Rui Garcia is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity, Inc.
With decades of experience in Management and Information Technology Consulting, Rui has worked with many clients from both the public sector and the commercial marketplace. In 2020, Rui was named Executive of the Year by the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF).
Prior to founding Acuity, Rui worked for Oracle Corporation overseeing the International Services Vertical within Oracle’s Civilian Government Sector. He also worked at Lotus Development Corporation in Cambridge, MA, where he was responsible for establishing alliance partners with whom he jointly marketed Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.
Rui holds a Master of Business Administration from The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross.
Interesting Facts: Enjoys being around the water: sailing, boating, surfing, water skiing, etc
Ben has over three decades of experience implementing growth strategies, business processes, and technology systems that deliver optimal corporate performance.
In his role as COO, Ben is responsible for maintaining current operations, policies, and procedures to ensure Acuity is able to serve its federal customers effectively. He also brings new ideas to ensure Acuity is well positioned to continue its growth.
Throughout his career, Ben has held variety of different roles such as marketing, proposals, accounting, finance, program management, systems implementation and operations in several industries including government contracting, conference and trade show management, program management training, and architecture. His deep experience and understanding of each functional area in a business makes him uniquely qualified to serve as Acuity’s COO.
Ben holds an MBA from Indiana University and a BASc from the University of Virginia
Interesting Facts: Lifelong runner, history buff and guitar hack
As Vice President of Business Development for Acuity, Inc., Kristin applies her Federal IT and Management Consulting large business experience as she drives Acuity’s growth strategy, targets and shapes new business opportunities, develops strategic industry relationships, and contributes to federal solutions alongside various industry experts.
Prior to this position, Kristin led business/IT strategy, organizational design and reengineering, system modernization and data engagements across the federal government. She has worked extensively with the Department of Homeland Security since inception and received awards for her service and contributions. She is also a certified Change Management Advanced Practitioner and ITIL 3.0 Advanced Practitioner.
Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Siena College and earned an International Business Certification from the University of Grenoble, France. She maintains board memberships at the Government Technology and Services Coalition (GTSC) and Women in Homeland Security (WHS).
Interesting Facts: Mom of 5, loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her family.
As Vice President of Contracts, Dean Brunk serves as Acuity’s primary point of contact for all contractual matters and plays an integral role in building business relationships.
As an attorney, licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia, Dean has worked in the government contracts legal field for over 17 years. Dean practiced law in Washington, DC prior to working at General Dynamics, and most recently as Vice President and General Counsel for Solers, an information technology company in the DC area.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell University and a JD and MBA from Stetson University.
Interesting Facts: In addition to spending time with his wife, two kids, and black lab, Dean enjoys, running, coaching youth baseball, and cheering on the Washington Nationals.
Jannie is Acuity’s Ethics Officer and Vice President of Human Resources. She brings more than 30 years of experience related to people management and human resources.
Jannie continually utilizes information technology to create a solid HR infrastructure for Acuity. As a proactive leader with proven success building cohesive, high-performing teams, Jannie is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of Acuity’s employee acquisition and retention programs. These programs support benefits administration, HR compliance, employee relations, career development, performance management, education and training development. She also leads the talent acquisition team in developing recruiting activities that leverage best practices for quickly attracting exceptional employees.
During her career, Jannie has held human resources roles at previous employers in the DC Metropolitan area include URS (formerly EG&G and now Aecom), Keane Federal Systems, Edgemark, and Pioneer Technologies
Jannie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Interesting Facts: In her spare time Jannie enjoys visiting the Potomac River. She is an avid book enthusiast, cook and entertainer.
Eric Lazerson is a Vice President, responsible for the creation, management, and execution of Acuity’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG). Under his leadership, the TSG defines and evolves Acuity’s technical capabilities and service offerings, manages industry partnerships, and continuously improves the quality and scalability of Acuity’s technical solutions.
Eric brings over 20 years of technology consulting and corporate leadership experience to help our clients maintain alignment between enterprise IT and business objectives and develop Acuity’s technical talent. His ability to translate and simplify technical knowledge into digestible concepts for his clients, staff and coworkers makes him a unique fit for this innovative role.
Eric has a passion for forming and maintaining highly skilled, high performing teams that feel a personal connection to one another and to the mission. He believes our greatest successes are achieved when teams roll up their sleeves and get into the trenches with our clients to understand mission and technology needs. This philosophy results in more innovative solutions, higher quality products, greater client satisfaction, and teams of dedicated resources that push the boundaries of what’s possible with technology.
During his career, Eric has worked for several leading software companies such as Hewlett-Packard and BMC Software. He has proven expertise in enterprise platform implementations and integrations, custom application development, and ITIL process improvement. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking from Strayer University and is a certified ITIL 4 Managing Professional, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and a ServiceNow Certified Systems Administrator.
Interesting Facts: Eric enjoys the outdoors and feels most at home when he is on the trail backpacking, bike packing or trail running. While currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail, he plans to thru-hike the entire trail from Georgia to Maine.
Oksana Fiedler is a Vice President at Acuity, leading Acuity’s National Security portfolio. She is responsible for driving new business growth within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. In this role, she also oversees a variety of complex technology projects.
Oksana’s experience makes her uniquely qualified to lead the National Security portfolio. She brings over 20 years of professional experience in technical program management for both the federal government and private industry. Prior to joining Acuity in 2009, she supported private industry IT audits and large federal projects at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Oksana also proudly served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer and Pilot for the AH-64A Apache Helicopter.
Oksana holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).
As Vice President, Eric Holbrook leads Acuity’s Financial Services Portfolio. With over two decades working with Federal agencies, Eric is very familiar with the nuances of Federal IT systems. He also utilizes his experience working for tech startups, which focused on software development and e-commerce systems consulting.
During his time at the Department of State, Eric led large organizational projects, including modernizing visa and passport systems, deploying Active Directory at State and the consolidation of enterprise network and systems. As projects turned into programs, he was able to network across bureaus to help instill culture change and increase technology adoption.
Eric joined Acuity in 2009 and has steadily increased his responsibilities over the years. He enjoys building and supporting high functioning teams and executing successful projects. Eric holds a BA in Geography from the Mary Washington College, and an MBA from the University of Florida, which he received while working full-time.
Interesting Facts: Loves to travel, golf, and ski with his family. Avid follower of indie music, attends live shows whenever possible.
Kerri is a Vice President, leading Acuity’s Foreign Affairs business unit which includes the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is responsible for understanding the agency’s technology landscape, and aligning Acuity’s core capabilities to anticipate client demands and overcome challenges in a rapidly changing, global environment. In this role she manages Acuity’s Foreign Affairs portfolio, builds trusted client and industry partnerships, and oversees the strategic implementation of multiple digital transformation initiatives. Kerri’s creative management approach cultivates an environment of continuous growth that has led to a mission focused, dedicated and highly skilled workforce.
During her career, she served in a variety of roles, consistently advancing the quality, efficiency and successful delivery of technology solutions. Prior to joining Acuity, Kerri worked for UHY Advisors and Ernst & Young (EY). Whether a complex concept or strategic idea, Kerri thoughtfully conceptualizes the relationships between conversations, experience and people to creatively package compelling solutions.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems from West Virginia University. Additionally, she is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as well as a certified ITIL Expert.
Interesting facts: Kerri enjoys Nats baseball games, beach trips, and live music at outdoor venues.