Executive Team

Established in 1998

Bob Kocher

Bob Kocher

President & Chief Executive Officer

As President and Founder of Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3), Mr. Kocher is responsible for executive management and development of innovative corporate growth areas. I3 began in 1998 in response to the U.S. government’s urgent need for specialized, responsive technology consulting in areas directly affecting the health and safety of deployed forces and U.S. citizens.

Prior to establishing I3, Mr. Kocher served with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) for six years as a Program Manager where he was responsible for the evaluation, selection and transitioning of high-concept technologies for military applications in peacekeeping and future combat operations. He also formed and institutionalized the Army’s Quick Response Office to provide cutting-edge technologies in counter-terrorism and peace-keeping to soldiers and peacekeepers.

Mr. Kocher graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Batchelor of Science degree and served in a variety of military management and leadership positions. He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and is a Certified Level III Program Manager, Department of Defense and Program Management Institute (PMI). Additionally, he is a Certified Level III Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering. Mr. Kocher is an inventor currently holding 54 issued and pending patents, an avid athlete completing 56 marathons, and is an active jet pilot.

Richard Syretz

Richard Syretz

Chief Operating Officer/CFO

Mr. Syretz is the Chief Operating Officer and CFO of Ideal Innovations, Inc. He is responsible for Operations and Finance including Programs, Business Development and all corporate support functions.

Mr. Syretz has been honored as one of the top CFO’s in Greater Washington by SmartCEO Magazine and as a finalist for Washington Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award. In 2014, he was awarded the Company’s Innovator of the Year award.

Prior to joining I3, Mr. Syretz was Director of Finance for the $600m Defense Business Unit of URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International and Raytheon Company). At URS he was responsible for financial reporting and strategic financial planning.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Syretz held roles of increasing responsibility within Raytheon Company in Rhode Island, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC,  including serving as Sr. Business Manager for the Raytheon Demilitarization Company.

Mr. Syretz earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in both Finance and Economics from Boston College and holds a MBA in Finance. He is also a candidate for the Certificate of Management from Wharton’s School’s Executive Education Program. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of the 11q Research and Resource Group non-profit where he has served as Treasurer since 2010.

Dr. Rebecca Perlman

Dr. Rebecca Perlman

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Forensics

As a Senior Vice President (SVP), Dr. Perlman oversees all Business Development (BD) and Forensics efforts.  On the BD side, she manages the entire process from strategy to teaming to proposal preparation and submission. As SVP of Forensics, Dr. Perlman oversees and manages forensic services and training efforts for I3, including efforts in the areas of latent print examination, ten-print examination, facial identification, latent print processing, forensic chemistry, case file management, DNA analysis, forensic photography, firearms and tool mark examination, and DOMEX examination.

When Dr. Perlman first joined I3 in 2006, she served as a Technology Advisor to the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). While at the REF, she led research activities in areas of armor, explosives detection and explosives analysis.

Prior to joining I3, Dr. Perlman was a Research Chemist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit and the Forensic Analysis Section at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While at the FBI, she conducted research in the areas of fingerprint detection and development and managed other research programs in the areas of latent prints, questioned documents, explosives, chemical and biological warfare and surveillance. Dr. Perlman received a BA in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis; a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania; and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at JILA, a joint institute between the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

Ivan Quinn

Ivan Quinn

Senior Vice President, Biometric Services

Mr. Quinn has been with I3 since 2005. In his present role as Senior Vice President for Biometrics Services, Mr. Quinn is primarily responsible for developing and implementing strategies to expand the company’s presence in biometric services and in current client spaces, as well as briefing I3‘s biometric capabilities to broader markets. Mr. Quinn also manages teams providing biometric services to the Department of Defense.

Mr. Quinn is a veteran of the United States Air Force and of both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Campaigns. As a Non-Commissioned Officer, Mr. Quinn was named the United States Air Force’s Security Forces Airman of the Year.

Mr. Quinn holds Master of Science and Master of Project Management degrees

Hope Farmer

Hope Farmer

Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Farmer has over 26 years of Human Resources experience. She joined Ideal Innovations Inc. in 2005 and has over 15 years of Human Capital leadership experience in Department of Defense contracting.

Ms. Farmer leads the Human Capital initiatives for Ideal Innovations, Inc. She oversees a team of talented Human Resources professionals in the development and implementation of strategic human resources policies and programs covering employment, compensation, benefits, performance, employee relations, talent acquisition, retention and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws for employees worldwide.

Prior to her position at Ideal Innovations, Ms. Farmer held leadership roles with increasing responsibility at four other companies.

In addition, Ms. Farmer is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Loran Ambs

Loran Ambs

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Ambs applies more than 30 years of experience developing leading-edge technologies for military and commercial applications.  He has led the engineering and technical staff at organizations such as the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to create, develop and assess emerging technologies in response to urgent operational needs.  He holds more than twenty U.S. patents in unmanned vehicles, sensor technologies, sensor deployment systems and signal processing.

Current interests and projects include Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems; standoff biometric data collection; brainwave-based deception detection and vocational aptitude assessments; biometric protection technologies, improvised weapon proliferation; and organizational strategies for accelerating the pace of innovation in military technologies.

Mr. Ambs holds a Master of Science in Geophysics from the University of Houston and an Advanced Certificate for Post-Master’s Study from Johns Hopkins University. He is a 1976 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.

Mr. Ambs holds more than twenty U.S. patents.

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