Eric Johnson, CEO
Johnson is an experienced manufacturing executive with extensive background in the tooling and production of large parts for the automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor equipment companies. He has managed all facets of small manufacturer in the highly competitive northeast market. His company has developed from prototype through high volume production tooling for molded automotive interior floors and door panel programs as well as aircraft and missile composite components. As the regional market changed he realigned his small company into a 5M supplier of precision machined components, meeting the quality and delivery requirements of customers like Varian Semiconductor and Analogic. Johnson started his career with Raytheon after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Brendan Gray, President and COO
Brendan Gray is a versatile and hands on executive with over 20 years senior leadership and management experience in both the private sector (VP Global Operations, Financial Services Technology Company) and the US Navy (COO-Navy Region Europe). Brendan Gray most recently was the Vice President of Operations for Interactive Data Corporation, a global provider of financial market data, analytics and related services to financial institutions, active traders, and individual investors. As VP of Operations, he was responsible for the Company's Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) operations across the globe and operational strategy formulation. As Chief of Staff, for the Chief Operating Officer of IDC, he was responsible for organization alignment, prioritization and cross-functional implementation of all Operations/IT programs and projects. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Brendan served with distinction for thirty years as a Naval Aviator, his last five years as the Deputy Commander and Chief Operating Officer for Navy Region Europe. Captain Gray was responsible for the day-to-day operations, security, and force protection, of the nine Navy bases across five countries in Europe, including the safe and efficient operation of seven ports and six airfields. He deployed the first port security barriers at Navy bases in Europe and he established the first European National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliant Emergency Operations Center. He has extensive experience in forging international partnerships. He organized and led a multi-national, multi-discipline team from 5 countries and 4 major defense contractors that established requirements for and initial design features of the P-8A (new Navy aircraft). He brought international partners onboard resulting in a $10B funded program. Captain Gray directed the successful recapitalization of the Navy's European infrastructure, encompassing $1.5B in construction for four bases in Italy, Greece, and Spain over a six-year period.
Mark L. Hogan, CFO
Mr. Hogan, Chief Financial Officer, has over 30 years of experience in financial and general management. Before joining HALO he served as a consulting CFO with The Brighton Company for seven years. With Brighton he assisted both early stage and established manufacturing and service clients. Prior to that Mr. Hogan was CFO for TPI Composites, a $45-million (sales) manufacturer of composite fiberglass products. He has also held senior management positions at Fountainhead Technologies, The Providence Journal, and Highland American Corporation.
Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and holds memberships in the RI, PA, and
American CPA societies. He earned a BSBA degree with a major in accounting from Georgetown University.
Judson DeCew, CTO
Jud DeCew brings extensive ocean engineering experience to the HALO team, having worked on numerous system from the design and analysis stage through deployment – worldwide. Prior to joining HALO, Mr. DeCew was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire where he focused on dynamic analysis of flexible structures in marine environments and field deployment, experimentation and validation techniques. Projects included design, analysis and field testing of open water fish cages and moorings, shellfish grow-out technologies, fouling-resistant alloys for marine applications, mooring optimization for marine renewable energy devices and others. He also worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he was responsible for research and planning of refit and enhancement modifications of defense and guidance systems for U.S. Navy nuclear submarines.
Jud DeCew received his Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, where his dissertation focused on the dynamics of flexible structures in open ocean environments.