Who We Are
Who We Are
Where We Are, How We Got Here, And Where We are Heading
Culture Is Everything
Our People, Our Culture
IOP acknowledges the connection between a final product and the people who produce it. It is our belief that quality work derives from the quality of the people doing the work. We invest relentlessly in our people to develop and impact them. We aim to provide the right combination of conditions to grow our staff both professionally and personally. IOP makes every effort to empower our staff to be fearless, creative and motivated; in doing this, we consciously encourage the sharing of new ideas and discourage deference and hierarchy.
My time at IOP has been, unequivocally, the most rewarding period of my professional career. This company has continuously invested in me and my professional growth since I walked through its doors in 2015. We have a unique and tight-knit culture in which all employees, from newcomers to senior leadership, build bonds both in and outside of the workplace. I come into a positive, inspiring work environment each and every day. I’m proud to be an IOPer!
If you are lucky enough to be hired onto team IOP, you’ll find it a welcoming group who prioritizes learning at every level of the organization, deep client mission understanding, and technical expertise, without sacrificing employee well-being and morale.
Our five partners have 135 combined years of experience working within federal government and in IT. Each partner possesses over two decades of dynamic experience and expertise. Over the years, they have worked together to strengthen and build IOP into the gritty, innovative and people-first firm it is today.
Any company’s success is due to the efforts of all of its people – working together, rather than competing, leaning on one another, rather than laboring in solitude, and challenging one another, rather than waiting for someone to fail; this type of company-mentality often starts at the top.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
Mike Waddell is IOP’s managing partner and a company founder. Under Mike’s leadership, IOP has grown from an early startup to a 20-year sustainable, high-impact firm in the government sector. Mike set out to build a company focused on client delivery excellence, with the capabilities of a large technology consultancy with a small, family-business feel. As a hobby, Mike loves to spend time in his woodworking shop, and his house holds many of his favorite pieces of work.
Steve Winkler serves as IOP’s technology leader and CTO and leads technology engagements in DHS. He loves digging into our clients’ most difficult problems and leading the design and delivery of innovative solutions, leveraging his 30+ years of IT experience. When Steve isn’t geeking out, he’s one serious photographer. He has a collection of great photos from his travels, to go with some shots from “far beyond,” including the moon and various constellations. Unsurprisingly, Steve consistently wins the IOP photography contest.
Tony Petruccelli leads growth and market strategy for IOP and heads our delivery services in health agencies. His strong suit is technology strategy, where he loves to take in information from a variety of perspectives and turn it into digital strategy, drawing on over 30 years of technology and management consulting experience. Tony comes from a large musical family that includes a professional musician and a tenor. As often as possible, he attends live band performances at various venues around town.
Austin Wheelock serves as IOP’s head of Innovation and leads delivery services across DOJ clients. Austin has led engagements across the spectrum of government services for over 20 years. He mixes program management and technology delivery expertise, providing a broad and deep perspective for our clients. Austin has spent a great deal of time traveling and even lived in Africa for a while.
Pete Lamont leads delivery management for IOP and heads up program management services for our clients. He brings over 30 years of experience in the management consulting area and leverages his Big 4 experience to provide seasoned guidance to our clients. Pete is the ultimate foodie and enjoys tasting any kind of cuisine. He loves to try out new restaurants and is the IOP go-to for recommendations of restaurants for lunch meetings or company get-togethers.