James C. Ballard - Director
As the Chairman of CMEP company Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. ("PSS"), Mr. Ballard oversees and supports all facets of the PSS organization and sets the strategic direction of the company. Mr. Ballard previously served as President, PSS Federal Services Group after his company, Global Services & Solutions, Inc. ("GSS"), was acquired by PSS in 2014. GSS’ specialties included program management, continuity of operations, and acquisition support services for the Federal Government. Mr. Ballard also serves as a Director of CMEP companies Citizant, Inc. and A-TEK, Inc.
Prior to founding GSS, Mr. Ballard served as President of Perot Systems Government Services ("PSGS") and was responsible for strategy, management, operations, and business development. Under his leadership, PSGS grew from $57M to $650M in annual revenues.
Mr. Ballard also had a successful Naval career as an Engineering Duty Officer, Submarines, managing a diverse workforce of Civilian and Military personnel. He held both leadership and command roles in Naval shipyards, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Program Executive Office ("PEO") Submarines. Mr. Ballard earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of Executive Development Programs at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and at the Harvard Business School.