Don Holder has over 45 years’ experience in DoD research and development programs. Prior to co-founding Torch Technologies, Inc., he managed large R&D contracts for CAS Inc. and CSC/Nichols Research Corporation as a corporate Vice President. Holder directed the CSC/Nichols Army Simulation Programs Business Unit and led modeling and simulation (M&S) initiatives across several business sectors. In this capacity, Holder was responsible for the technical and business management of a $3O-million-a-year operation. Under his management, the operation met all technical, cost and schedule requirements. Before joining Nichols, Holder worked for the U.S. Army Missile Command, working on several research projects. He served as the Technical Director of MICOM’s Fiber Optics Technology Demonstration program. He also served as the manager of several Army Tactical systems simulation and analysis efforts. Holder earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mathematics from Jacksonville State University. In 2015 Don Holder was designated as Director Emeritus.