Who We Are

Founded in 1975, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States. Based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Chantilly, Virginia, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is a government services contractor focused on delivering Strategic Solutions to complex national priority programs.

Culture

As a team, we have a common goal and synergy among our people that starts with our customers. We are dedicated to their missions as well as our own. We are motivated to exceed their requirements in every task. We are committed to maintaining the highest levels of service possible.

We largely attribute our growth to this unwavering, can-do attitude. Since becoming a majority-owned ESOP in 1997*, we have grown annually, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of our employee-owners, our strong set of core values and beliefs and our solid vision and mission.

*100% Employee-Owned since 2015

Mission & Vision


Mission

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.

Vision

AMERICAN SYSTEMS will be a privately held, employee-owned provider of professional, technical and consulting services. We will…

...be recognized as a diverse team of talented professionals with unmatched expertise.

....be an employer of choice by creating a culture of trust that is balanced, supportive, and committed to teamwork, leadership, and continuous improvement.

...live our values every day!

Quality & Ethics


Quality

As employee-owners, we take quality personally. We focus on quality, so we deliver quality. Every day. On every task. Our quality reflects our people, our commitment, and our philosophy.

Our Corporate Quality Objectives:

  • Achieving Customer Satisfaction
  • Providing for Continuous Improvement
  • Promoting Business Integrity
  • Creating Valued Relationships
  • Establishing a Quality-Based Culture

Ethics

We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. We believe that honesty and integrity are the foundations of an excellent company which is what we strive to be. We want to excel in every aspect of our business and approach every challenge with a determination to succeed. We strive daily to maintain a culture of integrity and compliance in all of our business activities. We will always conduct business so that AMERICAN SYSTEMS upholds a valued reputation as an honest and law-abiding organization, alert to its responsibilities in all areas of business.

Click here to read our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (PDF). 

Community 


AMERICAN SYSTEMS prides itself on living our core values every day and takes its commitment to these values seriously, particularly our Community Service value. As a Caring Company, AMERICAN SYSTEMS continues to formally support charities focused on Education, Health Issues, and Military Veterans.

One of the major charities our employee-owners support is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). They are able to participate through their Light the Night (LTN) Walks throughout the country. This is in addition to corporate donations to both the LTN Walk and their Gala Fundraiser. Annually, AMERICAN SYSTEMS contributes more than $40,000 to LLS. To see more about our part in LLS, click here.

AMERICAN SYSTEMS continues to be committed to the men and women who serve and protect to ensure our freedoms. Since 2006, AMERICAN SYSTEMS conducts an annual year-end giving campaign in which we match our employee-owners’ donations to organizations that provide needed benefits to our wounded warriors and their families. 

Better Together.

"I share my insights in an open and collaborative environment to better AMERICAN SYSTEMS."

- Srinivas R., Director of IT Services


Leadership

"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peter L. Smith

Peter L. Smith

President and CEO

Mr. 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...  
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Peter Whitfield

Peter Whitfield

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Whitfield is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of diverse finance, accounting and operations experience with privately held and publicly traded companies...  
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Brian Neely

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...  
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Chris Braccio

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...  
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Joe Kopfman

Joe Kopfman

Executive Vice President, Contracts and Administration/Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Kopfman joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 1978 and has more than 30 years of experience in government and commercial contracting...  
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Pete Pflugrath

Pete Pflugrath

Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Pflugrath joined AMERICAN SYSTEMS in 2010 and is currently responsible for driving new business growth for the corporation measured as year-over-year increases in bid quantity, quality, and...
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Board of Directors

In addition to Peter L. Smith, Vice Chairman, and Joe Kopfman, the following independent members serve on the AMERICAN SYSTEMS Board of Directors.

William C. Hoover

William C. Hoover

Chairman of the Board of Directors

William C. Hoover has been a leader in the information systems and services market sector for more than thirty years and served as the President and CEO of AMERICAN SYSTEMS from 2005 to 2014. Before taking the helm of AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Mr. Hoover served as President and COO of Dynamics Research Corporation... Read more >

Patrick C. Fitzpatrick

Barry M. Broadus

Board Member, Audit & Finance Committee Chair

Mr. Broadus joined the AMERICAN SYSTEMS Board of Directors on September 18, 2017 and was appointed the Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board’s Human Resources Committee... Read more >

L. Kenneth Johnson

L. Kenneth Johnson

Board Member, Human Resources Committee Chair

Mr. Johnson was elected to the AMERICAN SYSTEMS Board of Directors on September 25, 2006 and was appointed the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee on that same date.  He also serves as a member of the Board’s Audit & Finance Committee... Read more >

 

Certifications

ISO 9001:2008 Registration

1999 - Present

The certified Quality Management System is applicable to Project Management disciplines for external customers and corporate support services.

AMERICAN SYSTEMS operates all customer focused programs and internal corporate management processes to strict quality standards. Selected programs and corporate managed processes have been individually audited and are currently included within the scope of our ISO 9001:2008 registration.

AS9100C Quality Certification

2016 - Present

Company’s Lexington Park, MD, Directorate Adds Aerospace Quality Management System Certification to Existing ISO 9001:2008 Standard

AMERICAN SYSTEMS has achieved AS9100C Certification for its Lexington Park, MD, Engineering and Analytical Solutions Directorate (EASD).

AS9100C is an aerospace quality management system that incorporates the ISO 9001:2008 standard and adds additional quality and safety requirements. AS9100C was established by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) in order to enhance the quality, on-time delivery, and performance of defense and aerospace organizations. The scope includes the design, development, testing, integration, production, and installation of aircraft avionics, parts, and components.

 

CMMI-DEV Level 3

2013 - Present

Quality Appraisal Validates Company’s Continuous Improvement Culture

AMERICAN SYSTEMS’ appraisal spanned organizational process management, project and work management, engineering and support using Agile and DEVOPS for current software development projects for Department of Defense, Federal Healthcare, and Civilian agencies.

Recognition & Awards

AMERICAN SYSTEMS has an outstanding track record of customer satisfaction and demonstrated success, resulting in numerous awards for growth, community service, and industry excellence. 

2017

2016

 

2015

  • 2015 Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award
  • Top 50 Government Technology Contractors - Washington Business Journal
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • Top 50 Private Companies - Washington Business Journal

2014

  • 2014 Government Contractor of the Year (greater than $300 Million) - 12th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
  • 2014 Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award
  • Partner of the Year - Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum
  • Top 50 Government Technology Contractors - Washington Business Journal
  • Top 50 Private Companies - Washington Business Journal
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • Strategic Alignment Award - 2014 Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
  • Innovation Award - 2014 Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
 

2013

  • InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators
  • 2013 Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award
  • GSA Mentor of the Year
  • Solution Provider 500 - highest producing integrators and solution providers in the IT channel - CRN magazine
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine

2012

  • 2012 Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award
  • Solution Provider 500 - highest producing integrators and solution providers in the IT channel - CRN magazine
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • American Heart Association "Fit-Friendly Company" Award
  • Sister Eymard Gallagher Award for Corporate Social Responsibility - 2012 Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
 

2011

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Northern Virginia Top Corporate Light the Night Team
  • 2011 Northern Virginia Family Service CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Award
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • Top Telecommunications Service Providers List, Washington Business Journal
  • VAR 500 - largest solution providers in North America - CRN magazine

2010

  • Top Private Companies – Washington Business Journal
  • SmartCFO Award - Mark Danisewicz - SmartCEO magazine
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • VAR 500 - largest solution providers in North America - CRN magazine
 

2009

  • Federal 100 List – Federal Computer Week 
  • Executive of the Year – Bill Hoover - 7th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
  • Top Private Companies – Washington Business Journal
  • ESOP Association Annual Awards for Communications Excellence - First Place (Total Communications) 
  • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
  • VAR 500 - largest solution providers in North America - CRN magazine

    2008

    • Top 100 GWAC Contractors - Federal Times
    • CFO of the Year (Large Private Companies) - Virginia Business Magazine
    • Top Systems Integrators – Washington Business Journal
    • Top 250 GSA Vendors
    • Top Private Companies – Washington Business Journal
    • ESOP Association Annual Awards for Communications Excellence - Award Winner
    • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
    • VAR 500 - largest solution providers in North America - CRN magazine
     

      2007

      • Contractor of the Year - 5th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
      • Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
      • Federal 100 List – Federal Computer Week
      • Top 500 Value-Added Resellers – VAR Business Magazine  
      • Top Private Companies – Washington Business Journal
      • Government VAR 100 – Government VAR magazine
      • GSA Millennia Lite Circle of Excellence Award
      • Top 100 Simulation and Training Companies - Military Training Technology Magazine
      • Top IT Employers Companies – Washington Business Journal
      • VAR 500 - largest solution providers in North America - CRN magazine