USG’s leadership team comes from a variety of business backgrounds that gives us an uncommon perspective when it comes to understanding the needs of our clients. With over 75 years of combined business leadership providing IT solutions in the domains of technology, healthcare, insurance and finance, USG uses a true team approach to develop and deliver the highest quality solutions to our customers.
Sri Vadi, Managing Director
As the Managing Director of The United Solutions Group Inc., Mr. Vadi is the central strategist behind the company’s vision. He brings over 20 years of IT related experience both as a consultant and as a general manager. Mr. Vadi was USG’s principle founder in 2002 and has lead the team in providing consulting strategy and advice to companies nationwide by building personalized software solutions for clients.
Mr. Vadi started his career working as a IT consultant for large Fortune 500 companies. It was in these positions that Mr. Vadi gained first-hand experience working at sites alongside teams of software consultants. In 2002, he started his own consulting company where his vision is to provide technology expertise to clients who want to see their goals executed in a cost-effective manner.
Over the years, with Mr. Vadi’s leadership and direction, USG won several State and Local Government multiyear IT contract awards.
Mr. Vadi was awarded as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2016 Minority Business Leaders and received a letter of recognition from Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Robert Casey Jr. for his hard work, leadership, and commitment to providing quality IT solutions to clients throughout his career. Most recently, Mr. Vadi has been accepted into the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Class of 2017 program in furtherance of his vision for continued growth of The United Solutions Group Inc.
Mr. Vadi attended Oklahoma City University for his M.S. in Computer Science.
Lara Zelnio, Senior Director
Ms. Zelnio brings more than 20 years of Information Technology experience to The United Solutions Group Inc. in her role as the Senior Director and is also a key strategist behind the company’s vision. Her background in managing the accounts of federal, state, and commercial clients provides USG customers the service expertise they need to run their projects and day to day operations more effectively.
Prior to joining USG, Ms. Zelnio was a Senior Manager for ISS Solutions, a Geisinger Health System company. While there, she served in several roles including the management of the IT Staffing Line of Service, Depot Services, the Technical Assistance Center, IT Product Procurement Sales and the acquisition of new Contact Center Services. Prior to these roles, she also served as the IT Manager for both Infrastructure and Software Acquisition operations.
Before joining ISS Solutions, Ms. Zelnio worked for Computer Maintenance International, a Federal Computer Corporation company, where she oversaw the day to day operations for a nationwide IT hardware maintenance contract with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Ms. Zelnio earned a B.S. in Business Management from George Mason University and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from LaSalle University. Additionally, she holds a Project Management Certification from Penn State University.
Deborah (Debby) Appel, Corporate Counsel
Ms. Appel brings more than 35 years of experience as an attorney to The United Solutions Group Inc. in her role as the Corporate Counsel. Ms. Appel started working as a GS-1102 contract negotiator for the USAF/ALC a year out of law school and since then has remained active in the Government Contracting arena. For three years she advised Japanese companies on contracting with the US Government while living in Japan. She worked as a contract administrator for three years with Lockheed Martin on the Strategic Defense Initiative contract in Colorado Springs and has spent over 28 years advising and representing contractors in disputes/claims with the Government.
Her practice is now limited to business/corporate law and representing companies that engage in government contracting. She has practiced before the various boards of contract claims and the GAO on disputes over the years. Ms. Appel brings both Commercial and Federal contracting expertise and guidance necessary for USG to help provide the best service to its Commercial, State/Local and Federal clients.
As well as her in-house counsel license for Pennsylvania, she is licensed in several other states. In addition, Ms. Appel is a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Court of Federal Claims and numerous Federal District Courts in both Oklahoma and New York.
Ms. Appel graduated with her JD from the University of Oklahoma in 1981 and holds a Masters Certificate in the Administration of Government Contracts from the University of Phoenix as well.
Lynne Watson, Director of Strategic Operations
Ms. Watson brings more than 20 years in the IT Staffing and Solutions arena. Ms. Watson has worked with a vast array of different technologies and industry sectors, including State and Federal government. She has worked as a Project Manager, Global Resource Manager and Senior Business Development Director as well as Senior and Lead Recruiter.
She has and built teams and companies in the USA and UK. Combining her expertise in building and training teams, marketing, business development and relationship building, Ms. Watson is now aligning our strategic growth and development.
Ms. Watson has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from De Montfort University in the UK with a concentration in marketing and communications.
Paul Barr, Director of Government Relations
As Director of Government Relations at The United Solutions Group Inc. (USG), Mr. Barr utilizes his unique U.S. military and civilian-service experience to explore the government market for opportunities that support and expand USG’s vision and strategies. He has more than 10 years of military and civilian Satellite Communications industry experience.
Prior to joining USG, Mr. Barr served as a military leader in the U.S. Army for six years. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (’05-’06), and he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (’08-’09). After honorably satisfying his commitment to the military, Mr. Barr proceeded to contract Satellite Communications capabilities in Afghanistan with Datapath, Rockwell Collins, and Telecommunications Systems.
Mr. Barr earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.