Since 1980, Mr. Lopez has developed and delivered technology-based business solutions to help organizations worldwide control costs and cultivate growth. Drawing on industry expertise and a portfolio of interrelated consulting, business process, application, and infrastructure services, he blends strategic design, proven technology, and timely delivery to create solutions that maximize returns on investments. Through collaborative, long-term relationships, he enables his customers to achieve and sustain measurable results
Over his thirty year career in technology Mr. Lopez has successfully led hundreds of systems integration projects, programs and technology launches for both federal and commercial clients. Mr. Lopez spearheaded NACC’s building of the first nationwide PCS network for MCI and played an active role in the infrastructure build-out of wireless networks nationwide, including Sprint, Nextel, and Alltel. Through a partnership established with Lockheed Martin, NACC installed one of the first multi-platform enterprise management systems installations in the federal government.
Mr. Lopez began his career in Information Technology with IBM in 1979 and later worked for two federal government contractors, ACS and RSIS, where he led Programs at the NAVY, FAA, Department of Energy, and the EPA. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland with post graduate study at Johns Hopkins University.
James A. Gilbert Principal, Finance Group
For over thirty years Mr. Gilbert successfully provided finance and administrative management in small, medium and large businesses delivering information technology and services to commercial and government customers. He has extensive experience providing financial and operational guidance to “C” levels and board members, as well as heads of operations, marketing and sales. This experience includes long and short term business forecasting, annual operational planning and long term strategic planning, sales compensation planning and administration, contract negotiation and administration, general accounting and reporting, human resource management, as well as business process improvement through CMMI Maturity Level 3 implementation.
Over his career Mr. Gilbert participated in numerous business combinations and changes, including initial discussions of interest, due diligence, transaction contracting, key employee determination, employee retention, integration and management. He was active in 11 acquisitions, 3 divestitures, 2 shut-downs, and 1 spin-off.
His nineteen year career at Sterling Software/CA Technologies included responsibilities for domestic and international finance organizations, as well as 13 years of financial management in business segments focused on federal government customers. Prior to Sterling Software Mr. Gilbert worked for medium and large technology companies plus small, privately owned services companies.
Mr. Gilbert attended Mississippi State University (MSU) where he earned a BS in Business with a major in Accounting. Upon graduation from MSU in January 1972 he continued his service commitment as a medical corpsman in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
David E. Pickeral, JD Consulting Infrastructure Strategy & Development
David Pickeral is a multi-functional manager and senior strategist in critical infrastructure operations, technology, regulation, policy and planning.He has more than 20 years’ experience with Federal agencies as well as state, regional and local government and commercial enterprises worldwide including public-private entities.During his career he has led both large and small scale enterprises including both program administration and client and staff management.He has significant functional and operational subject matter expertise in wireless ICT/telecoms, transportation, energy/utilities, environmental, homeland security and defense sectors.Known as an exceptional communicator, he has had numerous publications and public speaking venues. Mr. Pickeral attended the University of Virginia where he earned a BA degree and was trained as a Naval Officer.He received his commission upon graduation in May 1988.He served for five years in both the aviation and surface ship community, and received advanced postgraduate training in both management and technical fields.He left military service in March 1993.He attended George Mason University School of Law, and concurrently worked for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.Upon receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) degree in May 1996, he worked for a year as a regulatory attorney in the position o f Associate Counsel for the United States Department of Veterans’ affairs.From 1997-1999 he worked in private law practice in the technology field, first in international litigation matters as a Contract Attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and thereafter in wireless regulatory practice as a Project Attorney for Bell Atlantic Corporation.
From August 1999 until December 2008 Mr. Pickeral worked as a senior policy and regulatory consultant and program manager at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he held the title of Senior Associate, a Director-level executive position.In that capacity he led multiple teams, budgets, technology and other assets in both marketing and delivery contexts. He developed recommendations that successfully anticipated changes in global policy, economics, and technology to keep client strategy current as well as forward-looking. As a facilitator he drove stakeholder consensus across multiple levels of government as well as public and private sector lines and international borders, including the development of public-private partnerships. His major projects included a nationwide communications interoperability initiative, major Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) development, drafting regulations for developing national governments, global privatization, and promotion of international frequency harmonization.
Melissa E. Davis, Ph.D., PMP, CISSP Consulting Engineer
Melissa Davis serves as Consulting Engineer for NACC Technologies. In this capacity Melissa utilizes her decades of experience in Solutions Engineering, Product Development and product evaluations to keep clients at the forefront of applying today’s technology to their everyday application requirements. NACC relies on her cutting-edge experience in Cyber Security, Telecom/Datacom, Optical Fibre, Networking, Packet voice, Identity Management, Program & Project Management, and Compliance with FISMA, PCI-DSS, PKI research, SoX/OMB A-123, GLBA, Privacy Act.
Throughout her career Melissa has synthesized solutions that serve the customer business needs, the stakeholders, and the user. She has been at the forefront of Project Management since the early 1980's, not as an academic discipline, but as an applied engineering and social engineering toolkit. Her driven mission is the collapse of complexity by finding simple control parameters and developing repeatable processes. Complexity and Complication are constraints on repeatability, and no where is this more true than in engineering to meet Compliance Audits.
Melissa’s career has contributed to the taming of pioneering technologies for robust and reliable use in the Public and Commercial, Sectors and has led high profile ground-breaking projects and programs for International Network Services, Cisco, Bell Labs, the Department of Defense, Booz Allen, Department of Energy, Pirelli, Velocita, Wells Fargo Bank, State Farm. Some of the projects on which she was technical lead at Cisco on critical accounts reported directly to the Chairman & CEO. While at Cisco she led senior technical teams for with Cisco major accounts for enterprise functionality and authored a ground-breaking paper on synchronous timing distribution in asynchronous networks. She pioneered the design and implementation of ATM AAL-2 for packet voice, bringing the ATM QoS and high speed synchronous trunking to IP's MPLS and Diff/Serv for Video and Voice/IP for US and international large projects. She was also a pioneer in multi-wave length multi-protocol high speed optical WANs, application of Martini-draft MPLS/Sonet, is suspected of having been the first to deploy 10GB Ethernet WAN-PHY directly from router to transponder, Directory-based Identity Management/AAA, Enterprise-wide PKI in de-centralized environments, use of PKI to secure DNS and routing table distribution, and enterprise-wide IP/FR/ATM and Linux-Windows inter-working.
Melissa has held executive technologist positions at CISCO, INS/ LUCENT, and RSIS, and holds a Doctorate and Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. Honors have including being one of the initial Tiger Team technical leads on a number of corporate initiatives, including the CISCO/INS Global Service Provider Team, and CISCO's strategic initiatives in "IP-over-ATM", and "IP-over-Optical". At Cisco, she sold the first two regional independent networks the newly acquired Cisco/Cerent 15454 and Cisco/Pirelli DWDM equipment. She was on the applications Tiger Teams for the Cisco 7600 and 15400/300 multi-service platforms. She held the positions of Consulting Systems Engineer II, Optical Networking Group – US-East, and Global Service Provider Sales Engineering Team. She won the RSIS President's Award in 2006. She has published numerous White Papers, and holds several Patentable research projects awaiting a market-play. Since joining NACC Technologies, she has engaged in a number of compliance and other solution-set projects with NIST 800-53A/Annex2, PCI-DSS, SoX, logging and storage, configuration management and change control, critical information element security categorization and authentication/ authorization with non-repudiation, virtualization and virtual environment security.