Leadership

Matthew Norris

President, CEO and Co-founder

Matthew Norris began his information technology career while serving as a duty officer at a U.S. Coast Guard Station. In addition to responding to search and rescue calls, pollution incidents, and law enforcement actions, Norris served as the systems administrator of the station's computers.

A service-disabled veteran, Norris went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

He became a systems architect, technical lead, program manager and IT consultant for the U.S. Government and several large technology companies, including IBM, Atlantic Coast Telesys, and SAIC.

In 2005 Norris founded Axom Technologies to provide information technology services to the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security. An entrepreneur known for his persistence and strategic maneuvers, Norris has lead Axom through a period of rapid growth that has doubled the company's revenues every year since 2005. He oversaw the expansion of Axom's capabilities and services to include digital signal processing, full-fledged systems engineering, multi-tiered worldwide data management, a 24x7 enterprise-wide operations center, and cyber operations expertise. That strategic growth made Axom Technologies the 84th fastest growing private company in America, according to Inc. magazine's 500 List in 2010, and placed Axom back on the Inc. 500 list again in 2011.

Norris, a native of Glen Burnie, is married with three children and lives in Anne Arundel County. An active member of the region's business community, he serves on the board of Directors for the Fort Meade Alliance.

Lawrence Duva

Co-founder and Vice President, Cyber Operations

A graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy, Lawrence Duva began his career working as a programmer and technical lead for the Goddard Space Flight Center analyzing satellite data, restructuring data-storage systems, and developing web-based, interactive tools.

Duva moved on to become a systems administrator, technical lead, and modeling, testing and systems engineer at Bay Technologies Consulting Group, Inc. and Syracuse Research Corporation. In those positions, he architected and implemented complete IT solutions, provided senior technical and management support for enterprise IT systems, and engineered distributed network monitoring and management systems.

Since joining Axom, Duva has coordinated security processes across disparate customer organizations and designed a multi-tiered, web-enabled, automated data management tool to consolidate disparate data sources and intelligently analyze potential risks. With strong research, analytical, modeling, and problem-solving skills, Duva has built expertise in systems security analysis, digital warfare, system architecture and network engineering.

Joseph Flowers

Vice President, Engineering Services

Flowers, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, has in-depth knowledge of modern telecommunications, networking, circuit and packet switching, digital multiplexing, digital signal processing, and a wide range of voice and data communications. He has extensive experience in wireless communications systems and their complex architectures, as well as processor architectures and reverse engineering processes.

Prior to joining Axom Technologies, he served as chief systems engineer at SAIC, providing architecture and design for a complex telecommunications system. As a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin, he supported the Exterior Communications Systems for the Virginia and Sea Wolf class submarines. While working for Atlantic Coast Telesys, he served as a software developer for Department of Defense systems, performing modeling in support of the Blackmagic/Blackstream programs and completed system development and design for Voodoo. Flowers also served as a lead research engineer at TRW Mel and a system engineer at the National Security Agency where he was responsible for developing the software and hardware requirements and design plans for Roadwarrior.

Thomas Lynch

Vice President, Information Technology

With more than 25 years of experience in the Intelligence Community, Thomas Lynch has managed telecommunications contracts valued at more than $20 million per year, a business unit earning more than $75 million a year, and staffs of 100-150 people working on major contracts for the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense.

A former signals analyst, space operations systems analyst, and instructor in the U.S. Air Force, Lynch is an expert in planning, design and implementation of IT systems operations centers and enterprise management systems. He is well versed in the design, development, and evaluation of analog and digital signals collection and analysis systems. He has also served as a subject matter expert for Intelligence Community briefings about mission management and satellite communications for the U.S. and its allies.

Before joining Axom Technologies, Lynch held senior positions at Praxis Engineering, Booz Allen Hamilton, L3 Government Services, SRA International, and Lockheed Martin.

Lynch, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems, is former vice president of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He is also a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the Project Management Institute.


Management

Steve Olsonowski

Steve joined Axom Technologies in September of 2015 after a 25-year career in the United States Air Force. He spent the last four within the DISA and JFHQ/DODIN organizations.

As a communications officer and cyber officer, Steve's experience, technical acumen and strategic thought lead the way for him being part of the stand-up of Air Force Network Operations, an initial member of United States Cyber Command, and being personally selected to assist the Defense Information Systems Agency with the creation of Joint Force Headquarters, Department of Defense Information Network (JTF-DODIN).

Steve is currently the Director of DISA Programs at Axom Technologies. He has a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University and a Master's from University of Oklahoma.

Blake Olsen

Blake has a Bachelor of Science in Information System Technology with a concentration in Advanced Networking from the University of Phoenix. Blake currently is a CCNP, BCNE, and holds a CASP certification. In addition, he is an ITIL v3 Foundation and Operational Support and Analysis practitioner.

Blake began his IT career in the Army where he was a satellite communications/network engineer. He was responsible for deploying tactical communication packages in support of the forward-deployed war fight during both the Afghani and Iraqi freedom campaigns.

Once Blake left the Army, he began working in the IC as a Government contractor and has spent his last 9 years with Axom. During his time as a contractor, he has worked as a test and integration engineer on signal systems for U-2 recon planes, Global Hawk program. He has held positions as a network operation center manager, WAN/LAN/CAN engineer and currently severs as a technical task lead on Axom’s NetCom contract.

Anastasia Bahadur

Anastasia is an Air Force veteran with just under 10 years of experience in the Intelligence Community. She leads special projects within the company and manages over 20 employees across three prime contracts. She received a Bachelor's degree from Strayer University and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma as well as an MBA with a concentration in Program Management.

During her four years as an active duty Airman (two years as a reservist), she worked on a signals analyst mission, leading the voice aspect of the mission for a eight-person team. As a prominent member of the Fort Meade community she was constantly engaged in the planning and coordination of events for active duty Air Force members. After her active duty assignment she instantly became a contractor for Axom Technologies. During her five years with the company she has quickly incorporated herself into the business development aspect of contracting and introduced a new mission set/opportunity to the company.

Johnnie Sonnier

Johnnie is a U.S. Army veteran with nearly a dozen deployments supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Bright Horizons. After separating from the Army, he began work with Duer Advanced Technology and Aerospace (DATA) in 2006 as a systems administrator. He has also held positions with Lockheed Martin as an operating systems architect and as a senior systems engineer.

Johnnie has been with Axom Technologies since 2013. He has held positions as a senior program manager for multiple development programs supporting both the DoD and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He has also directed Axom's Special Projects Team.

Mr. Sonnier holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on Information Technology from the University of Phoenix and holds a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Charleston with a focus on Strategic Leadership.

Mr. Sonnier is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).