Board of Directors

David Baxa

David serves as Chairman of VISTA’s Board of Directors and was previously President & CEO. David spent more than half his career leading VISTA Technology Services, Inc., and its predecessors. He is an accomplished facilities planner, IT and management professional. He has expertise in real property asset analysis, real property asset management, master planning, application development, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise information portals, knowledge management and spatial data integration. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.

Elliott Branch

Elliott Branch retired after 34 years of federal service with his last position as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition and Procurement). During his career, Elliott was the first civilian director of contracts at Naval Sea Systems Command. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School. He received the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (3 awards), the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, two Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Executive, the Vice President’s Hammer Award for Reinventing Government, the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Management Excellence., and DoD’s Sharon R. Parish ‘People Always’ Leadership Award.

Rod Buck

Rod is VISTA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Before taking this role in 2013, Rod had served on VISTA’s Board of Directors for 10 years. He has over 30 years of corporate executive experience including 15 years in the government contracting industry. He was formerly a Managing Director with The McLean Group, an investment banking firm and President of The Columbia Group. Rod has had success in leading acquisitions, business integrations, divestitures, financings, recapitalizations, joint ventures and new business initiatives. He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Acquisition and Business Policy Council of the Professional Services Council and is a member of a non-profit organization, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), where he has served as President and Director of the Board. Rod graduated with high distinctions from George Washington University with a degree in accounting.

Harold Hanson

Harold Hanson is a consultant focusing on business management and federal acquisition issues. He has been involved in significant corporate initiatives that include mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning issues, corporate governance and the implementation of a comprehensive corporate quality assurance program. Harold has participated in high level reviews on issues such as an analysis of the shipbuilding industrial base with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Presidential Helicopter Program for the Naval Air Systems Command, and various U.S. Coast Guard major acquisitions. Prior to his work in the private sector, he was a member of the Senior Executive Service, and was the Executive Director for Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Harold has a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Larry Lincoln

Larry is a longstanding member of the company. Formerly, he has served as a member of VISTA’s management team since 1987. As a former Executive Vice President of VISTA, Larry provided functional, technical and management experience and expertise in areas to include real property planning and analysis, master planning, application development, data warehousing, decision support systems, and spatial data integration. Larry received his undergraduate degree in History and Economics summa cum laude from Park College and holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California.

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