Sidney A. Hall
Sid was born in Abilene, Texas and raised in the Houston area. He was trained as an Arabic linguist in the United States Air Force and served as a Staff Sergeant in the 694th Intelligence Group, 22nd Intelligence Squadron at Fort Meade, Maryland.Read more >
After leaving the service, Sid began a new career as a civilian IT consultant for a number of organizations in the Department of Defense, focusing on the Intelligence Community. Sid has fifteen years of experience as an IT consultant, and has worked for several companies including Pulse Engineering, Titan, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard.
Sid spent nine years at ClearShark. His career with ClearShark began as a senior consultant specializing in fibre channel storage area networking, enterprise class storage systems, and enterprise scale file services. Throughout his career, Sid has deployed thousands of fibre channel ports, petabytes of SAN-attached enterprise-class storage, and petabytes of file services capacity. He holds technical certifications from Brocade, NetApp, VMware, and the Microsoft Corporation, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
In 2014, ClearShark and Critical Resouces Group merged their professional services divisions into a single new entity, Fuse Engineeing, LLC. Sid now serves as the President of Fuse. In addition to his executive duties, he continues to work part-time as a storage system architect, helping customers to enhance and modernize their storage infrastructures.
Sid enjoys yelling at the screen while his Houston Texans lose – again. He also enjoys travel, sailing, watching old movies (with the real boss, Angela), reading science fiction, playing video games, and torturing his guitar.
Vice President, Operations
Kevin Kennedy brings more than 20 years of business and technology experience to his role of Vice President, Operations for Fuse Engineering. Kevin joined FUSE Engineering from Critical Resources Group (CRG) following the merger of CRG and Clearshark professional services. During his tenure at CRG, Kevin was responsible for staffing and managing their portfolio of contracts while providing full time Systems Engineering support to the customer.Read more >
Prior to his achievements at Fuse and CRG, he spent a decade at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), beginning as a Systems Administrator and progressively increasing responsibility until becoming Technical Lead and Program Manager of one of their most profitable and cutting edge contracts within the Research organization.
Today, Kevin is responsible for building and maintaining prime contract relations, supporting business development, general oversight of personnel, and serves on the Board of Directors for Fuse Engineering. In addition to his duties at Fuse Engineering, Kevin Kennedy serves as Vice President of ZyEdge, providing operational guidance and support including integration into the Fuse culture.
True to his roots, Kevin still maintains his Redhat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. While not at work, Kevin resides in Western Howard County, Maryland and likes to spend time with his wife and two daughters at the beach or cruising on his Harley Davidson Nighttrain.
Kevin Kennedy earned his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Frostburg State University and his Masters of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, University College.
Vice President, Finance
Bob McGinn brought his talents from CRG to Fuse Engineering. Bob began with CRG at its inception and was integral to the successful startup and growth of the organization. With a fresh company comes the need for a ‘Swiss Army Knife” type skill set which Bob was able to superbly fulfill. Bob implemented and maintained all accounting, HR, and contracting policies and procedures over the life of the company and was integral in growing the company to its advanced stage.Read more >
Bob is now able focus his energy on his area of interest and expertise, accounting/finance, and continues to find ways to positively impact the organization as the Director of Finance. Over the past five years, he has learned a great deal about DCAA/FAR through real world experience, CE courses and partner relationships, and applies this knowledge to Fuse in concert with his accounting experience.
Bob previously worked as a production planner/buyer for Neschen GBC Graphic films while putting himself through school in order to advance his career. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Baltimore.
Originally a Michigander by way of Battle Creek, Bob moved to Maryland as a youngster when his Dad was assigned to the area by the US Army. He has stayed true to the Detroit professional sports teams and University of Michigan athletics and never misses a Detroit Lions or U of M basketball game. Bob has three young daughters that continuously attempt to interfere with his sports watching, but they have yet to be successful. He enjoys spending time with his family on regional weekend trips, summer trips to the beach, daily jaunts to local parks and any other activities his children desire.
Vice President, Business Development
Al originally grew up in Western PA and attended Westminster College where he obtained a degree in Math and Computer Science. Al spent most of his early career doing product R&D and commercial consulting for COTS, Telco and E-Commerce companies, culminating in his role as VP of Technology for Enermetrix.com.Read more >
In 2002, Al moved to the Intelligence and DoD communities when he joined Praxis Engineering where he was Director of their Strategic Markets Business Unit. He then went on to found Helm Point Solutions, where he was COO. Finally, before joining Fuse Engineering, Al was VP of ClearShark Labs. These positions spanned a wide array of efforts in the Counter Terrorism, CNO, Big Data and Cyber disciplines.
Al is currently VP of Business Development for Fuse Engineering. In this role, he is charged with expanding Fuse’s presence with current and new customers, focusing on Fuse’s strengths in the HPC, Cyber and Enterprise IT space.
Al also serves as the VP of Membership for the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter.
Director of HR
Darlene was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and began her career as a Clerk Typist and Procurement Clerk for the US Department of Agriculture. The next decade (or so) moved her into other Administrative, Sales Support, and Project Management jobs where learn-as-you-go was the standard training plan, and that’s exactly what she did. Darlene had no idea how valuable those plans would turn out to be.Read more >
In 2003, Darlene joined a small and growing ClearShark as employee number 5 where she initially provided general administrative support. Her roles and responsibilities continued to expand, and she put her learn-as-you-go roots to the test as she became the single point of contact for: Human Resources & Benefits, Contracts, Facility & Security, Accounting, Payroll, and Order Administration, just to mention a few.
At Fuse, Darlene has narrowed her focus to Human Resources and Office Management. Her can-do attitude, dedication, and commitment to excellence epitomize the goodness of these 2 companies and make her an invaluable member of Fuse Engineering.
When Darlene is not spreading joy and sunshine at Fuse, she enjoys most genres of music, reading, playing in a billiard league, and taking long motorcycle rides with her super special significant other!
Director of Contracts
Ashley Baldwin was born, raised, and still lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She started her career as an accountant in the International Accounting department at Northrop Grumman, quickly learning she loved international business a bit more than she loved balance sheets. Moving into international contracts full time, Ashley provided support for the F-16 radar and then onto domestic contracts working the P8-A and AWACS programs. In her 10 years at Northrop Grumman, she negotiated in excess of $100M of new business spanning the globe from South Korea to Canada as well as with the Navy and US Air Force.Read more >
Following a successful career at Northrop Grumman, she served as the Contracts Director of Solipsys Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon. She oversaw both the Contracts and Supply Chain organizations at Solipsys where she focused largely on Intellectual Property protection of the company’s copyrighted Command and Control software. She oversaw contracts with the USMC, USAF, and various commercial domestic and international entities as well as the GSA IT-70 Schedule. In 2018, Ashley joined Fuse as the Director of Contracts for Fuse Engineering, Fuse Solutions, and ZyEdge.
She is an active member of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA) and is very passionate about organization. She uses and over uses her label-maker for the most mundane purposes.
Her “happy place” is sitting on the beach in the sand with her husband, two sand-covered little girls, and a lazy but lovable golden retriever.