Leadership

Extraordinary Commitment, Powerful Results

Donald E. Atwell – President

Don serves as President for Truestone, LLC where he has overall P&L and business development responsibilities. He served Truestone as a Senior Director and successfully led solution development and capture activities for large U.S. Coast Guard, DoD, and FBI opportunities. Don is a proven leader with two decades of experience in business process outsourcing, operations management, transaction processing, and systems engineering projects in the health and human services, banking, and Federal contracting sectors. Prior to joining Truestone and the Akima family of companies, he built and operated two new lines of business, each with annual revenues in excess of $45M.

Bob Strong – Director, Business Operations

Bob Strong has 26 years of operations experience as a professional leader, program manager, instructor, and Marine Corps officer and aviator. He has extensive experience standing-up and managing high ops-tempo tasks for Corps-level joint staffs and both large and small companies providing Intelligence and ISR services to DoD customers in the Washington DC area, as well as the CENTCOM and AFRICOM AORs. He holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Educational Leadership, Training and Management, and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Bob is responsible for strategic planning, program management, customer support, and business development in the DoD/DHS realm.

Rich Witherspoon – Manager, DoD Programs

Rich Witherspoon manages Truestone’s DoD programs. He has extensive leadership, management, strategic planning, education, and defense policy experience in U.S. and multinational environments, including Field Artillery commands, service on DoD, Joint, Army and NATO military staffs, and faculty positions at two military colleges. He has successfully led programs, managed teams and organizations and conducted research across a wide spectrum of activities, most recently as strategic planner for the Joint IED Defeat Organization and JIEDDO’s Counter-IED Operations/Intelligence Integration Center. Rich has a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of California and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.

Jayce L. Trammel – Program Manager, Telecommunications and Engineering Operations

Jayce has 20 years of experience in the Networking, IT and Telecommunications industries supporting various engineering and management platforms. Having supported the global network infrastructures of several major telecom carriers (ex. Cable & Wireless, Sprint (PCS), T-Mobile), he has progressively worked in the Network Operations and Management, Network Design, and Senior Program Management capacities for wired, wireless and Government system’s integrator organizations with roles supporting change and configuration management, network architecture and systems deployments. Jayce is currently responsible for operation and evolution of Truestone’s Undersea Network Operations Center, a $100M Lifecycle, Kwajalein Cable System for DISA, OM&R operations for the Alaska Pacific Cable Program, along with Business Development objectives for telecommunications platforms and multiple undersea cable programs.

Rob Nicholson – Program Manager, Maritime Operations

Robert brings more than 28 years of military, government contracting, and commercial experience to his role as Program Manager of the Maritime Operations business unit in Suffolk, Virginia. Robert spent four years in the U.S. Navy and earned several recognitions, including the Navy Achievement Medal, for technical proficiency and superior performance. He also started and led two businesses that provided construction, remodeling, installation, and management services to major national home improvement retailers and construction suppliers. Since joining Truestone in 2007, Robert has successfully managed large scale projects including programs in support of the United States Coast Guard Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center (C3CEN) and the United States Navy Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR). Robert is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as COMP TIA Security + certified.