Mike Zarou is the founder of Z-TECH Solutions, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). He is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with over 35 years of experience in acquisitions, contract management, and program management. While on active duty, he served as a weapons officer and shipboard engineer. He subsequently evolved his expertise and served the remainder of his naval career as a supply officer. In this capacity, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School and obtained a Master’s degree in Acquisition and Contract Management. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the F-14 Program Office as the Business Financial Manager responsible for a $3 billion budget for two and a half years and involving seven appropriations.
Mr. Zarou successfully obtained funding in managing the program, promoting the F-14 budget at the Navy Comptroller and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Comptroller levels, and to the House and Senate Appropriations/Authorization committee staffers. He was then assigned to the Joint Strike Fighter team as a contract specialist managing over 45 contracts. In this capacity, he participated in and led numerous multi-million dollar acquisitions with some as large as $2B. He participated in these functions from the requirements development through source selection, contract award, contract execution and contract closeout. His tour in contracts culminated with a DAWIA level III certification and an unlimited warrant as a contracting officer at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As a NAVAIR contracting officer, he was assigned to negotiate and resolve requests for equitable adjustment and protests.
Eighteen years ago, Mr. Zarou retired from the Navy and began a very successful career in the federal contracting Industry. He worked as Contracts Manager with S3I which was acquired by SM&A and ultimately acquired by L-3 Communications. In this capacity, he served as the Vice President, Business Operations and Contracts. He managed a staff of over twenty five contract and program specialists, and IT, human resources, accounting, security, and facilities professionals. Mr. Zarou then transitioned to FC Business Systems (FCBS) as the VP of Contracts.
At FCBS he managed a staff of four contracts administrators for a four-year period until the company was acquired by General Dynamics. He continued to serve as the Contracts leader after the merger and then migrated to operations as Director of Navy and Air Force Programs, significantly expanding responsibilities and experience in operations and program management. He managed a $23M portfolio consisting of ten program managers and 150 employees. Mr. Zarou then left GD for a new opportunity with AVIEL Systems, a rapidly growing enterprise, as the VP of Contracts. He established, organized, and managed a staff of five contracting specialists and numerous contracts with multiple federal agencies. The company was acquired by NetStar-1 a year and a half later. He remained with NetStar-1 for an additional three and a half years, facilitating a smooth transition and on-going Contracts leadership of the larger enterprise.
In 2009 Mr. Zarou founded Z-TECH Solutions, LLC. As a SDVOSB, Z-TECH provides cradle-to-grave acquisition and contract management support to federal agencies and the federal contracting industry. In addition, Z-TECH provides budget and other finance-related functions. Z-TECH also provides program management and administrative support services to clients, pulling the best expertise and methodologies for optimal solutions, serving the interests of the United States Government.
Thomas Kraft serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Z-TECH. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight to all areas of the company, including company strategy, operations, corporate services, and business development. Mr. Kraft has more than 25 years of progressively responsible technical and managerial experience in all aspects of strategic growth, portfolio management, information systems development and business strategy.
Mr. Kraft joined the firm in 2016 , bringing more than 25 years of professional experience in IT Services, Business Strategy, and Program Management gained through support to all levels of the federal marketplace. Today, he manages company operations, strategic direction and business development strategies as well as maintaining a client facing role and executive focus to our key clients.
He is a Certified PMI Project Manager (PMP), Certified Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Certified ITIL Service Manager/Expert holding an Executive MBA & Master of Science Degree in Technical Management. Mr. Kraft also serves as an Adjunct college professor teaching in areas of program & business leadership, strategies, and finance.
David Shuping has more than 30 years of executive management experience with a highly successful track record in IT services, including customer relations, business development and service delivery in the federal marketplace. He is currently Chief Operating Officer for Indigo Technology and his prior position was Senior Vice President for Acentia, where he managed a business unit with more than 500 IT professionals generating $95M in annual revenue.
Mr. Shuping began his career as the proprietor of an information technology services firm, which he sold to SAIC in October 1988. After that time, he spent eight years managing SAIC's Network Systems Integration Division, which specialized in integrating custom and commercial-off-the-shelf software, hardware and network services. Mr. Shuping has substantial technical expertise in a number of IT areas, including software development and enterprise architecture. He was awarded three U.S. patents for web browsing technology from 2001 through 2009.
Mr. Shuping holds a Master of Science degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems from James Madison University.
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