Chris Berry, President
Chris holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University, and a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Upon graduation from Bucknell in 1987, Chris spent 9 years working at the National Security Agency as a software developer, systems engineer and project manager. He joined TRW in 1996 as a System Engineer and Program Manager. During his 2-year tenure at TRW, Chris grew his program by 400% by focusing on his customer’s needs and consistenly delivering results.
In 1998, Chris joined Impact Science & Technology (IST), an engineering company with 15 employees headquarted in Nashua, NH. Shortly afterwards, Chris founded a new IST office in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. IST Maryland focused on developing signal processing and analysis systems. Chris was instrumental in growing IST to a 200+ employee company, providing engineering services and products that generated over $60M in annual revenue by 2006.
IST was acquired by EDO Corporation in 2006 (and subsequently, EDO was acquired by ITT Corporation in 2007.) After the first acquisition, Chris was selected to lead the EVI Technology subsidiary of EDO. EVI Technology provided specialized microelectronics packaging and embedded software development solutions to US Government customers. Under Chris’s leadership, EVI grew by over 20% annually (from 150 to 225 employees, and from $36M to $65M in annual revenue over 3 years.)
In 2010, Chris departed ITT Corporation. After taking time off to spend with his family, he co-founded Visionist, Inc. Chris brings to Visionist both deep knowledge of the defense industry and unwavering dedication to his employees.
Brian Lehman, Vice President
Brian earned a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Brian started his career at HRB Systems as a Systems Engineer, but quickly found his passion in Software Engineering, specifically user interface and signal processing development. At QuesTech and TRW Brian developed interactive scientific visualization applications, pushing the technology envelope. He created his own 3D rendering library and was an early adopter of mulit-threaded OpenGL.
He joined Impact Science & Technology, Inc. in 1998 as a senior engineer. Brian departed Impact Science & Technology in 2000, spending two years at Sarnoff Corporation in their media and video group. Brian developed real-time software to georegister UAV video. In mid-2002, he returned to IST, created his own Java OpenGL binding and later participated in the Java Community Process Expert Group to define the standard for Java OpenGL binding (JSR-231). Brian later became the Lead Architect for an effort to modernize signal processing and analysis tools.
In 2007, Brian became the Director and Site Manager of ITT Corporation's Annapolis Junction site (formerly IST Maryland).
Brian left ITT in 2010, and joined Chris Berry to co-found Visionist. He brings an intense focus on creating/growing a Visionist team with both strong technical aptitude and cohesive ideology. In 2011, Brian renewed his technical interests by developing Big Data Map Reduce analytics. He currently enjoys his unique position of being both technical and business oriented, leading both his Analytic group and Visionist.
Jim Orndorff, Vice President for Strategy
Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Following graduation, Jim worked as an engineer for AAI Corporation on the B52 bomber and then at Stanford Telecommunications as a communication engineer designing the Space Station Freedom. In 1990, Jim joined the Columbia office of Signal Science, a small company specializing in the development of advanced Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) analysis platforms. While at Signal Science, he was awarded a patent in ultrasonic frequency expansion processing, and in 1993, the company was purchased by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
At SAIC, Jim was a key member of the Cyber and Intelligence business, helping the organization grow from 50 to 2400 employees over a 20 year career. He eventually became the business unit’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) where he provided technical leadership as SAIC became a market leader in the development of advanced cyber and SIGINT systems. Throughout his SAIC career, Jim successfully led major developmental efforts for mission critical programs involving intelligence, homeland security and national defense.
In 2013, Jim departed SAIC to lead Serco’s National Security Services business where he ran an organization with over 600 employees. In 2015, Jim left Serco to return to his passion for delivering world-class data analytics and visualizations with his long-time friends at Visionist. At Visionist, he is focused on finding new and exciting work for engineers and helping drive smart growth.