John Aggrey, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Aggrey has spent many years in the technology sector and is responsible for the vision and long range strategic plan for the company. Clients include: AirMall USA, Commonwealth Technology, Union Track, MediaBarn, Dig-It Games, Truvincio, Vet Advisors and Mobile Commons. Prior to The Unicorn Group, Mr. Aggrey held positions in a Vice President or Director role for several companies including Edgewater Technology. Inc., a publicly traded premium IT services company; B2e markets, a strategic sourcing software company which was acquired by VerticalNet; and KnowledgeMax, Inc. an e-Learning corporate training company.
Mr. Aggrey’s experience as an entrepreneur also includes serving as the Founder and CEO of Serious2Learn, a streaming media corporate portal which was acquired by KnowledgeMax, Inc. in 2001. Mr. Aggrey is the Founder & CEO of 2phlo.com, a first to market internet based platform to provide business development opportunities and sales leads by curating and monetizing the ‘free time’ of business professionals to meet. In addition he currently serves as an equity Advisory Board member (or Co-Founder) of KiwiTech, BizGravity, Solebrity, EdBacker, Stocknights, BeamSmart, HyLighter, Trustify and Supercook.com.
Mr. Aggrey has supported non-profit organizations and philanthropy in the community for over 25 years serving as a board member (or advisory board member) of the following: Leadership Greater Washington, Founding CEO-Youth Leadership Greater Washington, United Negro College Fund (DC Chapter), The Anthony Bowen YMCA, Bishop Walker School for Boys, The McLean Orchestra (Advisory Board), Library Theatre, and Howard University (Community Advisory Board) and Saint Michael’s the Archangel (Parish Council).
Robert Lawrence, Ph.D, Director
Prior to joining The Unicorn Group, Dr. Lawrence was the Chief Technology Officer at BAE Systems Inc where he provided senior leadership and direction across a broad set of technical and business projects. He has extensive experience in system engineering, technical management, program management, and business development. He has expertise in communication, radar, and combat systems; signal processing; system architecture; and has specialized in technology development and management. Before joining BAE Systems, Dr. Lawrence was the chief engineer of MITRE’s Navy Division and was the founding Director of their Signal Processing Center. Dr. Lawrence started his career at Bell Laboratories after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has over thirty continuing education credits. He attended the NATO International Summer School for Advanced Study, was an associate professor with two local universities, and taught at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was one of the founding members of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) where he led much of the technical effort and was a member of the executive committee. He is a past member of the MILCOM Board of Directors and previously was technical program chairman. Dr. Lawrence is a past member of the Washington AFCEA Board of Directors and was the technical chairman of the AFCEA Spring Symposium on Information Security. He also has had the pleasure of supporting both the Army Science Board and the Naval Studies Board.
Barry Toser, Director
Prior to joining The Unicorn Group, Barry has headed up TNT Advisory Group, a business development and consulting firm with a mission of helping companies to grow and expand.
He is currently serving in the role of EVP of Sales & CMO of Declaration Networks Group, an early stage company that is building wireless access networks in underserved markets, primarily through the deployment of disruptive White Space technology.
Among his many accomplishments, Barry has turned around a telecom division at a NYSE firm, increasing revenues from $24M to $62M, and he has taken two early stage companies from under $10M to $100M+ – each in less than two years. His background consists of carrier and enterprise sales, marketing, and senior management roles, and he has twice run $300 – $500 million sales organizations. Barry was also the CEO for an early stage mobile payments company, and he has led the M2M division of a $2B international company.
Barry also serves as the President of The HUB, a networking organization for telecom and technology professionals that he co-founded in 1999. The HUB is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the U.S., with a participant database of over 5,000 individuals.
Barry has held senior management positions for Neustar, Giesecke & Devrient, TNS, Teleglobe, Cable & Wireless & Sprint.
Willie Hensley, Director
Willie Hensley has over 40 years of experience in the Federal government. In August 2008, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs appointed Mr. Hensley as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for Human Resources and Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. In that capacity, Mr. Hensley was responsible for leading the management of the Department’s human resources programs and initiatives – He managed and executed a $300M budget in support of the Department’s investment in human capital, a major transformational initiative, involving over 10 major contracts and approximately 35 private sector companies. He directly supervised the Dean of VA Learning University and 6 Deputy Assistant Secretaries who lead and managed the Department’s human resources policies and programs impacting some 310,000 employees, nation-wide. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management were he supervised 11 major human resources business lines; ranging from marketing, recruitment and staffing to employee benefits, human resources accountability, and workforce/succession planning. Prior to his VA appointment, Mr. Hensley was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel with the U.S. Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command, where he directed personnel and administrative functions for 2,000 military and civilian employees.
Mr. Hensley’s military awards include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Award and the Legion of Merit. He is a 2009 Presidential Rank Award recipient and has been awarded the VA Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award.
John Dinkel, Director
John has over 25 years of experience in business development, sales management and operations, and has worked in a leadership role at numerous organizations including the Daily Times (Salisbury, MD), The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, PA), The Record (Troy, New York), Patuxent Publishing Company and the Daily Record (Baltimore, MD). John also serves as an advisor and VP, Business Development for Trigger Transformation, LLC, a local technology startup based in Baltimore City. He is also the host of iHeart Radio’s (Baltimore) CEO’s You Should Know weekly podcast. Prior to joining The Unicorn Group, John was the president and publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ) for 11 years and VP of Sales for 5 years. The BBJ is the premier business-to-business news organization in the Baltimore Region.
John is a board member of Business Volunteers Maryland and was appointed to the Bay Restoration Fund Committee by Governor Larry Hogan in 2017. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Stevenson University and is co-founder of the Roundtable for Young Executives. John previously held board positions at the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland and the Center Club.