Our Team

V. GOURISANKAR
Mr. Gourisankar, the Managing Principal and Founder of K2 Firm, has 25 years of experience serving the Federal, Aerospace & Defense sector in various positions of increasing responsibilities.  He graduated with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in CAE/PLM/CM.  He spent the first half of his career on the research faculty at Georgia Tech building a professional services organization that served the DOD, FAA and major defense contractors such as Lockheed, Northrop, and Intergraph.  In the 2nd half of his career he worked at several large corporations in senior leadership positions as Director, CTO, and Vice President.  Examples include his tenure as the VP of Federal, Aerospace & Defense at IHS Global and as the CTO of NAPAOnline.com, a division of Genuine Parts Company.  He has hands on experience leading a professional services organization as well as a product (application software) development organization. He has led the development, deployment and continued operation of several mission critical software applications used by thousands of end users.  He has managed large teams of functional consultants located at multiple locations to successfully meet contract deliverables.  He has been active in numerous engineering and logistics professional organizations.  Mr. Gourisankar has over 2 decades of experience bidding, winning and then delivering on T&M, FFP, CPFF and other variants of professional services contracts with the Federal Government.
 
GLORIA DENNARD
At K2 Firm, LLC, Gloria Dennard serves as the Vice President of Product Data Management Services. Gloria Dennard has 20+ years of highly relevant operational leadership experience in the areas of product data creation, conversion and sustainment services. Prior to joining K2 Firm, she has held operational leadership roles with several small and medium sized services companies as well as Northrop Grumman Technical Services (NGTS). Ms. Dennard has assembled teams ranging in size from 50 to 150 and successfully delivered on numerous FFP and T&M projects in the area of product data sustainment. In the last 20 years, she led multiple high volume conversion (paper to digital, PDF to SGML, native to SGML) projects to completion on time and on budget. Gloria Dennard has functioned as trusted advisor and thought leader for the Robins AFB Product Sustainment Group for the last 20 years as they transitioned from a largely hardcopy Technical Order environment to the current SGML and S1000D based TO environment.
 
DEREK S. PETERS
As the Software Solutions Architect at K2 Firm, LLC, Derek Peters oversees the work of a team of 12 software engineers engaged in the creation and enhancement of multiple Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enterprise applications for the USAF. He provides thought leadership for the software development group by establishing processes and standards for the development function as well as architectural and design guidelines. In this current role, he is leading the effort to migrate a set of USAF legacy PLM applications and associated product sustainment data into Siemens Teamcenter Unified Architecture PLM platform. Mr. Peters has spent 8 years within the Federal Aerospace and Defense sector. He graduated with a B.S in Computer Science from Valdosta State University and has also holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) certificate from the University of Villanova. Derek has managed his own software consulting practice specializing in Real-Time Data transmission between Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems integrated into Outage Manage Systems (OMS). Earlier in his career, he received 2 corporate awards from IHS Global Inc. for his role in developing a semi-automated data capture process for Parts Configuration Management System (PCMS) that resulted in a multi-year contract award.
 
SAUMYA K. SANYAL
Saumya K. Sanyal leads K2 Firm’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) services practice. He brings more than 25 years of experience (Big 5 Consulting as well as A&D OEMs) leveraging Enterprise Information Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) processes to meet critical business and national objectives. Saumya’s experience in defense acquisition spans from the development of acquisition strategy for ACAT1 programs, and development of operational requirements, system requirements to the development of weapon systems and defense IT systems architectures. As the Lead for Information Transformation, PLM and ERP projects on multiple client firms and federal agencies Saumya has identified barrier to change, developed and executed change management action plans resulting in the adoption of modern information technology and continuous process improvement methods. In addition to IT implementation, he has delivered enterprise and business strategies, roadmaps, solution architecture, systems engineering methodologies, process, and developed multi-corporate project teams to serve defense companies, and defense agencies. He holds two graduate degrees, one in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and the other in Software Engineering. Saumya is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers as well as the International National Council on System Engineering.
 
JOE TOMPKINS
Mr. Tompkins serves as the Requirements Manager for K2 Firm, currently supporting the Tech Data environment at Robins Air Force Base. Through supporting this role, Joe is able to leverage his past experience in Project Management, Process Improvement, Waste Reduction, and Productivity Improvement by clearly defining business process designs and project deliverables. Joe has worked in a Project Management capacity for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining K2 Firm, Mr. Tompkins consulted for both DoD and Commercial customers, supporting a variety of activities from configuration management to data migration. He earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) while working at one of the ‘Big 5 Consulting’ firms, and has since applied those skills throughout all roles. Joe received a BBA in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation from Georgia Southern University, and uses his background in logistics and operations to help support Project Management, Process Improvement, and Requirements Management activities on the contracts he supports. Earlier in his career, he received 2 corporate awards from IHS Global Inc. for his role in developing a semi-automated data capture process for Parts Configuration Management System (PCMS) that resulted in a multi-year contract award; as well as awards from IHS Global Inc. and BearingPoint, Inc. for individual performance.
 
LOREN H. HESS
Mr. Hess serves as Contract Manager. With a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, Mr. Hess has held a wide variety of management positions in both the government and commercial sector in U.S. and European markets. This experience includes contract management responsibility for several major Defense Department programs, including: Development and deployment of the prime mover for the Ground Launched Cruise Missiles fielded in Europe (the M.A.N. truck); modernization of the Saudi Arabian National Guard; fielding the Peacekeeper missile; engine upgrades on the Navy and Air Force’s F-16 fighters; development and production of the engine for the B-2 bomber; US Army Crusader Self-Propelled Howitzer; USAF Depot Maintenance Management System; and the Native American Document Conversion Program.