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ERP International is commemorating its tenth year as a comprehensive science and technology solutions provider to federal agencies, providing mission services in the areas of health, national security, and defense.

In 2006, husband-and-wife team Melvin and Sandra Petty cofounded ERP with two primary objectives, to provide for their family and to solve complex business and government challenges. The team recognized the value of serving as a trustworthy partner and steward who provides counsel and thought leadership based on their real-world practical experience. The founders sought to improve their customers’ mission performance through the use of quantitatively managed processes and innovation to deliver maximized return on investment (ROI) outcomes and customer satisfaction. This successful approach resulted in a cost conscious and competitively priced partner delivering comprehensive solutions through people-focused practices. Their two-person family affair has since grown into a company of more than 450 employees across 40 satellite offices. Each and every member of the ERP team aids the company’s efforts to deliver superlative solutions, which has led to more than 300 successfully executed Federal contracts principally in highly secure and mission essential environments.

Currently, ERP supports 370 Air Force sites worldwide, and our health IT solutions affect every single member of the Air Force and Air National Guard. ERP has provided more than $3 million of annual savings to the Defense Health Agency since 2015, as well as clinical support to 360 federal organizations and 1.8 million federal workers. ERP also supports 55 U.S. Army military hospitals and 343 clinics, plus more than 300,000 U.S. Navy personnel and over 250 U.S. Navy ships.

The company has enjoyed a remarkable 41 consecutive quarters of top-line growth and profitability. Over the years, Washington Technology and Inc. Magazine have both ranked ERP among the fastest growing firms in the nation. Dun & Bradstreet’s customer satisfaction survey gave ERP a rating of 95% (putting us in the top 5% of U.S. corporations!), and ERP was recently designated as a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 5 organization — a designation awarded to less than 100 US-based businesses across all sectors – demonstrating our strong commitment to providing high value and high quality services to our customers.

The Federal Government has changed a great deal over the past ten years, and ERP has been fortunate to have been positioned to have a profound impact on the transformation of agencies it serves. ERP’s co-founders remain steadfast about their primary objectives of providing for their family and the more than 1000 families connected directly to their portfolio as employees, consultants, strategic partners, advisors, and subcontractors. Our mission remains to “be the best, by delivering our best to our customers, our employees, and our communities.”

Melvin Petty

CEO & Managing Partner

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A decade before becoming the managing partner and co-founder of ERP International, Mr. Melvin Petty was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Ingenium Corporation. He was already a pro at executive-level technical, operational, and financial management, but he had an even bigger dream: Starting a company that could become a leading comprehensive science, health, and technology provider to Federal Agencies.

More than 10 years later, Mr. Petty’s dream has come true. After cofounding the company with his wife, Mrs. Sandra Petty, in 2006, ERP has since grown to include more than 450+ employees across 40 satellite offices — a company that leverages innovative solutions and business process outsourcing to create value based business solutions. These efforts have so far helped ERP to execute more than 200 Federal contracts in 40 plus states.

ERP credits its success to the hard work of its passionate employees, including Mr. Petty and his more than 25 years of executive-level technical, operational, and financial management experience. Since founding ERP, Mr. Petty has launched several other ventures to include ERP Scientific Partners (ERPSP), Enterprise Resources Planned Systems International (ERPSI) and TMP Properties. He also spends a great deal of his time advocating entrepreneurship and mentoring dozens of protégés. Prior to ERP, his work at Ingenium led the business to be recognized as one of the fastest growing information technology companies in the country — nine years in a row. He’s also held senior operational and financial positions with Disclosure, Inc, a subsidiary of Thompson Financials.

Mr. Petty’s work developing sustainable business environments throughout his career has earned him several accolades, such as being named the US Small Business Administration’s Maryland Minority Enterprise Development Week Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2012. In addition to his work for ERP, the James Madison University graduate also serves on a number of boards, including: The James Madison University School of Computer Information Systems, The Accelerating Innovations Foundation, and Quality Technologies, Inc. He’s also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the High Technology Council of Maryland, the Capital Society, and more.

Mr. Petty is also a public speaker, an alumni member of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a lecturer for Decision Support Systems, Balanced Scorecard Management, and Business Transformation. He has also volunteered for organizations like Habitat for Humanity Chesapeake, Adoptions Together, Inc., and more. Mr. Petty resides in Annapolis, Maryland, and holds a CPA in the state of Maryland.

John Ely

Chief Operating Officer and President of Clinical Services

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Mr. John Ely’s role as COO and President of Clinical Services is essential to ERP International’s goal to serve as a trusted partner to its national and international clients around the world, providing exceptional service delivery and customer service as the foundation of those partnerships. He leads the strategic direction, growth, planning and performance of the teams responsible for delivering mission-critical strategic sourcing, IT solutions, and professional services across ERP’s practices.

In his position, Mr. Ely oversees all ERP operations, including service delivery, acquisition management and compliance, program execution and finance, and customer satisfaction. He is also responsible for ERP’s Clinical Services division, which provides clinical support services across 25+ medical specialties to a 100+ federal agencies.

His colleagues credit his success within the company to a passionate dedication to both customer and employee satisfaction, resulting in high workforce and client retention. Before becoming a part of the ERP team, Mr. Ely was an Account Manager at one of the largest medical staffing agencies in the US, where he oversaw all branch operations from business development and contract management to finance, human resources, recruiting, and staff development. His multifaceted skill set was key to helping him manage more than 200 staff and 50+ government and commercial clients throughout his branch territory.

Currently, Mr. Ely lives in Maryland. He has a bachelor of science in business administration, information systems from The York College of Pennsylvania.

Prad Coomaraswamy

Chief Technology Officer

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As CTO, Mr. Pradheeshan (Prad) Coomaraswamy focuses on helping ERP’s client needs by leveraging proven technical solutions in Cyber Security, Cognitive Computing, Agile DevOps, Software as a Services (SaaS), and Big Data Analytics. He also leads ERP’s Information Technology(IT) business unit and oversees the day to day operations of all IT programs.

Under his leadership, ERP has aligned its technical solutions with the increasingly pressing needs of the Federal Government, honing in on modernization and cost reduction. Over the past three years, ERP has not only achieved CMMI DEV Maturity Level 5, but the company has also successfully incorporated an Agile blueprint into every aspect of its solution delivery framework, thanks largely in part to Mr. Coomaraswamy’s work. For the US Air Force Medical Readiness Decision Support System, ERP recently delivered a 45% improvement on product development velocity — and a 35% reduction in operational costs by using data driven process optimization.

A certified Federal Enterprise Architect (CEA), Mr. Coomaraswamy brings nearly 20 years of solution architecture and engineering experience working to ERP, with federal customers including the US Army, US Air Force, DISA, NIH, HRSA, CMS, and FDA. He has also supported Fortune 50 commercial to include General Electric and General Motors — on large technology programs such as the first ever satellite based commercial broadband solution ever made available to ships at sea. A technologist by training, Mr. Coomaraswamy also has an in-depth understanding of open source software development, big data solutions, cloud computing, and enterprise content management.

Prior to joining ERP, Mr. Coomaraswamy worked as the Vice President of Technology for Seamon Corporation, a Federal Contractor focused on supporting the Department of Health and Human Services. There, he developed a technology roadmap that allowed them to build and deploy custom software solutions that were fully NIST RMF compliant.

Mr. Coomaraswamy has also worked as the CTO and Vice President of Operations at Ingenium Corporation, where he was responsible for leading the team that developed the first electronic case management system for wounded warriors to be deployed by the Army Medical Command.

Sharon Jimenez

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

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Ms. Sharon Jimenez joined ERP International in January of 2017. As Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Ms. Jimenez is responsible for developing ERP’s federal business strategy and tactical plan to enable growth and position ERP for significant expansion in the company’s primary target markets. In her role, she will also manage and evolve existing partnerships and strategic alliances.

ERP’s Chief Strategy Growth Officer has over 28 years of experience bringing information technology and business process management services and solutions to the federal, state, and local government markets, focusing on the healthcare industry specifically for the past 18 years. Prior to ERP, she served as the Vice President of Federal Sales for United Health Group/Optum Government, Vice President of Business Engineering, Health & Compliance Programs at CGI Federal, Client Sales Executive at EDS, as well as senior business development positions at Vangent, Inc., SRA International and Lockheed Martin.

Ms. Jimenez has developed and led capture teams spanning from 5 to 40 people to pursue and win up to 10 billion dollars in opportunities. She brings experience in building formal sales organizations consisting of senior and highly motivated business development, capture, technical, and business solution professionals as well as developing, implementing, and improving business development best processes and practices. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated success in increasing revenue growth year over year by double digit percentages. She is a seasoned presenter, negotiator, and businessperson with the ability to forge solid relationships with strategic partners and build consensus across multiple organizational levels, and manage customer relationships with strategic and tactical account execution focus.

Ms. Jimenez is an active member of multiple industry organizations, including the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Bethesda Chapter. She is also a loyal supporter and benefactor to a number of charitable organizations, such as Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, the National Foundation for Cancer Research, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Nicole Rockett

Senior Human Resources Director

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As Senior Director of Human Resources at ERP International, Ms. Nicole Rockett is responsible for leading all aspects of ERP’s human capital initiatives to include Organizational Development, Talent Management, Performance Excellence as well as overseeing regulatory and legal compliance in all employment business matters. As a leader within ERP, Ms. Rockett lends her knowledge and expertise to aligning HR strategy with overall business strategy. She is also instrumental in creating an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and ongoing development of a superior workforce.

Nicole’s ’s career has focused on delivering leading edge human capital solutions and best practices to dynamic and growing organizations. Prior to joining ERP, Ms. Rockett was a Sr. Director of Human Resources at Pixelligent Technologies, an advanced materials company. There she directly contributed to increased productivity through her leadership of strategic organizational growth and implementation of an internship program that integrated with workforce planning objectives. Ms. Rockett also held an integral role in defining the corporate values and credo and creating aligned talent and performance management tactics.

Ms. Rockett spent 8 years of her career at Ingenium Corporation, a federal contractor located in Greenbelt, MD. As a Director of Human Resources at Ingenium Ms. Rockett was a key business partner where she led a team of Human Resources, Facilities and Security professionals focused on supporting corporate initiatives. There she championed a culture focused on performance excellence through the effective use of organizational vitality assessments, succession planning and strategic employee development for top performers.

A University of Maryland alum, Ms. Rockett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and World at Work and resides in Maryland.

Jenny Jin

Director of Finance and Accounting

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As ERP’s Director of Finance and Accounting, Ms. Jenny Jin is the person behind all of the numbers at ERP — one of the most integral roles at the company. She oversees the full scope of daily operations for the accounting and finance department, including financial reporting, cash flow management, tax compliance and strategic initiatives of the company. In addition to fulfilling the customary duties of a Director of Finance and Accounting, Ms. Jin plays a key role in sustaining the company’s financial stability as a trusted asset to the U.S. federal government, as well as growing ERP’s capabilities to support our clients’ vital national missions.

Ms. Jin brings a diverse background in financial leadership experience in both domestically and internationally. She also leads the charge at ERP for developing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with internal and external customers—employees, managers, clients, banks and other external strategic service providers. She is responsible for ensuring that the company adheres to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and internal control requirements.

Ms. Jin brings more than 20 years in accounting and finance experience, with 15 years of specialization in the government contracting industry. Before taking the financial reigns at ERP, she served as the Senior Accountant and Accounting Manager for The MIL Corporation, a government consulting company in Bowie, Maryland.

The Shijiazhuang University of Economics graduate has a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting, as well as a Master’s of Science in Accounting and Business Advisory Services from the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. She received her CPA in 2008 from the Commonwealth of Virginia and currently resides in California.