Leadership

Experience, Knowledge and Insight

Pragmatics is led by a group of innovative technology and management professionals with decades of proven experience leading high-profile IT projects in support of federal agencies’ complex and demanding missions. Our leadership operational philosophy is simple: empower our talented team with the skills, technology and processes needed to achieve client missions on time and on budget. As a result, we design and deliver quality solutions that optimize business outcomes and empower our clients to attain success.


Dr. Long Nguyen, CEO and Founder:

Building a Lifelong Legacy of Excellence in Industry and Academia

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Dr. Long Nguyen is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pragmatics, Inc. He established Pragmatics in 1985 and is a lifelong technology innovator. Prior to founding Pragmatics, Dr. Nguyen had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown University and other universities. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at North Carolina State University; his master’s degree, also in physics, at the University of Virginia; and his doctorate in computer science at Iowa State University.

An active member of the community, Dr. Nguyen is a past member of George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees of the Academy for Government Accountability. He established relief funds for the earthquakes in Nepal, Philippines typhoon, the Oklahoma tornadoes and storms, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11 victims. He contributed substantially to the Smithsonian Vietnamese American Heritage Endowment. Dr. Nguyen also served as a member of the Transition Committee for Virginia’s Governor-Elect in 2005. He has created endowments at both GMU and Iowa State University in honor of his past academic advisors. In 2007, he established the Lanh and Oanh Nguyen (his parents) Endowed Chair in Software Engineering at Iowa State University. In 2009, Dr. Nguyen made a donation to GMU to underscore his commitment to the University, education and northern Virginia.

His awards include the 2010 Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Greater Washington in the IT Services category, 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2008 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, 2007 Corporate Leader from The Center for Multicultural Human Services, 2006 Leadership Award from the International Leadership Foundation, 2005 Federal 100 Awardee, a 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Diversity Advisory Board of GMU, and a 2004 Citation of Merit from Iowa State University. For many years, he was on the Gold Sea List of 100 Top Asian Entrepreneurs.


Kimmy Duong, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer:

Supporting Accountability and Sustained Growth to Attain Mid-Tier Market Leadership Position

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Kimmy Duong joined Pragmatics in 1987, following a successful 25-year career at IBM. She serves as Pragmatics’ Vice Chairman, as well as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she is responsible for all corporate support functions, including accounting, finance, budgeting, treasury, human resources, risk management, contracts, purchasing, and compliance. She also provides oversight for corporate tax functions.

Ms. Duong began her career at IBM-Vietnam as a programmer/analyst and installed several financial systems, including a state-of-the-art accounting system for a large electronics firm. She received several awards for excellent technical achievement. Ms. Duong rejoined IBM in the United States in 1975 and led a number of projects, including the conversion of one of IBM’s key internal administrative databases. She again received several technical achievement awards for her innovative ideas and dedication to successful task completion.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Saigon. In 2008, Ms. Duong was selected as one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2009.


Joe B. Brock, Jr., Chief Operating Officer:

Champion of Pragmatics’ Hallmark Operational Excellence and Best-in-Class Client Satisfaction

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As Pragmatics Chief Operating Officer, Joe Brock plays a critical role in delivering high-quality products and services and effective operational performance on a leading portfolio of federal government contracts. He leverages the company’s performance excellence and best practices to increase organic growth.

Mr. Brock joined Pragmatics in 2001 as Director of Operations for the company’s IT Services Division. He has held increasingly responsible positions since that time; his most recent role was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Pragmatics’ Federal Civilian Division, which focuses on delivering innovative IT services and solutions to U.S. federal civilian agencies.

Before joining Pragmatics, Mr. Brock was a Vice President at L-3 Communications and a Senior Manager at Titan Systems Corporation. Prior to that, he held several federal government positions involving the management of IT programs for the U.S. Army and Defense Information Systems Agency.

After completing his service with the Army, Mr. Brock graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He holds a master’s degree in engineering management from The George Washington University. Mr. Brock is an ACT/IAC Fellow, class of 2006; served as the Industry Vice Chair for the 2009 ACT/IAC Partners Class; and was the Industry Chair for the 2010 ACT/IAC Partners Class.


Mr. Richard Silver, Chief Business Development Officer:

Architect of Pragmatics’ Market Expansion to Mid-Market Prominence

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Mr. Richard Silver is Pragmatics’ Chief Business Development Officer. In this role, he leads business development, encompassing capture, proposal development, and market research.

Prior to joining Pragmatics, Mr. Silver served as Strategic Capture and Proposal Manager and Managing Partner at Aperture Growth Strategies. His expertise includes managing and leading major proposal efforts, building and maintaining multi-billion-dollar pipelines of federal opportunities, and working with existing and potential customers to determine requirements and develop solutions. His experience also includes market research and analysis, account strategy, and budget trend and spending analysis.

Mr. Silver holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


Dennis Lauer, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Vice President:

Bringing Leadership and Innovation to Operational Performance and Client Satisfaction

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As Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Dennis Lauer works across all Pragmatics delivery areas. He plays a critical role in achieving strategic objectives, applying the expertise and insights he gained during more than 30 years of experience in the federal government. He also supports the company’s expansion through new opportunities.

Mr. Lauer was a senior manager at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for many years, holding increasingly responsible positions requiring organizational leadership and development. His final role with USAID was Deputy Chief Information Officer (D/CIO), where he was responsible for strategic planning, enterprise systems architecture, budget and portfolio management, systems development, and infrastructure.

Following his time with USAID, he was CIO and Chief Privacy Officer for Millennium Challenge Corporation and most recently was Vice President of Management and Administration and CIO for Overseas Private Investment Corporation.


Michael Yocom, Senior Vice President and General Manager:

Leader of Strategic Support for DoD and Intelligence Community Programs

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Mike Yocom serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager. In that role, he leads the development of the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division, which focuses on consulting, systems development, and information technology infrastructure operations in the defense and intelligence community.

Mr. Yocom has extensive experience in program execution and customer satisfaction for systems integration and consulting projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), including the Army, Navy, and Defense Information Systems Agency. He also has experience with, and knowledge of, the Army and DoD information infrastructure and has provided support for the National Guard.

Prior to joining Pragmatics, Mr. Yocom was a Vice President for SRA International, Inc. He previously held contract implementation and systems integration and management positions at FC Business Systems and the Federal Systems Division of IBM. Mr. Yocom served in the Army for 24 years, specializing in telecommunications management and data processing and retiring at the rank of colonel. In his final assignment, he served as deputy chief of staff for operations and plans at 7th Signal Command, where he developed the first centralized Army-wide network and systems management center and consolidated mainframe data processing across the Army.

Mr. Yocom is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Association of the United States Army.


Michael Froelich, Vice President and Deputy General Manager:

Leader in Optimizing Effectiveness and Efficiency of Services to Civilian Agencies

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Michael Froelich is Vice President and Deputy General Manager in the Pragmatics Federal Civilian Division. He supports the oversight and direction of IT service delivery for clients including the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, State, and Treasury, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mr. Froelich joined Pragmatics from Acumen Solutions, Inc., where he held the position of Director and Business Unit Lead and was responsible for the creation and strong growth of the company’s Midwest consulting practice. He previously held management positions with Guident Technologies, Inc., SRA International, Inc., and BAE Systems, where he led business development initiatives and strategic planning efforts and provided technical advisory services for a number of civilian agencies and commercial clients.

As Vice President and Deputy General Manager, Mr. Froelich uses his expertise in client and project management to drive business growth while optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the services Pragmatics delivers to clients.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College, where he majored in economics and business administration.


Sean Cohan, Vice President, Technology Solutions Group:

Software Expert Leading Strategic Technical Support for Clients

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Sean Cohan is the Vice President of Pragmatics’ Technology Solutions Group (TSG). In this role, he provides oversight and direction for Pragmatics’ corporate subject matter experts and the delivery of consulting services across the company and in support of clients.

Mr. Cohan joined Pragmatics in 2004 as a software architect for the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES) project. Since that time, he has led numerous initiatives that resulted in the improved delivery of software solutions and contributed to Pragmatics’ growth. His expertise in software development was instrumental in Pragmatics’ attainment of CMMI® Maturity Level 5, as well as in the development of Pragmatic Agility®, the company’s proprietary methodology which combines agile development with CMMI Level 5 practices.

Prior to joining Pragmatics, Mr. Cohan served as a technical consultant for companies such as Texas Instruments, SITEL Technology Services, and NASD Regulations, Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University.


Dr. Ben Nguyen, Chief Medical Informatics Officer:

Leading Corporate Initiatives in Healthcare and Health IT

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Dr. Ben Nguyen works with Pragmatics’ leadership team to develop strategies and innovative solutions to advance health information and deep learning technologies. As current data volumes increase, Dr. Nguyen is focused on improving our ability to access better insights in a meaningful way. Through his experience as a practicing physician, he understands the importance of data-driven patient care, the challenges of technology/EHR adoption, and the need to improve quality metrics for outcomes and patient satisfaction. He actively represents Pragmatics in relationships with academic institutions, professional societies, and government clients.
Dr. Nguyen has participated as a member of the Pragmatics executive team for many years. He has been involved in the strong growth of the company since its inception in 1985. He also serves as Pragmatics’ Ethics Officer. He is board-certified in both clinical informatics and neurosurgery, and holds a bachelors and a medical degree from Harvard University.


Yihong Sun, Vice President of Finance:

Providing Financial Leadership and Strategic Insight to Drive Growth

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Yihong Sun joined Pragmatics in November 2011 as Corporate Controller and assumed the role of Vice President of Finance in 2014. Ms. Sun holds responsibility for all corporate accounting and finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, management reporting, taxes, and audits.

Ms. Sun has in-depth experience in leading the corporate accounting and finance functions of growth-oriented technology companies. Prior to joining Pragmatics, she was the Corporate Controller for Paradigm Holdings, a publicly-traded information technology provider acquired by CACI. Prior to that, she was the Director of Financial Reporting for SI International, a publicly traded provider of IT and network solutions. While at SI International, Ms. Sun directed accounting and financial reporting functions during a period when nine acquisitions were integrated into the company and annual revenue grew from $100 million to nearly $600 million.

Ms. Sun is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peking University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Toledo.