Leadership Team

Edwards has carefully nurtured a highly functional management team of experienced professionals from the brightest minds in business today. We are passionate about industry best practices and dedicated to the success of each customer. Our team members possess the domain expertise compatible with Edwards’ vision and fundamental values – creating an exceptional, cohesive corporate culture.

Gina Abate

President and CEO
Gina Abate joined Edwards Performance Solutions in 2013 as a Senior Vice President. Appointed President in June 2013 and CEO in May 2016, she is responsible for the direction, leadership, and performance of Edwards. Ms. Abate actively runs day-to-day capture and delivery of products and services across the company’s three Strategic Business Units, contracts, finance, human resources, business development, proposals, and technology solutions.  Read More>>

Wendy Bernard

Director of Human Resources and Administration
Wendy Bernard joined Edwards in October 2014 as a Human Resources Generalist and was promoted to the Director of Human Resources (HR) and Administration in August 2015. Wendy is responsible for leading all strategic initiatives and day-to-day functions for the HR department, in addition to managing Recruitment efforts, Security, and Administrative Support. She has 14+ years of combined professional experience in HR, Recruiting, Sales, and Account Management. Read More>>

Steve Edwards

Founder
Steve Edwards founded Edwards Industries (d/b/a; Edwards Performance Solutions) in 1997 to provide tailored business services that result in greater operational performance. Since its inception, he has devoted himself and the company to specializing in the implementation of proven processes and methodologies, as well as emerging technologies and tools to drive mission success for commercial businesses, Government agencies, and non-profit organizations.  Read More>>

Mike Fullerton

Director of Civilian and National Defense
Mike Fullerton is the Director of Edwards’ Civilian and National Defense Strategic Business Unit (SBU). He leads all strategic initiatives, including capture and delivery, for the SBU. Mike has 17+ years of experience in Program Management. Read More>>

Bill Gibson

Chief Financial Officer
Bill Gibson joined Edwards in January 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for managing all financial affairs of the company. In addition to managing the daily tasks of accounting operations, Bill works with company leadership to understand the profitability of all existing contracts, ensures access to sufficient working capital as the company grows, and enhances the company’s financial reporting, as well as budgeting and forecasting processesRead More>>

Bill Hassler

Vice President of Business Development
Bill Hassler joined Edwards in January 2014 as the Vice President of Business Development. In this capacity, he supports the strategic growth of Edwards into emerging market segments as well as expands the current offerings into additional related service sectors. Read More>>

Fletcher Hearns

Director of Technology Solutions
Fletcher Hearns joined Edwards in September 2008 as a Senior Program Manager and Enterprise Solution Specialist responsible for designing and implementing enterprise-level project management (EPM) solutions around Microsoft Project Server 2007, 2010, and 2013. In July 2011, Fletcher assumed the leadership role for this area, becoming the Director of Technology Solutions.  Read More>>

Brian Hubbard

Director of Commercial
Brian Hubbard is the Director of Edwards’ Commercial Strategic Business Unit (SBU). As SBU Director, he is responsible for all strategic Commercial initiatives. Given his 32 years of cybersecurity experience, Brian also leads development and expansion of Edwards’ Cybersecurity Solution Area. Read More>>

Andrea Linton

Director of Learning and Development
Andrea Linton joined Edwards in September 2013 as the Director of Learning & Development (L&D). In this role, Andrea is responsible for leading L&D projects including managing, collaborating, and fostering relationships with customers, project budgets, team workload, task allocation, deliverables, and quality assurance. Andrea also participates in business development efforts to assist the growth of the L&D Solutions Area. Read More>>

Edward (Ned) Merrill

Vice President of Solutions
Edward (Ned) Merrill joined Edwards in 2014 as Vice President of Solutions. In this position, Ned is directly responsible for Edwards’ four Solution Areas across our four Strategic Business Units. He is also accountable for Lean/Agile management, as well as the development and implementation of the Edwards’ Agile Portfolio Methodology. Ned ensures the company is delivering products, services, and personnel to satisfy all current contractual requirements.  Read More>>

Eric Perlstein

Director of Healthcare Programs
Eric Perlstein joined Edwards in September 2014 as the Director of our Healthcare Strategic Business Unit. In this role, Eric provides our Healthcare customers with high quality support and solutions. He will work to define program management roles and responsibilities; provide guidance in the maturity of System Development Life Cycles (SDLC); plan for project communication between senior management, client stakeholders and Program staff; and identify an approach for risk management while upholding Edwards’ core values. Read More>>

Mellisa Wagner

Director of Proposals and Marketing Strategy
Mellisa Wagner joined Edwards in May of 2014 as the Director of Proposals & Marketing Strategy. She maintains the proposal process as well as facilitates solutions and marketing strategy. As Director, she works across the organization to create winning proposals and acts in concert with solutions leaders who are assigned to each proposal. Read More>>