Eric Johnson, CEO
Johnson is an experienced manufacturing executive with extensive background in the tooling and production of large parts for the automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor equipment companies. He has managed all facets of small manufacturer in the highly competitive northeast market. His company has developed from prototype through high volume production tooling for molded automotive interior floors and door panel programs as well as aircraft and missile composite components. As the regional market changed he realigned his small company into a 5M supplier of precision machined components, meeting the quality and delivery requirements of customers like Varian Semiconductor and Analogic. Johnson started his career with Raytheon after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Brendan Gray, COO and President
Brendan Gray is a versatile and hands on executive with over 20 years senior leadership and management experience in both the private sector (VP Global Operations, Financial Services Technology Company) and the US Navy (COO-Navy Region Europe). Brendan Gray most recently was the Vice President of Operations for Interactive Data Corporation, a global provider of financial market data, analytics and related services to financial institutions, active traders, and individual investors. As VP of Operations, he was responsible for the Company's Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) operations across the globe and operational strategy formulation. As Chief of Staff, for the Chief Operating Officer of IDC, he was responsible for organization alignment, prioritization and cross-functional implementation of all Operations/IT programs and projects. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Brendan served with distinction for thirty years as a Naval Aviator, his last five years as the Deputy Commander and Chief Operating Officer for Navy Region Europe. Captain Gray was responsible for the day-to-day operations, security, and force protection, of the nine Navy bases across five countries in Europe, including the safe and efficient operation of seven ports and six airfields. He deployed the first port security barriers at Navy bases in Europe and he established the first European National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliant Emergency Operations Center. He has extensive experience in forging international partnerships. He organized and led a multi-national, multi-discipline team from 5 countries and 4 major defense contractors that established requirements for and initial design features of the P-8A (new Navy aircraft). He brought international partners onboard resulting in a $10B funded program. Captain Gray directed the successful recapitalization of the Navy's European infrastructure, encompassing $1.5B in construction for four bases in Italy, Greece, and Spain over a six-year period.
David Tolly, CFO
David Tolly is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer and operational professional largely with private equity portfolio companies specializing in permanent and interim C-Level roles to accomplish rapid change in high growth companies (organic and through acquisitions), as well as companies facing performance challenges.
With over 35 years of experience, he is a financial leader who enables business transformation, skilled at leading urgent, yet solid actions and strategies during times of transition in highly complex, global and multi-location manufacturing, distribution, and other settings delivering tangible profitable and cash flow-positive results to satisfied clients. His experience includes companies with revenues from $5-$600 million involved in consumer products, aerospace & defense, plastics, oil & gas, precision metal machining and fabrication, publishing, firearms, sporting goods, point of purchase, packaging, apparel, personal care products, consumer electronics, capital equipment, business services, and other manufacturing, retail and distribution businesses.
As a strong C-Level executive, business strategist, analytical problem solver, and Board advisor, David clearly diagnoses root causes, implements solutions and energizes companies around mission-critical initiatives to maximize stakeholder value. As a change management CFO, he has installed and upgraded ERP and accounting systems, made process improvements, mentored staff and executives alike, and led numerous transactions in building and integrating complex business combinations. David is also recognized as an expert in providing analysis and testimony in financial litigation matters.
David holds a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University and is a recognized turnaround professional having been named by Turnarounds & Workouts Magazine as a 2011 “People to Watch-Business Professional” for outstanding achievements.
Judson DeCew, CTO
Jud DeCew brings extensive ocean engineering experience to the HALO team, having worked on numerous system from the design and analysis stage through deployment – worldwide. Prior to joining HALO, Mr. DeCew was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where he focused on dynamic analysis of flexible structures in marine environments and field deployment, experimentation and validation techniques. Projects included design, analysis and field testing of open water fish cages and moorings, shellfish grow-out technologies, fouling-resistant alloys for marine applications, mooring optimization for marine renewable energy devices and others. He also worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he was responsible for research and planning of refit and enhancement modifications of defense and guidance systems for U.S. Navy nuclear submarines.
Jud DeCew received his Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where his dissertation focused on the dynamics of flexible structures in open ocean environments.