, strategic direction, development of the business strategy, as well as oversight for all information systems, innovation, product development and operations. He is a proven leader with significant experience in strategic planning and leading diverse business development efforts and growth opportunities. He is well-versed in emerging technologies and contract and teaming agreement negotiations.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Farley served as the Network Operations Manager at SAIC in Stuttgart, Germany providing managerial, technical, functional, supervisory and operational expertise in support of the DoDs wide area network. He further managed network operations, transport and IP in the Theater Networks Operations Center. Mr. Farley then served as the Chief of Transmissions Network Services Division for the DoD, where he developed, established and maintained strategic business methodology in support of 40+ DISA Europe programs valued at over $300 million. He further acted as the European lead for the agency-wide Global Information Grid (GIG) Service Management effort, a $4.6B program.

Mr. Farley has a BS in History from the University of South Carolina – Aiken and served 22 years in the US Army, retiring as a Major. He is a highly experienced former Army Signal Officer, with proven ability to manage geographically disparate teams, programs, costs, schedules, risk, resources, and performance on multi-hundred-million-dollar information technology programs on a global level. Mr. Farley’s professional certifications include Program Management Professional (PMP) (2005) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundations (2008).

Kedra Baker, VP, Corporate Operations at Trace Systems
VP, Corporate Operations

Kedra Baker

Kedra Baker serves as the Vice President of Corporate Operations for Trace Systems. She joined the company in 2010 as Director, HR and Recruiting. She is responsible for the ideation, development and execution of an overall human resource and talent management strategy to build a strong, ethical culture and support the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Furthermore, Mrs. Baker oversees the development of talent acquisition and management, change management, organizational and employee performance management, training and development, security (FSO), facilities, compensation and benefits, Contracts, Procurement, and Corporate Administrative functions.

Before joining Trace, Mrs. Baker was a senior technical recruiter at Dynamics Research Corporation (now SAIC/Engility), where she provided full life cycle recruiting support within Federal Solutions Group across Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence programs. She was responsible for developing and executing a strategic hiring plan to meet and exceed division's staffing objectives. Mrs. Baker also served as a senior recruiter for Booz Allen Hamilton for over 8 years, where she was responsible for sourcing, interviewing, evaluating and matching candidates to the requirements of specific job openings within the Defense and National Security areas.

Mrs. Baker received a BBA in Business Management from James Madison University, and an MS in Business Technologies from Marymount University. She has vast recruiting experience and is known to have great knowledge and understanding of the state of the market as well as the skills and overall capabilities of the people being recruited. She holds a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources as well as being a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

Jeremy Ross, VP, Business Development and Proposals at Trace Systems
VP, Business Development and Proposals

Jeremy Ross

Jeremy Ross joined Trace Systems in July 2019 as VP of Business Development and Proposals. His role includes overseeing all BD, capture, and proposal activities in support of operating groups aligned within DoD, Intel, and Federal/Civilian markets. Mr. Ross focuses on the strategic growth of the company as well as ensuring excellence and optimization in BD, Capture Management, and Proposal Development. Furthermore, he provides critical linkages between the long-term strategic plan and near-term new business actions and partners with the Group VPs to ensure effective use of resources across the groups.

Prior to joining Trace, Mr. Ross served as the President and Owner of Potomac Consulting Solutions and President and COO of The Schiff Group LLC, where he led all aspects of growth and operations for government, industry, federal, and commercial markets. He formerly was a VP with Engility Corporation, where he led a team of 400+ professionals responsible for providing mission-focused systems engineering, cyber, and ISR analysis to the Navy and Marine Corps, yielding approximately $85M in annual sales. He also spent over 4 years at Northrop Grumman and was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) target templates for multiple targets in various regions as a SIGINT development analyst supporting Information Operations.

Mr. Ross holds a degree in Computer Science from Tulane University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and served in the US Navy for four years as an intelligence officer. He is an acknowledged expert on Cyber Operations with broad domain expertise on Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) including acquisition, engineering, and program management. Mr. Ross is a recognized industry thought leader and AFCEA/NDIA panel contributor who has developed and maintained strong industry and client working relationships.

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