Sharon Brackett - President/CEO - Founder
Sharon Brackett is a serial entrepreneur who has help found and lead technology companies for the past decade. In 2011 she founded Tiresias Technologies, Inc. as a new venture to address the unique technical needs of government and commercial interests in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. In 2010 she was selected by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as one of Washington's Smart100 CEOs for 2010 and then did it again in 2011.
Sharon is a seasoned engineering manager and business leader with over 25 years of experience in the computer and real-time systems development arena. Trained as a Computer Engineer, her background runs the range from hardware design and development to real-time operating systems to Internet and web applications development. In her career she has developed systems as complex as ground based telemetry systems, as large as multi-chassis networked real-time distributed control systems and as small as single chip embedded microcontroller devices.
Prior to founding Tiresias Technologies Sharon was President/CEO of the PTR Group. In her ten years there she grew the company from a startup to a staff of 35, and four consecutive appearances on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies from 2007-2010. Building a base of government and commercial customers that sustained that rapid growth.
Before her tenure at The PTR Group Sharon was a co-founder of Lightningcast, Inc. where she served as the VP of Business Development and was responsible for development of a business plan and model that resulted in $4.7MM in first round venture funding. Prior to that position, she served as Vice President of Customer and Engineering Services for Integrated Chipware, Inc. In the mid 1990's she founded, and managed, the Computer Products Division of SPARTA, Inc where she took division sales from $50K to $3.5M in less than 5 years. Prior to SPARTA she has held many positions as engineering manager, group head, and industry standards representative, in both the scientific instrumentation and medical imaging fields
She is a board member of MoringaCommunity.org, a charity that is building a trade school and food preservation education program in Ghana, West Africa. In her spare time she works with youth groups with technical interests such as rocketry and robotics and is active in civil rights and social justice concerns in the state of Maryland.
Mike Wasno - Vice President/COO
Mike Wasno is a well-rounded business executive with a successful record of building sales for high-tech companies. Mike has helped organizations launch new products and services, enter new markets, and improve revenues and profits during challenging economic times. With over 25 years of sales, management, and technology experience, Mike brings a breadth of knowledge to build marketing, sales, and operational strategies that are long-term focused while addressing current organizational goals and needs.
Before joining Tiresias, Mike worked at an IT services company and led a small business development team to build new business from $0 to over $25M in value in just 2 years. While at Marconi Federal, Mike was the VP of Sales and Marketing and served on the company’s board of directors and helped improve performance during the economic downturn while maintaining $140M in revenues. He created and implemented a strategic marketing plan and restructured the channel sales program to a 2-tier system. He also addressed business operational issues through team building resulting in increased productivity, employee morale, and profits. As an Account Manager, Mike worked to incorporate new technologies and products from Federal's parent company including DWDM, VOIP, and power systems. He also worked with corporate engineering and product management to introduce the Marconi ATM Firewall to the market and getting it NIAP certified.
As an Account Manager at StorageTek/Network systems, Mike exceeded revenue every year earning 5 Masters’ Clubs, the Rookie Of the Year Award, and a Systems Engineer of the Year Award. Mike helped introduce the BorderGuard router and ATM Firewall products by setting up beta customers and launching partnerships with industry symposiums resulting in personal sales of over $4M in the first 2 years.
Before moving into Marketing and Sales, Mike earned a MS in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins and worked on a variety of systems as an engineer and project manager. He has designed, implemented, and maintained network switching products, X.500 servers, voice switching systems, and electronic warfare test beds.
Mike served as the Board President for the Public Justice Center, a non-profit legal services firm in Baltimore, MD that pursues systemic change in the laws, practices, and institutions that cause injustice, poverty, and discrimination. He’s also an active volunteer for the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, NJ.