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The Qbase team brings a diverse combination of skills and expertise developed in a range of fields and leadership positions—from CEOs of large companies to an officer leading IT initiatives in the U.S. Armed Services. Additionally, the team offers deep and broad experience in federal technology integration, database management and analytics, and in enterprise systems development.

We engage domain experts from the market sector for which we are constructing solutions, which include healthcare, military planning and national security.

Qbase executives have a well-established track record of working together to deliver data-driven products that are innovative and market-driven. The entire team works closely with clients to tailor solutions to specific needs and desired results.

Steve Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer, has a proven track record of building successful IT companies throughout his 25 year career in the technology and federal government IT industry. Most recently, Steve served as President & CEO of Apptis, Inc. where he was instrumental in the company's growth from 18 to over 1,600 employees in a ten year timeframe through strategic acquisitions and organic expansion. Under his leadership, Apptis garnered substantial market share within the civil, healthcare and defense/national security segments and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Federal Contractors in 2005. Prior to Apptis, Steve was a partner of Concept Automation Inc., a Federal Integrator, and a General Manager at BTG, a publicly held federal integrator. At BTG, Steve led the largest division, Technology Systems, driving revenue from $190 million to $450 million within two years.
Brian Nightingale, Executive Vice President, has over 20 years experience in the federal and commercial information technology marketplaces. Brian previously served as a partner and Senior Vice President of Diamondback Partners and as a co-founder and Senior Vice President of business operations for Apptis, Inc. At Apptis, Brian managed the rapid expansion of the product division through a cutting edge approach to outsourcing and product fulfillment activities. Brian also was responsible for the marketing, branding and external outreach campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Apptis in 1998, Brian was a Senior Program Director for Concept Automation, Inc. (CAI), where he managed two of CAI’s most profitable contracts: the Department of Education and the Government Account Office. After the sale of CAI to BTG, Inc., Brian assumed the role of Vice President of Civilian Sales for BTG’s Technology Systems Division, helping to generate over $450 million in revenue.
Scott Reynolds, Executive Vice President, brings 30 years of experience to Qbase, in a wide variety of areas primarily in the federal government information technology space. Previously, Scott served as a co-founder of Apptis, Inc., working with the executive team that grew the company from $7 million in revenues to $780 million in revenues over a period of ten years. While at Apptis, Scott held the position of President and General Manager of Apptis’s National Security Sector and was instrumental in building the company’s market segments within the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and Department of Justice. Before working for Apptis, Scott held leadership positions at IBM, Concept Automation, Inc. and defense contractor BTG, Inc. where he served as Vice President of Defense Programs. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Maryland.
Steve Schlosser, Executive Vice President, brings over 40 years experience in federal government business to Qbase. As a co-founder of Apptis, Inc., Steve was responsible for defense and civilian healthcare information technology services, customer service operations and acquisition strategies. Prior to joining Apptis, Steve was Group Vice President at BTG, Inc. and he also served in leadership positions with Prospective Computer Analysts, ManTech International Corporation, and RCA. Steve is a Registered Professional Engineer who holds BSEE, MSEE, and Electrical Engineer degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He brings a depth of experience and expertise in engineering design and development, proposal strategy, quality management, business operations, and business development to Qbase.
Scott Lightner, a founder and Chief Technology Officer, has over 20 years of experience developing data intensive software products and solutions. As CTO, Mr. Lightner directs product innovation for both the MetaCarta and Qbase product lines and provides client driven solution development. During 13 years at the global information provider, LexisNexis, Mr. Lightner led the design, development and operational deployment of several search, data mining and entity linking products. These products included billions of records of data from tens of thousands of data sources and provided sub-second response time to complex search and entity linking requests. Mr. Lightner specializes in the design of fault-tolerant hardware and software solutions to address the most challenging data intensive problems. These solutions include massively scalable geospatial image processing, data discovery and profiling, fusion and exploitation of sensor data for situational awareness and a High Throughput Computing (HTC) platform.
Franz Weckesser, Chief Architect, brings 25 years of system engineering experience from Microsoft, LexisNexis, and Reynolds & Reynolds. Mr. Weckesser was a lead developer in the initial release of LexisNexis entity search and verification products on the web exposing thousands of data sources. Mr. Weckesser co-developed and managed the data mining search engine hosting billions of records. Notably, Mr. Weckesser is renowned in the complex data management, search and retrieval domain and has two registered patents for the development of Associated Text Search and Retrieval Systems. He has also worked extensively on automated data fabrication and enhancement systems for domestic and international data. He currently works with federal government and agency customers. Mr. Weckesser is now focusing his efforts on large scale entity extraction, data fusion and geospatial processing.
Tom Shoup, Senior Vice President, served the U.S. Air Force in engineering and executive roles for more than 20 years before taking leadership positions in public and private firms focusing on engineering services, healthcare information technology research and medical devices. Tom was President and Chief Operating Officer for CAD CAM Inc., Chief of Staff and Vice President of operations for iCad, Inc., and Chief Operating Officer for CADx Medical Systems, where he managed operations for research and development, clinical trials, manufacturing and regulatory affairs. While at CADx, he played a key role in the development of cognitive detection products for breast, lung and colon cancer, as well as Space Shuttle damage detection.
Krista Paquin, Senior Vice President, joins Qbase after 25 years with NASA. As a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, Krista brings numerous executive management credentials to the business. While at NASA, she managed large organizations across a variety of disciplines, including: Engineering, Flight Projects, Budget, Facilities, IT, HR and Procurement. Krista was the Associate Center Director at the Goddard Space Flight Center, managing 8,000 scientific, engineering and administrative personnel and a $3 billion budget. Most recently, she was the Assistant Associate Administrator at NASA Headquarters, serving as the deputy to the highest-ranking civil servant at NASA. Krista was a SES Presidential Rank Award recipient in 2006.


Louis Grever, Senior Vice President,served as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than 24 years and retired as the Executive Assistant Director responsible for the Science and Technology Branch. Louis managed the entire FBI S&T portfolio which consisted of more than 8,000 staff members and executed an annual operating budget of approximately $1.4B. Mr. Grever is well known and highly respected within the Intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and defense communities and has been recognized for forging strong and productive relationships with partners in both the U.S. and overseas. He has served as a member of the White House Committees on Homeland and National Security (CHNS), Technology (CoT), and Science (CoS), and the Director of National Intelligence's Science and Technology Advisory Committee (NIST-C)> Mr. Grever holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration and Management, as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Louis was a SES Presidential Meritorious Rank Award recipient in 2011 and was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2012. Louis is responsible for the origination and delivery of new and innovative Qbase products and services for both public and private sector clients.


Gary M. Sofo, Senior Vice President has over 25 years of corporate experience including executive management, program management, and commercial technology. Gary brings Qbase a blend of public and private sector experience, along with entrepreneurial skills.

Prior to joining Qbase, Gary was a SVP within SAIC’s Health Solutions and provided healthcare informatics, system development services and life sciences support to federal agencies, including the VA, HHS, DHS, and the Army. In his last position at SAIC he had two roles, as the Health Solutions Director of Business Development and as Operations Manager for Emerging Markets.

Prior to SAIC, Gary was President of Professional Services at Apptis where he executed a growth strategy that increased revenues from $10 to over $270 million during his tenure. Before arriving at Apptis, Gary co-founded Apptus, an Applications Infrastructure Service Provider. He also spent six years at BTG (now L3 Communications) as VP of Federal Civilian Operations. Gary also had a distinguished public career, spending eight years as the Assistant Director and Deputy CIO for the U.S. Senate Computer Center.

Gary, an honors graduate from the University of Rochester in Economics and International Relations, also earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia.

Paul Pressel, Senior Vice President, brings 25 years of experience developing and managing large federal government IT and engineering contracts. Previously, Paul was a Vice President with QinetiQ North America. He was responsible for the company’s Department of Homeland Security accounts, managing over $200 million of business and 1,200 employees. Before joining QinetiQ North America, Paul was a Vice President within the National Security business sector at Apptis. With Apptis, he managed accounts totaling $120 million. Paul holds an MBA in Finance from Hood College, MA in Industrial Technology and a BS in Technology and Management from the University of Maryland.


Ken Tomaselli, Senior Vice President of Sales for Qbase, is responsible for driving Qbase product and services sales in the United States and International markets. He brings more than 25 years of software and IT industry experience to this role. He most recently served as Vice President of Public Sector at MetaCarta and was responsible for driving sales and business development across the US Federal, state, and local markets. Before joining MetaCarta and Qbase, Ken held various sales management positions with Veritas, Symantec, and 3PAR. Ken earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from University of Maryland, Robert Smith School of Business.


Eric Wattermann, Vice President, Finance and Accounting, brings to the Qbase team over 20 years of professional financial management experience. Most recently, Eric has worked with Government product and service providers BTAS, Inc. and BAE Systems, Inc. As the Director of Finance and Accounting with BTAS, he managed all reporting and internal controls in accordance with FAR reporting criterion, as well as authored department operating procedures to ISO-9000 standards. With BAE Systems, he was solely responsible for the forecasting and tracking of a $480 million budget. Eric additionally has deep experience with DCAA budget auditing and proposal preparation.


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