Executive Leadership

Bennett McPhatter

Bennett McPhatter is an innovator and technology-centric entrepreneur having co-founded two successful software companies since 1997. With extensive experience in commercial software development, systems engineering, large scale integration, and a passion for solving complex data problems;

Bennett co-founded TETRA Software in 2010, to focus on solving large-scale data problems through an innovative new approach to how independent data silos and data systems can be more seamlessly integrated to produce valuable information in any context, in any format, and at any scale. The resulting products are, collectively, TETRA Platform.

Target markets include Healthcare, Financial Services, Banking, Fortune 500, Government, Manufacturing, Retail, Law Enforcement, and National Defense.

Bennett also co-founded Visual Analytics, Inc. (now Raytheon Visual Analytics) in 1997, focused on creating COTS software products for real-time information sharing, distributed search, and analytics across disparate information systems in Law Enforcement, National Intelligence, and anti-money laundering with customers in over two dozen countries. Bennett’s experience in the U.S. included work with the DOD, IRS, FinCEN, NYPD, Washington/Baltimore HIDTA, New York/New Jersey HIDTA and dozens of agencies across the country.

Bennett began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps where he specialized in radar systems for F-4 and F-18 fighter aircraft, and then later served as an Intelligence NCO for VMFA-321 at Andrews Air Force Base.

Awards & Recognition

  • Winner of Technology Council of Maryland with 2002 “Maryland Muscle” Award
  • Finalist 2003 Earnest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP Maryland Technology Fast 50 for 2005
  • 2009 Center for Digital Government “Best of New York” – Project Demonstrating Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

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Hongda Lin

With more than a decade of experience in commercial software development and systems engineering, Hongda Lin has strong expertise in business process automation, large scale information sharing, data warehousing, distributed computing, and enterprise services.

Hongda earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County and Master of Science in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland University College. Hongda also holds an MCSE Certification and is a MCPD Enterprise Application Charter Member.

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Patrick Truxillo

Patrick Truxillo has spent the past six years helping large-scale organizations achieve data driven insights that empower the distribution of consumable information throughout the enterprise.

Closing in on a decade of sales, business development, and product development, Mr. Truxillo has experience in leading the planning, delivery and operation of technology solutions to meet enterprise business needs while producing dynamic results in the Financial Services, Legal, Healthcare, and IT markets.

As a founder of TETRA Software, Patrick has played a central role in developing TETRA Software’s branding, marketing, distribution, communications and channel partner program which has created pathways to multiple global marketplaces.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The Catholic University of America. Mr. Truxillo was a two year captain on the CUA Football Team and received the Annual CUA Athletic Directors Award, presented to one graduating athlete who has made a difference in CUA athletics both on and off the field.

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Chris Ingram

Chris Ingram brings over a decade of experience designing, developing and managing web and enterprise software solutions to TETRA Software. Previously, he was a Vice President with MSCI where he was responsible for the development and support of numerous financial risk analysis and corporate governance products.

Chris has extensive experience creating software for the collection, integration and analysis of large data sets as well as designing solutions that directly improve business productivity. As the Chief Product Officer of TETRA Software, he is primarily responsible for leading the company's product and project management efforts. Ingram takes primary responsibility for all product-related matters from the TETRA Platform to point solutions such as the Communications Analysis Portal to professional services engagements. Chris and his team also support large TETRA clients and installations.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Florida. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as an active member of Mensa, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.

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Advisory Board

Randall Hopkins

Randall Hopkins has over twelve years experience at The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., the world’s largest exchange company.

His experience spans the market data, listings, trading, and index businesses, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Hopkins has held several senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of the $250MM+ Global Data Products business which creates, distributes, and monetizes valuable information from NASDAQ OMX’s trading systems globally. In this role, Mr. Hopkins oversaw various internal teams, including Sales, Product Management, Content Administration & Policy, and New Business Development. He successfully integrated several major acquisitions.

Mr. Hopkins served on the U.S. Unlisted Trading Privileges Plan’s Operating Committee for five years as The NASDAQ OMX Group’s senior representative, providing leadership on matters such as market structure, transparency, technology, and governance, working collaboratively with all other U.S. equity exchanges and the S.E.C. In this role, he guided the development of real-time and historical market data products which serve millions of subscribers daily.

Currently, Mr. Hopkins heads up NASDAQ OMX’s Capital Markets activities in several western states, working with NASDAQ-listed companies to help them make the most of their NASDAQ listing and to drive value to their business and their shareholders. He also works with private companies to help them navigate the IPO process and to ensure a smooth transition to being a public company. Additionally, Mr. Hopkins serves on the Board of the Software and Information Industry Association.

Mr. Hopkins holds Masters degrees in Business Administration, Information Science, and Philosophy, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Daniel J. McDermott

Daniel J. McDermott

Since 1986, Dan McDermott has founded or headed the Washington DC office of the 8th largest US life insurer, the 6th largest US credit card issuer and the world's largest electronic payments network. As of 2013, Dan provides consulting services to a wide variety of ventures from government relations to entertainment and from commodities trading to software development.

Dan was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He received his BA from Yale University in 1976 and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1979. For the two years following his law school graduation, Dan served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward J. McManus, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. Thereafter, he practiced law in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he specialized in federal litigation. From 1983 through 1986, he was a partner in the firm of Crawford, Sullivan & Read.

In 1987, Dan became Legislative Counsel in Washington, DC to the newly formed Financial Services Council, a legislative coalition organized to promote the modernization of the nation’s financial services laws. Its early efforts eventually culminated in the enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

In 1990, Dan joined Capital Holding Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, an insurance and consumer banking firm, as its Director of Federal Government Relations. In 1992, he was promoted to Vice President of Federal Government Relations and in 1994 was given responsibility for State and Federal Government Relations. That year Capital Holding changed its name to Providian Corporation. In 1997, Providian’s banking operation became independent of its former parent. Dan remained with the bank as Vice President of Providian Financial Corporation. In 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and was responsible for overseeing its federal and state government relations program until after Providian Financial became part of Washington Mutual in 2005.

In 2006, Dan became associated with The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness as Executive Vice President. The CRE is a private sector regulatory watchdog committed to ensuring that information disseminated by the federal government and used in its regulatory undertakings meets the high standards of quality required by the Data Quality Act (a statute The CRE played an instrumental role in enacting).

In 2007 Dan began his professional association with Visa Inc. as it executed its broad corporate reorganization and became Head of US Government Relations.

Dan and his wife, Sue, have three children: Mary, Maggie and Danny. All are life-long lovers of music and arts. As a young boy, Dan took up the drums, and later, the flute. While at Yale, he joined The Duke’s Men of Yale, an all-male a cappella singing group that performed nationwide. After decades of concentrating on his legal and business career, Dan returned to playing music as the founder of and the drummer and singer for the rock ‘n’ roll band, Beats Workin’. Joining Dan in the band are:

Tony Snow (now deceased) - Former Press Secretary to the President of the United States
Dan Poneman - Deputy Secretary and COO, The Department of Energy
Lewis Leibowitz - Partner, Hogan Lovells
Jamie Hutchinson - Partner, Alston & Bird
Susan Jaquet - Broker, Long & Foster Realtors

In 2008, The Box, a movie project starring Gabrielle Union on which Dan served as Associate Producer was released to the public.

Dan and his family reside in McLean, Virginia.

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Jack Quinn

Jack Quinn's career highlights include public service as Counsel to the President of the United States and other positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government; twenty years at Arnold & Porter, a leading law firm in the nation's capital; and the Chairmanship of a major public affairs firm that he has led for more than a dozen years.

Mr. Quinn co-founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, LLC (d/b/a QGA Public Affairs) with Ed Gillespie in 2000. The bi-partisan public affairs firm specializes in providing government relations and strategic communications services to a wide range of clients, including prominent companies in the fields of high technology, energy, financial services and insurance, telecommunications, health care and other areas.

Before co-founding Quinn Gillespie & Associates, Mr. Quinn was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he practiced for twenty years. Mr. Quinn was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught a seminar in constitutional law for three years before entering government service in 1993.

Mr. Quinn served as Counsel to the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition after the 1992 election. His first position in the Clinton-Gore Administration was serving as the Vice President's Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff from January to June 1993. He then became Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Vice President in July 1993. In November 1995, Mr. Quinn was appointed Counsel to the President of the United States.

As White House Counsel, Mr. Quinn was the principal advisor to the President and senior White House officials on all legal aspects of policy and legislation before them. He also advised the President and Executive Branch officials on executive appointments and judicial nominations, issues of executive privilege and the powers of the presidency in general, litigation involving the President in his official capacity, financial disclosure requirements, conflicts of interest, separation the President's official and political activities, application of the War Powers Act and other requirements that may apply to the use of force or intelligence-gathering activities, as well as other issues of legal significance to the conduct of the presidency.

Mr. Quinn is a 1971 graduate of the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and is a 1975 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. While in college and law school, Mr. Quinn served on the staffs of the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969–73), the Democratic National Committee (1973) and Senator Floyd Haskell (D-CO, 1974–75). In 1975–76, at the age of 26, Mr. Quinn served as Campaign Director of the (Mo) Udall for President campaign.

Mr. Quinn has served on a number of boards, including Fannie Mae (1997–2000) as a presidential appointee; the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997-1999) at the recommendation of the then-Chairman of the SEC; Academi LLC (2011 forward); RepEquity (2012 forward); the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (1998-2005); and the Center City Consortium (2006-2010). On the Board of Academi, a private security and training enterprise that was purchased in 2010 from owners previously operating the company as Blackwater Worldwide, Mr. Quinn is one of two independent directors who oversee the company's governance and compliance activities and policies.

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