Our Executive Team

Steve Horn

Steve has over 35 years of experience in the Cyber Security and National Security sector.  He founded the National Security Group Division for an Investment Bank focused on Mergers and Acquisitions advisory services and Buy-Outs of companies in the National Security market segment. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and strategic consulting for companies desiring to expand their presence or prepare for sale within the CyberSecurity and DoD/Intelligence Community market segment.  Steve possesses an impressive track record in starting and building businesses, having founded or co-founded eight successful companies, predominantly at the intersection of advanced technology and the National Security Community.  He most recently founded MasterPeace Solutions, an innovative solutions development and technology incubator that focuses on the increasing convergence between critical government cyber and intelligence missions and commercial IT security needs.


Tom Safir

Tom possesses an extensive background built over 30+ years in organic and inorganic growth execution as an operating executive, to include strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.  Industry focus has included cybersecurity, advanced analytics, and IoT.  Tom has extensive experience in the National Security sector, working with organizations in the defense, intelligence, and homeland security domains.  Transactions have focused on national priorities in next generation analytic and cybersecurity solutions, protection of mission-critical information and real-time actionable intelligence solutions for enterprise protection.


Doug Schmidt

Doug has been an investment banker for over 25 years, with an emphasis on growth and technology industries.  He has been a primary banker to companies that serve the federal government and state & local governments, including and especially Defense, State Department and the Intelligence Community.  Doug began his investment banking career in the 1980s with First Chicago and then Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York, where he was a merger and acquisition specialist. Doug has executed over $3 billion in M&A, private placements, and IPO transactions. He is a former director and officer of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), past chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and former chairperson of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Capital Formation Committee.