KeyStone Solutions provides support to organizations that do business with governments
For more than 30 years, our subsidiaries have helped Fortune 50 companies and small businesses succeed in the federal market.
KeyStone Solutions makes strategic acquisitions of professional services companies that provide support to the government contracting industry. Our acquisition strategy is to buy profitable, well run businesses that provide a wide range of complementary services.
Through strategic acquisitions, our mission is to be the preeminent source of products and services that provide end-to-end solutions for government contractors.
In March 2016, KeyStone Solutions was formed as a holding company for the purpose of acquiring professional services companies that provide support to the government contracting industry.
The company was formed through a corporate reorganization of AOC Key Solutions, which, as a result became a wholly owned subsidiary of KeyStone. This structure allows us to make acquisitions more efficiently and help our clients win more government business.
Our subsidiaries AOC Key Solutions and the KSI Business Development Institute work with 87 out of the top 100 federal contractors as well as many of the fastest growing small businesses in the government market.
Meet our executive team and board members.
James K. McCarthy
Founder | Chairman of the Board of Directors
James (Jim) McCarthy is the Chairman of KeyStone Solutions. His career spans over 30 years of marketing strategy, proposal development, and orals coaching to federal contractors. As Founder and Principal Owner of AOC Key Solutions, a KeyStone company, he built an organization that has played a part in winning an average of $9 billion per year in federal contract awards for its clients.
He often serves as a strategic adviser and “capture coach” to senior executives and rising corporate superstars. In these capacities, Mr. McCarthy mentors and guides both large and small business clients on market leadership, capture management, and strategy development to pursue and win government contracts. In February 2016, Mr. McCarthy was named to Executive Mosaic’s Washington 100 as one of the top–100 most influential leaders in the government contracting arena.
Robert A. Berman
Chief Executive Officer | Member of the Board of Directors
Robert Berman is the CEO of KeyStone Solutions. Over the past two decades Mr. Berman has held the office of Chairman and CEO of public companies in the hospitality, gaming and telecommunications sectors.In 2006 he was the Co-Founder and CEO of Cinium Financial Services a privately held company which in 2013 made its way to number 49 on the INC 500. Prior to Cinium Mr. Berman was the Co-Founder and CEO of Empire Resorts, Inc. a publicly traded gaming company on NASDAQ.
Mr. Berman has been involved in numerous corporate acquisitions and financing, where he was successful in raising public and private debt and equity in excess of $250MM. During his career Mr. Berman has held direct P&L responsibility for revenues in excess of $300MM annually while supervising more than 3,000 employees on several continents.
Paul de Bary
Member of the Board of Directors
Paul A. de Bary is a member of the board of directors of KeyStone Solutions. Mr. de Bary has been a member of the board of managers of TDI, LLC, an agent for a manufacturer of digital Xray systems for medical, veterinary and industrial applications from 2001 through the present. He has also served as chairman of the board of ethics of the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut since 2008. He was a managing director at Marquette de Bary Co., Inc., a New York based broker-dealer, from 1996 to 2015, where he served as a financial advisor for state and local government agencies, public and private corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as general counsel. He previously served as a director of Empire Resorts, Inc. (Nasdaq: NYNY) from 1996 to 2010, where he served as chairman of its audit committee as well as, at various times throughout his tenure as a director, a member of the governance and compensation committees and various special committees. Prior to that, Mr. de Bary was a managing director in the Public Finance Department of Prudential Securities from 1994 to 1997 and a partner in the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood in New York from 1975 to 1994.
Mr. de Bary received an AB in 1968, and an M.B.A. and J.D. in 1971 from Columbia University. Mr. de Bary is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. de Bary also serves as a director of several non-profit organizations, including the Columbia Club Foundation, the Society of Columbia Graduates and the AA Alumni Foundation.
Glenn S. Goord
Member of the Board of Directors
Glenn Goord is a member of the board of directors of KeyStone Solutions. Mr. Goord is a 32-year veteran of the New York State Department of Correctional Services and served as Commissioner from 1996 until 2006.As Commissioner, he oversaw the nation’s fourth largest state prison system, administering an operating budget of $2.3 billion in state and federal funds, plus $245 million in capital expenditures. Mr. Goord’s outstanding contributions to furthering excellence in corrections earned him the Carl Robison Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association.
In 1998 he earned the Charles Evans Hughes Award for public service from the Albany based Capital Area Chapter for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). In 2002, the ASPA awarded Mr. Goord its highest honor, the Governor Alfred E. Smith Award, for his direction of the Department’s immediate and expansive efforts to aid New York City following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. He also currently serves on the American Correctional Association Board of Governors.
Chief Financial Officer
Riaz Latifullah serves as the Chief Financial Officer of KeyStone Solutions. Prior to joining KeyStone, he was the CFO of the American Grandparents Association / Grandparents.com. In this position he was responsible for directing and overseeing all of the company’s financial and accounting activities. Mr. Latifullah spent 13 years with AARP, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people over age 50.
With AARP he served as Vice President, Financial Management, Senior Director Strategic Markets and Director Brand Operations. In AARP he created and launched five start-up operations bringing significant changes to the organization.
Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel
Suzanne Loughlin is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and General Counsel of KeyStone Solutions, Inc. She is also a founder and Chief Risk Officer of Firestorm Solutions, LLC.
Suzanne has extensive consultative experience in the development of crisis management & communications, workplace violence, emergency response, and business continuity plans for a clients ranging from some of the world’s largest global companies to educational institutions (P-12 and higher education, public and private) and summer camps, as well as governmental entities.
Suzanne’s previous career experience includes serving as a Director and CAO of a public insurance holding company, where she was responsible for HR, IT, Corporate Communications, Facilities, Government Relations and Internal Audit. Suzanne was also a litigator with a major New City law firm and Managing Attorney of a law firm with multiple offices throughout the country.
Suzanne is a licensed attorney in New York and serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Sullivan County Bar Association. Suzanne also holds an Emergency Management Professional Development Series Certification from FEMA, and is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Member of the Board of Directors
As CEO, Mr. McCarthy oversees the strategic direction of the firm, company performance, manages key client relationships, and grows new customer bases. Mr. McCarthy also leads the AOC Key Solutions group specializing in Third Party Performance Assessments.
In that capacity, he has interviewed more than 1,000 government personnel regarding contractor performance across dozens of government agencies, giving him “front line” experience in understanding Government needs and translating that understanding into winning proposals. As former COO of AOC Key Solutions, Mr. McCarthy was honored with Smart CEO Magazine’s Executive Management Award.
Richard Nathan, PhD
Chief Operating Officer, President | Member of the Board of Directors
Richard Nathan is the COO and President of KeyStone Solutions. He has over 45 years of corporate management, business and proposal development, and program management experience. Dr. Nathan has directed and grown the environmental and energy business for a large corporation, and served as a corporate officer and held management and technical positions at Battelle Memorial Institute and Mason & Hanger. Dr. Nathan worked at AOC Key Solutions for over 16 years, most recently as Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Nathan’s management and business development skills span the full range of activities. He has served as capture manager, proposal manager, orals coach, and review team lead. His ability to develop and integrate effective win themes and discriminators unique to a given contract opportunity has resulted in multiple large contract wins with DOE, NASA, DHS, DoD as well as state and local governments.
Harry Rhulen is one of the co-founders, and served as CEO of Firestorm until the Keystone acquisition of Firestorm in January of 2017. Firestorm Solutions, LLC is a national leader in Preparedness and Crisis Management. Harry has been CEO of a public company with U.S. and European operations. Mr. Rhulen has extensive due diligence experience having participated in over thirty M&A transactions. He has lead several public offerings raising in excess of $350 million.
Harry, while serving on the board of the American Insurance Association, testified before Congress to expand the opportunities for financial service companies.
Harry has worked as a consultant in many industries, using his risk management, crisis management, and business management skills, as well as his public company, legal, bankruptcy, and due diligence experience to help his clients.
He has served on the boards of several profit and not-for-profit entities. He has received humanitarian awards for many of his efforts, including the “Quality of Human Life” Award from the American Red Cross. He graduated Cum Laude from the College of Insurance and has both a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Degree from Syracuse University.