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 S3, the technical solutions company she founded in Huntsville, AL in 1991. The company operates in more than 35 states and provides professional services and solutions to the Department of Defense, Department of Interior, US Forest Service, NASA, more than 25 US Partner Nations, and a variety of other government agencies and commercial clients.
John Pack is the President of S3 International, a wholly owned subsidiary of parent company, System Studies & Simulation, Inc. (S3). He has responsibility for locating, developing, winning, and managing business operations outside the United States. S3I’s focus is to provide training, logistics, advisory and assist technical services, simulation support, and law enforcement assistance to Partner Nations militaries and other security agencies. S3I’s current operations emphasize comprehensive rotary and fixed wing aviation training and maintenance support to its customers.
John has worked for S3 since 2005 in several different capacities, serving as the corporate leader for Business Development since July 2010. John has supported S3 as a Program Manager at Fort Hood, TX, Director of the Security Operations Directorate, and Senior Vice President of the Training and System Support (TSS) Business Unit.
John is a retired Army officer, having served in key command and staff positions that included aviation 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 United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), and Executive Assistant to the Combatant Commander, USSOUTHCOM.
Ms. Suzanne Ryan, CPA joined S3 in 2005 holding various management roles in the accounting department before her promotion to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2011. Ms. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting including program control, budgeting and forecasting, and strategic business planning. Her experience includes 15 years working directly with DoD contractors and 5 years in public practice working with both DoD contractors and commercial businesses.
Ms. Ryan attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Federal Contracting and Procurement. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a member of the Alabama Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, the Society of Human Resource Management, and the National Contract Management Association.
Mr. John David Baugher is the Director of Contracts for S3 and is responsible for Contract administration, Subcontract administration, Pricing and Purchasing. John David has over 32 years of experience working in Government and Commercial Contracting for large and small businesses including Women-Owned small businesses, Alaskan Native Owned, and Minority Owned 8(a) companies. Mr. Baugher attended Athens State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management. He then went on to Florida Institute of Technology where he received his Master’s Degree in Contracts and Acquisition Management. His Contract and Proposal experience covers multiple DoD agencies, along with, NASA, DoE, USDA, USAF, GSA and NATO agencies. He has interfaced with DCMA and DCAA in proposal audits, financial capability audits, time sheet audits, forward pricing audits, incurred cost audits and billing system audits.
Bob Johnson leads the Training and Systems Support (TSS) Business Unit (BU) in support of planning, developing, and executing technical training and operational support activities for DOD, other US Federal agencies, and foreign military customers. The TSS BU functional focus areas are requirements generation, new equipment fielding and training, exercise design and evaluation, simulation/simulator support, and live, virtual, and constructive training. Bob Johnson joined S3 in 2010 and has served in various leadership positions including: Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Program Manager (PM), Javelin PM, AMCOM EXPRESS PM, Director for Aviation, Missiles & Space, and Sr. VP 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. Bob’s experience includes commanding a Combat Aviation Brigade and serving as the Director of Combat Developments (DCD) at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
John Briggs is the General Manager of the Global Logistics Support Services (GLSS) Subsidiary, S3‘s business arm for bidding Service Contract Act (SCA) opportunities. GLSS offers services in supply, transportation, maintenance, information technology and other technical assistance. John Briggs has over 30 years of experience planning and managing complex logistical operations and organizations within corporate and military environments. Prior to entering the commercial sector, he retired from the Army where he was a logistics advisor to three key executives, ranging in support from user to wholesale/national activities to an 87,000 person military organization. He also served as a Director of Support Operations and Property/Supply Management, Deputy Director of Logistics Operations, and Commanding Officer.
As one of the Senior Managers for Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS), a wholly-owned S3 subsidiary, Marcel Benoit operates the company’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Academy at Crestview, FL. Additionally, Marcel and his staff provide a wide range of rated and non-rated crewmember flight training to various commands in the US Air Force (USAF) and foreign military services. Marcel accumulated significant experience in combat special operations aviation around the globe during his 20-plus years of active duty in the USAF. While on active duty, Marcel served as an Instructor Weapons Director/Air Battle Manager, Instructor Electronic Warfare Officer on the AC-130H/U gunship aircraft, and as an operational planner and strategist. Marcel also served as an Air Force Instructor Weapons Officer, graduating from the USAF Weapons School in 2002, and then returning for assignments as Director of Operations and Commander of the 14th Weapons Squadron. He attended the US Air Force Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering; he also attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received a Master’s degree in Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Systems with a certificate in Systems Engineering. Marcel is also a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, receiving a Master’s degree in Airpower Art and Science. Following his retirement from the USAF, Marcel served as the Deputy Program Manager at KBFS Crestview, managing PC-12 and other training programs in support of the Department of Defense and International clientele.