UTG Leadership

The Upson Technology Group helps our Clients and Members:

  • Navigate the political landscape
  • Develop pre-contract vehicle initiatives, as well as legislative and regulatory strategies
  • Establish substantive relationships with policymakers
  • Position with policymakers and government officials to achieve superior outcomes
  • Define priorities, target opportunities, develop crisp results-based messaging, then drive that strategy through stakeholder outreach, respected forums, events
  • Understand their clients, establish clear strategies and execute via tactical campaigns

The issues we deal with for our clients are complex. To consider all the angles, UTG has an extraordinary team and also relies on strategic counsel from industry leaders:

The Honorable Donald W. Upson, Partner

Don Upson at podium

For more than three decades Don has held senior management positions in government and private sector organizations. Don’s is renowned for his expertise in the acquisition and application of information technologies in the public sector.

Don served as Virginia's - and the country's first Secretary of Technology, an office that combined traditional functions of a chief information officer with broader economic development and R&D responsibilities. In this position, Upson brought together leading business and academic leaders to produce the first comprehensive government policy encouraging growth and responsible Internet utilization, major outsourcing and other IT management initiatives, and a state legal framework to encourage attraction and growth of technology companies in Virginia. Don's technology model in Virginia was emulated by other states, the Federal Government in the creation of a national CTO and foreign governments as well.

  • One of our nation's most respected former government leaders with 20 years of Congressional and Executive Cabinet experience
  • Seven Fed 100 Awards
  • First ever Secretary of Technology, combining the State's chief information officer, economic development and research roles.
  • Former Principal Partner at ICG Government (ICG), a government technology and management consulting practice.
  • Former SVP at Litton PRC, Inc.
  • Former Chief of Staff for US House of Representatives Congressman Frank Horton and the Government Operations Committee, which addressed IT issues at the dawn of the Information Age.
  • Chaired governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Information Technology
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House Of Represenatives, Virginia State Seal, Litton Logos.

As Virginia's former secretary of technology, Don Upson was one of the nation's first cabinet level officers whose job was to oversee the development of electronic government. Appointed by former Gov. Jim Gilmore in 1998, Upson's authority over IT underscored the vital role technology would play in the delivery of government services and in the evolution of the state's governance model. Under his leadership, Virginia became an international model for its e-Communities Initiative. Thanks to Don Upson, Virginia became the Silicon Valley of the East.

Enabling the government to be more technologically efficient and operate on the cutting edge to save valuable tax dollars, resources, time and human lives is in Don's DNA. Don Upson doesn't just understand key decision makers; elected, appointed and career civil service...he was and is one of them. Those in positions of authority - on both sides of the commercial and government world - count Don as a close confidant, trusted advisor and loyal friend. Thirty years of relationships with those at the highest level of government in the most strategic positions across agencies and Capitol Hill.

From 2002 to 2009 Upson built a successful marketing firm, ICG Government, where he served as president and founder.

Don served as Senior Vice President of PRC Inc, an $800 million company specializing in complex government technology solutions and applications. Don managed business development for civilian markets and built an industry-leading marketing strategy that supported the company's growth and eventual acquisition by Litton Industries.

Don served in senior positions on Capitol Hill from 1977 to 1992, ending with a six-year stint as staff director of the House Government Operations committee: the investigative arm of the House of Representatives. He was a principal staff leader involved with a range of investigations and legislative initiatives that included the Inspector General Act, the Chief Financial Officers Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Procurement Integrity Act, others.

Don is a recognized subject matter expert on government management and acquisition and is a frequent speaker at national and international forums on these subjects. He is a seven time recipient of the Federal 100 honoring the top 100 industry and government leaders in government technology, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marymount University and numerous other recognitions.

Tom Ragland

TRR Group
Corporate Strategy Officer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic Market Analysis and Due Diligence Assessments and Planning
  • Business Development Support and Pursuit Prioritization Planning
  • Customer Understanding Enhancement
  • Program Management
  • Homeland and National Security Planning and Strategy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Support
  • Public/Private Partnerships


  • Top Secret Clearance


  • J.D.
  • University of San Diego
  • MS, International Security Studies
  • Tuft’s University

Brigadier General Tom Ragland (US Army, Ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer for The TRR Group, serving as the strategic officer or advisor for several large and small businesses, responsible for extending his companies brand across agencies. Mr. Ragland’s background spans more than 30 years of extensive strategic planning, within both military and federal contracting circles. Mr. Ragland provides a valued perspective into The TRR Group’s service to the Department of Homeland Security, as he served as the Director of Operations for the White House Office of Homeland Security, during its inception in 2001. Mr. Ragland positions his client companies to work closely with DHS and interagency entities to provide rapid strategic assessments and cost-efficient mission support products and services.

Prior to starting The TRR Group, Mr. Ragland served as Senior Vice President for Homeland Security for The Ambit Group (a WO SDVOSB) and the SVP/ Homeland Security Client Executive for CACI International, responsible for initiating cross-corporate collaboration to improve overarching business processes, along with successfully shaping strategic plans to grow The Ambit Group out of Small Business status and transform CACI into to a prime DHS contractor.

  • 2001 - 2003 Director of Operations Office of Homeland Security
  • 2002 – 2003 OHS Transition Team to Department of Homeland Security
  • 2004 – 2005 PM for DHS IAIP Buildout, Bldg 19, PM - HSDN Northrop Grumman
  • 2005 – 2006 VP/ Dep GM for CBP contracts Newington Data Ctr Apogen/QinetiQ NA
  • 2007 – 2008 SVP for Homeland Security, TEAMs, US VISIT SAIC
  • 2008 – 2013 SVP/CE for Homeland Security CACI
  • 2013 – 2014 Corp Dev Officer EAGLE II SB SDVOSB The Ambit Group

“With our skills and expertise, we have a responsibility to make a positive impact on government services.”

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Mr. Ragland also previously served as Senior Vice President for Homeland Security for SAIC where he led the company’s Defense Solutions Group into the Homeland Security market to expand and develop new customer areas, and brought traditional defense solutions across SAIC headquarters and component offices. Earlier, he served as Vice President for Homeland Securities at Apogen Technologies (acquired by QinetiQ-North America),and Director for Homeland Security at Northrop Grumman IT.

An avid supporter of veterans service organizations

Press Coverage:
Co-authored “The Value of Labor Unions in the Department of Defense”, 1999
“A Harbinger: The Senkaku Islands”, 1973

Charity & Community Involvement:
The Wounded Warriors and Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Army Meritorious Service Medal

Laurie Powers

Laurie Powers currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer at NeoSystems Corp. headquartered in Northern Virginia. Laurie has over 25 years of experience driving game-changing marketing initiatives and revenue generating partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, preeminent nonprofit organizations, and leading software vendors. Most recently, as Partner and CMO for the Upson Technology Group, she worked with Public Sector-focused clients and Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) members. Before joining UTG, Laurie performed key roles in market-leading start-ups, top-tier accounting firms and high-growth companies. For seven years as Deltek Vice President of Partner Marketing and Vice President of Alliances in Product Strategy & Management she led all software partnerships and channel marketing initiatives. She also held senior positions in marketing, PR, and communications for the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and at integration leader webMethods (acquired by Software AG). While at WEBM, Ms. Powers was part of one of the most successful IPO’s in NASDAQ history. Additionally, Laurie spent seven years at MCI (acquired by Verizon) where she managedpublic relations, community relations, corporatereputation campaigns, as well as marketing for the Friends & Family brand to further erode AT&T market share.

Laurie began her career as a financial management systems consultant with Price Waterhouse and then PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Washington, D.C. Her clients included the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the State of Oregon. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

NeoSystemsNeoSystems Corp., based in Tysons Corner, Virginia, delivers strategic back office services and solutions for government contractors, nonprofit organizations, and commercial entities. Utilizing best of breed technology and leveraging in-depth expertise in Accounting & Finance, Human Capital Management, Hosting (SOC1/SOC2, FISMA) , and Information Technology, NeoSystems helps companies improve vital operations, reduce their overhead costs and become compliant with complex federal requirements. We enable our clients to grow, become more profitable, efficient, and better equipped to win new business. NeoSystems is partnered with the world’s leading software providers, including Deltek, NetSuite, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Ultimate Softwarer. For the fifth consecutive year in a row, NeoSystems has been named one of America’s fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine. For more information, visit www.neosystemscorp.com.

Mary Shea Sutherland, Director of Events

Mary-Shea Sutherland brings over 30 years of successful event planning, executive logistics, White House and State official functions execution, Presidential Advance detail, conference management, and design experience to the Upson Technology Group.

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Mary-Shea Sutherland's career spans high-level positions in the Federal and State government, including serving on the personal staff of Chairman Tom Bliley, and Governors Jim Gilmore and George Allen, and as Chief of Staff to Virginia's First Lady.

Mary-Shea has managed events for the White House and served as Director of Member Relations for the Republican National Committee.

Most recently she was Director of Events for Benedetti and Farris, LLC where she developed and managed events for a variety of clients. Highlights include:

  • Warner Bros. movie premiere of Gods and Generals in Richmond, VA
  • Official White House events
  • Annual Leaders in Technology Dinner (2005 - 2013) for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Presidential Advance activities
  • Federal E-Commerce Commission events across the country
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Inaugural Balls
  • Numerous political campaign events
  • Republican National Conventions parties

Ms. Sutherland is a graduate of the University of Richmond. She is married to Steven Boyd who serves as the Promotions Manager for the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Senior Advisors and Partners

UTG builds and manages business, sales and marketing strategies that often include UTG partners. We have substantive partnerships and working relationships with renowned Legal, NGO, Public Policy, and Communications leaders.

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Senior Advisors

  • Steve Ryan, Head of the Government Strategies Practice Group. McDermott, Will & Emery
  • Steve Vito, EVP, Sage Communications
  • Brent Franzel, Cardinal Point Partners
  • Sudhakar V. Shenoy, Chairman and CEO, IMC
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Consultant