LEADERSHIP

Manan Patel


Founder & CEO

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Mr. Patel is the founder and CEO of SOS. Under his leadership the company has grown to support key U.S. government, commercial, and international programs with personnel deployed across the globe. With 12 years of technical and programmatic experience, Mr. Patel has ensured the successful completion of high-profile, global engineering and operational efforts requiring 24/7/365 support. SOS has been named multiple times on the Inc500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. Prior to SOS, Mr. Patel worked with the CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) as a Sr. Engineer and Lead Imagery Analyst, where he received the NVESD Technical Achievement Award, U.S. Army Commander’s Civilian Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal. During this time, Mr. Patel was instrumental in the development, enhancement, and implementation of innovative and critical technologies for U.S. forces.

Rick Pennington


Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Pennington is the COO of SOS, bringing 25 years of technical, financial, and leadership experience. Mr. Pennington manages complex corporate and technical teams both regionally and globally, overseeing technical, program management, corporate, and business development operations at SOS. Mr. Pennington is experienced building and leading large corporate and government contracting organizations, having previously served in executive leadership roles such as COO of VAE, Inc.; Executive Director for USMC and COCOMs at AT&T; Executive Director for USMC and COCOMs at CSC; and Vice President and CTO at Sagent Partners, LLC. Prior to joining industry, he served in the USMC as both a Staff Noncommissioned Officer and Officer of Marines. Mr. Pennington’s technical background includes leading and supporting complex, global information technology, C4ISR, and technology innovation/improvement efforts. He holds ITILv3 Foundations and CMMI Associate certifications.

Darren Butler


Chief Scientist

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Dr. Butler serves as SOS’s Chief Scientist, overseeing all software engineering, development, and programming activities and personnel. He brings over 16 years of experience leading software development projects for U.S. government, commercial, and international clients, specializing in the GIS and remote sensing fields. Dr. Butler developed SOS’s GeoFOCIS software, which is currently being operated by U.S. government clients in support of geospatial missions. Prior to SOS, Dr. Butler served as Lead Developer and Technical Lead for projects such as the TerraSight™, VideoQuest™, and IARPA’s Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Reasoning (STAR) project. He holds a PhD in Image & Video Processing and has been awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award; Vice Chancellor’s Award; and Speech, Audio, Image, & Video Technologies Award for his development efforts.

Jordan Barker


Director of Flight Test

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Mr. Barker leads SOS’s flight test and rapid prototyping teams, responsible for planning, executing, and overseeing complex engineering and systems integration projects. He is a skilled engineer across a variety of scientific, mathematic, and technological disciplines and experienced in designing, fabricating, integrating, testing, and maintaining various technology and equipment in support of SOS programs. For example, Mr. Barker developed SOS’s Mission Commander (MC) Control data acquisition system, which has been instrumental in several U.S. government aircraft receiving airworthiness releases. Mr. Barker oversees all engineering and prototyping activities at SOS’s Production Facility in Harrisonburg, VA, ensuring high-quality engineering support to U.S. government, commercial, and international clients.

Michael Phillips


Senior Program Manager

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Mr. Phillips leads key SOS programs, overseeing complex aviation and scientific engineering activities and global operations. He brings 35 years of experience providing programmatic, operational leadership, and technical expertise in support of U.S. government, commercial, and international clients. Prior to SOS, Mr. Phillips served as Program Manager and Sr. Engineer at SAIC/Leidos, overseeing key quick-reaction capability programs and their transition to Programs of Record or enduring capabilities.

Travis Johnson


Senior Engineering Designer

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Mr. Johnson leads engineering design efforts at SOS in support of systems engineering and integration programs. He brings 13 years of experience in the aerospace and manufacturing field, managing engineering and design teams working on high-profile U.S. military C4ISR programs. Prior to SOS, Mr. Johnson served as Engineering Design Manager at Leidos/SAIC and Lead Mechanical Designer at Numatics Actuator where he has provided design and engineering support for various special project integration programs. He is highly skilled in creating and overseeing concept designs and detailed fabrication, assembly, and installation drawing packages, ensuring compliance with applicable standards.

Ron Jablonski


Business Development Manager

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Mr. Jablonski oversees efforts to drive business growth at SOS, establishing and cultivating customer and partner relationships to deliver winning solutions. Mr. Jablonski brings 13 years of experience providing expert-level leadership and business development in the Intelligence Community for small and large businesses. His previous roles have included overseeing strategic business development efforts for organizations such as Leidos, CGI, and Radiance Technologies. His technical background includes geospatial and signals intelligence analysis, training, and targeting operations. Prior to joining industry, Mr. Jablonski served as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army.

Lauren Corbett


Proposal/Capture Manager

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Ms. Corbett leads all capture and proposal initiatives at SOS, overseeing the planning, development, and submission of solutions in support of U.S. government, commercial, and international efforts. Ms. Corbett is experienced managing the entire capture/proposal lifecycle and leading large proposal teams consisting of internal and external stakeholders. Prior to SOS, she served in roles such as Sr. Proposal Manager and Proposal Manager at Barbaricum, LLC and Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. where she managed successful prime proposal efforts for high-profile U.S. government contracts ranging up to $750M in value. Ms. Corbett holds an APMP Foundation Level certification and is a member of the APMP National Capital Region (NCA) Chapter.