Drodex was incorporated on March 20, 2012 as an Alabama Corporation.
Patrick Taylor - CEO
Patrick A. Taylor is the founder and majority stockholder in the company. On February 18, 2015 Drodex was notified that it has been certified to participate in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. The company is eligible to participate in this program until 2024, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA granted an additional year of eliigibility. The eligibility now expries in 2025.
Since 1988, Mr Taylor has worked with several government contractors in increasingly responsible positions. Starting as a cost accounting manager at Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE), he was responsible for automating the previously manually prepared cost allocations to a spreadsheet format using a personal computer saving hours of manual calculations and improving the accuracy of the computations each month. A few years later he went to work for Applied Research Incorporated (ARI) as controller where he was responsible for all aspects of government contract accounting and reporting. He also became involved in preparing cost proposals. When ARI was in the process of being sold to SAIC, he left and joined System Dynamics International Incorporated (SDI) first as controller and left as CFO to start Drodex.
After graduating from the University of Alabama with a BS in accounting and prior to working in the government contracting arena, he spent time working in public accounting both for the State of Tennessee as a state auditor and for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (which currently is KPMG). He is a licensed CPA.
Ken Lyles - Director of Operations
Ken Lyles has always been a part of successful organizations. Ken was ERC’s Chief Administrative Officer after holding several executive positions with the company during his 20 year employment. While there, ERC grew from a Small Disadvantaged Business to a large company. Ken is pleased to have been a part of the company’s success and growth. He currently remains on the Board of Advisors for ERC. In addition to his executive duties at ERC, he served as a Board member of ERC’s Joint Venture (Aerie Aerospace) with Aetos Systems, Inc. Ken also taught leadership classes for ERC and Aerie management personnel and also acted in the role of Labor official for collectively bargained contracts.
He enjoys contract negotiation both as a prime contractor and as a subcontractor and tries to make the process easy and acceptable for both sides. Ken graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Management. He has held a vast array of administrative and management positions during his career. He has worked as an Auditor for the State of Tennessee, been the lead Project Control Administrator on three multi-million dollar commercial fixed price contracts, served as Vice President of Administration for a very large company, and as Business Manager and Contracts Manager for a company doing business with the Department of Health and Human Services. Ken’s government contracting experience started with the Computer Sciences Corporation in Huntsville and later with SAIC in both Huntsville and Washington D.C. He worked for R.O.W Sciences in Washington D.C., a small business that was later acquired by Federal Data Corporation. Having been employed by both small and large companies during his career, Ken obviously prefers a small company and the growth environment and culture it can provide its employees.
Ken is married to the former Linda Likos of Huntsville and has two children, Christie and Paul. Linda and Ken have 3 grandchildren, Dana, Matt, and Dylan.