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 (now Spur, Inc.) from a small tutoring company with just over 30 employees into a regional staffing powerhouse sending thousands of people a week into school districts across the Southeast. At Appleton Philip learned how to scale sales, operations, and development, a skillset he brings with him to Tango Tango. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University and is the author of multiple referred articles and book chapters.

Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Founder/CTO

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 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.

Ellie Johnson

Ellie Johnson

CGO

Before joining Tango Tango as Chief Growth Officer in January of 2020, Ellie occupied a number of growth-related positions at Spur, a platform company that matches workers with jobs. While there, she grew the number of hours worked by 28% month over month. Ellie is responsible for growing Tango Tango’s national sales team, conducting financial modeling, and ensuring internal alignment between Sales, Development, and Operations.

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.

Trey Sharp

Trey Sharp

Trey Sharp has spent almost his entire working career in wireless communication, serving in a variety of roles from sales to logistics to finance in the years 1994-2005. In 2006, Trey began a new role as CEO of Sharp Communication in Huntsville, AL. He led the company through a period of growth in a time of changes in the wireless communication space. In 2018, that culminated in the sale of the business to Mobile Communications America. Trey is currently a Partner in TA Sharp Properties LLC, a company that owns & manages real property & communication towers.

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.