Experience, Knowledge and Insight

Pragmatics is led by a group of innovative technology and management professionals with decades of proven experience leading high-profile IT projects in support of federal agencies’ complex and demanding missions. Our leadership operational philosophy is simple: empower our talented team with the skills, technology and processes needed to achieve client missions on time and on budget. As a result, we design and deliver quality solutions that optimize business outcomes and empower our clients to attain success.

Dr. Long Nguyen, CEO and Founder:

Building a Lifelong Legacy of Excellence in Industry and Academia

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Dr. Long Nguyen is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pragmatics, Inc. He established Pragmatics in 1985 and is a lifelong technology innovator. Prior to founding Pragmatics, Dr. Nguyen had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown University and other universities. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at North Carolina State University; his master’s degree, also in physics, at the University of Virginia; and his doctorate in computer science at Iowa State University.

An active member of the community, Dr. Nguyen is a past member of George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees of the Academy for Government Accountability. He established relief funds for the earthquakes in Nepal, Philippines typhoon, the Oklahoma tornadoes and storms, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11 victims. He contributed substantially to the Smithsonian Vietnamese American Heritage Endowment. Dr. Nguyen also served as a member of the Transition Committee for Virginia’s Governor-Elect in 2005. He has created endowments at both GMU and Iowa State University in honor of his past academic advisors. In 2007, he established the Lanh and Oanh Nguyen (his parents) Endowed Chair in Software Engineering at Iowa State University. In 2009, Dr. Nguyen made a donation to GMU to underscore his commitment to the University, education and northern Virginia.

His awards include the 2010 Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Greater Washington in the IT Services category, 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2008 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, 2007 Corporate Leader from The Center for Multicultural Human Services, 2006 Leadership Award from the International Leadership Foundation, 2005 Federal 100 Awardee, a 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Diversity Advisory Board of GMU, and a 2004 Citation of Merit from Iowa State University. For many years, he was on the Gold Sea List of 100 Top Asian Entrepreneurs.

Kimmy Duong, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer:

Supporting Accountability and Sustained Growth to Attain Mid-Tier Market Leadership Position

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Kimmy Duong joined Pragmatics in 1987, following a successful 25-year career at IBM. She serves as Pragmatics’ Vice Chairman, as well as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she is responsible for all corporate support functions, including accounting, finance, budgeting, treasury, human resources, risk management, contracts, purchasing, and compliance. She also provides oversight for corporate tax functions.

Ms. Duong began her career at IBM-Vietnam as a programmer/analyst and installed several financial systems, including a state-of-the-art accounting system for a large electronics firm. She received several awards for excellent technical achievement. Ms. Duong rejoined IBM in the United States in 1975 and led a number of projects, including the conversion of one of IBM’s key internal administrative databases. She again received several technical achievement awards for her innovative ideas and dedication to successful task completion.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Saigon. In 2008, Ms. Duong was selected as one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in 2009.

Emile Trombetti, President:

Establishing Strategic Vision and Driving Corporate Growth

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Prior to Pragmatics, Emile was an Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton specializing in helping CIO level leaders at large and small federal and commercial organizations manage and secure their Information Technology functions. With more than 30 years of experience, Emile has a broad base of industry experience that spans federal government, financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy and automotive.

Emile was also Director of IT Infrastructure & Operations for General Motors. He also held positions as Vice President of IT Infrastructure & Operations and Information Security at Bell Atlantic, Vice President of Continuous Availability and Disaster Recovery at Citicorp and also held management positions at Sea-Land Services, Inc., Prudential Securities and Automatic Data Processing. Emile holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Queens College in New York and an M.S. degree in information systems management from Pace University in New York.

Emile is on the Board of Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC and has served as Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board of the John Hopkins Children Center in Baltimore.

JoAnne Manson, Chief Growth Officer:

Implementing Strategic Vision

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JoAnne Manson leads our Business Development team and works closely with the Operations Groups and Technology Solutions Group to capitalize on opportunities to expand services with current and new customers. She contributes to new marketing initiatives to ensure broad industry awareness of Pragmatics’ innovative solutions.

JoAnne is a results-oriented business development leader with more than 30 years of experience building and running marketing and business development organizations and performing strategic captures. Prior to Pragmatics, she held various executive positions within business development units of several companies including KBRwyle, Booz Allen Hamilton, and SAIC. JoAnne’s experience and expertise in strategic planning, infrastructure development, and keen understanding of various technology concepts will help drive Pragmatics’ growth.

Dr. Ben Nguyen, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Technology Solutions Group:

Leading Corporate Initiatives in Healthcare and Health IT

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Dr. Ben Nguyen works with Pragmatics’ leadership team to develop strategies and innovative solutions to advance health information and deep learning technologies. As current data volumes increase, Dr. Nguyen is focused on improving our ability to access better insights in a meaningful way. Through his experience as a practicing physician, he understands the importance of data-driven patient care, the challenges of technology/EHR adoption, and the need to improve quality metrics for outcomes and patient satisfaction. He actively represents Pragmatics in relationships with academic institutions, professional societies, and government clients.

Dr. Nguyen has participated as a member of the Pragmatics executive team for many years. He has been involved in the strong growth of the company since its inception in 1985. He also serves as Pragmatics’ Ethics Officer. He is board-certified in both clinical informatics and neurosurgery, and holds a bachelors and a medical degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Kim Nguyen, Vice President of Special Programs:

Driving Pragmatics’ Market Expansion to Mid-Market Prominence

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Dr. Kim Nguyen is Pragmatics’ VP of Special Programs.

Dr. Nguyen Joined Pragmatics in 1997. He has managed Pragmatics enterprise testing contract at Customs and Border Protection (120 FTE) and a software development contract with the Treasury Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (25 FTE). He played a key role in winning 20 of the company’s IDIQ Federal Government Contracts, as well as numerous task orders. These contracts diversified Pragmatics business base into several Civilian Agencies and DoD Activities.

Nguyen was previously involved in mergers and acquisitions and leadership development. Nguyen was an IAC Voyager in 2005, winning the Co-Pilot of the Year Runner-Up Award. He was IAC Associates Vice Chair in 2015.

Dr. Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Yocom, Senior Vice President and General Manager:

Leader of Strategic Support for DoD and Intelligence Community Programs

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Mike Yocom serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager. In that role, he leads the development of the Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division, which focuses on consulting, systems development, and information technology infrastructure operations in the defense and intelligence community.

Mr. Yocom has extensive experience in program execution and customer satisfaction for systems integration and consulting projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), including the Army, Navy, and Defense Information Systems Agency. He also has experience with, and knowledge of, the Army and DoD information infrastructure and has provided support for the National Guard.

Prior to joining Pragmatics, Mr. Yocom was a Vice President for SRA International, Inc. He previously held contract implementation and systems integration and management positions at FC Business Systems and the Federal Systems Division of IBM. Mr. Yocom served in the Army for 24 years, specializing in telecommunications management and data processing and retiring at the rank of colonel. In his final assignment, he served as deputy chief of staff for operations and plans at 7th Signal Command, where he developed the first centralized Army-wide network and systems management center and consolidated mainframe data processing across the Army.

Mr. Yocom is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Association of the United States Army.

Yihong Sun, Vice President of Finance:

Providing Financial Leadership and Strategic Insight to Drive Growth

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Yihong Sun joined Pragmatics in November 2011 as Corporate Controller and assumed the role of Vice President of Finance in 2014. Ms. Sun holds responsibility for all corporate accounting and finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, management reporting, taxes, and audits.

Ms. Sun has in-depth experience in leading the corporate accounting and finance functions of growth-oriented technology companies. Prior to joining Pragmatics, she was the Corporate Controller for Paradigm Holdings, a publicly-traded information technology provider acquired by CACI. Prior to that, she was the Director of Financial Reporting for SI International, a publicly traded provider of IT and network solutions. While at SI International, Ms. Sun directed accounting and financial reporting functions during a period when nine acquisitions were integrated into the company and annual revenue grew from $100 million to nearly $600 million.

Ms. Sun is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peking University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Toledo.