Chief Operating Officer and President
In February 2008, Jim Fetters was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Previstar, Inc. Mr. Fetters is a member of the Previstar Board of Directors. Jim brings more than 25 years of enterprise-focused experience leading high technology teams to profitability and market growth.
Prior to being appointed to his new position in February 2008, Mr. Fetters was Vice President, Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Previstar. He was instrumental in the launch of Previstar Continual Preparedness System. Mr. Fetters joined Previstar after a career at UNISYS Corporation and its predecessor companies where he held executive leadership positions in multiple markets and geographies.
Chief Technology Officer
Himadri Banerjee is the Chief Architect for Previstar and Vice President of Product Development. Previously, he worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Banerjee received his bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he received an award for merit from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for his excellent service with the University. Banerjee is also a part-time faculty member with the Knoxville College Computer Science Department in Knoxville, TN.
Joe Gordon is Vice President of Previstar where he focuses on corporate strategy and ensuring the Previstar suite of products and capabilities continue to meet the needs of the disaster management community. Joe has worked at Previstar since 2001 and has led numerous leadership roles in both sales and marketing. Additionally, Joe has been deployed during live incidents to help coordinate Previstar implementation efforts including Polk County, Florida, which was devastated by three hurricanes during the 2004 hurricane season, and also to New Orleans, Louisiana to assist the city with post Katrina response and recovery efforts.
Joe Gordon has a BS in Marketing with a minor in Communications from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Vice President, Federal Programs
Mr. Josko is a twenty-five year veteran of the Public Sector and Homeland Security software industry. Mr. Josko leads Previstar's federal practice as Vice President, Federal Programs.
Before joining Previstar, Mr. Josko was the Northeast Regional Vice President for Roam Secure, Inc, Arlington, VA. Prior to Roam Secure, Mr. Josko was President/Owner of Government Technologies Group (GTG), a small New Jersey based business, which he founded in 1992, focused on selling software, integration, mobility, and interoperability solutions for public safety agencies.
Mr. Josko started his career with IBM Corporation, where he was a Public Sector Government Sales Representative/Specialist. His career highlights include authoring a $2.7m COPS-MORE Grant, which led to software deployment of integrating 150 multi-jurisdictional public safety agencies in Burlington County, New Jersey, and being recognized as an industry leader and subject matter expert in the Public Sector software industry for over two decades.
E. Rogers Novak, Jr.
Co-Founder, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Roger Novak brings over 25 years of experience as a venture capitalist, "angel" investor, and operating principal. Novak Biddle Venture Partners is a premier early stage venture capital firm backed by some of the country's most prestigious investors. Prior to co-founding NBVP, Roger was a private investor. In 1984, he was co-founder and three-fund general partner of Grotech Partners, where he was principally focused on information technology, with two of his investments, Verity and Secure Computing, among the top 10 performing IPOs of 1995. Earlier in his career Roger led the investment banking effort at Baker, Watts & Co., where he served on the firm's executive committee.
During his career, Roger has served on many public, private and civic boards. Currently, he serves on the boards of Blackboard, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) where he is lead director, 4GL School Solutions, Trusted Computer Solutions, MAP ROI Systems Inc. and CounterStorm Government. He also serves on the advisory boards of several venture fund of funds. He is a trustee of The Walters Art Museum and serves a spokesperson for the National Venture Capital Association.
In 2000, Roger was named to the State of Virginia's Joint Commission on Science and Technology, where he served on an advisory committee to examine the digital divide, as well as telecommunications, workforce shortages, and education issues. He also served as a member of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government's project to examine the funding gap between innovation and commercialization.
In March 2001, Roger participated in President Bush's High Technology Summit at the White House. The summit was a forum of the nation's top business and technology executives, who discussed strategies for a national technology agenda.
A frequent speaker on venture capital, risk and innovation issues, Roger has spoken before the National Institute of Science and Technology, the World Bank/IFC, DARPA, and many other institutions. He has also advised members of Congress and government agencies, about ways the public and private sector can work together to improve the nation's high-tech economy. A frequent contributor to the local and national media on technology and investment issues, Roger has appeared on The McNeil Lehrer Newshour, CNN, CNNfN, Wall Street Week and other programs.
Dr. Alf L. Andreassen
Paladin Capital Management
Dr. Andreassen is a Managing Director and Member of the Homeland Security Fund Investment Committee and is focused on the development and implementation of new investment opportunities for Paladin's Homeland Security Fund.
Andreassen has a record of years of distinguished service in the public and private sectors. During his years of government service, his private career and his service on corporate boards, Andreassen has concentrated on the realization of the potential of innovative technology and on the structural and managerial elements necessary to bring good ideas to practical applications. During the last ten years, he has served on the boards of directors of seven companies, almost all of which have involved high technology to advance security and provide other benefits to their customers.
He was a founding member of AT&T Solutions, one of the fastest growing professional service organizations of its kind. As Technical Advisor for Naval Warfare, and as a result of his service with the Science Advisor to the President, and with the Bell Laboratories, Andreassen has been identified with promoting technological innovation in the area of national security. For example, at the Bell Laboratories and at AT&T, he had responsibilities for AT&T's support of classified national programs in the areas of Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. Andreassen received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Materials Science, also at Cornell.
Co-Founder, RAMSAFE Technologies
Managing Partner, Gordon Consulting Group, LLP
Howard Gordon is co-founder of RAMSAFE Technologies, the foundation company for Previstar.
Gordon saw the need for Homeland Security before 9/11, and guided the company to become the exclusive licensee of RAMSAFE emergency response software owned by the Department of Energy under a technology transfer program of Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Gordon has been personally involved with both the business and substantive aspects of RAMSAFE, including raising capital, expanding the executive management team, assisting in sales and product development and deployment, and helping to form critical business partnerships and industry relationships.
Previously, Gordon founded and was CEO of his own real estate sales, development and construction firm, which built hundreds of single family residences and apartments. He was also a practicing lawyer, with a focus on large business law clients, one of whom is one of the nation’s largest liquidators for US Bankruptcy trustees.
Gordon holds a B.A. from University of Connecticut and a J.D. (Deans List Graduate) from University of Connecticut School of Law. Today, he provides consulting advice to several select emerging companies in the homeland security industry whose products or services are synergistic to Previstar software.