Leadership

Driven to defend and support the Mission

Robert Makheja headshot
President
Robert J. Makheja is a visionary leader and successful transformational entrepreneur whose experience spans across numerous industry endeavors.

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Head of Legal & Compliance
Jim Rittinger oversees the company’s legal, contracts, and compliance departments and serves on the company’s Governance Committee.

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Tyler Price headshot
Head of Finance & Governance
Tyler Price oversees accounting, financial processes, business support, financial planning and analysis, reporting, payroll, and company cash flow. He also chairs the company’s Governance Committee.

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Head of Marketing
As head of marketing at MFGS, Inc., Jackie Schnupp oversees the initiatives, strategy, and budget for campaigns supported by her team throughout the year.

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Head of Sales and Engineering
Bill Bacci oversees new license sales, first year support, and technical sales engineering for all government secure accounts.

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Head of Employee Relations
Cynara Releford oversees all MFGS, Inc. company employee engagement, recruiting, hiring, personnel matters, corporate memberships, and philanthropic activities.

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Head of Support Sales
Dan Donlon oversees the support sales business and the support sales operations team.

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Head of Security
Duane Pfister is responsible for overseeing all company facilities and personnel security measures, including all security details of classified programs supporting the United States Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DOD).

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Head of Sales Operations
Ruthann McCracken oversees sales operations and partner programs.

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Robert Makheja
President

Robert J. Makheja is a visionary leader and successful transformational entrepreneur whose experience spans across numerous industry endeavors, as well as being a leader in successful mergers and acquisitions among the largest Fortune 50 companies. He is highly recognized by the industry for leading large teams to solve complex customer problems, integrating large corporations and consistently exceeding business results.

Recently, Makheja was a critical part in leading the merger and integration of HPE Software with Micro Focus International (IPO NYSE MFGP Sept. 2017, LSE MFGP.L) for $8.8B, to become the seventh largest pure play software company globally. In 2018, he helped to build and became the President of MFGS, Inc., a U.S.-based and operated private firm, purpose-built, government compliant, and customer-centric enterprise software company providing end-to-end Micro Focus solutions that help U.S. Federal Government agencies solve mission-critical IT challenges.

Makheja was the co-founder of the private equity firm, RJM Capital, a leading investment firm that owns and manages multiple asset classes, including infrastructure, technology, biosciences, real estate, and credit. He is also a Managing Partner at RJM and Associates, a premier legal advisory firm for business and technology. Robert and his wife remain committed to philanthropic giving, activities, and mentoring programs globally through their NEXTGEN charitable organization.

Early in his career, Makheja led in growing Peregrine Systems (NASD: PRGN), an enterprise software company based in California, and then was an integral part in the sale of the company to Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) for $425 million. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) where he was recognized for both his stellar performance and ethical standards. Makheja has held other leadership positions at IBM, and Texas Instruments.

Makheja earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Engineering from The George Washington University. He later went on to graduate with a Doctorate of Law (J.D.) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as other advanced education from Harvard Business School.

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Jim Rittinger
Head of Legal & Compliance

Jim Rittinger oversees the company’s legal, contracts, and compliance departments and serves on the company’s Governance Committee.

Prior to assuming his role at MFGS, Inc., Rittinger was the chief legal officer, director, and corporate secretary at Micro Focus Government Solutions. Rittinger also served as acting president for the purpose of concluding the sale and transfer of Micro Focus Government Solutions’ secure assets and personnel to MFGS, Inc.

Rittinger came to Micro Focus from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he was a vice president and associate general counsel responsible for managing the Legal and Contracts team supporting HPE’s multi-billion dollar U.S. Public Sector Enterprise Hardware and Software businesses. Rittinger had the same role at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) prior to that company’s separation into Hewlett Packard, Inc. (HPI) and HPE. In his roles at HP and HPE, Rittinger was the legal leader for the U.S. public sector portions of HP’s separation and HPE’s spin-merge of its software business with MFI, including responsibility for obtaining requisite national security approvals, establishing the necessary contracting entities required by the NISPOM and other applicable laws and regulations, preparing the novation packages for all impacted contracts and partnering with customers to ensure timely government approval of the novations, designing the legal, contracts, compliance, and security departments and assigning personnel to the respective entities.

Prior to his work at HP and HPE, Rittinger was the managing legal director and corporate secretary for Dell Services Federal Government, Inc. and Dell Federal, LLP, the multi-billion dollar federal contracting subsidiaries of Dell, Inc. Rittinger came to Dell in the course of the sale of Perot Systems, Inc., where Rittinger served as the general counsel and corporate secretary for Perot Systems Government Services, Inc., a billion dollar SSA-excluded subsidiary of Perot Systems, Inc., providing professional, consulting, and IT services to the federal government.

Prior to his in-house experience, Rittinger worked in the New York offices of several prominent AM Law 100 firms, most notably with Quinn Emanuel LLP. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, U.S.D.J., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Rittinger graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in History (magna cum laude) and the Fordham University School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.

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Tyler Price
Head of Finance & Governance

Tyler Price oversees accounting, financial processes, business support, financial planning and analysis, reporting, payroll, and company cash flow. He also chairs the company’s Governance Committee.

Price has been an integral leader of multiple integrations that ultimately led to the creation of MFGS, Inc. These integrations have allowed companies to increase the size and scope of business focused on providing enterprise software and support to the U.S. federal government. Price supported the hiring of key personnel, developed core business processes, and established dashboards and KPIs to drive business results and profitability while optimizing cash flow.

Price has over 20 years of experience building and leading finance teams in global companies with complex business models, mergers, and acquisitions, integrating and divesting companies, and establishing best-in-class practices through robust analysis, strategic planning, and process development and optimization.

Prior to joining MFGS, Inc., Price was the chief financial officer (CFO) and a founding executive for Micro Focus Government Solutions. Price led divestiture and integration activities stemming from the spinout of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Software Division and was on the board of director’s audit and compensation committees at Micro Focus. As CFO for the Americas software region at HPE, Price oversaw annual revenues of over $2 billion. He was also the senior director of finance for the Big Data Software & SaaS business, which became the top performing software business in the company, and the senior finance manager of the Enterprise Security Software Division, where he led the successful integration of several company acquisitions. Price also oversaw finance for the Enterprise Services Division where he helped build a services business focused on delivering solutions from numerous low-cost locations around the world.

Price began his career at Hewlett-Packard Co. as a senior financial analyst supporting new product introductions in the Storage Solutions Division.

Price earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Brigham Young University. He also earned a certificate in leadership and innovation from Stanford University. He resides in California with his wife and their five children.

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Jackie Schnupp
Head of Marketing

As head of marketing at MFGS, Inc., Jackie Schnupp oversees the initiatives, strategy, and budget for campaigns supported by her team throughout the year. With more than 10 years’ experience in management, Jackie has the ability to nurture teams and develop processes from concept to fully operational status, effectively managing change while ensuring the highest levels of quality in delivery.

Immediately prior to joining MFGS, Inc. as a digital and content marketing manager, Jackie administered all large-scale operational and budgetary deliverables around marketing program execution for Big Data at Micro Focus International.

Jackie also previously served as a professional solutions manager for Hewlett Packard. Within two years of promotion to the role, she increased the number of contracts in her purview from two to six, by demonstrating efficiencies and excellence in standard and repeatable processes, across such functions as asset management, order management, production coordination, content coordination, and research and development. Headcount increased from 11 to 42 direct-report employees, located in California, Idaho, Georgia, Texas, and Canada.

Upon her graduation from college, Jackie spent three years as the only female HVAC estimator in Boise, ID, reviewing blueprints and complex project specifications in the preparation of bid packages for RFPs by general building contractors.

Jackie graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University, earning a BA in English and a certification in Technical Writing. A fifth-generation Idahoan, she and her husband live in Star, Idaho and have three children.

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Bill Bacci
Head of Sales and Engineering

Bill Bacci oversees new license sales, first year support, and technical sales engineering for all government secure accounts. He has over 30 years of experience leading technical and sales teams in global companies with complex business models. Bacci has been an integral leader in many different roles across Hewlett Packard, Micro Focus, and MFGS, Inc. He currently supports all license revenue, hires key personnel, and provides integrated solutions for customers.

Prior to joining MFGS, Inc., Bacci served as the DOD and intel sales manager for Micro Focus Government Solutions and helped lead the merge of the entire secure sales team into the company.

Bacci also previously served as the sales vice president for Hewlett Packard and the chief technology officer for Hewlett Packard’s Government Division, helping to double sales through technology evangelism and introducing new technology into the government sector. He also ran the professional services team where he successfully developed the introduction of commercial best practices into the federal space.

Bacci began his career at Citicorp Consumer banking as vice president for global communications, leading projects that rolled out global banking networks, application modernizations, and structuring.

Bacci earned a Bachelor of Science from Iona College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Marymount University. He also earned a CISSP and ITIL Master. He resides in Virginia with his wife and their three children.


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Cynara Releford
Head of Employee Relations

Cynara Releford is responsible for overseeing all company employee engagement activities, in addition to recruiting, hiring, and personnel matters. She also supports the license sales and engineering team in lead tracking and process implementations. As an extended partner to the marketing team, she provides digital content support in creating, developing and maintaining the resources library and events calendar for the MFGS, Inc. webpage working with the social media manager.

Releford was influential in supporting the transition during the second merger phase of MFGS, Inc. She has been instrumental in continuing to building the cultural of MFGS, Inc. by leading the Advisory Council and being a member of the Governance Committee. Releford has expanded on the company’s philanthropic efforts to local communities within the DMV (DC, MD, VA) areas, in addition to giving back nationwide during COVID-19.

Releford is a seasoned professional with over twenty years of experience in the area of human resources, accounting, and corporate support functions within the information technology arena for private industry and government contracting. In addition, she is a notary public for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

She resides in Reston, VA and enjoys working with local nonprofit charities in her spare time.

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Dan Donlon
Head of Support Sales

Dan Donlon oversees the support sales business and the support sales operations team. Dan comes to MFGS Inc with over 10 years of support sales experience and an extensive leadership background.

Dan currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his daughter.

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Duane Pfister
Head of Security

Duane Pfister is responsible for overseeing all company facilities and personnel security measures, including all security details of classified programs supporting the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DOD). He also supports the processing of clearances for multiple agencies and ensures company adherence to federal security regulations, policies, and procedures.

Pfister was instrumental in supporting the stand up and Build out of the MFGS, Inc. facility, as well as working with multiple government customers and the MFGS, Inc. contracts department to assist the transfer of classified contracts and employee clearances.

Pfister has nearly 25 years of government contracting experience, working with companies like Lockheed Martin, ManTech, SpecTal, SIG, Triple, Canopy, and Constellis Group. Pfister has overseen security management, badging, physical security, and program security.

He holds certifications in the following areas: security specialist, terrestrial COMSEC management, industrial special security administration, adjudicator course, and a facility security officer certification.

Prior to his corporate career, Pfister served as a security specialist in the United States Air Force. He attended Northern Virginia Community College where he pursued a degree in criminal justice. He currently lives in Virginia with his family and enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs.

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Ruthann McCracken
Head of Sales Operations

Ruthann McCracken oversees sales operations and partner programs. She has more than 20 years’ project and program management experience in the technology industry, managing operations through the many iterations of Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Micro Focus International, and Micro Focus Government Solutions.

She resides with her family in the Pacific Northwest town of Eugene, Oregon.

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