Jan Smith, Chief Executive Officer

Jan Smith is an Alabama native, educated at Jacksonville State University. She began her career as an associate software engineer in support of Boeing for NASA’s space missions.

As Ms. Smith grew as a technical analyst and senior manager, she led simulation and modeling tasks at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) for Army R&D and acquisition programs managed by the Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). She later joined Nichols Research Corporation (NRC) where she became the Vice President for Computer Applications and directed Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) programs in support of the Army Aviation and Missile Command.

Today, Ms. Smith is the CEO of , the technical solutions company she founded in Huntsville, AL in 1991. The company operates in more than 25 states and provides professional services and solutions to the Department of Defense (Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines) and numerous commercial clients.

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Bob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Defense Acquisition Business Sector

Bob Johnson leads the Defense Acquisition Business Sector in support of Government project office contract and task order requirements to design, validate and execute technical program activities. The business sector functional focus areas are Life Cycle Management; Systems Engineering; Requirements Generation; Modeling, Simulation and Experimentation; Knowledge Management: New Equipment Fielding and Training; and Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training. Bob joined S3 in 2010 and has served in various leadership positions including Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Program Manager (PM), Javelin PM, EXPRESS PM, Director for Aviation, Missiles and Space, SVP of the Training and System Support (TSS) BU, and SVP of the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) Services BU. Prior to entering the commercial sector, he retired from the Army at the rank of Colonel after serving for 28 years with extensive technical, operational and leadership experience; commanded a Combat Aviation Brigade, and also served as the Director of Combat Developments (DCD) at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence.

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John Pack, Vice President, Subsidiary Operations and Business Development

John Pack is currently the Vice President of Subsidiary Operations and Business Development for System Studies & Simulation (S3).  He has responsibility for assisting the company’s senior leadership in developing long-term business strategies and plans to guide the company’s growth with existing and new customers across many diverse opportunities.  He also serves as staff principal for Corporate Safety and provides senior level management oversight of wholly owned subsidiaries Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS), Global Logistics Support Services (GLSS), and S3 International (for which he is the subsidiary President).

Mr. Pack has worked for S3 since 2005 in several different capacities, serving as a Program Manager, Director, Business Development lead, and as senior manager for business units and subsidiaries. Mr. Pack is a retired Army officer who served in key command and staff positions that included battalion and brigade command, Legislative Liaison for the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division, Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), and Executive Assistant to the Combatant Commander, USSOUTHCOM. Mr. Pack holds multiple Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and National Security Policy.  He is a recipient of the Order of St. Barbara and Order of St. Michael.

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Josh Sauls, General Manager of KBFS

Mr. Sauls is the General Manager of the Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS) wholly owned subsidiary and also works as the corporation’s Senior Aviation Business Developer and Safety and Standardization Advisor to the CEO. Mr. Sauls is responsible for all KBFS operations’ profit and loss, including management of contractor sites at Temple, TX and Crestview, FL.

Mr. Sauls, a graduate of Troy State University, has more than 25 years’ experience in Army and Contractor provided aviation services. A veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, he is a highly decorated Master Aviator who completed a variety of command and staff jobs and operated for years as an AH-64A/D/E instructor pilot. He served as the Army’s Director of Operations and Logistics for US Army, Kwajalein Atoll and Deputy Director of the Fort Rucker Directorate of Evaluation and Standards (DES). Following military retirement, Mr. Sauls worked as the Director of Maintenance Operations, first for Army Fleet Support and later for M1 Support Services, and was responsible the readiness of more than 300 advanced rotary wing aircraft at Ft. Rucker.  He also served as the AH-64D Flight Lead for Doss Aviation flight training support to the 110th Aviation Brigade.

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John Briggs, PMP: Program Manager, Maintenance, Logistics and Mentor-Protégé Programs

John Briggs is responsible for managing USG and FMS contracts that support Army National Guard and Partner Nation CONUS based operations and logistics.  In this role, he is responsible for delivering automated information systems and technical assistance services to S³ customers and leads the company’s award-winning Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program. 

John has over 35 years of experience planning and managing complex military and commercial logistical operations and organizations and is a Project Management Institute Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  

Mr. Briggs holds a BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute and a MS in Logistics Management from the University of Central Texas.  He is a retired US Army Officer, whose assignments include logistics command and staff positions in the 101st Airborne (Air Assault), 3rd Armored and 1st Cavalry Divisions, as well as, the Senior Logistics (Maintenance) Advisor to the leadership of the Maintenance Depot Command, Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard.

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