Who We Are

AMERICAN SYSTEMS is a privately held, employee-owned, professional, technical and IT services provider. We apply diverse and innovative teams of professionals to enable our customers to accomplish their missions successfully.
We know what's at stake.

​​​Please click on a name below to learn more about our Leadership Team:

Peter L. Smith, President and CEO

Peter_Smith_2014_md.jpgMr. Smith began his AMERICAN SYSTEMS career in August 1980, and has been instrumental in aligning the company’s business development and delivery of strategic offerings with customer needs. Mr. Smith has held a number of roles with increased responsibility within the company before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014.

Mr. Smith previously served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President and General Manager; Vice President and Executive Director; Vice President of Engineering; Vice President and Director; Program Manager; and Systems Engineer.

In addition to his role as AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ President and CEO, he is Vice Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Smith also serves in several industry leadership roles including the TechAmerica Public Sector Board of Directors and the Professional Services Council Board of Directors as well as other industry and community organizations. In January, 2015, Mr. Smith was named to the Wash100 list of influential leaders in the Government Contracting community by GovCon Executive.

Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.

Peter Whitfield, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Danisewicz, Chief Financial OfficerMr. Whitfield is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of diverse finance, accounting and operations experience with privately-held and publicly-traded companies. Mr. Whitfield was named AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ CFO in June, 2015, following his tenure as CFO of Shared Spectrum Company, a provider of technology solutions to federal and commercial customers and as CFO of GTSI (now Unicom Government). Mr. Whitfield was named Corporate Treasurer in September 2015.

Prior to his tenure at GTSI, Mr. Whitfield held executive leadership positions in operations and finance for a number of business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and companies, including InPhonic, Broadwing, Inc., Winstar and MCI.


Mr. Whitfield’s areas of expertise span financial planning, forecasting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, audits, and compliance with federal regulations. Mr. Whitfield earned a BS in Business Administration from Pace University.​

Brian Neely, Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer

As CIO and CTO for AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Mr. Neely leads the overall vision, planning, and management of all technology, information and cybersecurity-related resources throughout the enterprise.  Mr. Neely began his career at AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 1996, and spent his first ten years directly supporting the Army, Navy and Intel communities.

Mr. Neely’s business insight has grown from over a decade as a C-level executive in a progressive technology organization, building on the knowledge and insight gained as an alumnus of the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania) and through an education in strategy and innovation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. On the technical side, Mr. Neely has 20 years of real-world information technology experience, with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Policy & Management (graduating summa cum laude), a CIO Certification from CMU and the Federal CIO Council, and a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certification from Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab (an NSA Center of Excellence). 


Mr. Neely was selected as an InformationWeek 500 winner for Digital Business, a top 250 leader for the Innovative Use of Technology, and was recognized as one of ExecutiveBiz’s Top 10 Federal sector CTOs. Mr. Neely is certified in Lean Six Sigma, ITIL, & CMMI, and is a practitioner of PMP, ISO 9001, and multiple IT security frameworks.​


Chris Braccio, Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Braccio joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 2007, and is currently responsible for the strategic alignment of human talent to achieve the corporate mission. As VP of Human Resources, she oversees the company’s entire human capital function including talent management, compensation, benefits, HRIS as well as community affairs and charitable programs.

Ms. Braccio has more than 25 years of HR experience and has held senior HR leadership roles at World Kitchen, StarBand Communications, and Sunrise Assisted Living as well as HR positions at Fortune 500 companies such as GTE (now Verizon), Contel, Eaton Corporation, and National Semiconductor.   She received her M.S., with honors, in Human Resource Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S, magna cum laude, in Business Management from the University of Connecticut.   She is a member of various HR organizations including the Washington Technical Personnel Forum, WorldatWork, National Association of Professional Women and the Society for Human Resource Management.  She has served for more than 10 years not only as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington Area Compensation and Benefits Association but also as a Committee Member for the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area.  Ms. Braccio serves on AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ Ethics Committee and is the Chairperson of the company's ESOP Administative Committee.

In 2014, Ms. Braccio received the Human Resources Leadership Award for Innovation.


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Joe Kopfman, Executive Vice President, Contracts and Administration/Chief Compliance Officer

Joe Kopfman, Vice President, Contracts and AdministrationMr. Kopfman joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 1978, and has more than 30 years of experience in government and commercial contracting. As Executive Vice President of Contracts and Administration/Chief Compliance Officer, he spearheads the company's Ethics program, and manages the contracts, legal, purchasing, pricing, Mergers and Acquisition, security, facilities, and general administration support departments within the company. Mr. Kopfman is the Corporate Secretary, the Chairman of AMERICAN SYSTEMS' Ethics Committee and serves on the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Kopfman earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Radford University. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the National Contracts Management Association and is active in the Professional Services Council.