Who We Are
John P. DeBlasio is Chairman of Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, Chairman of DT Global and DT Institute, the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Peace and Development (GPD) Charitable Trust, and the Managing Director of Bootstrap Capital.
John served 21 years in the military and was a recipient of the Bronze Star as well as the Joint Service Commendation Medal before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Civil Affairs branch in 2011. After returning from active duty in 2004, John co-founded Sallyport Global Services and built what would become the largest provider of security and facilities management services to USAID prime contractors operating in Iraq, as well as a primary contractor for the DoD, DoS, NASA, The World Bank and Foreign Ministries, and the UN. In 2011, John successfully sold Sallyport and took the “Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge” subsequently dedicating more than half (~85%) of his net worth to charitable causes.
John went on to establish Bootstrap Capital in 2012, a private equity firm that provides partnership opportunities for small/medium sized growth and family businesses. In 2019, and after the successful merger of Development Transformations and the international development arm of AECOM, Join became the Chairman of the DT Global “family” which consists of DT Global, it’s academic arm DT Institute, and GPD Charitable Trust. Grounded in decades of technical expertise and leadership around the world,the DT Global family incorporates rigorous learning and assessment in program design and process to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of thought leadership, civic engagement, and international development.
Steve Hartsuff leads Continuity Global as its Chief Executive Officer, where he is responsible for the oversight of the company’s global operations as well as coordinating & developing all aspects of the company’s performance. Steve draws on his extensive history of successful business experience to oversee the strategic, operational, financial, and marketing aspects of the company, in addition to focusing on maximizing client satisfaction. An international business operations expert with experience spanning more than 30 years, Steve has consistently increased the growth and revenue of the organizations he’s led.
Steve began his working career in the construction industry, directing sales and marketing efforts for steel construction companies in the Southeast and Midwest US. In the late ‘90s, he joined a mid-size general contracting company in Mississippi, focusing on Department of Defense (DoD) construction projects throughout the U.S. During this time, Steve identified a pressing, unmet need of county and municipal governments for support during the construction process. In response, Steve created and led an extremely successful public-works construction management business unit, the first of its kind in its market space.
Steve has an extensive history of successfully delivering creative solutions to support clients operating in remote locations and conflict zones around the world. His service offerings and clients are diverse…Steve’s teams have provided security services in Pakistan (DoS), food services in Qatar (USAF), engineering & advisory services in Afghanistan (USACE), built training camps (DoS) and radio stations (USAID) in South Sudan, and performed environmental remediation in Iraq (USAF).
Steve places a heavy emphasis on the importance of developing and maintaining long-term professional relationships with both clients and employees, ensuring he mentors and motivates his teams to see that every project is successful.
Winfried “Win” Scheel is Chief Operating Officer of Continuity Global Solutions where he is responsible for the Growth Strategies for Torres and our acquisitions. Win has an entrepreneurial background of leadership, business development, operations, proposal writing and procurement. His global experience centers around large security projects requiring complex logistical solutions, housing and life support primarily, in conflict, post-conflict, geographically remote and resource constrained environments.
In 2017 Win was hired by the private equity firm Bootstrap Capital as CEO of Pax Mondial. Win expanded the capabilities and scope of Pax by winning a prime contract with USAID as the Partner Liaison Security Operation in Haiti. He was responsible for the transformation that brought Pax Mondial profitable and merged into Torres.
Win consulted for numerous companies including Algeco-Scotsman during the 2015 Syria Refugee Crisis that saw over a million refugees enter Europe, to providing modular housing and schools from Sweden to southern Turkey. Win also won numerous projects with his own Company, Global Deployed Services.
Win won his first major US Government contract with Sallyport Global Services and Target Logistics in 2005 supporting Iraqi Police and Border Guards in Basra, Iraq. The contract provided housing, life support, security, logistics and much more. Win continued to work with both Companies through 2012 supporting: hurricane Katrina with turnkey life support services on a leased cruise ship.
Win retired from the US Army after 21 years of service as a Logistician with three combat tours. During his Army career Win earned his Master Degree from the University of Oklahoma was awarded the Bronze Star and numerous other awards and unit citations.
Tauqeer Khalid (TK) is the Chief Financial Officer of Continuity Global Services, where he draws on nearly 20 years of international experience to ensure the success of all aspects of the company’s financial functions including accounting, treasury, audit, and investor relations, as well as the company’s overall financial direction and strategy.
Originally from Pakistan, Tauqeer began his career in the financial sector after getting an MBA in Finance from the University of Punjab. He spent several years developing his financial skills in accounting positions at multiple firms across Pakistan before transitioning into more senior roles, where he became responsible for both the financial oversight and day-to-day financial management of companies in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
After being recognized for successfully leading the financial direction of multiple international companies, Tauqeer was brought on to be the Director of Finance and Administration for Sallyport Global Services in Iraq in 2005, where he spent over a decade directing the financial operation, administration, and HR activities of OCONUS international projects funded by DoD, DoS, and OPEC commercial clients with yearly turnover of $400 million while operating in remote locations and conflict zones around the world. Prior to assuming the role of CFO with Torres AES, Tauqeer was enlisted to help restructure the operations and financial management for Pax Mondial as COO/ CFO.
Alfred Leggett is the Vice President of Support Services for Continuity Global Solutions, where he is responsible for the leadership, professional development, oversight, and management of multiple services Torres AES’ provides to clients around the globe. Alfred is the primary point of contact for Local Guard Force (LGF) Contracting Officers and Program Managers as well as being responsible for the oversight of Torres AES’ National Industrial Security Program (NISP) as the Facility Security Officer (FSO). Alfred is a former U.S. Marine with over 24 years of security and Law Enforcement experience in both military and commercial services and has been with Torres AES since 2008.
Alfred joined Torres AES in 2008 as a Site Manager, where he developed an extensive track record of successfully ensuring stable and secure environments for Torres AES throughout several Forward Operating Bases (FOB). His dedication to the mission, “Can Do” attitude earned him a promotion to Country Manager in 2011, Initially working at Victory Base Camp, Alfred successfully managed the daily function and welfare of Torres AES, providing security services to over 800 personnel for both U.S. and Coalition Forces within Iraq, as well as effectively overseeing the security for Torres AES “In country headquarters” and “Life Support Compound”. After demonstrating exceptional work ethic in numerous roles such as Program Development, Contract Management, Business Development, Proposal writing, Quality Assurance and a multitude of other duties while performing in his role, Alfred was promoted to Senior Regional Program Manager of Torres AES in 2012, where he drew on his extensive military and professional background to manage the daily function, welfare, and staffing of all Torres AES programs totaling over $100 million in revenue across three continents, Middle East, Africa, and Europe consisting of U.S. Armed Guard programs (DoD), Local Guard Programs (DoS), Language Translation and Interpretation and Locally Employed Personnel (LEP) Screeners Program (USAF).
Alfred is committed to fostering a cohesive and productive work environment with the highest ethical standards, promoting a ‘team player’ attitude and unimpeachable personal & professional integrity.
Brian Davidenko is the Vice President of Technical Services for Continuity Global Solutions, where he is responsible for program management, proposal pricing development, and the strategic development of the technical services segment of the business, which includes a wide range of personnel support in the engineering, facilities maintenance, and logistics fields. Leading our Business Development team and efforts, Brian brings over twenty years of experience in developing, implementing, and managing complex projects to his position with Torres AES, including international program management for DoD and DoS contracts.
After graduating from Georgia State University in the late 1980’s, Brian began his professional career overseeing the operations, facility management, and sales management of manufacturing plants before moving into the construction industry. In 2002, Brian founded Davidenko Construction, where he spent over half a decade running every aspect of an extremely successful contracting company. Brian went on to provide successful project management, OM&R, and contingency contract work supporting a variety of international projects, including the United States Air Force’s AFCAP contract.
Brian brings extensive experience creating operational excellence, quality driven management, and customer-centric solutions. Not afraid to think outside-the-box when required, Brian has a demonstrated history of sourcing and using new and innovative materials to meet project criteria as well as utilizing new technology to overcome resource deficits–all while reducing costs. Brian also understands the importance and power of an effective group and is known for being an accomplished operational leader.
Simone McCabe is the Director of Proposal Development for Continuity Global Solutions, where she oversees the bid development process, from the initial vetting of opportunities & partners to analyzing RFP requirements and developing proposals. Simone draws on decades of experience to oversee Torres AES’ team of proposal writers, pricers, and graphic designers to create proposals that are compliant, compelling, and speak to the client’s specific objectives and requirements.
After earning her Master’s Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Simone initially elected to pursue a career in the energy sector. Here, she spent a decade working as an analyst, consultant, and project manager for companies that promoted international trade and energy development. In these roles, Simone participated in developing project financing recommendations for one of the largest natural gas investment projects in the world. As a project manager, Simone managed the entire project lifecycle, which encompassed writing & managing proposals for client review and working directly with clients to ensure proposal & project specifications met client objectives. Aside from her project management responsibilities, she was also active in many other aspects of the business, from marketing & PR to operations and internal employee relations.
After leaving the energy sector, Simone transitioned into government proposal writing & management, leveraging many of the skills she had honed in her previous position, including the ability to perform fine-tuned analyses of solicitation requirements, writing clear & persuasive proposals, and promoting client & partner relations. She has brought to Torres a focus on identifying and promoting operational efficiencies, including incorporating best practices and an analytical foundation in the proposal development process.
Aaron Benson is the Director of Human Resources for Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions, where he is responsible for ensuring the importance of human resources and human rights, as well as protecting employees and consultants from illegal and abusive labor practices.
With over 15 years of human resources and over 12 years of health benefit and retirement management experience, Aaron is seen by his colleagues both locally and internationally as a calming force in the organization, highly skilled in mediation and consensus-building, and as a leader of managing the politics of a high-paced office environment full of accomplished team members from diverse backgrounds.
After earning his BFA in Art and Technology from the Ohio State University, Aaron spent six years as an Operations Manager of AMC Theatres where he was given multiple marketing awards for his remarkable performance.
Aaron transitioned into a full-time HR role when he returned to the DC-Metro area after college to work for TCS Translations before moving over to Torres AES where he has been for over a decade. Aaron began with Torres AES as a Human Resources Generalist, and after demonstrating consistently reliable and extraordinary work, he rose through the HR Department to be promoted to the Director of Human Resources position.
In explaining his success, Aaron states “that maintaining my calm in scenarios that would cause others anxiety or distress has always allowed me to remain goal-oriented. Being this type of person allows employees to feel free to come to me for an honest and non-judgmental assessment in both employment-based and personal concerns that could impact the employee’s job performance. They know I can listen to a problem, evaluate the corners of the concern from end to end, and offer meaningful advice, information, and resources to solve their challenge.”