Vince Carlos Gaitani
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President
Vince Carlos Gaitani (Guy-Tan-E) is CEO and President of TRISTAR. Carlos is a Navy veteran with more than 25 years providing technical expertise to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Carlos possesses an extensive background in leading business operations, capture/proposal development, management of deployed teams, operations, business development, and strategic planning. Carlos led a small businesses growth campaign working as a senior advisor on new business formation, operations and business development. Carlos was the owner/founder of G Force, Inc a defense services company that went on to complete the successful acquisition of TRISTAR, an organically grown Indiana based defense contracting services company. Soon after the acquisition Carlos merged G Force into TRISTAR combining and solidifying TRISTAR’s capabilities in the Defense and Aerospace market.
Carlos served in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1996 where he was an Electronic Warfare Specialist and took part in Operation Desert Shield and Storm in 1990/1991. Mr. Gaitani also served as an Operational Test Director for Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force. Carlos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida Institute of Technology. Carlos served as a reserve Deputy Marshal and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
Christina M. Agresti
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Christina (Chris) M. Agresti is Chief Operating Officer of TRISTAR. Chris previously served as Chief Marketing Officer for TRISTAR with more than 20 years of management and defense industry experience leading small defense contracting firms. TRISTAR is a culture-first company focused on performance and Chris embodies the values we are shaping at TRISTAR. Chris will expand her leadership role to include operations divisions, business development, marketing and communications. Chris will lead strategic initiatives, including driving government relations expansion, leveraging big business discipline with small business responsiveness and establishing expertise for key infrastructure projects for success in the defense industry.
Chris previously held leadership positions as Vice President of NikSoft Systems Corp, Chief Marketing Officer at Be Branded Corporation, Vice President Business Development for Tri Star Engineering Inc., Vice President of Marketing at McKean Defense Group and Director of Corporate Business Development for Sabre Systems Inc.
Chris holds two Bachelor’s Degrees; Liberty University in Marketing and George Mason University in Psychology. Chris earned a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Psychology from Liberty University. Chris holds Executive Leadership Degrees from Wharton School of Business and Cornell University. PMP certified. Chris is a Certified Executive Coach (IAC), member of International Association of Coaches, National Speaker’s Association, Association of the United Army (AUSA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Federal Employed Woman’s Association, Women’s Chief Marketing Association and National Press Club.
Melvin F. Reed
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Melvin F. Reed is Chief Financial Officer of TRISTAR. Melvin has over 25 years’ experience as an accomplished financial professional with deep expertise in government cost accounting, business start-ups, financial analysis and budgets, and facility credits. Melvin has been with TRISTAR since 2011. Melvin takes a hands-on approach as an organizational leader bringing a successful history of strengthening financial reporting systems, supporting the implementation of business objectives to drive revenue and profit growth. Before joining TRISTAR in 2011 Melvin’s professional portfolio ranges from managing companies upwards of $360M and successfully obtained facility credits up to $75M to finance: Change-of-Control/Ownership; Acquisitions/Mergers; Convert from C–Corp to S–Corp; ESOP. Melvin has an extensive experience maintaining historical profitability; Service Contract Act (SCA) contracts and associated Fringe requirements; significant experience working with DCAA and DCMA to establish Disclosure Statement; and new Indirect Rates for contract awards.
Melvin has a Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting, from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science, Finance from College Park University of Maryland.