Chairman, President and CEO
Peter Dyson has more than 30 years of experience in leading the development and application of advanced computing technologies to solve the complex problems of commercial and government clients.Under his leadership, the company has grown substantially over the past eight years as well as been recognized with both community and customer awards.
Mr. Dyson has served as president and/or CEO of Modus Operandi since its founding as a result of a merger. During his tenure, he has actively participated in all aspects of the business, spanning strategy planning and execution, sales and marketing, executive recruitment and development, customer development and relationship management, program leadership, and financial management.
Mr. McNeight served as President of Modus Operandi from 2012-2017. During his tenure he drew upon his entrepreneurial and leadership experience of high-tech companies to lead Modus Operandi to the forefront of the government and military software technology market. Mr. McNeight has been serving as a Modus Operandi board member since 2007.
Previously he was president of Federal Systems LLC and was the founder of Paravant Computer Systems in 1982. Mr. McNeight led Paravant through its successful initial public offering in 1996 and its acquisition by DRS Technologies in 2002. He subsequently served as president of DRS Tactical Systems, significantly growing the business and establishing DRS as the worldwide leader in design and production of rugged portable computers for military systems.
Mr. McNeight holds a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in computer information and control engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served on numerous business, education and charitable boards, including the Florida Institute of Technology board of trustees, Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) Board, the Astronaut Memorial Foundation (AMF) Board, the Brevard County Workforce Development Board and the Space Coast Early Intervention Center Board.
James W. Thomas
James W. Thomas is EVP of Rivian Automotive Mr. Thomas is also the founder of Coastal Dominion Capital, LLC, an early stage investment firm. Previously, he was the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of MapQuest.com, where he helped lead the transition from a traditional service company to the market-leading Internet mapping company. He managed MapQuest’s initial public offering and subsequent sale to AOL. Prior to MapQuest, he was division president for Sierra Online’s largest division in charge of the company’s major branded products.
He has a B.S. in mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the board of trustees of Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Anthony Catanese
Dr. Anthony Catanese is the president of Florida Institute of Technology and former president of Florida Atlantic University. A graduate of Rutgers University, Dr. Catanese earned a degree in city and regional planning. He holds a master’s in urban planning degree from New York University, a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin, and was a Senior Fulbright Professor in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Catanese is the founding president of the Florida State University Presidents Association and has served as president or chairman of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities; Florida Campus Compact; and Atlantic Sun Athletics Conference. He has served on several boards, including National Collegiate Athletics Association, Orange Bowl Committee, AvMed (South Florida) and Wachovia Bank (Florida). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Chief Executive Leadership Award of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (2001), and is author of 13 books and over 65 journal articles.
William R. Craven
William Craven is currently Chairman of the Board at Federal Systems, LLC, which invests in defense and intelligence-related companies. Mr. Craven has more than 25 years of experience in executive and C-level management positions in military and government-related companies. As founder/CEO of Overwatch Systems, Craven successfully built the company through a series of acquisitions. The company was sold to Textron (TXT: NYSE) in 2006. Prior to Overwatch, Craven was CEO of Paravant, a public company (PVAT:NASDAQ) serving the defense community with rugged and high speed computing solutions. Paravant was sold to DRS Technologies (DRS: NYSE) in 2002. Prior to Paravant, Craven was president of the Seiko Mead Company, a joint venture between the Mead Corp. of Dayton, Ohio, and the Seiko Group of Japan. Craven has also served on a variety of boards of public, private, and non-profit organizations. He has a bachelor’s of science in physics from Birmingham-Southern College and completed an executive MBA program at Rutgers University.