The GBS Team
We hire the very best people we can. We share stock ownership and tangible rewards broadly across our company. We avoid rigid position descriptions, organization charts, and judgmental, personnel evaluations that can stifle people’s energy and innovation. Our culture is very open, welcoming, and supportive of creative and thoughtful ideas. Everyone at The GBS Group works to solve the most important problems of the day, and everyone is free to learn as much about our business and clients as they can.
Meet some of our team members (click on each to view profiles):
Bob Golden, CEO
Bob has a diverse background as an entrepreneur and executive in various industries throughout his 30 year career. His expertise is in consulting, systems engineering, project management, and overall business leadership. Bob has been CEO at The GBS Group since he founded the company in 2005. Previously, Bob served successively as CIO, CFO, then COO at SAIC / AMSEC for over ten years, and served 14 years in the Defense / Maritime industry as a field service engineer, marine engineer, and manager. As CEO of The GBS Group in Virginia Beach, Bob has built the company from scratch to become a full service engineering company supporting clients in the US, Canada, and abroad. Bob has led the The GBS team’s growth int the fields of commercial and navy ship and vessel design engineering and field services; passenger rail reliability, wifi, and custom software solutions; navy and marine engineering support services, and into the home / office automation market. Bob holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and a BS in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. He has served on numerous boards, both profit and non-profit, and within many professional associations.
Sarah Boyce Golden, President & CAO
Sarah currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University (ODU) and serves on the Board of Directors for Samaritan House, a Virginia Beach non-profit organization. In addition Sarah is a member of the Women’s Initiative Network at ODU, a mentor-mentee group focused on helping women students succeed through positive support and reinforcement during their time at ODU and on into their professional careers upon graduation.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Steven Tibbetts, SVP, Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining The GBS Group in late 2012, Steven was the Operations Manager of General Electric’s (GE) Software Solutions Group, Monitoring and Diagnostic Team. Prior to moving in Operations, Steven was the Application Engineering Manager of GE Energy’s Performance & Reliability Center where he led the development of the strategy and vision for all products within their Monitoring & Diagnostics Center. Steven joined GE Energy as a result of its acquisition of IDAX Incorporated in 2001 where he spent five years in field and application engineering roles implementing remote monitoring solutions within the Integrated Condition Assessment System (ICAS).
Peter Martinez, PE, VP Defense Division
Pete has worked on a GBS project assisting the Taiwanese Navy in Taiwan where he led a team of GBS Employees in support of NAVSEA PMS 326 FMS.
Prior to joining GBS, Pete worked as a division manager, HM&E at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) from 1999-2007, which included overall project management responsibility, participation in command strategic planning initiatives including Command Naval Air Force, Naval Surface Warfare Center, naval shipyards, Supervisors of Shipbuilding, Type Commanders’ organizations, and Regional Maintenance Centers. He worked for both NAVSEACENLANT and Fleet Technical Support Center Atlantic (FTSCLANT) providing onboard technical support to Navy ships. He has experience performing shipboard assessments, installation oversight and troubleshooting hydraulic and deck machinery systems.
Pete is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.
Connie Linden, VP Contracts & Finance
Before joining GBS, she worked at both WRSystems, Ltd as a Contracts Administrator and AMSEC, LLC as Senior Contracts Administrator. As a Senior Contracts Administrator at AMSEC, Connie was responsible for monitoring and ensuring contractual compliance for contracts assigned which included multi-million dollar IDIQ CPFF contracts, T&M and FPP type contracts. She also reviewed contracts for FAR clauses, issues and other requirements, oversaw option exercises, funding, deliverable coordination, key personnel, LOE requirement and Wage Determination compliance. Finally she was responsible for responding to RFPs and prepared estimates as required, negotiated subcontract agreements and contract terms and conditions, and reviewed revenue data, and identified potential financial problems. She earned her B.A. from the University of Toledo in Business Administration.
Seth Heinrich, VP Maritime, Controls, and Automation
Seth began his career with Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) now known as Huntington Ingalls Industries spending time in Contracts, Sourcing and Engineering. Seth worked 6 years with NNS and then accepted another position with Maersk Line Limited (MLL) which is owned by AP Moller Maersk. At MLL Seth was a General Manager in the Government Ship Management group responsible for Contracting, Procurement and Logistics for all Operation and Maintenance Contracts MLL had with Military Sealift Command (MSC).
Seth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University in Applied Engineering Sciences.
Rick Hope, VP Procurement
Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Washington & Lee University and an Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University.
Rick Berkey, VP Rail and Transportation Division
Before joining GBS, Rick completed over 33 years of service in the Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral. Rick was commissioned through the NROTC program at Penn State and started his Navy career as a Surface Warfare Officer before transitioning to Engineering Duty. During his naval career, he held various positions at sea including Chief Engineer on USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73); various positions in Naval Shipyards to include Shipyard Commander at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; and various positions on TYPCOM, Fleet, OPNAV and NAVSEA staffs. He was promoted to Flag rank in 2009 and was the Fleet Maintenance Officer at U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii before completing his service as the Fleet Maintenance Officer at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.
Rick holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and California.
Brent Trombly, Chief Engineer, Rail and Transportation Division
With an eye to the future, Brent works diligently with Nathan Haywood and our Software Development team to generate a technology roadmap for solutions that our customers really need. Brent works closely with Sarah Golden and Steven Tibbetts to establish career paths for members of the Rail division, as well as look to hire dynamic and experienced individuals to support the growth within the Rail & Transportation Division.
Chrissy Gahm, Controller
Chrissy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the College of Charleston and a Master of Accountancy from the University of North Florida. Chrissy is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Lexi Dibbern, Talent Acquisition & Employee Retention Manager
Lexi’s previous experience includes development of recruiting strategies using social media, referral programs and working on many corporate-facing HR projects. Lexi has also served in other capacities including HR Generalist, Corporate Relocation Manager and Procurement Manager.
Lexi graduated from Radford University with a Master’s degree in Corporate & Professional Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.
Rail / Transportation