Harley Flack, Chairman
Harley Flack is a dynamic and mindful thought leader and operator. Harley has been deemed an innovator in strategy, process improvement, acquisitions, ethics, networking, financing and capital strategies. As a founding partner of an active Private Equity Investor with assets in multiple vertical segments around the country and total net revenues of more than two hundred fifty million dollars raising more than four hundred million dollars for both operations and mergers and acquisitions. Harley works as the Executive Operating partner for the investment portfolio. Harley is a subject matter expert in organizational development, government strategies, procurement strategies, sourcing, change methodologies, green business solutions, strategic planning and business tactical initiatives. “The most important aspect of business is understanding the client,” says Flack. By evaluating Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for tracking, accountability, and sustainability, Harley develops custom balanced score cards to provide transparency and tracking that strengthen the linkages between government and the private sector.
As Chairman of Pantheon, LLC. Harley Flack studied measures, metrics and overall performance indicators of government and private companies to lead and manage successful growth for over 25 years. Harley has worked with senior leadership of more than 200 Fortune 500 companies to create measureable results in diverse areas over the last twenty five years. He increased the overall revenue of a New York consulting technology firm by six times over a four year period navigating a successful exit with D&B. His support of the spending initiatives for a well-known national senior living organization resulted in saving seven times on a corporate wide technology acquisition for over thirty facilities by developing methods for bundled acquisition of hardware and software along with competitively priced service contracts. This resulted in saving the company over one million dollars to the bottom line.
Harley is an Emeritus member of the Annapolis Symphony Board, serving formerly as the Chairman. He has served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. He is on the Board for CFG bank. Harley attended the University of New England, Howard University and the University of Maryland for Graduate Studies.
Kit Vallhonrat, CFO
Mr. Vallhonrat has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of financial and operational roles. He directs the business operations team and drives the strategic financial function at ARGO, which includes accounting, HR, legal, and recruiting activities. He is responsible for the financial planning, management and performance of the construction and service programs.
Kit has experience as CFO and interim President of smaller construction enterprises in the mid-Atlantic region. He has extensive experience in government contracting and project finance, especially in cost-to-complete or earned revenue management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vallhonrat severed as program manager on multiple government contracts in the technology sector.
Mr. Vallhonrat manages the Naval Academy Crew Alumni group and annual dinner in support of student athletes and alumni of the rowing team. Mr. Vallhonrat holds a BS in General Sciences from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University. Before his career in business, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy and taught Leadership at the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Mark Powell, CEO
Mr. Powell has many years of experience in corporate leadership. He has worked successfully with a wide variety of commercial enterprises and governmental agencies, providing a diversity of services. Several of these customers are: Department of Defense (multiple agencies), Department of Homeland Security, the State of Maryland, Exelon/BGE, and AT&T. Powell, a former United States Marine Corps officer and a Service-Disabled Veteran, was selected by the Maryland Gazette as “One of the Top 25 CEO’s You Need to Know in Maryland.” He was selected in 2013 to participate in AT&T’s national mentoring program, Operation Hand Salute.
Mr. Powell was integral in the founding the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC). The CIC was the first business incubator in the United States focused on the development of new technologies for Homeland Security. He assisted in the founding of the Cyber Center at Anne Arundel Community College, while serving as a board member. Mr. Powell has a MBA with concentrations in Information Systems and Financial Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was selected to be the William F. Holin Scholar. Mr. Powell received a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a past president of the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council, President Ex-Officio of the 21st Century Educational Foundation, and a former chairman of the Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation. Mr. Powell serves on the Foundation Board for the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Jeff Johnson, COO
Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of program and technical management to include construction, environmental, energy, R&D and safety programs. He directs and manages multi-million-dollar engineering and construction contracts for various government clients. As COO, he is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the quality completion of tasks within client cost and schedule constraints. He is experienced with design build and design bid build projects with the Corps of Engineers, NAVFAC, MPO, VA and NIH. He is experienced at working in challenging logistic mission critical construction scenarios and high visible client base. Mr. Johnson has a broad and diverse technical knowledge of construction, environmental systems, mechanical and electrical systems/equipment, and safety. As a board member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Baltimore Post, Mr. Johnson oversees the support of the student posts at the US Naval Academy (USNA) and Morgan State University (MSU). He has organizes the annual Engineer’s Appreciation Dinner honoring engineering graduates of the USNA. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees for the US Naval Academy Athletic Association. Mr. Johnson has a Masters in management and finance from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the surface Navy and R&D laboratory system.
Chuck Kuzma, VP
Mr. Kuzma is a senior executive with over 25 years of successful leadership, capture management and team-building experience in both the government and private sectors. His program, P&L and organizational responsibilities have exceeded thousands of personnel and several hundred million dollars. He is skilled in expanding profitable businesses to new product and client markets; and in turning underachieving businesses into profitable operations. He possesses strong executive-to-executive relationship development skills; and his expertise spans multiple industries and markets including industrial, manufacturing, energy, technology, aerospace, engineering, construction, government, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, operations and consulting. Mr. Kuzma is a 1979 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in Weapons System Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Rick Cook, VP
Mr. Cook leads ARGO’s Construction Management and Commissioning Services Division. While with ARGO, Rick has led commissioning projects across the country for USACE and VA. As division director, he oversees ARGO’s construction management practice on multiple multi million dollar contracts with USACE Fort Worth, USACE Mobile, VA, and Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Mr. Cook is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CFHM) and has over 20 years of facility management, construction, retro-commissioning and enhanced commissioning.
Rick Karabin, VP
Mr. Karabin leads ARGO’s Construction Division, overseeing all at risk work including current projects at NIH, USACE, NASA, FEMA, and NAVFAC. He brings over 27 years of experience working with large and small-scale construction projects for the Federal government. He has led projects in the US and internationally for the GSA, US State Department, USACE, and NAVFAC. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Bill Robey, VP
With over 37 years of experience in design-build, pre-construction services and at-risk construction projects, Mr. Robey leads ARGO’s southeastern construction division, overseeing at risk work including current contracts with VA, USACE and NAVFAC. He is a degreed architect, holds a Class A (unrestricted) General Contractor’s license in the State of Florida, and is a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) under the American Hospital Association’s certification program.
Rickey Haskett, VP
Mr. Haskett has over 30 years of experience in facilities and project management within and support of the Intelligence Community and construction of large mission critical facilities. He has gained the experience and knowledge to be be an expert in drawing review, specifications, quality assurance and system acceptance. While at ARGO, Mr. Haskett has been responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control, and completion of various projects and acted as the client interface throughout each.
ARGO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pantheon, LLC