Executive Team

Trey Sharp

Trey Sharp

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, and Member of the Board

Trey Sharp is former Owner & CEO of Sharp Communication, a public safety technology & government/industrial security company and has spent 28+ years in the public safety communication and push-to-talk sectors. Trey led the purchase of Sharp’s largest competitor, Huntsville Radio Service in 2014 and, in 2018, Trey led the sale of Sharp Communication to Mobile Communications America.

Ellie Johnson

Ellie Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Ellie Johnson  joined Tango Tango in January of 2020. Despite the challenges of that year, she was responsible for doubling Tango Tango’s ARR and the size of the team. As COO, Ellie is responsible for conducting financial modeling and ensuring internal alignment between Sales, Development, and Operations. Prior to joining Tango Tango, Ellie wore a number of hats at Spur, Inc.

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Richard Walker is an accomplished technology leader with over 25 years of experience developing products for both startups and established companies such as Motorola, Honeywell, Nokia, and ADTRAN. His experience encompasses all important phases of technology development: developing business and product concepts, designing system and software architecture, hiring a quality development team, and building and supporting the product.

Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.

Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.

Chief Revenue Officer and Member of the Board

Phil Kovacs began his career as a high school English teacher. After earning his Ph.D. and accepting a tenured faculty position at UAH, he left academia to work at a friend’s start up. When Appleton Learning hit almost $50M in ARR, he stepped down from his position as President with the intention of spending a year fishing. Two weeks later he joined the team at Tango Tango as a consultant before accepting the role of CEO in August of 2018. In October of 2021 Phil stepped down as CEO in order to focus on top line growth.

Board of Directors

Danny Windham

Danny Windham

Danny Windham joined HudsonAlpha as Chief Operating Officer in 2019. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Institute, serving as President and COO at Adtran (2005 – 2007) as well as CEO at Digium (2007 – 2018). Windham received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University where he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2001. He also holds an MBA from Florida Tech. Windham is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community and has supported the development of multiple startups. He also has a strong commitment to giving back to his community and serves on multiple boards including the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Biztech and Leadership Alabama. He was also chairman of the Madison YMCA fundraising committee and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.

Adam Pearson

Adam Pearson

Adam Pearson is a three-time SaaS founder. His entrepreneurial journey began in 2006 when he founded Learning Earnings which became the largest positive reinforcement platform in the country. Adam led the company from inception to acquisition. Post-acquisition, Adam served as the Director of Corporate Strategy at the acquiring company. Adam has since co-founded two more venture capital-backed companies, both of which went through Y Combinator. Glimpse K12 analyzes return on investment for schools and Enable.us enables B2B sales and marketing professionals to effectively sell remotely.

Craig Dollar

Craig Dollar

Craig Dollar is a highly respected, energetic, results driven Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with 35 years experience in all facets of the Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) and Public Safety Dispatch landscape, both legacy and emerging cloud technologies. Craig’s experience and expertise have been focused on building, launching and growing disruptive technology solutions, primarily in Public Safety Call Taking and Dispatch. Craig has held Senior Executive and CEO positions in several Public Safety technology companies such as TCI, Plant Equipment Inc, Geo911 and Motorola Solutions and ez911, Inc.

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Mr. Marsden’s practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities, and technology. Mr. Marsden routinely advises clients entering into private equity transactions and assists them in negotiating with venture capitalists and optimizing their capital structure. He routinely handles mergers and acquisitions, including advising the board of directors and negotiating and preparing letters of intent, definitive acquisition agreements, escrow agreements, and related documents. He also assists clients with shareholders’ and directors’ meetings and advises boards of directors about fiduciary responsibilities and governance issues.

Mr. Marsden applies his knowledge of technology to address intellectual property issues faced by business clients in various corporate transactions. He advises clients on technology and licensing strategies and has counseled clients on domestic and international technology licensing contracts and technology development agreements. Mr. Marsden has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2012, 2013, and 2014 editions). He is listed in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.