Over the last few years, GTSI “” an enterprise solutions and services provider to the government “” has been a company in transition, moving from its old role of being a traditional government reseller of IT products into a total solutions provider. Today, the company is well-positioned to go out and grow the services business. A big part of that growth can be credited to Joe Ragan, and his leadership as CFO. Ragan recently talked with us about the joys and challenges of his new role as CFO, how he’s help turn GTSI around, and what hot trends might very well shape public companies in the DC area and beyond.
How did you get to be CFO at GTSI?
Joe Ragan: I started in the Deloitte practice office in Washington, D.C., with Deloitte and Touche. I worked for several large local companies, but the largest local company was the AES Corporation. I had an opportunity to live and work abroad in Buenos Aries, Argentina, then came back to Northern Virginia. I also worked for other public companies as well as ventured capital-backed companies and, ultimately, today I am the CFO of GTSI in Chantilly.