Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Chris is one of Vancro's original co-founders and as of 2007, he serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. He is also the chairman of the Board of Directors.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former U.S. Army Major. Chris is an Airborne and Air Assault qualified Ranger and has more than 14 years of experience as a Combat Engineer and Information Operations Officer. Chris deployed to Afghanistan from 2004-2005. He is an avid learner and desires to bring out the best in people and organizations.
Since inception, Vancro has grown to over a $3M a year business. This has been accomplished as a team effort with all members of the leadership who share a common work ethic and desire to be the Global Intelligence Partner of choice.
Vancro’s culture rewards people for their hard-work and innovation. Vancro is built on a tradition of entrepreneurship, integrity, creativity, fairness, diversity, and exceeding customer expectations on a daily basis.
Vice President of Operations / Board Member
Todd Pillo is the Vice President of Operations and a Board Member for Vancro. He is the senior Executive in charge of communicating with the appropriate staff, and deleniating and implementing policy for Vancro's employees in country and abroad.
Having implemented the majority of Vancro's employee policies, he is also in charge of payroll, benefits processing and time keeping throughout the company. Todd supports the CEO in matters related to contract management and coordination with Government and prime contractors.
With over Fifteen years of US Marine Corps Intelligence, Infantry, and Operational experience, Todd's expertise in Operational and Tactical Intelligence planning supporting the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), SOF Elements, Marine Expeditionary Force, and Infantry Battalions during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and all source intelligence fusion supporting Multi National Forces-West Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) operations in OIF, is not only an asset to Vancro but a key element of confidence for both our troops and our personnel OCONUS.
Vice President of Business Development / Board Member
Jason Evans is the Vice President of Business Development and a Board Member for Vancro working to capitalize on contracting trends, shape contracting ventures and work with decision makers focused on opportunities within the Department of Defense, Federal Agencies, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs. He is experienced in opening doors with potential partners, leading exploratory talks and weighing options and developing innovating approaches to determine next steps in winning business.
His industry areas of expertise include Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), Intelligence Operations & Support, Technology Research and Development and Acquisition, Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Exploitation and Training, Military Information Support Operations (Computer Network Operations, Electronic Warfare, Operations Security, Military Deception, Psychological Operations), Database Systems Development and Management, Business Management, and Project Management.
Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 as a 19D Reconnaissance Specialist (Cavalry Scout) and was later commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer in 2000 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of San Diego State University ROTC. During his military service, he served with 2/70th Armor Scout Platoon, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (US Army Europe), Echo Troop 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), Regimental Acquisition Team (RAT), 3rd ACR, Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd ACR, Bravo Troop 1/18th Cavalry, 511th Military Intelligence Company, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) Opposition Force (OPFOR), Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th ACR (OPFOR) and Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 11th ACR (OPFOR).
Jason possesses over twenty-five years of US Army operations and Joint Defense Intelligence, Cyber Policy, Special Programs Analysis, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Support, Technology Acquisition and Research and Development (R&D), Targeting and Planning experience in support of Strategic, Operational, and Tactical operations supporting operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Jason served honorably until 2004 where he became an Independent Contractor/Consultant for the Department of Defense and worked as a key military advisor to combatant commands in both Afghanistan and Iraq from 2004 to 2014. He worked in the following capacities over a ten year period: Targeting Officer for 1st Information Operations Command, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) with Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, Information Operations Senior Advisor to Office of Security and Cooperation – Afghanistan, Military Deception Planner to Multi-National Division Baghdad, Iraq, Special Programs Integrator and Indoctrination Officer for the Counter IED Operations Integration Center (COIC), Counter Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Operations Integrator for the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) COIC for the 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq, Counter Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Operations Integrator for the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in Ramadi, Iraq, Action Officer for US Army G3/5/7 DAMO-ODI (Pentagon), JIEDDO R&D Senior Operations Officer for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC) Office of the Chief Engineer (CIED Cell).
Jason’s work was published in the 2008 JIEDDO Annual Report for co-designing the development and field testing of Data Tracker while assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq.
Data Tracker – “The Data Tracker software application was developed to assist analysts by
quickly and effectively processing complex data loads to support detailed analysis, cross
referencing, geospatial data plotting, and intelligence tracking. This development was a key
capability in rapid data sharing between C-IED network analysts. It was also used by
warfighters to display data from ground sensors in near real time, allowing them to quickly
focus on potential threats and areas of concern. By the end of FY 2008, Data Tracker was being used successfully by the Division Support Team aligned with the Multi-Division-Baghdad and operations planners for both 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division” (JIEDDO Annual Report, 2008)
Culvert Denial Technology Improvement: Jason was instrumental in the development and
execution of rerouting communications involved in C-IED Culvert Denial (Hard Impact) in
Afghanistan in 2012.
Jason holds a Masters degree in Management, Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Associates degree in German. He is a recipient of the Superior Civilian Service Medal awarded by Lieutenant General David Barno for exemplary service to Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan. He is also licensed as a certified Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Director of Recruiting
Gene joined Team Vancro in July, 2011 as the Director of Recruiting and uses his 25 years of intelligence expertise and leadership experience to hand-pick the absolute best candidates to grow Vancro into a recognized source of superbly qualified employees capable of exceeding our customer's requirements.
Gene is a distinguished retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with over 21 years of dedicated service. He served in over 10 permanent duty locations to include his selection as the first Chief of Intelligence for NATO Special Operations Forces.
Today, in his role as Vancro's Recruiting Director, he developed the company's unique personalized recruiting process and has been very successful in forming long lasting relationships with both customers and job seekers. This enables Vancro to quickly place the right people, in the right positions, with the right customers, at the right time. He is certainly not the recruiter that you are used to dealing with.
Major General James D. “Dave” Bryan, U.S. Army (Retired)
Strategic Advisor to the Board of Directors
Major General James D. “Dave” Bryan, U.S. Army (Retired), is the President/CEO of Bryan Business Management and Technology, LLC. In this capacity he provides tailored advice and assistance to growth-oriented companies and senior government officials in the areas of leadership development, business management and development, information technology, cyber security, strategic business planning and IT portfolio management. BBMT supports high technology products and/or services companies who specialize in information technologies, network operations and cyber defense, enterprise architectures and services, space systems and mobile C4, identity management, cloud computing and related fields.
Dave is the Chairman of the Board of Eutelsat America, Corp., a global satellite services company; a former Board Director of Cyber Squared, Inc.(now Threat Connect, Inc.) which focuses on proactive intelligence analysis of advanced persistent cyber threats, a Strategic Advisor of Vancro, Inc. an improvised threat defeat and analysis company, and a Strategic Advisor with DBNetworks, Inc., a cyber-security company with unique product capabilities that protect against SQL injection attacks, provide full database topography discovery and detect insider compromised credentials. He served as Board member and Investment Partner of Vigilant Watch Integration, Inc. that specializes in comprehensive enterprise architecture analysis and development that includes capital planning and investment control strategies. Dave serves(d) on numerous other boards and committees including his Church Vestry, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Board of Directors for AFCEA’s Education Foundation, and the Board of Governors for Jacksonville State University’s Alumni Association. He is a featured speaker on network security issues at the Amphion Forum, a Senior Advisor to and Facilitator of AFCEA’s Leadership Forum, and a charter member of the Security Innovation Network and Cyber Conflict Studies Associations. Dave is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Corporate Board Director Program.
Prior to starting BBMT, Dave served as President of the Strategic Solutions Group and then President of the National Security Group, USfalcon, Inc. He prepared a five year strategic plan to transition this SDVOSB from a small company organization to a successful mid-tier system and services integration company with three business groups that grew its revenue by 34% over a two year period. He led the establishment of an automated business development capability that saw the quality and quantity of the pipeline grow to more than $4 billion.
Prior to joining USfalcon, Dave served as Group President of ManTech International’s Defense Systems Group, the largest business unit in the company and as President of ManTech Telecommunications and Information Systems Corporation (MTISC). During this time he led the DSG and MTISC to record growth (becoming a billion+ dollar group) and profitability and established numerous innovative employee support, program management, and customer relationship programs. Promoted to Corporate Executive Vice President, he established strong relations with senior leaders of key customer organizations and established an innovative outreach to high technology entrepreneurial companies to provide differentiating solutions that resulted in aggressive growth across ManTech.
Prior to joining ManTech, Dave served as Information Technology Sector Vice President, Global Defense C4I and Space, Northrop Grumman Corporation. In addition to serving on the Corporate Strategic Planning team he had corporate-wide responsibilities across sector boundaries to develop and enhance relationships with the senior leadership of critical Defense organizations, strengthen the company’s competitive posture, and advance business opportunities. Dave had previously served two years as Vice President, Defense Transformation and Deputy, Defense Group where he made major contributions advancing innovative, enterprise IT solutions.
A Master Parachutist, Ranger and Special Forces Officer, Dave began his military career as a Battalion Signal Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. A succession of command and staff assignments followed within the airborne and special operations communities, in armored units and a stint as an Army Recruiter where he helped develop the Army’s historic “Be All You Can Be” campaign. He commanded the Signal Company, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), activated and served as the first Commander of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) and commanded the 35th Airborne Signal Brigade through numerous operational deployments, and served on both the Army Staff and the Joint Staff. As a Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel he became Director of Joint C4 Architectures and Integration, Joint Staff J-6 where he authored and implemented the “C4I for the Warrior” program that completely revamped DoD’s approach to information system interoperability and introduced the concepts of “network-centricity” and “knowledge/decision-centricity.”
In 1998, as a Brigadier General, he became CIO and Director, Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems, J-6, United States Pacific Command where he developed the concept, tenets and doctrine for global network operations and designed and implemented the first ever Theater C4 Coordination Center, the predecessor to today’s Network Operations and Security Centers. Selected for Promotion to Major General, in 2000 he became Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Commander, Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense in Arlington, Virginia. As the JTF Commander he successfully led it through its transformation from CND, to CNO (Computer Network Operations responsible for defensive and offensive cyber missions), and eventually GNO (Global Network Operations) the predecessor to USCYBERCOM. As Vice Director he has been credited for developing and implementing an historic innovative overhaul of network operations doctrine for the Department of Defense. As a special assignment, in 2004 the Chief of Staff of the Army appointed him to lead the Army Task Force to redesign, reorganize, and re-equip the Army Signal Regiment to support the Army’s Expeditionary Modular Combat Brigade Concept.
A native of Alabama, Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree at Jacksonville State University and his Master’s degree at North Carolina State University where he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence achieving a perfect 4.0 in graduate studies. He is an Honor Graduate of the Signal Officer Advanced Course, a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College where he earned the distinguished writing award for his major research thesis on the future of Special Operations communications and computer systems. He earned numerous awards and decorations throughout his military career culminating with the Distinguished Service Medal.
Mr. Bang is a financial services executive with comprehensive experience in investment management and business development in large corporate and entrepreneurial firms. He was most recently Founding Partner and the Managing Director of Drexel Hamilton Investment Partners LLC, an SEC registered investment management firm owned by veterans and service disabled veterans. He was responsible for forming the business, overseeing the general management of the firm to include sales/marketing, investments and operations. Mr. Bang successfully launched an equity long short Hedge Fund and six open-end Mutual Funds. He served as the President of the Drexel Hamilton Mutual Funds and the mutual fund board. He was the Fund Manager for the Drexel Hamilton Multi-Asset Real Return Fund and his experience includes public equity, hedge fund and private equity products. He was Senior Vice President at Shinhan Investment America, where he covered hedge funds and mutual fund managers in North America. He was a Relationship Manager at AIG Global Investments working with institutional clients invested in equity and alternative asset classes. Previous to AIG, he was a Client Portfolio Manager at GE Asset Management (GEAM) pension group where he oversaw $2.5 Billion in institutional clients’ investments in global and international equity portfolios. Mr. Bang managed client relationships at GE Equity’s start-up private equity group, Venturemine.com prior to GEAM. He began his financial services career at UBS investment bank in international equity, having transitioned to the financial services industry after serving six years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. degree and also received an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Myles Bartley is a partner with Denlea & Carton LLP, a boutique litigation firm based in New York. Mr. Bartley is an experienced corporate and trial lawyer who has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts across the country, as well as in multiple arbitration forums, including AAA, FINRA, JAMS, and before the Major League Baseball Players Association. He has extensive experience representing individuals and companies in complex commercial litigation. These clients have included Fortune 500 companies, major privately held companies, directors, officers, and other senior executives.
Mr. Bartley’s commercial experience includes cases involving issues of breach of contract, fraud, insurance, RICO, real estate, insolvency and restructuring, and securities fraud. He also has significant experience handling matters involving complex financial products. Mr. Bartley has litigated cases addressing structured and securitized products, derivatives, asset-backed securities, and swaps. His cases frequently involve class actions as well as individual suits.
Mr. Bartley has represented companies and individuals in both criminal actions and enforcement proceedings. Mr. Bartley has represented clients in matters brought by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the UK Serious Fraud Office, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Internal Revenue Service.
His criminal matters have included those involving issues of: mail, wire, and securities fraud; money laundering (“AML”); the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (“FCPA”); and other complex crimes. Mr. Bartley is well-versed in professional ethics and anti-corruption issues, and has written extensively on anti-corruption matters. In addition, Mr. Bartley has substantial AML and sanctions experience and has advised clients concerning potential violations, and best practices.
Mr. Bartley also has significant experience advising global clients concerning compliance issues. His compliance experiences include conducting risk assessments, drafting compliance manuals, developing training programs, and preparing model contract provisions on issues related to the FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act 2010, AML, and sanctions. He has also advised clients on a range of corporate and commercial issues, including corporate formation options, governance questions, asset sales, and other matters.
Mr. Bartley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon receiving his commission, Mr. Bartley served as an infantry officer, later was hand-picked to serve as a member of the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, and was subsequently promoted to Captain. Mr. Bartley received his law degree from Boston College Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Massachusetts, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Prior to joining Denlea & Carton, Mr. Bartley practiced at the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP for over 15 years. He is active in the New York City Bar Association and is the former chair of the City Bar’s Committee on Military Affairs and Justice.
Mr. Bartley is also active in the community coaching youth sports, and serves or has served as a board member for the West Point Society of New York and Westchester ARC, Westchester’s largest agency serving people and families with disabilities.