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The founder of Drodex, Patrick Taylor, has an extensive and impressive background in government contract financial management.
After graduating from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, he became a licensed CPA. Prior to working in the government contracting arena, he gained a strong foundation in public accounting working for the State of Tennessee as a state auditor and for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (currently KPMG).
As his career progressed, he held the position of cost accounting manager at Teledyne Brown Engineering. In this capacity Pat implemented numerous new technology and process enhancements increasing the financial management transparency and efficiency.
With this proven track record, he later joined Applied Research Incorporated (ARI) as controller where he was responsible for all aspects of government contract accounting, reporting, and preparing cost proposals. When ARI was acquired by SAIC, Pat felt it was a good time to expand his own professional horizons leaving ARI to join System Dynamics International Incorporated as controller. Here he continued to streamline processes and improve standards leading to being named CFO.
With decades of successful management behind him and a deep understanding of government contractual accounting, he was confident that he could provide a much-needed service to the government contract arena by utilizing his skills and expertise in his own company starting Drodex in 2012. As Drodex continues to grow, like the company name implies, Taylor is strongly committed to driving excellence and has formed a dynamic, innovative team dedicated to providing superior results and unprecedented customer service.
Having served successfully in every capacity of operations, Robert Martin brings a high level of leadership to Drodex as Director of Operations. With several decades of industry experience, he has worked successfully with executive, technical, and senior-level industry and government officials across the federal civilian sector, Department of Defense, State and local governments, as well as commercial industries. Robert’s experience makes him well-qualified to manage the day-to-day operations of Drodex-- his biggest strength, however, lies in the development and implementation of growth initiatives that will assure the future of the company and the success of Drodex customers.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, Robert started his career as Vice President of Contracts, Information Technology Group for PRC, Inc. (later Northrop Grumman IT). He continued to hold leadership roles in technology as Vice President and CIO for DigitalNet (formerly Getronics and Wang). He was Director of Strategic Initiatives for SRA International leading the development of the strategic plan for the $250M defense sector. His broad experience includes being a vice president at American Systems Corporation where he led identity management and assurance. Here Robert established the Systems Center of Excellence and integration lab including managing integration and inter-operability testing with several Department of Defense enterprise systems. In addition, he has been the founder or cofounder of several successful business enterprises performing in every capacity of operations.
Immediately prior to joining Drodex, Robert was the company co-founder of Aveshka, Inc., bringing the company from start-up to $50M revenue operation in ten years. While at Aveshka, Robert led the development of the strategic plan and implementation, performed capture management of strategic programs, account plan and proposal development, compliance, sales strategies and pricing.
Although his background and experience is broad and multi-faceted with proven success in every area of business, his strategic vision for Drodex is direct and clear—focus on our people and our customers to get results where everyone wins.
Robert M. Martin
As a professional business developer, Doug Haynes brings a diverse background to Drodex, including over 20 years in business development for Federal Government, IT, healthcare, banking, and transportation industries. In his role as Director of Business Development at Drodex, Doug is responsible for identifying business opportunities by building long-term relationships with business leaders, as well as helping the companies become an integral part of the community.
A military veteran, Doug is proud to have served his country as a United States Coast Guardsman during the Vietnam war. His military experience is one of the reasons why his civilian professional service focused in part on defense. This includes being the co-founder of a defense contractor offering expertise in services and engineering to multiple agencies in the Department of Defense. In addition, he successfully assisted Tier-1 and Tier-2 automotive suppliers into diversifying their customer base to include NASA and Department of Defense clients both in areas of electronic components and one-off parts/prototypes.
His broad range of expertise demonstrates a level of agility in almost any industry. Some of his areas of experience include being the Regional Sales Manager for a nationally known transportation solutions provider and sales representative for local and national information technology providers. Prior to joining Drodex, Doug was CEO/President of a software development company in Huntsville. Some of his most notable accomplishments include reviving a small IT company and converting it into a thriving employee-owned company and building three start-up companies to include one that recently sold for $83M.
Doug takes great pride in being a native Alabamian and works tirelessly to promote the Tennessee Valley area. He is active in the Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and the Huntsville Aerospace Marketing Association. Based on what may have started with his military roots, this commitment to service demonstrates his dedication to providing unprecedented service to his country, his clients, and his community.
Bringing 20 years of dedicated professional experience, Joanna Jackson joined Drodex almost ten years ago as an accountant to guide the company’s financial operations while in the start-up phase to present day.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Auburn University, Joanna held her first leadership role with System Dynamics International, Inc. (SDI) in Huntsville as controller. There she gained considerable experience preparing monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial statements for the Board of Directors. Among many other duties, Joanna completed paperwork for State, local and Federal licenses, and company registrations. She was also responsible for ISO 9001 certification and performed all duties of a compliance officer.
Her career progressed working as an accountant for Optimal Geo, Inc. where she performed all aspects of accounting, contract administration, and purchasing. With a deep understanding of FAR, DFAR, CAM and other supplemental regulations, she also managed payroll for 120 employees, accounts receivable, purchasing, and general ledger. As her role expanded and she continued to demonstrate outstanding performance, she was promoted to controller with Optimal Geo in 2020.
While working simultaneously for Optimal Geo, Joanna began working for Drodex as a part-time accountant when the company was in the start-up phase. She prepared all set-up and implementation of the start-up company preparing all operational policies and procedures. Joanna collaborates directly with Army Contracting Command to order, track and confirm delivery for equipment. She also manages all submission of invoices to NASA. She also manages accounts payable and contract administration, budgets and forecasting for the company.
As Drodex continued to grow and the need for her professional skills intensified, Joanna became a full-time employee with Drodex as the company’s controller in 2022.
Dell Brown, one of the newer members of the Drodex leadership team, is responsible for leading the daily operation of human resources programs including, talent acquisition, employee relations, managerial counseling regarding human resource management practices, payroll support, compensation and benefits administration, and human resources information management.
Dell has a master’s in business administration with a focus on Human Resources from Strayer University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southern Adventist University. With a decade of Human Resources leadership, she has been integral in growing the company through talent acquisition, strategic level planning and implementation, her background includes working in human resources for Onyx Aerospace in Huntsville, AL and Optimal GEO in Athens, AL. In addition, she has broad business experience having worked for Verizon Wireless as a Global Enterprise Advisor, managed multiple large-scale GCO projects and managed premier customer contact under State and local government guidelines.
Dell is a member of the North Alabama Society for Human Resource Management and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She also is an active member of the Catalyst Center of Business and Entrepreneurship. She has received multiple professional awards including the Boost the Business National CS Incentive, the Counting on YOU Award and the National Equipment Challenge.
As Drodex grows, Dell plans to continue to develop recruiting and talent acquisition as well as create, implement, and maintain innovative programs, procedures, and policies. Her strength is in strategic development where she is excited to be part of Drodex as it continues to grow.