Meet Our Leadership
Chris Berry – President
Chris holds a Bachelor’s 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. In 1998, Chris left TRW to join Impact Science & Technology (IST) and shortly after founded a new IST office in Annapolis Junction, Maryland focused on signal processing and analysis systems. Chris was instrumental in growing IST to a 200+ employee company that generated over $60M in annual revenue by 2006.
In 2006, IST was acquired by EDO and Chris was selected to lead the EVI Technology subsidiary of EDO. 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 to co-found Visionist, Inc. Chris brings to Visionist both deep knowledge of the defense industry and unwavering dedication to his employees.
Brian Lehman – Vice President
Brian has a Bachelor’s 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.
In 1998, he joined Impact Science & Technology (IST) as a senior engineer. Brian departed IST in 2000, spending two years at Sarnoff Corporation in their media and video group where Brian developed real-time software to georegister UAV video. In mid-2002, he returned to IST, where he later became the Lead Architect for an effort to modernize signal processing and analysis tools and eventually 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. He currently enjoys his unique position of being both technical and business oriented, leading both his Analytic group and Visionist.
Jim Orndorff – Vice President of Strategy
Jim has over 25 years’ experience delivering management and technical expertise to a wide range of DoD and Intelligence customers. At Visionist, Jim is responsible for the company’s long-term vision, growth and operational maturity as the company transitions from a small business to a major player in the analytics market.
Prior to Visionist, Jim was the VP/General Manager for Serco’s National Security Services Business Unit where he was responsible for program management and technical services throughout the IC and Department of Defense. Prior to Serco, Mr. Orndorff was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for SAIC’s cyber and intelligence business areas.
Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Central Maryland Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).