Executive Team

Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.

Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.

CEO

Philip Kovacs is a former high school English teacher turned university professor turned entrepreneur. He helped grow Appleton Learning from a small tutoring company with just over 30 employees into a regional staffing powerhouse sending 5,000 people a week into school districts across the Southeast. At Appleton he learned how to scale sales, operations, and development, a skill set he brings with him to Tango Tango. Philip has published numerous articles and book chapters for academic presses, and he is grateful that few people read them.

Outside of Tango Tango, Philip enjoys grilling anything he can get his hands on, losing to his son at chess, and weathering summer in North Alabama.

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Founder/CTO

Richard Walker is an accomplished technology leader with over 25 years of experiencing developing products for both startups and established companies such as Motorola, Honeywell, Nokia, and ADTRAN. His former roles have included company founder, software developer, software architect, engineering director, and product manager. 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.

Steve Watson

Steve Watson

VP of Operations

Steve Watson has over 30 years of law enforcement experience working and supervising multiple divisions including Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics, SRO, Gang Investigations, and SWAT. Before retiring from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Steve served as the Special Operations and Patrol Division Commander overseeing SWAT, K-9, Patrol, SRO, Court House Security, Region 6 Homeland Security, Civil, and Technology. His certifications include NCIC Operator, Active Shooter Instructor, SRO, Incident Command, and Tactical Command. Some of Steve’s most rewarding assignments involved helping communities that were impacted by tornados, hurricanes, or flooding, something he continues to do today. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and remains involved with the FBI NAA.

Beck Mitchell

Beck Mitchell

VP of Sales

Beck Mitchell has over a decade of technical sales experience ranging from mobile electronics, and telephony to wireless communications. Beck received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration at the University of Alabama Huntsville. After doing so, he assisted in the creation and expansion of The Speakerbox (https://www.speakerboxcaraudio.com) where he was responsible for 80% of the total sales and led the marketing efforts for the business. Other previous employment was inside sales at Digium (digium.com) and outside sales Systemsn (systemsn.com) where he excelled in telephony and information technology sales.

Beck is an entrepreneur and competitor at heart and has always had a passion for being a part of new challenges. In his free time Beck enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley and two sons, Leland and Chapman. He is also an avid competitive runner and loves to compete in road races across the country.

Board of Directors

Danny Windham

Danny Windham

Chairman, CEO of Digium

Danny Windham currently serves as CEO of Digium, a Huntsville, AL based supplier of communications products and technology. Digium is the original creator of Asterisk, the industry’s first open source communications platform. Before joining Digium, Windham was President and Chief Operating Officer of ADTRAN, Inc. He holds a BSEE degree from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Florida Tech. Danny joined ADTRAN in 1989 through the acquisition of Processing Telecom Technologies – a company he co-founded in 1986.

Interests outside of Digium include serving as a board member of the Hudson Alpha Biotech Institute, the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, BizTech, ServisFirst Bank, and a number of small companies. Additionally, he serves on the Mississippi State Engineering Advisory Council where he has been honored as a Distinguished Engineering Fellow.

Trey Sharp

Trey Sharp

Co-Founder of Tango Tango, CEO of Sharp Communication

Trey Sharp has worked in the wireless communication business since 1994, becoming CEO of Sharp Communication in 2006. In Trey’s time as CEO, Sharp pivoted away from cellular and paging and back into push-to-talk, increasing Sharp’s push-to-talk revenues by 300% and increasing overall company revenues by 50%. Trey co-founded Tango Tango in 2016 and served as its CEO from March 2017 to August 2018.

Trey writes about entrepreneurship and self development on his blog at FiveMinuteBookClub.com. Trey also serves as a Board Member for Urban Engine, a Huntsville, AL based nonprofit devoted to developing young entrepreneurs, startups, and encouraging overall entrepreneurship.

Chris Maloney

Chris Maloney

Founder/Chairman of Tritech Software Systems

Chris Maloney is Chairman, founder and past President/CEO of TriTech Software Systems. Under his leadership, TriTech has become the largest public safety software company in the world, providing solutions to more than 3,000 installations spanning 14 countries. Chris has more than 20 years of hands-on experience within the public safety industry. Prior to TriTech, Chris was founder and President/CEO of Voyager Systems, a public safety wireless software and services company. Early in his career, Chris held various positions in control center operations, field operations, and finance for a nationwide emergency medical services provider.

Richard Marsden

Richard Marsden

Attorney with Lanier Ford Shave & Payne PC

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.