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What does it mean to be “All In”? 

Ardent employees are united by the dedication to a single mission: deliver top-notch solutions to our customers’ most difficult problems.  We out hustle the competition with our drive and competitive nature. We stop at nothing. Putting forth our strongest effort possible to get the mission accomplished enables us to deliver impressive innovations using pioneering technology. A collective service mindset underpins our work, a shared camaraderie to serve clients, colleagues and community sets us apart. A full commitment is to being “All In” is not just our approach, it is our standard.

 

Our Leadership Team

Brandon LaBonte

Brandon LaBonte is a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of Ardent. Prior to his position with Ardent, Brandon held numerous leadership roles in the information technology industry.  He is our leader and demands the best for our clients.  

Brandon’s unique experience includes a broad-based approach to information technology and project management challenges. His approach to technology implementations includes fusing sound project management techniques with exceptional technology professionals leading to outstanding customer results.

Brandon earned his BBA from Texas Tech University.

Sheri LaBonte

Sheri LaBonte is Ardent’s licensed corporate counsel and attorney with a background in federal contracting, information assurance and management consulting. Sheri has 20 years of experience, focused in the areas of federal contracting, quality assurance, Privacy, Information Technology, Policy and Healthcare IT. For ten years prior to joining ArdentMC, she provided direct support as a subject matter expert to the Department of Defense’s Military Health Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Arlington County Government. Ms. LaBonte received her Juris Doctorate (JD) from Texas Tech University School of Law, as well as a BA in Political Science.

Katherine Virdi

Katherine Virdi is the Chief Operating Officer for Ardent. Mrs. Virdi’s career spans the educational, non-profit, commercial, and government contracting sectors. Katherine started her career in operations of a non-profit educational organization then transitioned into federal contracting at Axiom Resource Management supporting DoD.

Prior to Ardent, she held C-level roles at IntelliDyne LLC, and Senior VP of Human Resources and Executive VP of Operations roles at Evolvent Technologies, Inc. Mrs. Virdi is a certified Executive Leadership coach.

Bryan Casey

Bryan Casey is an accomplished business development professional with over 20 years of experience selling information technology services to the Federal Government.  Mr. Casey leads Ardent’s Law Enforcement and Immigration practice supporting accounts at DHS USCIS, USSS, ICE, TSA, and S&T.  Mr. Casey excels at developing and identifying opportunities that align with Ardent’s core technical competencies (Digital Transformation, Location Intelligence, and Data Science and Analytics), establishing a trusted relationship with clients and business partners, and growing Ardent’s business and brand in the marketplace.

Mr. Casey has excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and team management skills, which makes him a highly effective and extremely self-motivated leader and Ardent team member.

Mr. Casey graduated from Radford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies.

Pawan Gyanwali

As Vice President for Digital Transformation, Pawan oversees the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) and is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Ardent’s operations strategy. This office leverages emerging digital technologies to transform systems design, production, and sustainment.

Mr. Gyanwali has over 25 years of leadership experience in technology and information services. Prior to Ardent, served as Senior Director for Engineering for GMAC, Senior Director of Data, Analytics, and Engineering for R.R. Donnelley & Sons.

Josh Rubin

As the Chief Growth Officer, Joshua Rubin, leads Ardent’s corporate growth strategy and execution, integrating cutting-edge technology practices with deep market understanding and mission focus.

For over 15 years, Josh has led business development in the federal civilian and national security sectors. Prior to joining Ardent, Josh held the same position at multiple companies where he successfully achieved aggressive corporate growth, an elevated market presence, and increased enterprise value.

Josh received his B.S. in Business from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Ryan Jennings

Ryan Jennings is Ardent’s Asst. Vice President of Operations.  In his role he supports the coordination and oversight of operational divisions, leading development and implementation to drive operational strategy and special projects with a focus on growth and efficiency.  He originally joined Ardent in 2018 and previously served as Chief of Staff.

Ryan has over 15 years of operational management and leadership experience spanning various industries including the Department of Defense.  He is a wartime veteran having twice been awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal.

Ryan graduated from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Rich Fowler

As Chief Delivery Officer for Ardent, Rich oversees all contract delivery activities to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, standardization of Ardent’s delivery practices across programs, and monitors project financial health. As an accomplished program, technology, and people manager with over 15 years of experience leading cross-functional teams to develop solutions for clients, Rich works with Ardent’s project managers and capability leads to deliver high-quality results for our clients.

Prior to joining Ardent’s leadership team, Rich started as a business analyst with Ardent in 2010 and has held various delivery-oriented positions within the company including managing multiple large value contracts.

Rich graduated from Winthrop University with a BS in business and received his MBA from The Citadel. Additionally, Rich holds PMP, ACP, Safe 5, Scrum Master, and HDI Support Center Manager

Joshua Kolchins

Joshua is a business development executive with over 20 years’ experience in sales, business development and information technology and serves as Ardent’s Vice President of Homeland Security.  Prior to joining Ardent, Josh was the Head of the North America practice for Vision-Box Systems, Inc., a global provider of biometric and identity management technologies for aviation a border control.

Joshua served as a Business Development Executive for CSRA’s Homeland Security Group from 2016 to 2019 covering Federal opportunities across CBP, ICE, I&A FLETC and DHS Cyber.

Prior to joining CSRA, Josh was BD Director and Account Manager for Exelis Information Systems – acquired by Harris Corporation in 2015.

Joshua attended American University and holds a B.A. in History as well as his Master’s Degree in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Affairs. Josh has pursued a certificate in Counterterrorism Studies at the National Defense University.

Jesus Jackson

As Chief Technology Officer of Ardent, Jesus Jackson leads the company’s technology strategy and determine its technology priorities. As an industry thought leader, Jesus brings his robust experience and relationships to build competitive advantage across Ardent’s service offerings in Digital Transformation, Location Intelligence, and Data Analytics in the Federal market.

Prior to Ardent, Jesus was formerly the Vice President for Engineering at CollabraLink Technologies, where he led 200 word class engineers to solve technical challenges across the Federal sector in cloud computing and DevSecOps. Before his role at CollabraLink, Jesus was the Senior Director, Technology & Head of EGT Labs for EGlobalTech and led the cloud and data science practice within the Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Jesus has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

It begins with an idea.

Brandon LaBonte, President & CEO

“Many professional services firms focus on doing one thing at the expense of the lifecycle. That, combined with the ‘staffing’ model of so many contractors does not deliver for customers. Our tactic is to deliver excellence in the combined skills needed to deliver successful systems from thought to finish.”