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.
Senior Program Manager of Decision Analytics
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.
Senior IT Manager, Cybersecurity
Seth has over 20 years of experience in the information technology field working in commercial, higher education, and federal contracting. He has managed help desk teams, full stack web development teams building SaaS products, design and implementation of HPC and infrastructure for commercial and higher education, and is a CMMC Registered Practitioner in performing cybersecurity assessments.
Seth holds a B.S. in Technical & Scientific Communication with Minors in Computer Information Systems and Human Resource Development from James Madison University, an M.S. in Computer Information Systems with concentration in IT Project Management from Boston University, and is currently working on his D.Sc. in Cybersecurity from Marymount University with a dissertation focusing on SCADA and PLC security.
ROBERT "ART" GIBBS
Senior Vice President of Technology Integration
Art Gibbs is a Distinguished Military Student and Distinguished Military Graduate from North Georgia College, one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. He received a Regular Army Commission upon graduation and subsequently served on active duty in the Army until retirement. His assignments included staff and leadership positions at platoon, company, battalion and brigade levels. His awards included the Bronze Star Medal.
Since retiring from the Army, Art has worked in Federal Government contracting holding leadership roles with several companies supporting FAA, DoD, DHS and IC clients. He joined Shine Systems in February 2022.
Art holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from North Georgia College, a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the American Technological University and a Master of Science Degree in Software Engineering and Administration from Central Michigan University.
Director of Mission Support
James has over 23 years of service in the Marine Corps where he excelled in aviation maintenance, aviation operations, aviation command and control, ballistic missile defense, communications, intelligence, program management, force protection, and terrorism fields.
After retiring from active duty in 2011 James entered the private sector as a DoD contractor providing program management support for various efforts including Counter-IED, enterprise network management, USMC Intelligence Programs Of Record, electronic warfare, and cyber.
Upon joining Shine Systems in June of 2021 he has managed the Mission Support portfolio providing personnel services to the National Library of Medicine and intelligence agencies. This entails the program management and oversight of the applicable contracts, finances, and personnel encompassing over 30 employees located in various locations across CONUS.
BOB BRADEN JR
Vice President of Product Company Services
Bob has over thirty years of experience working with top hardware and ERP software organizations. Previously an executive with IBM Bob specialized in higher education clients and was responsible for alliances between IBM and many prestigious institutions that focused on collaborative research and product testing. With over twenty years of experience supporting Oracle clients Bob has also worked for Oracle Corporation and was the Director of Sales and Client Relationship Management for a well known Oracle E-Business consulting boutique. Additionally his ERP experience includes four years of supporting PeopleSoft clients through various implementations and upgrades.
Bob utilizes his management experience to develop strategic relationships with partner companies to offer products and services that will strengthen our overall solution offerings for our customers.
Mary holds a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and brings a wealth of program and project management experience to SHINE Systems. She has grown both operational and incidental programs through detailed and robust compliance and looks forward to leveraging her leadership toward expanding our Proposal Production Center. In her free time, she enjoys both the local music scene and spending time in nature.