History and Vision
SHINE Systems was established in 2007 by President Jeff Thomas as a full-service decision analytics consulting company with just five employees.
We are a passionate community of specialists working on teams around the globe to support client missions. Our goal is to provide service that is forward-thinking, collaborative, and reliable. Together, we work hard to create comprehensive and actionable solutions to critical problems.
Jeff Thomas founded SHINE Systems in 2007 based on the core values of integrity, vision, stewardship, communication, and other-centered relationships. A serial innovator and entrepreneur, Mr. Thomas has been serving dual business development and program management roles for a variety of clients for over 30 years. Mr. Thomas has engineered systems at every stage of the intelligence life cycle for major IC programs. His profile features diverse, applied methodologies in capture, proposal, and project management; business process analysis and optimization; reporting, analytics, and software product/solution engineering. He also invented the patent-pending Patent/Technology Exploitation System (PATES™).
Mr. Thomas holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Hampden-Sydney College and began his career as a Software Engineer. He was quickly promoted to and became the youngest Project Manager for a 4000+ employee systems integrator in the National Capital Region. An active member of the Charlottesville business community, Mr. Thomas serves on the Board of Advisors for First Citizens Bank, the Board of Directors at the Virginia Institute of Autism, and the Defense Affairs Committee at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of and on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Council of CEOs, and on the Board of Directors for ParadeRest Virginia. An alumnus of Leadership Charlottesville, Mr. Thomas brings his passion for his community to local initiatives including autism, small business, veterans, and defense.
RADM JOHN ACTON
Executive VP Operations
John’s leadership spans a unique blend of two successful, parallel careers: one private sector and one government/military. He is an experienced, team-oriented operational and strategic leader, whose broad expertise includes leading large and small organizations, strategic vision and planning, operations, collaboration and partnerships, leadership development, marketing and sales, start-ups, and strategic communications.
His private-sector experience includes board membership as an outside director, general leadership as a COO, marketing and field-sales, change management, as well as client account management, with a spectrum of consumer product, internet, consulting, and telecommunications companies, including: Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay, BellSouth Mobility, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the America’s Cup sailboat races.
As a rear admiral in the Coast Guard Reserves and a member of the Senior Executive Service at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), John’s military/government career includes challenging homeland security/defense leadership positions at the highest levels covering leader development, operations, and planning.
Steve has over 22 years of experience in the Government and private sector as a senior leader, technical analyst, and contract Program Manager. He joined SHINE Systems in 2016 and helped grow and develop the company’s analytic business managing P&L for multiple programs supporting a variety of Government agencies.
As a Project Manager and functional area advisor, Steve’s expertise has been in big data analytics and the deployment of solutions to Government partners. He has led technical teams larger than 30 and has managed teams as large as 200. Steve is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Operations professional with graduate-level education in Government procurement, Government contracting, operations management, and program management. His professional affiliations include being a member of the Project Management Institute.