Company Leadership Bios

 

Steve Selfridge is President of SOC, a leading provider of security and critical infrastructure support solutions to the U.S. government and select commercial clientele. SOC continues to expand its global presence under his leadership while living out its values of safety, integrity, diversity, and success.

Mr. Selfridge is known for building and leading high-performance multinational teams and uniting parties on a common mission and goals. As a dynamic international executive with a 30-year history of establishing and growing multi-million dollar businesses, he has demonstrated success in increasing profits and market share, having worked across six continents in highly competitive global industries.

His career includes his most recent role as Vice President of Corporate Development at Day & Zimmermann, the 53rd largest privately-held, family-owned business in the United States. He has also served as COO for Checkpoint Systems, Inc, which he helped to grow from $35M to $360M, and as CEO of Acsis Inc, which grew from $4M to $25M under his leadership.

Mr. Selfridge received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, where he serves on the Leadership Council of Rutgers School of Business. He was featured in South Jersey Magazine as one of the leading Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Year (2015) and also serves as Chair of the Foundation Board of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey.

 

Michael "Mick" McAreavy is Senior Vice President of SOC Critical Infrastructure Solutions. In this role, Mr. McAreavy directs a broad domestic and international portfolio with a focus on security, base operations, facilities maintenance, logistics and life support, and explosive ordnance demilitarization. At SOC, Mr. McAreavy is a valued senior leader who reinforces the highest industry standards which follow SOC’s programs in support of safety, diversity and integrity. As a key member of SOC’s executive team, he manages the company’s large scale infrastructure projects, including one of the largest U.S. ammunition storage depots in the world. The group he leads supports programs for the United States Departments of Defense and Energy.

Prior his current role at SOC, Mr. McAreavy has served in a variety of executive level positions. Mr. McAreavy has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the professional services industry focusing on the government, advanced technology, healthcare, commercial, and industrial markets. Highlights of Mr. McAreavy’ s career include his previous role as President in three different business units with Day & Zimmermann Group, Inc.  This includes Microelectronics, Engineering & Field Services, and Mason & Hanger, a field services unit serving the government sector.

Mr. McAreavy holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a registered Profession Engineer (PE).

 

Billy Conner joined SOC in 2007 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Security Solutions. As a results-driven leader, Mr. Conner continues to reinforce SOC’s core values of safety and integrity, which has contributed to some of SOC’s most successful programs. Mr. Conner has supported programs within the United States Departments of Defense and State, as well as other federal agencies. Mr. Conner currently provides direct oversight and management for SOC’s performance on the two largest U.S. government security contracts.

Over the past 18 years, Mr. Conner has served in a variety of operational and leadership positions. Prior to joining SOC, Mr. Conner was the Senior Security Program Manager in the High Threat Protection Division of the U.S Department of State. As Program Manager, Mr. Conner provided direct oversight and management of the Worldwide Personal Protective Services II program, in which he had operational and budget responsibilities in excess of $600M.  He has also served as a Director of Security and Training Operations, Close Protection Division Chief and as a SWAT Officer during his career.

Mr. Conner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice with a specialization in security management and strategic intelligence. 

 

David “Dave” Johnson is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SOC.  As an integral member of SOC’s executive management team, he brings more than 35 years of financial expertise and leadership to support SOC’s strategic growth initiatives. He is a key contributor to SOC’s achievement of strong financial performance and compliance as the organization continues to expand globally.

Mr. Johnson joined SOC in 2013 where he served as Vice President of Business Management to the International Defense and Diplomacy Services division.  With his guidance, some of SOC’s most important programs in support of critical U.S. national security interests underwent significant improvement, both operationally and financially.  The company is now viewed as a trusted and proven partner to multiple U.S. government agencies.

In his career, Mr. Johnson has held a number of financial leadership positions, including Group Controller, Director and Senior Director of Finance within mid-tier corporations and major Fortune 500 companies. In these positions he supported business units with portfolios of U.S. and international client contracts ranging from $0.5B to $4.3B.   Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Management from Baylor University and completed post-graduate work at University of Washington in International Banking.

 

Mike Littlejohn is General Counsel and Secretary of SOC.  He joined the company in February 2010.  As the chief legal officer of the company, Mr. Littlejohn is responsible for ensuring that SOC maintains the highest standards in compliance, ethics, finance, human resources, as well as corporate governance and policy.  His leadership and guidance on industry best practices is a key driver of SOC’s compliance and ethics programs, along with the company’s involvement with the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) Association.

Prior to joining SOC, Mr. Littlejohn was a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt LLP (previously Wickwire Gavin, P.C.).  As a member of Akerman’s government contracts practice in Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Littlejohn represented federal contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on day-to-day aspects of doing business with the federal government, including obtaining contracts, compliance issues, contract administration, modifications, equitable adjustments, and claims.  He also provided advice and counsel to contractors in negotiating subcontracts and navigating the Federal Acquisition Regulations and special agency rules.

Mr. Littlejohn began his legal career as a judicial law clerk at the United States Court of Federal Claims for Judge Robert H. Hodges, Jr.   Mr. Littlejohn is a member of the Virginia and D.C. Bar Associations, a past-Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Procurement Policy Legal Committee, a former President of the Boards of Contract Appeal Bar Association, and the former Chair of the Government Contracts Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Littlejohn earned his law degree from George Mason University School of Law.  He taught Government Contracts at George Mason as an adjunct professor after graduation.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Rodney "Rod" Willis is Vice President of Human Resources for SOC.  He has been with the company since 2012.  As the principal human resources executive for SOC, Mr. Willis is a strategic partner and advisor to the leadership team, and leads and directs the full range of talent management and human resources business processes and programs. Rod leads his human resources team and drives talent management and capability building in pursuit of reinforcing ethics, values, company growth and profit plans.   

Mr. Willis has more than 20 years of experience in human resources management across various companies in defense systems, scientific and analytical instrumentation, imaging systems and pharmaceutical industries.  Prior to SOC, Mr. Willis was the Vice President of Human Resources for Thales USA and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Textron Systems.  He has also held human resources management roles at Philips NV and Agfa USA.

Rod holds a master's degree in counseling from Rider University, a master's degree in business from Long Island University (CW Post) and a bachelor's degree in education from Norfolk State University and is Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certified.  Rod is a Desert Storm veteran and Colonel (RET) United States Army.

 

Mark Cooper is SOC's Director of Safety and Quality. He has spent the past decade helping to build SOC into a trusted provider of integrated security solutions. In his current role, he manages compliance and regulatory requirements tied to our support of the United States Government here at home and around the world. Mr. Cooper also serves as the company's lead in implementing and managing our Quality Assurance Management System to comply with the ANSI PSC.1-2012 Standard for overseas security operations. Under his leadership, SOC continues to deliver on two of its core values: Safety and Integrity.

Prior to joining SOC, Mr. Cooper held various positions with ISO 9001-certified U.S. contractors serving the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, and Energy, as well as NASA. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.