TRISTAR Leadership Team
Under the direction of Vince “Carlos” Gaitani, TRISTAR’s accomplished professionals lead with broad expertise in the defense industry and a proven history of successfully managing and growing the business. Supported by a staff of employees nationwide, TRISTAR’s leadership team is focused on ensuring we live by our core values and continue to execute on our important mission to help keep America safe and strong.
Vince Carlos Gaitani
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President
Vince Carlos Gaitani (Guy-Tan-E) CEO and President of TRISTAR. Carlos is a Navy veteran with more than 25+ years technical expertise supporting the Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies. Carlos is a visionary and the cornerstone of our future vision. Internally, Carlos’s leadership is recognized for his extensive business experience and open-minded management approach which creates a culture where our team is free to be innovative and empowered to deliver creative solutions to our customers.
Carlos was the founder of G Force, Inc a defense services company which acquired TRISTAR. Carlos merged G Force into TRISTAR unifying TRISTAR’s capabilities in the Defense and Aerospace market.
Carlos was born and raised in Philadelphia PA, went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1996 as Electronic Warfare Specialist and took part in Operation Desert Shield and Storm in 1990/1991. Carlos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Carlos gives back to the community serving as a Deputy and Sergeant for the Monroe County Indiana Sheriff’s Office Reserve Division and teaching classes as a certified NRA Pistol instructor. Carlos is involved in various charities and organizations including life member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), U.S. Naval Institute, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Navy League. Carlos is a single father raising three beautiful children Vince, Madison and Elizabeth.
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.
Jeffrey C. Stermer
Vice President of Operations
Jeffrey (Jeff) C. Stermer is Vice President of Operations of TRISTAR. Jeff has more than 20 years of management and defense industry experience leading small defense contracting firms. Jeff will lead daily operations, set overall strategy and drive process improvement. Jeff brings 12 years of deep experience working at NSWC Crane managing Surveillance Radar, Maritime Electronic Warfare, Electro-Optic and Distance Support programs. Jeff led the growth of and supported several successful business development opportunities at NSWC Crane, NIWC Pacific, SEA 21, NSWC PHD Dam Neck, and NSWC Philadelphia and brings TRISTAR a critical resource in understanding the programs and policies in our market areas.
Jeff previously held leadership positions as Vice President of Valkyrie Enterprises Inc. and Director of Operations at Tri Star Engineering Inc.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a double major in Psychology and History, from Hiram College, Ohio